Shawna Kwan
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Office workers in the Central district in Hong Kong on Nov. 20
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 8, 2024
Hong Kong workers demand 6% raise to return to office fully
In a survey, 27% of people asked for a raise if their employers required them to work in the office five days a week.
Pedestrians walk past a McDonald's restaurant in Hong Kong.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 13, 2023
Hong Kong takes economic hit as Chinese tourists fail to splurge
Changes in travel habits come as the Chinese economy weakens and youth unemployment remains high.
A woman carries food to customers at a Japanese restaurant in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Aug 27, 2023
Hong Kong turns to tycoons to get party scene back on track
The government is urging major property groups to help boost the nighttime economy via drink coupons, free events and later shopping hours.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
Hong Kong’s reopening brings scant gains after pandemic and crackdown
Tens of thousands of high-skilled workers left to escape the city’s COVID-19 regime and limits imposed on freedoms after Beijing enacted a national security law in 2020.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2022
Cheaper yen lures Hong Kong's rich to Japanese real estate
International property agents said sales have increased this year as the yen fell to multi-decade lows against the Hong Kong dollar.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2022
Hong Kong’s hotel quarantine system buckles under China demand
Monthly mainland Chinese arrivals at Hong Kong airport jumped nearly 11,000% between April and June to 30,222 — accounting for one-third of airport passengers last month.
Japan Times
May 23, 2022
New Hong Kong leader’s vow to fix housing crisis draws skeptics
Lee's manifesto had a clear focus on how he would safeguard China's constitution and Hong Kong's Basic Law, while policy issues lacked extensive detail.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 1, 2022
Tycoons keep building Hong Kong offices as vacancies jump
The oversupply underscores an unprecedented challenge to property developers as they grapple with an expat exodus and some of the world's harshest border controls to curb the virus.
Japan Times
Dec 15, 2021
Hong Kong’s property tycoons sacrifice profit to appease Beijing
Two years after protests rocked the city and Chinese authorities pointed a finger of blame at sky-high home prices, developers are under pressure to help ease its housing crisis.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2021
Chinese tourists’ disappearance is remaking Hong Kong retail
The number of restaurants and food grocery outlets has grown 9%.
Japan Times
May 7, 2021
From Singapore to Rio, the smart money is on greener buildings
'There's a growing shift toward including the green credentials of a building within what constitutes competitive advantage for a developer,” according to one industry observer.
Japan Times
Nov 24, 2020
Hong Kong campus rocked by protest becomes ‘prison’ a year later
Today, what had once been a bustling, freely accessible campus is locked down, its protest movement extinguished in a series of aggressive moves to stifle dissent in the Asian financial hub.
Japan Times
Sep 30, 2020
How the world’s most expensive skyscraper deal turned sour
The background of the investors behind the record-breaking deal drew as much interest as the transaction itself.
Japan Times
Jul 29, 2019
Hong Kong police struggle to contain unpredictable protesters
From an airport sit-in to violent clashes in a suburban area to aimless marches through busy shopping districts, Hong Kong's weekend of unrest illustrated the challenge of quelling a protest movement that's leaderless, unpredictable and widespread.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2019
How encrypted messages and car 'crashes' helped Hong Kong protesters
Thousands of black-clad demonstrators braved tear gas and rain for 79 days in Hong Kong's 2014 "Umbrella Movement." The lessons of that agitation appear to have made the city's protesters swifter and better prepared in some of their latest attempts to weather police action.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Jun 11, 2019
U.S. voices 'grave concern' over proposed Hong Kong extradition law as city braces for showdown
The U.S. expressed "grave concern" over Hong Kong legislation that would for the first time allow extraditions to mainland China, raising pressure on Beijing as the city braced for a potentially historic showdown over the proposal.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on