Casey Hall
For Casey Hall's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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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