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Features by Mariko Oi

The Philippines tops China in GDP growth

Which country has the highest economic growth rate in the Asia-Pacific region? It's not China, but the Philippines, which grew at a surprising rate of 7.8 percent last quarter.
Posted In: philippines, asia

In modern Japan, being a ninja is no way to make a living

The ninja is one of Japan's oldest and most mysterious professions, but today modern methods to spy, sabotage, and kill are putting them out of work.
Posted In: Japan, museums, ninja

The fiscal cliff could impact Asian economy

As the drama unfolds here at home, it is important to see how the fiscal cliff is affecting economies elsewhere in the world -- like Asia.
Posted In: asia, fiscal cliff, Nikkei

In Japan, importance of family business opens up opportunities

Family businesses dominate Japan's corporate landscape. For generations, sons have always taken on the top job. But what happens if there's not a male heir to inherit the business?
Posted In: Japan, family business

Tensions grow between China and Japan over islands

In China over the weekend, activists smashed shop windows and overturned cars in a wave of anti-Japanese protests. The protests center around a couple of uninhabited, rocky islands in the East China Sea.
Posted In: China, Japan

Japanese economy grows at just 1.4%

New figures out this morning show Japan's economy is slowing down. It grew at a rate of 1.4 percent in the latest three month period. That's down sharply from the previous quarter.
Posted In: Japan

Japan wants to double national sales tax to fix deficit

A government plan would increase the nation's sales tax from 5 percent to 10 percent. Critics say this would affect consumer spending.
Posted In: sales tax, Japan

Asian markets remain fundamentally strong, so why panic?

Asian economies are not immune from the developments in the U.S. and Europe.

Big companies no longer limited to .com

Internet minders voted today to allow an onslaught of new domain names on themes as varied as company brands, entertainment and political causes.
Posted In: Internet
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