Sheryl Tian Tong Lee
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The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. logo atop a building at the Hsinchu Science Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 20, 2023
‘Sell TSMC, buy ASML’ gains traction as China-Taiwan risks grow
Because TSMC’s operations are mostly in Taiwan, it faces heightened geopolitical hazards. ASML, meanwhile, stands to benefit from the fragmentation.
Visitors walk along the Marina Barrage water catchment area in Singapore in 2009.
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 10, 2023
Singapore fighting rising seas to save $50 billion in real estate
During a half-century of independence, Singapore has fought to expand its territory, inch by hard-won inch. On the tip of the Malaysian peninsula, the island city-state piled up sand to expand its coastline and reclaim land from the sea.
The Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant in Singapore on July 21. Public Utilities Board, which is responsible for Singapore's water management, has a long-term goal of reducing the energy use of water desalination to 1 killowatt-hours per 1,000 liters.
Aug 3, 2023
Singapore is building the technology it needs for new climate era
Building renewables like solar and wind requires a lot of land, one thing Singapore doesn’t have.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2023
Ancient Amazon charcoal seen as next big thing in carbon markets
Known as biochar, this black substance can store carbon for hundreds of years and improve soil quality at the same time.
Japan Times
May 17, 2023
A billion new air conditioners will save lives but cook the planet
Demand for air conditioners is surging in markets where both incomes and temperatures are rising, such as India, China, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 9, 2023
Funds that inflate green credentials face strict new rules in Japan
Under the FSA’s new guidelines, only funds that consider environmental, social and governance as a 'key factor” when choosing investments can be marketed as such.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2022
Japan to ramp up scrutiny of ESG data providers with new guidelines
With ESG assets set to reach $53 trillion by 2025, concerns are growing over the substantial influence these typically unregulated ESG data providers have over the industry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Dec 8, 2022
Hong Kong and Singapore compete for green finance supremacy
The race to attract all that fresh money and trading business in Asia will take years to play out, but so far Singapore has an early edge over Hong Kong.
Japan Times
Oct 19, 2022
Cost of green hydrogen to match LNG within a decade, French utility says
Interest in hydrogen is rapidly growing amid a global effort to cut dependence on coal and natural gas.
Japan Times
May 10, 2022
With $47 billion in assets, China’s climate-focused funds surpass U.S.
In 2021, record inflows and outperformance by the domestic clean energy sector bolstered Chinese climate funds by drifing a 149% increase in value from the previous year.


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