Adrian Ma

Freelance Reporter

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Why renting is up and homeownership is down in "affordable" Cleveland

Jan 3, 2019
The rise of renting in Cleveland offers a glimpse into the region's economy.
A view of downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
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In your hunt for holiday deals, don’t forget the Christmas tree

Dec 18, 2018
Christmas trees are in short supply, but deals are still doable.
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Employee stock ownership plans may perk up productivity

Dec 10, 2018
Nearly 7,000 businesses in the U.S. have employee stock ownership plans or ESOPs.
Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, Ohio recently decided to give employees stock in the company.
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Competition propels global airlines into smaller cities

Nov 21, 2018
Seeking less competition, global airlines are opening stops in smaller cities. But can the new routes survive?
A scene from a WOW air promotional video commemorating the start of service to/from Cleveland Hopkins Airport this past May. Less than six months later, WOW air announced that it was pulling out of Cleveland. 
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As digital payments grow, an ATM maker looks beyond cash

Nov 8, 2018
How will ATM makers manage in a world where digital transactions are becoming more popular and cash is optional?
People walk past an ATM machine logo near Penn Station on January 8, 2018 in New York.
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Japan expands use of foreign "interns" to address labor shortage

Oct 10, 2018
The unemployment rate is just 2.4 percent in Japan; the country is filling the job gaps with a controversial program for foreign interns.
Workers at the Tsuda Shoten fish plant in Kamaishi, Japan. About 10 percent of the workers are non-Japanese “interns” who come through a special government program.
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After a layoff, moving home could relieve some financial burden

Oct 3, 2018
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, nearly half of all workers will at some point in their career become “displaced” — that is, they will lose a job through no fault of their own. When that happens, getting…
A worker packs a box with clothing while moving a family in Tiburon, Calif.
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A Lawson’s store in Lakewood, Ohio in 1975 (left), and a Lawson store in Tokyo’s Akasaka neighborhood in 2018. Even though the brand was founded in Ohio, there are zero Lawson stores in the continental U.S. today, and over 14,000 in Japan. 
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Japan trade officials and companies take a nuanced approach to U.S. tariffs

Sep 4, 2018
The Trump administration’s 25 percent tariff on imported steel has triggered retaliation from U.S. trading partners such as Canada, the European Union, and China. But over the past few months, Japan, which has also been a target of U.S. tariffs,…

Postcard from a Japanese steel town

Aug 1, 2018
The city of Kamaishi is the birthplace of the modern Japanese steel industry, but that hasn't shielded it from change.
The Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal plant in Kamaishi, Japan.
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