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  • Childcare crisis puts key Abenomics pillar at risk Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    A shortage of nurseries continues to undermine 'Womenomics', Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to boost female labor force participation and offset a rapidly ageing population.

  • Honda to expand air bag recall nationally Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 10:53 AM ET
    Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing about defective airbags made by Takata of Japan and installed in Hondas.

    Honda Motor on Wednesday said it will expand a recall of automobiles with Takata driver's side air bags to include all 50 states.

  • The founders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central civil disobedience movement on Tuesday called on pro-democracy activists to retreat from the city center over fears of violence.

  • Hong Kong is in a recession: Expert Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    Hong Kong is in the middle of a recession, according to renowned China expert Andy Xie, as new data shows the economy is starting to feel the pain of ongoing protests.

  • Chinese corruption worse, despite drive: Report Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 11:00 PM ET

    Despite a well-publicized drive to combat graft, China has been labeled more corrupt this year than it was in 2013.

  • Australia headed into perfect storm in 2015 Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 10:49 PM ET

    Australia will face a crucial stress test in 2015, faced with plunging commodity prices, slumping mining investment and fiscal tightening.

  • US regulator calls Takata response 'disappointing' Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 10:29 PM ET
    A man walks past a sign board of Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp's Annual General Meeting in Tokyo June 26, 2014.

    U.S. auto regulators called Takata Corp's response to its demand for a nationwide recall "disappointing".

  • Bearish Chinese bets fuel iron ore rout Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 6:37 PM ET
    Trucks at an iron ore mine

    A halving in the price of iron ore this year has been fueled in part by Chinese speculators who built up huge short positions on the one-year-old futures contract.

  • Malaysia faces serious headwinds as oil slumps Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 9:50 PM ET
    Malaysia's iconic Twin Towers are seen in the background of the Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas logo at a petrol station in Kuala Lumpur

    While lower oil prices are set to give many of Asia's economies a fillip, Malaysia could face serious headwinds due to its heavy reliance on state-owned oil company Petronas.

  • Australia's growth slows in Q3, misses forecast Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    Australia's economy grew at a slower-than-expected pace in the third quarter, underscoring growing concerns about its outlook and calls for the central bank to undertake easing measures.

  • Singapore delays market open after software glitch Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 10:06 PM ET

    SGX on Wed delayed its securities market trading due to a software problem, a month after a power failure suspended trading in stocks and derivatives.

  • Rattled by Chinese submarines, India rebuilds fleet Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 6:37 PM ET
    Indian warships INS Khukri and INS Sumitra at a 2014 demonstration

    India is speeding up a navy modernization program and leaning on its neighbors to curb Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean.

  • Japan elections a wild card for Nikkei Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 7:41 PM ET

    Japanese stocks surged to fresh seven-year highs on Monday as the yen was pummeled, but analysts say further upside could be limited as markets gear up for the national elections in two weeks.

  • Takata taps former US transport chiefs amid crisis Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 7:18 PM ET
    A man arranges airbag cushions at a plant for Japanese car parts maker Takata Corp.

    Takata Corp, the Japanese air bag supplier at the center of a growing auto safety crisis, said on Tuesday that it is forming an independent quality panel.

  • Slow growth could impede China’s banking reforms Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    China's draft regulations for a bank deposit insurance system could see full interest rate liberalization soon, but slowing growth might impede reform measures.

  • China stocks surge on PBOC stimulus hopes Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

    Chinese stocks staged a late rally on Tuesday as speculation of more stimulus from the country's central bank helped to drive shares higher.

  • RBI to jump on easing train soon Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 1:11 AM ET
    Raghuram Rajan, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor.

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) stood pat on monetary policy Tuesday, despite signs of slowing growth in Asia's third largest economy.

  • Investors shrugged off Moody's downgrade of Japan's debt rating, maintaining their bullish outlook on the market despite headwinds facing the economy.

  • Australia holds rates as speculation for cuts mounts Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 10:37 PM ET
    The Reserve Bank of Australia headquarters

    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) on Tuesday kept interest rates unchanged, as expected, even as speculation mounts that borrowing rates, already at record lows, could head further south.

  • China rate cut is cold comfort for developers Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 10:32 PM ET
    At a property trade fair in Beijing, China

    Property developers will get a negligible lift from the country's first benchmark interest rate cut in two years as sales slip and banks pull back on lending to the sector.

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