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    A 'nudge' from Japan

    Asia focus, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Back in 2009, behavioural economist Richard Thaler found a kindred spirit in a small museum nestled in the heart of Tokyo. This year's Nobel Prize winner in economics was struck by the simple words of the calligrapher and poet Mitsuo Aida, written with brash, broad strokes in black ink.

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    Hong Kong connects

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Two decades after its return to the "motherland", some people lament that Hong Kong is not the place it used to be. Political protest, symbolised by the "Umbrella Movement" of 2014, has tarnished the island's image of stability and Western-style open society. The tightening grip of Beijing has worn down the territory's mojo, to the dismay of the creative classes, artists and publishers who helped make Hong Kong a bastion of freedom of expression in Asia.

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    The light dims in Hong Kong

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Like many Thais, I have always considered Hong Kong my favourite destination. Perhaps it's because I've long been a big fan of the soap operas and martial arts films from Shaw Brothers Film Studio that dominated our television sets and cinemas during the 1970s and '80s. Hong Kong in those days was the epitome of glitz, a unique, vibrant and advanced Asian city where Eastern and Western cultures melted together into an exciting blend.

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    Can you dig it?

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Asia's most ambitious never-built megaproject is back in the news, this time with some high-powered backing and the potential to be blessed by China as part of its Belt and Road programme. But that won't make building a canal across Thailand any easier.

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    Nowhere people

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Noor Fatima would prefer jumping into the Yamuna River to being deported to her village in Rakhine province of Myanmar.

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    Fitness shapes up as new Asian growth industry

    Asia focus, Published on 16/10/2017

    » Asia's fitness businesses are working up a sweat. As incomes and waistlines expand throughout much of the region, so does interest in keeping fit and attractive through exercise. With 31,000 fitness clubs and 17 million members across 14 Asia-Pacific markets in 2016, membership fees and secondary revenues for the industry surpassed US$14 billion that year, according to the most recent estimates by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.

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    Scholar for life

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 16/10/2017

    » I met Prof Dr Satya Vrat Shastri on the evening of Sept 26 for an interview at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. A day earlier, the renowned Sanskrit scholar had had lunch with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, when he reminded his former Sanskrit student about his birthday on Sept 29.

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    Sharing Asia's growing wealth

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/10/2017

    » Everybody talks about the seemingly unlimited potential for growth in Asia Pacific. A huge population, rising middle class, rapid urbanisation and the digital communication boom are all driving economic expansion that surpasses that of developed economies, especially the United States and Europe.

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    Healthy business

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/10/2017

    » Providing incentives for people to live longer and healthier lives is not only a timely response to the growing interest in wellness, but also makes good business sense for a life insurer, say executives of AIA, where the Vitality programme is now a cornerstone of its business.

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    South Korea's looming crisis

    Asia focus, Published on 09/10/2017

    » Twenty years after the Asian financial crisis, South Korea seems to have learned its lesson, having taken great pains to strengthen its economic resilience. But now the country is confronting a new set of internal and external risks, which may foreshadow another major economic crisis -- or worse. Given the ongoing nuclear crisis with North Korea, a new bout of economic tumult is the last thing the country needs.

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