Daisuke Wakabayashi
For Daisuke Wakabayashi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
As China struggles with a slumping stock market and a collapsing real estate sector, commentary and even financial analysis Beijing deems negative are blocked.
Jan 31, 2024
China’s censorship dragnet targets critics of the economy
The government's new information campaign about the economy is wider than usual censorship, with efforts now extending to mainstream commentary.
Koo Yeon-kyung, the eldest daughter of LG's former chairperson Koo Bon-moo, at her home in Seoul on Oct. 3. The death of Koo Bon-moo in 2018 without a will sparked a power struggle within the Koo family and LG over the inheritance of his estimated $1.5 billion fortune — including his 11% stake in the company.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 19, 2023
Family split at LG tests corporate succession in South Korea
Wife and daughters of late chairman accuse adopted son and other executives of deception to steal their inheritance to bolster his claim to the company.
Nepali security personnel stand guard at Pokhara International Airport in Pokhara, Nepal, ahead of the arrival of the first international flight from China on June 21.
Nov 13, 2023
Nepal is investigating new airport made by China
A few engineers who had worked on the airport said that building quality had been compromised and that the project’s infrastructure was not sound.
Japan Times
May 13, 2023
In China, the police came for the consultants. Now the CEOs are alarmed.
Foreign businesses, a top Chinese official said in March, “are not foreigners, but family.” Then came a crackdown on firms with foreign ties.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2022
In Xi’s China, the business of business is state-controlled
The Chinese leader has increasingly demanded that businesses conform to the aims of the Communist Party, an agenda he doubled down on this week at an important political gathering.
Japan Times
Sep 27, 2022
In China’s auto market, electric isn’t the future. It’s the present.
This year, the U.S. passed a key threshold of EVs accounting for 5% of new car sales. China passed that level in 2018.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 18, 2020
Google’s legal peril grows in face of third antitrust suit in U.S.
The cascade of lawsuits against Google, which the company says it will fight in court, are indicative of the growing backlash against the largest tech companies.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 5, 2020
Social media companies survived U.S. Election Day. More tests loom.
For months, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube prepared to clamp down on misinformation on Election Day in the U.S.


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