PM Abe has hinted that he may delay increasing tax, saying the move would be "meaningless" if it inflicted too much damage. The FT reports.
A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis.
Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president on Monday but pressing economic problems and skeptical rivals set to test the former businessman.
For a country trying to avoid the menace of deflation, South Korea is receiving timely help from unusual quarters - its landlord and their tenants.
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Mathias Cormann, Finance Minister of Australia, says the number of pre-registrations indicate strong demand for health insurer Medibank's share offering.
Douglas Ramage, Managing Director, Bower Group Asia, says Widodo's main obstacles are political as the Parliament is controlled by the opposition.
Pradeep Taneja, Lecturer of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, explains the difference between rule of law and rule by law.