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For Su Jin Lee, it was a labor of love.
The deal would form a major trading bloc involving the region's top economies and cover nearly a third of the world's GDP.
Many were hoping that some "substantial conclusion" to the years-long negotiations over the RCEP trade deal would be reached in Bangkok.
Microsoft Japan's experimentation with a four-day workweek has proved to be a huge boon to employee productivity.
You could choose just one ski destination in Europe, Asia or North America — but why limit yourself?
There are concerns within India that a trade agreement like RCEP could be detrimental to domestic producers as they compete against relatively cheaper goods coming in from other markets.
Russian start-up Promobot unveiled what it calls the world's first android. It closely resembles a person and performs tasks such as accepting payments and answering customer questions. It comes with an AI system with over 100,000 speech modules.
Pierre Chartres of M&G Investments discusses central bank policy and inflation. He also says he doesn't see the need for further Fed cuts in the "immediate future."
Steve Brice of Standard Chartered Private Bank says Japan ranks very highly on a pure valuation perspective, but investors are likely to focus on high income-generating assets rather than value plays.
Asian businesses, in particular, will feel the impact of extreme weather conditions. In 2018, the region lost $54.7 billion to natural disasters, second only to North America.
Tetsufumi Yamakawa of Barclays says the "reversal rate," where the net impact of monetary policy reverses, is a "very, very urgent matter" for the Bank of Japan to consider.
Hugh Young of Aberdeen Standard Investments says investors can find a lot of overlooked stocks in the Japanese market. He also weighs in on Virgin Galactic, which made its market debut this week.
This humanoid robot, RoBoHoN, wants to be a companion for humans in Japan. CNBC tested it out in Tokyo.
Washington must force European and Asian mercantilists to change their ways through bilateral channels and multilateral forums, writes Dr. Michael Ivanovitch.
Central banks in Europe and Japan were always "driving with the handbrakes on," which is why the economies ended up with "near permanent" low interest rates, says Mikio Kumada of LGT Capital Partners
This shift to what Morgan Stanley called the "data era" may hurt companies that have so far been dependent on revenue from smartphones and personal computers, the firm said.