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For Jane Zhang's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
In recent years, Jack Ma has largely stayed out of public view after clashing with the Chinese government.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 30, 2023
Jack Ma returns to rally troops after Alibaba’s troubles deepen
"Every great company is born in a winter"
An attendee walks past a wall decorated with binary code during July's World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai.
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 15, 2023
Beijing aims to regulate China’s AI sector while maintaining edge
Like Europe, China is moving ahead with government oversight of what may be the most promising — and controversial — technology of the last 30 years.
The Alibaba Group Holding offices in Beijing on Tuesday. Alibaba is scheduled to release earnings results on Thursday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 9, 2023
Alibaba and Tencent’s big gains may not signal inflection point
Chinese policymakers have stopped short of providing significant policy support, consumer spending is muted and profit margins remain thin.
A man plays video games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday. As AI platforms advance at breakneck speeds, hundreds of thousands of jobs in the gaming sector become at risk of being replaced by the technology.
BUSINESS
Jul 26, 2023
AI is rewriting the rules of $200 billion games industry
One major Japanese studio believes that half of the company’s programmers and designers could become redundant within the next five years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jun 28, 2023
China lures billionaires into race to catch U.S. in AI
China’s tech sector has a new obsession: competing with U.S. titans like Google and Microsoft in the breakneck global artificial intelligence race.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 21, 2023
Jack Ma’s lieutenants return to oversee tough Alibaba reboot
Alibaba surprised markets by declaring Eddie Wu and Joseph Tsai will replace eight-year veteran CEO Daniel Zhang at the helm.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 14, 2023
Xi pivot fails to stop exodus by big investors in China tech
Two pioneering financiers of China’s private sector — including SoftBank — have signaled in recent days their intentions to continue pulling back from marquee investments in the country.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / ANALYSIS
Mar 29, 2023
Alibaba’s $32 billion day signals breakups ahead for China Tech
China’s online commerce leader surprised markets Tuesday by announcing plans to split its $220 billion empire into six units that will individually raise funds and explore IPOs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 20, 2023
Jack Ma spotted in Australia in a nod to Alibaba’s global roots
The former executive has been on the move just as signs have emerged that Beijing is relenting on a campaign to curtail the influence and power of internet giants.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Dec 8, 2022
AI-generated anime selfies propel beauty app to top in Japan
Hong Kong-based Meitu's app has reached the top of Appleu2019s free iPhone downloads chart and No. 2 on Androidu2019s Google Play in Japan.

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