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Nepal_Earthquake

In the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, hundreds of thousands are homeless and the body count is over 7,000, with thousands more missing. Due to country’s poor infrastructure and logistical challenges, combined with the somewhat slow response of the Nepalese government, many of...

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Sayonara-McDonalds

McDonald’s Holdings Company (Japan), Ltd. has announced that it will be closing 131 stores across Japan after reporting that revenues were shrinking at an ever increasing rate. The company reports that losses have been significant this year, totaling US$318 million, almost triple what many analysts had predicted. This is...

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china-software-ave-sign1

The Chinese government announced Monday that it plans to suspend (for now) its proposed policy that would require government-accessible “backdoors” to banking communications as well as place severe restrictions on the use of foreign technology by banks within the country. This decision to postpone comes in the wake of...

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Shop_Japan

Japanese corporations may be busy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), but foreign investment funds—mainly from Western countries—are just as busy in Japan, snapping up small and mid-size Japanese companies. Private equity (PE) behemoths such as Bain Capital, KKR, and the Carlyle Group spent billions of dollars...

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airasia

ASEAN member nations have a way to go before its Single Aviation Market (ASEAN-SAM)—more commonly known as “Open Skies” policy—is in full effect. Even before considering liberalization of Southeast Asia’s air transportation network, this unified market needs to be accepted to a greater degree by some holdout members, particularly...

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