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  • High growth in Asia-Pacific of high net worth individuals

    SINGAPORE -- The wealth held by high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in emerging Asia is predicted to grow at about 12.3% annually from 2013 to 2016, and at about 8.4% for their counterparts in more mature Asian economies, according to the Asia-Pacifi

    October 21, 2014 09:07 pm JST
  • Hong Kong gov't, occupation movement protestors begin dialogue

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Dialogue between the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protesters began Tuesday evening, providing an opportunity to end the 24-day long student-led occupation campaign in which major thoroughfares in different districts ha

    October 21, 2014 08:31 pm JST
  • Budget carrier Hong Kong Express cruising ahead one year on

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Express, the city's only low-cost carrier, has had a surge in passengers since its rebirth as a budget airline a year ago. The company is adding flights to another Japanese airport to take advantage of the growing demand f

    October 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan pushes rice to snare a bigger share of global market

    TOKYO -- Exports of high quality Japanese rice are increasing to meet the surging global demand. Shipment figures for 2013 had exports at a record high of over 3,000 tons. If both private and public stakeholders work to overcome current barriers

    October 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Moderator says student, government dialogue in H.K. to be 'fair, open'

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- The talks set for Tuesday between pro-democracy students and the government will be fair and open to all views, the moderator said Sunday following a second consecutive night of police crackdown on the civil disobedience campaig

    October 19, 2014 10:30 pm JST
  • Hong Kong government to meet protesters

    HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government announced Saturday it will meet with student protesters on Oct. 21. It remains unclear, however, whether the two sides will be able to find common ground, as tensions have been mounting since the government

    October 19, 2014 01:00 am JST
  • Japanese restaurant chains stepping up store openings in China

    TOKYO -- Japanese restaurant chains Watami and Saizeriya will accelerate openings in China, targeting the growing ranks of middle-class consumers there. Watami will open a new line of restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese fla

    October 18, 2014 06:17 am JST
  • Totoro, Ultraman goods maker to expand further in Asia

    TOKYO -- Benelic, known for its merchandise based on movie and TV characters, will launch Hong Kong and Taiwanese company stores next year. The Tokyo-based company will also move a portion of its production process from China to the Philippines

    October 18, 2014 04:39 am JST
  • H.K. police clear pro-democracy protesters from shopping district

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Acting in the predawn hours on Friday, police in riot gear removed barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters in a busy shopping area while thoroughfares near the main government complexes remained occupied by protesters in

    October 17, 2014 11:26 pm JST
  • Hong Kong chief set to start dialogue with protesters next week

    HONG KONG -- Embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told the press Thursday that he is ready to open a dialogue with student groups as early as next week, signaling that the two camps may finally be working toward a compromise. But

    October 17, 2014 04:02 am JST
  • Alibaba prompts Hong Kong to review 'one share, one vote' rule

    The Hong Kong stock exchange is asking for input as to whether it should reconsider its "one share, one vote" principle. The second-guessing comes after it missed out on Alibaba Group Holding's initial public offering. The Chinese online behemoth, w

    October 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • DJ: Asian shares slide, led by sharp drop in Nikkei

    A global selloff extended into Asia with stocks in Japan slumping over 2% to their lowest since May as growing concerns over economic growth around the world took its toll on the region. Markets in Asia were comparatively calmer than the U.S. wh

    October 16, 2014 11:50 am JST
  • China not backing down on Hong Kong election changes

    BEIJING -- China is conceding nothing to the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong as it faces key domestic policy meetings starting Monday and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November. "Stability is bliss, and turmoil brings havoc

    October 16, 2014 04:50 am JST
  • Alleged police beating sparks outcry as Hong Kong cracks down on protests

    HONG KONG -- While Hong Kong police clamp down on pro-democracy demonstrations -- removing a crowd by force for the first time Wednesday -- the alleged beating of a protester by several officers has the public crying foul. The police forcibly di

    October 16, 2014 02:01 am JST
  • Hong Kong's real estate market could be heading for a reckoning

    HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong real estate market could be nearing a turning point, coming down from record-setting price rises as it braces for a tightening of U.S. monetary policy. The impact of the massive pro-democracy protests will also have to be

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Advertising drama in Hong Kong

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Television Network is getting into the online shopping business with a portal that will sell items which will appear in dramas it produces. The video production and distribution company will start the business here n

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Anders Corr: China threat requires an Asian NATO

    China's increasing belligerence in the East and South China seas, and toward India, has fundamentally destabilized the security dynamics of Asia. Japan is seeking a closer alliance with India and is likely seeking advanced offensive weapons from the

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Investors take note

    HONG KONG -- A festive mood came over Japan's stock markets earlier this month after the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics went to three Japan-born scientists who made blue light-emitting diodes practical. The announcement was also considered good news in

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • A 21st century lighting standard

    TOKYO -- This year's Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three Japanese-born scientists. Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University, Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara, made the discoveries

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong police dismantle protesters' barricades, arrest 45

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Violence erupted early Wednesday on a road blockaded by protesters who have been occupying major thoroughfares in Hong Kong to press for democratic elections. Hundreds of police carrying shields and batons dismantled makeshi

    October 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST