Japan's carmakers are reporting a huge drop in sales in China, and it's not about China's slowing growth. Anti-Japan protests in China are such an issue, Toyota and Nissan have both cut back on Chinese production.
Twenty years after the start of China's great migration of farmers leaving rural China to work at factories along the country's coast, workers are beginning to return home, following an investment boom in China's interior.
Foreign companies searching to lower costs have found inland Chinese cities like Chengdu to their liking. The city offers a range of perks to companies to relocate there from China's coast, and skilled workers originally from the region are returning home as a result.
Nearly a quarter of a billion Chinese workers relocated from the country's interior to the factory towns on the coast in one of the largest human migration the planet has ever known. Now, 20 years later, the great migration is drawing to a close.
With all this information technology at our disposal, it's striking how getting to the truth of a matter can still be so tough. Two tech stories from opposite sides of the world today remind us how even in 2012 the flow of information is still tightly controlled.