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Hong Kong is looking to Saudi Arabia in efforts to attract a new set of investors to replace Western nations who may be deterred from doing business in China at a time of rising geopolitical tensions.
BUSINESS / Markets
May 9, 2024
Hong Kong woos Saudi money in attempt to revive stock market
Its bourse operator has been having a tough time in recent years amid a stuttering Chinese economy and saber-rattling by Beijing and Washington.
The Exchange Square complex, which houses the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in Hong Kong on March 14. Dealmakers say a lot more than words is needed to revive Hong Kong’s weakest IPO market since the global financial crisis.
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 29, 2024
China’s new plan to boost Hong Kong IPOs faces major hurdles
Pipeline of IPOs expected to remain feeble while valuations are low, China’s economic outlook is poor, and foreign investors remain distrustful of Beijing.
A weak yen, ultraeasy monetary policy and hopes for stable inflation have helped push the Topix to its highest level since 1990.
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 26, 2023
Japan’s stock boom to drive equity sales through 2024, BofA says
A weak yen, ultraeasy monetary policy and hopes for stable inflation have helped push the Topix to its highest level since 1990.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jul 6, 2023
Japan IPOs top Asia for gains as global investment continues
The nation's top performance comes as it boasts a stock market that has soared to levels unseen in more than three decades.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 14, 2023
Rakuten Bank prices shares at ¥1,400 in IPO, top of the range
Even with a lower than originally expected price, the listing is the largest in Japan since the $20 billion-plus IPO of SoftBank in December 2018.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 22, 2023
Rakuten Bank seeks $881 million in biggest Japan IPO since 2018
The banking unit of Rakuten Group set an indicative band of ¥1,630 to ¥1,960 per share on Wednesday, and the stock will list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on April 21.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 22, 2023
Bad timing as Japan hosts this year's first bank IPO
Amid ongoing global financial turmoil, Tokyo-based SBI Sumishin Net Bank shares were priced at the bottom of a range at ¥1,200 each against an expected price of as high as ¥1,260.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2022
Chip firm Socionext soars in Tokyo debut after Japan’s biggest 2022 IPO
Socionext managed to attract buyers even in a weak market for IPOs in Japan, where proceeds slumped 80% this year on an annual comparison.

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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.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan