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  • Nissan begins testing commercial EV in Hong Kong

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor is putting its e-NV200 commercial-use electric vehicle through its paces in Hong Kong, with an eye toward future sales in Asia. The test run, aimed at gathering performance data, is being conducted in cooperation with a loc

    September 29, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Beijing's clout 'detrimental' to Hong Kong's free-market reputation, legislator says

    HONG KONG -- Charles Mok Nai-kwong is a pan-democratic legislator in Hong Kong representing the information technology industry. He is a well-known Internet specialist in the city and an advocate of media and online freedom. He recently answered que

    September 26, 2014 09:30 pm JST
  • Japan Post to offer new option for sending parcels to Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan Post will launch this fall an international parcel delivery service covering China, India and Southeast Asia, using the logistics network of French partner Geopost. Japan Post's international mail service already handles packages.

    September 26, 2014 05:05 am JST
  • Hong Kong's Esprit swings back to black through cost cuts

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong clothier Esprit Holdings booked 210 million Hong Kong dollars ($27.6 million) in net profit for the fiscal year ended in June. The company cut operating expenses 30% by taking such measures as shuttering unprofitable store

    September 25, 2014 04:58 am JST
  • A city past the point of no return?

    HONG KONG -- Beijing's decision on Aug. 31 to not allow open elections in Hong Kong was more than just a blow to democracy, it rattled the city's confidence in the qualities that have made it so special: a fair legal system, efficiency, the free flo

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • A city past the point of no return?

    HONG KONG -- Beijing's decision on Aug. 31 to not allow open elections in Hong Kong was more than just a blow to democracy, it rattled the city's confidence in the qualities that have made it so special: a fair legal system, efficiency, the free flo

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • REITs expand reach in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- As Thailand's first real estate investment trust prepares for its listing on Oct. 1, more Asian markets are moving to open their doors to the high dividend securities, with new attention turning toward India and China. REITs have pr

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Tycoons heed the call of the north

    HONG KONG -- For a select group of Hong Kong's corporate elite, Monday, Sept. 22, was not just another day at the office, unless being granted an audience with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing's Great Hall of the People is considered business

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kenneth Leung: We need democracy to stand out among Chinese cities

    HONG KONG -- Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong belongs to a group some consider an "endangered species" in today's Hong Kong: pan-democratic businesspeople. A renowned expert on corporate taxation at an international law firm, Leung also serves as one of 27

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Bernard Chan: Beijing wants 'no surprises' from Hong Kong

    HONG KONG -- Bernard Charnwut Chan, president of Asia Financial Holdings in Hong Kong, is often seen as a potential contender for the city's top job. He is a member of the government's executive council and a Hong Kong delegate to the National Peopl

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Activist students keep the political pulse beating

    HONG KONG -- Now that a new academic year has begun, many students at the University of Hong Kong are busy trying to win new recruits for their clubs and societies. But as this buzz of socializing goes on, young political activists are putting up po

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Willy Lam: Xi takes on Hong Kong's democracy "problem"

    The Aug. 31 decision by the National People's Congress on electoral arrangements for the Hong Kong chief executive in 2017 was much more draconian than even pro-Beijing elements in the special administrative region had anticipated. Politicians who w

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Explaining the disconnect between Hong Kong stocks and politics

    HONG KONG -- The stirring of political passions in Hong Kong has yet to truly shake the city's stock market, even with protesters poised to "occupy" the main financial district. One reason is likely the "mainlandization" of the benchmark Hang Seng I

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China's $100 billion tourist spending problem

    DALIAN, China -- Substantial amounts of money are flowing out of China as more Chinese travel and splurge abroad. It's one-half of a double-whammy, with foreign tourists now shying away from the notoriously polluted country. According to government

    September 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Yuan IPOs face headwind in Hong Kong

    BEIJING -- It has been more than three years since the Hong Kong Stock Exchange opened its doors to yuan-denominated stocks. But while exchange-traded funds in the Chinese currency are thriving, few companies in the city have embraced the idea of is

    September 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Foreign visitors to Japan up 22% in Aug.; 56% rise from China

    TOKYO -- The number of monthly visitors to Japan for August was over 1 million, a record high for the month and the sixth month in a row that numbers have topped the 1 million mark, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. Much of this

    September 22, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • EU's big pond emboldens would-be little fish

    LONDON -- Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, may have lost this week's referendum on independence, but he won the battle for greater powers of self-governance. Scots will gain even more autonomy over fiscal matters, health care and other polic

    September 20, 2014 03:21 am JST
  • Taiwan arrests put spotlight on gambling fund flows

    TAIPEI/HONG KONG -- When Taipei District Prosecutors Office swooped down on a company they accused of illegally transferring large sums to a Macau casino, it stirred up a hornet's nest by poking into a world of shadowy transactions that have helped

    September 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: China's choice over Hong Kong is contagion or compromise

    Beijing has delivered a dose of reality to its citizens in Hong Kong with its recent announcement on how the territory's next leader, known as the chief executive, will be appointed. Its restrictive new rules allow the electorate a choice, but only

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's 'gutter oil' scandal shakes faith in regional food safety

    TAIPEI -- In early September, Taiwanese investigators busted Kaohsiung-based Chang Guann for mixing recycled oil from leather factories and food waste into its cooking oil products. It was at first a regional scandal, but it soon became an incident

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST