Casey Hall
For Casey Hall's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
As their popularity grow, Shein and Temu together send almost 600,000 packages to the U.S. every day.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 22, 2024
Rise of fast-fashion Shein and Temu roils global air cargo industry
Their pursuit of limited air-cargo space to woo consumers with rapid transit times make off-peak seasons almost disappear and cause capacity shortages.
The rupture of one of the world's busiest shipping routes has exposed the vulnerability of China's export-reliant economy to supply snarls and external demand shocks.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 22, 2024
Red Sea crisis pressures China's exporters as shipping delays mount
Further Red Sea disruptions would pile pressure on a struggling economy already contending with a property crisis and weak consumer demand.
China's economy grew 5.2% last year, more than most major economies. But for many in the country, the world's second-largest economy feels like it's shrinking.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 18, 2024
For many in China, the economy feels like it is in recession
A crisis of confidence is keeping Chinese consumers from spending and businesses in the world's second-largest economy from hiring and investing.
Gold ornaments on display for sale at a Chow Tai Fook jewellery store in Shanghai.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 11, 2023
Young Chinese spurn traditional investments in favor of gold
The trend underscores uncertainty about growth prospects in the world's second-largest economy, which has not recovered from COVID-19 as fast as expected.
A woman sits on a swing attached to a giant McDonald's sign outside its themed exhibition in Beijing on Monday.
Dec 4, 2023
McDonald’s raises China bet amid Western derisking trend
The move contrasts sharply with the prevailing trend of multinational corporations reeling back investments in China or even exiting altogether.
A Tiffany store in Shanghai. Luxury companies are targeting VIC's, or very important clients, as China's post-pandemic economic slowdown dries up the spending power of the middle class.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 20, 2023
Exclusivity the name of the game as firms target China's wealthiest
Brands are focusing on selling fewer, more valuable items, relying on luxury consumers.
Couples prepare to have their photo taken during a wedding photography shoot on a in Shanghai on Sept. 6.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 19, 2023
Fewer 'I dos' ruin the party for China's $500 billion wedding industry
The trend is worrying officials trying to revive marriage rates and birth rates, which dropped to record lows last year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 19, 2023
Why China could become the luxury industry's next sore spot
The luxury goods industry has relied heavily on China and North America for growth in recent years, but latest figures suggest both markets may be starting to slow.
Japan Times
May 21, 2023
No joke: China's backlash against stand-up stirs fear of comedy clampdown
A Beijing-based comedian said a number of their shows had been canceled in the wake of a joke about the military.
Japan Times
May 5, 2023
Fewer luxury shoppers but bigger spenders as Chinese return to Europe
Those trickling back to Europe are mostly business travelers and wealthier people who have the means to travel "a bit differently."
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2023
As China ages, investors bet they can beat retirement home stigma
Who takes care of the elderly in China, where pensions are tiny, is one of the major headaches policymakers face as they deal with the start of a demographic downturn.
Japan Times
Jan 18, 2023
China's pessimistic Gen Z poses challenge for Xi post-COVID
Improving young people"s livelihoods without abandoning the country"s export-led growth model poses inherent conflicts for a government that prioritizes social stability.
Japan Times
Dec 12, 2022
Chinese consumers wary of splurging after COVID-19 restrictions fall
Glee that greeted abrupt relaxations in COVID-19 rules has been tempered with uncertainty for consumers and businesses.
Japan Times
Nov 28, 2022
China tightens security after rare protests against COVID curbs
There was no sign of new protests on Monday in Beijing or Shanghai, but dozens of police were in the areas where the weekend demonstrations took place.
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2022
China's great reopening may come too late for many businesses
China, the last among major countries not treating COVID-19 as endemic, this month unveiled 20 new steps that eased its stringent anti-COVID policies.
Japan Times
Aug 9, 2022
More Chinese women delay or give up on having babies after 'COVID zero' ordeal
Strict controls on people's lives may have caused profound damage on their desire to have children, demographers say.
Japan Times
May 20, 2022
China's international schools struggle to retain teachers deterred by COVID curbs
The schools are also facing a drop in foreign student enrollment, with many foreign families choosing to leave while others stay away.


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