Future of the economy

The four-day work week sounds sexy, but flexible work is the real key to productivity

SINGAPORE (June 29): At a recent talk held at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, University of Southern California economist Joanne Yoong said that the unthinkable nature of the Covid-19 pan

With different beginnings and histories, these castles provide a glimpse into feudal-era Japan


A tale of two castles

Himeji Castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture

Corporate moves

Genting Singapore will not tap shareholders for Japan IR bid

SINGAPORE (Feb 4): Genting Singapore has won overwhelming approval from shareholders to spend up to US$10 billion to invest in a possible new project in Japan. 


Mapletree Logistics to acquire property in Kobe from sponsor for $272.5 mil

SINGAPORE (Jan 28): Mapletree Logistics Trust (MLT) is acquiring an effective interest of 98.47% in Mapletree Kobe Logistics Centre in Japan for an agreed property value of 22.20 billion yen ($272.


Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust to acquire 2 office properties in Greater Tokyo for $482.5 mil

SINGAPORE (Dec 5): The trustee of Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (MNACT) has entered into agreements to acquire an effective interest of 98.47% in two office properties in Japan for a total


Parkway Life REIT to acquire 3 nursing rehabilitation facilities in Japan for $46.3 mil

SINGAPORE (Dec 3): Parkway Life Real Estate Investment Trust (PLife REIT) is acquiring three nursing rehabilitation facilities in Japan for a total consideration of 3.7 billion yen ($46.3 million),

Global Markets


SINGAPORE (Oct 28): “Closing the gaps requires both jobseekers and employers to be more open and flexible.”Singapore’s Manpower Minister Josephine Teo, on t

Global Economy

Japan lines up to join Germany in all-negative yield curve club

(Aug 23): Japan’s sovereign debt market is in danger of joining Germany with negative bond yields across all maturities.

Company in the news

Sands shifts focus to Tokyo in drive for first Japanese casino

(Aug 23): Las Vegas Sands Corp will focus on the Tokyo and Yokohama areas as potential locations to build a casino resort, as Japan moves forward with plans to open facilities that allow gambling.

SE Asian economies

China no match for Japan in Southeast Asia infrastructure race

(June 24): Japan is still winning the Southeast Asia infrastructure race against China, with pending projects worth almost one and a half times its rival, according to the latest data from Fitch So

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