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  • Japan sees no need for 2% inflation or more easing Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 6:59 PM ET

    Japan Inc sees no need for an aggressive pursuit of a 2 percent inflation goal or additional monetary easing, a Reuters poll showed.

  • Hong Kong radicals lead democracy push against China Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET
    Hong Kong democracy protests

    Hong Kong's protests may be over but a new form of radical activism has turned shopping malls and university campuses into a fresh battleground.

  • Hyperinflation … in Japan? Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 5:51 PM ET

    Japanese consumers are increasingly worried about runway inflation, warns a Credit Suisse report.

  • Japan pines for Australia’s yields Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 5:58 PM ET
    Passers-by are reflected on an electronic board showing Japan's Nikkei stock average and the Japanese yen's exchange rate against the U.S. dollar (top) at a brokerage in Tokyo, November 17, 2014.

    Japan's perennially low yields will keep the country's conservative bond investors lusting after Australia's safe and stable bonds, analysts said.

  • Look no further: Japan Inc. wants you Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 5:51 PM ET

    Corporate Japan is reaching beyond its shores to attract new talent, offering lucrative training programs to recruit employees.

  • Shorts coming for Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 12:10 AM ET
    A man using a mobile device stands in front of a screen displaying signage for the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect during its launch ceremony at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Hong Kong on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

    The Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect's lukewarm reception may heat up, with the Hong Kong market saying it plans to allow short-selling from March 2.

  • India's Modi bets on GM crops for green revolution Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 10:49 PM ET
    A worker harvests onions on a farm near Umrana, Maharashtra, India, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

    Modi is looking to reverse India's effective ban on genetically modified food crop trials in a bid to boost the country's dismal farm productivity.

  • Lee Kuan Yew in hospital for severe pneumonia Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 6:22 AM ET
    Singapore's former prime inister and elder stateman Lee Kuan Yew

    Former prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, has been hospitalized for severe pneumonia for the past two weeks but his condition has since stabilized, according to a statement from the government Saturday.

  • MGM CEO: We can ride out China gambling volatility Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    MGM Chairman and CEO Jim Murren says the volatility in China's gaming sector isn't going away soon, but the company can manage.

  • Kim Jong-un gets a new haircut; Twitter loves it Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 9:04 AM ET

    As fashion fanatics worldwide make notes on this season’s hottest looks, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, gets in the spirit with a new hairdo.

  • Who said flip phones were so 2000? Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 2:13 AM ET

    Long-forgotten flip phones, a fad more than a decade ago, are making a curious comeback in Japan, a country known for its cutting-edge technology.

  • Thailand plans to end "rent-a-womb" tourism Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 12:53 AM ET
    The entrance of New Life IVF clinic shows its closed doors in Bangkok on August 15, 2014.

    Thailand's interim parliament has passed a law banning foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a "rent-a-womb" fertility-tourism industry.

  • Samsung goes after Apple on new front Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 11:53 PM ET
    People walk by a Samsung store in lower Manhattan in New York City.

    Samsung's acquisition of LoopPay may see it dominate the mobile payment space, experts say, upping the rivalry with long-standing competitor Apple.

  • Japan wages: Manufacturing consent Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 10:04 PM ET

    Shunto, the "spring offensive" by Japan's trade unions, is making a comeback on behalf of Japanese workers asking for a pay raise, the FT reports.

  • Cyclone slams into northeast Australia Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 10:31 PM ET
    Surfers head out Snapper Rocks as Cyclone Marcia approaches the coast of Queensland on February 19, 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia.

    A powerful cyclone hits northeast Australia, causing massive damage and causing flash flooding, while a second storm made landfall to the west.

  • Angry Birds maker to tailor games in Chinese market Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 7:56 PM ET

    Finland's Rovio will start tailoring its Angry Birds mobile games to the Chinese market as it aims to step up business in the world's most populous country.

  • India central bank warns against "mockery" Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 7:32 PM ET
    Raghuram Rajan, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor.

    India's RBI is getting tougher on the country's banks to ensure they push through rate cuts, stopping them from making a "mockery" of its operations.

  • Dr. Doom: Handle India with care Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 6:12 PM ET
    Marc Faber

    Following India equities' dazzling rally last year, the market no longer looks compelling, according to storied investor Marc Faber.

  • Philippines: Watch out for this roadblock Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 6:10 PM ET
    A mural honoring overseas Filipino workers in Manila.

    Momentum in Asia's second-fastest growing economy may dwindle on warnings of a potential slowdown in a key growth driver: remittances.

  • Rupee security breaches kept hidden: Report Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 2:20 PM ET
    A worker holds Indian ten rupee banknotes in Mumbai, India.

    India's currency suffered a security breach that government officials kept hidden, according to a new report.

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