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A demonstrator holds a music score while singing the “Glory to Hong Kong” protest song during a flash mob protest in Hong Kong in September 2019.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
May 15, 2024
Videos of Hong Kong protest song blocked on YouTube after court order
The Court of Appeal granted an injunction that holds platforms responsible for hosting the song, exposing global internet companies to new legal risks.
TikTok raised eyebrows last month when it mobilized users to petition against a potential ban, demonstrating its influence on Americans.
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 30, 2024
TikTok and Tesla just the start of U.S.-China clash over Big Data
Data security is again taking center stage in the intensifying rivalry between the U.S. and China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government has so far shown restraint in responding to a drumbeat of U.S. trade curbs, but driving TikTok out of the U.S. could challenge that calibration.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 25, 2024
TikTok ultimatum puts U.S. firms in firing line for China response
Legislation approved on Wednesday would give parent company ByteDance nearly a year to divest the video-sharing platform before facing an outright ban.
Under the watch of Chinese President Xi Jinping, China has expanded state control of strategically critical areas from semiconductor manufacturing to quantum computing.
BUSINESS / Tech
Mar 5, 2024
China vows to mobilize nation as it fights U.S. for tech supremacy
The central government will increase spending on scientific and technology research by 10% in 2024.
In recent years, Jack Ma has largely stayed out of public view after clashing with the Chinese government.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 30, 2023
Jack Ma returns to rally troops after Alibaba’s troubles deepen
"Every great company is born in a winter"
An attendee walks past a wall decorated with binary code during July's World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai.
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 15, 2023
Beijing aims to regulate China’s AI sector while maintaining edge
Like Europe, China is moving ahead with government oversight of what may be the most promising — and controversial — technology of the last 30 years.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 12, 2023
TikTok content under scrutiny with Taiwan election heating up
TikTok’s Chinese ownership and its status as the fastest-growing app is drawing scrutiny as campaigning gets underway.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jun 28, 2023
China lures billionaires into race to catch U.S. in AI
China’s tech sector has a new obsession: competing with U.S. titans like Google and Microsoft in the breakneck global artificial intelligence race.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 26, 2023
China’s 'Project 912' used social media to target dissidents
The Chinese government has a team of police officers who create fake social accounts to harass dissidents and other critics outside of its borders, according to U.S. prosecutors.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 14, 2022
Biden set to meet Xi in bid to avert a full rupture in U.S.-China ties
U.S. President Joe Biden heads to Bali for his first in-person meeting with China's Xi Jinping since taking office last year with promises to try to keep the relationship from getting worse.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 14, 2022
Xi lands in Kazakhstan for first foreign trip in over two years
Xi, who wore a mask bearing a Chinese flag, was greeted on the tarmac by a marching band and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who he was set to hold talks with that afternoon.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 7, 2022
Xi and Putin to meet for first time since Russia’s war in Ukraine
The two will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit that runs from Sept. 15-16, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 6, 2022
China says U.S. hacked aeronautics and space research university
Beijing and Washington have been engaged in an increasingly testy war of words over cyberspying, with China becoming more direct in naming American government agencies in its accusations.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 15, 2022
Congress forces Biden toward risky face-off with China over Taiwan
More hawkish moves by Congress could leave the U.S. president with a choice of whether he would rather look weak in Washington or in Beijing.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 10, 2022
Nancy Pelosi trip hinders Biden effort to galvanize Asia against China
The shockwaves from the highest-level U.S. visit to Taiwan in a quarter century are still reverberating around the region days after she flew back to Washington.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 6, 2022
Alleged Shanghai cyberattack exposes dangers of China’s data trove
The purported theft of 23 terabytes of personal information on up to a billion Chinese citizens from a police database could be one of the biggest leaks the world has ever seen.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 29, 2022
China’s tech giants lost their swagger and may never get it back
Insiders describe an ongoing sense of paranoia and paralysis, along with an unsettling realization that the sky-high growth rates of the past two decades are likely never coming back.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Apr 4, 2022
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she won’t seek second term
The city's current No. 2 official, John Lee, is forming a team to prepare for an electoral run, local media reported.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 18, 2022
Olympic athletes told to leave phones at home to dodge spying in China
Beijing has promised the world's top athletes access to a partially unfettered internet during the Winter Games, but security experts say there are reasons to exercise caution.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 10, 2022
Hong Kong cryptocurrency exchange allegedly hit by frozen funds
Dozens of clients have been unable to make withdrawals from Coinsuper since late November, based on a review of messages on the firm's official Telegram chat.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.  
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