Casey Hall
China's 15-day visa-free policy is giving tourism a huge boost, with bookings from eligible countries surging 150% and attracting millions of visitors post-pandemic.
Jul 17, 2024
China strives to lure foreign tourists, but it's a hard sell for some
The recent surge in tourism comes after China closed its borders in early 2020 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and kept them shut until the start of 2023.
A bus stop where a Japanese mother and child appear to have been attacked in Suzhou in China's Jiangsu Province
JAPAN / Society
Jul 1, 2024
Chinese social media companies condemn hate speech against Japanese people after knife attack
Wechat owner Tencent said it had tackled 836 instances of content related to the attack that infringed its rules.
Passengers look at the tarmac as they wait for flights at Beijing Capital International Airport on April 20.
Jun 17, 2024
Chinese outbound travel recovery lags due to costs and visa snags
Chinese people took 87 million trips abroad last year, down 40% from pre-COVID 2019.
A Starbucks coffee shop in Beijing on May 22
May 27, 2024
In China, Starbucks tries to avoid price war but gets dragged into discounting
A coffee price war in China has arisen amid persistent deflation, weak consumer sentiment, and stagnant wages.
People ride past a advertisement promoting a Singles Day shopping festival in Beijing in 2023.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 13, 2024
China's e-commerce giants face a delicate balance
Chinese consumers are seeking discounts and lower-cost shopping following the pandemic.
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.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals