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Pet goods businesses seize their chance as cats catch on in Asia

Pet goods businesses seize their chance as cats catch on in Asia

TOKYO — Feline fever is spreading across Asia, with more condominium dwellers taking cats into their homes. Companies marketing pet products and services are cashing in. A 29-year-old woman in Hangzhou, about 180km southwest of Shanghai, typifies the trend. She says just looking at a photo of her two cats on her smartphone helps her […]

Making the most of Asia's aging populations

Making the most of Asia's aging populations

SEOUL – Asia is aging fast: by 2040, 16 percent of the region’s population will be older than 65, more than double the 7.8 percent share in 2015. While the rise in healthy life expectancy is a positive development, this demographic shift poses a serious threat to many economies, which are already losing vitality. A […]

China-centered Asia is bulwark against EM squalls

China-centered Asia is bulwark against EM squalls

Michael Power, Investec May 29, 2018 Print this page In the past, an investor would have been broadly right to call the end of any emerging market party by monitoring the twin tides of US dollar liquidity and mineral commodity price cycles. If one of these two tides were ebbing — the US dollar appreciating […]

Japanese, US, German, Australian team targets big battery projects in Asia-Pacific

Japanese, US, German, Australian team targets big battery projects in Asia-Pacific

* Top Japanese coal, LNG buyer in green push * Big growth opportunity for utility scale batteries in Asia * Fluence to supply batteries for 3 Australian solar farms MELBOURNE, May 29 (Reuters) – Japan’s JERA, a U.S.-German joint venture and an Australian firm have teamed up to develop battery projects in the Asia-Pacific, including […]

Most Asian markets edge higher, with oil prices extending losses

Most Asian markets edge higher, with oil prices extending losses

That came as oil prices extended declines after coming under pressure last week following news that top producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, could ease quotas on existing production cuts. Brent crude futures slid 1.24 percent to trade at $75.49 per barrel and U.S. West Texas Intermediate eased 1.64 percent to trade at $66.77 after […]

Nato's second-in-command to address Asia security forum as North Korea looms large

Nato's second-in-command to address Asia security forum as North Korea looms large

Nato Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller will attend a major security forum in Asia next month, aiming to bolster the Western alliance’s ties with the region amid lingering fears about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, a diplomatic source said on Sunday. It will be the first time for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which primarily focused […]

Countries in Asia are looking for ways to counter China's growing power — with and without the US's help

Countries in Asia are looking for ways to counter China's growing power — with and without the US's help

“There’s increasingly this new form of defensive policy taking place in Asia, which doesn’t really rest in mutual defense treaties but rests in deepening defense partnerships through extensive bilateral exercises, through arms transfers, which are a sign of the strategic weight of an emerging relationship, and other means that countries are pursuing to diversify” their […]

After Japan, major evangelistic drive planned for Northern Asia

After Japan, major evangelistic drive planned for Northern Asia

Japan’s unprecedented evangelistic meetings are only the beginning. Seventh-day Adventist leaders now intend to hold evangelistic meetings at 2,019 sites across the entire Northern Pacific-Asia Division in 2019. Division leaders approved the ambitious plan during midyear meetings on May 22-24, just as the bulk of Japan’s evangelistic meetings wrapped up. The Northern Pacific-Asia Division, whose […]

Dwight Powell to coach in the Basketball Without Borders Asia

Dwight Powell to coach in the Basketball Without Borders Asia

DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell will be one of several National Basketball Association players who will put on their coaching hats and coach in the 10th edition of Basketball Without Borders Asia. Powell, other NBA players, NBA assistant coaches and former WNBA players will be coaching the top high school age campers from […]

Darwin Evolves: US Military Turns Australian Outpost Into Asia Launchpad

Darwin Evolves: US Military Turns Australian Outpost Into Asia Launchpad

DARWIN, Australia—The past casts a long shadow over this palm-lined city on Asia’s fringe. In February 1942, a devastating Japanese airstrike killed more than 200 people here and prompted many more to flee into the remote Outback. Together with the fall of Singapore days earlier, the attack on this “wild little tropic port,” in the […]