Eastern Asia is experiencing some of its coldest weather in decades. Low temperatures and heavy snowfall struck capitals from Seoul to Bangkok. More than 60 deaths have been blamed on the icy conditions.
Consumers, retailers and the Japanese government are all committed to the widespread adoption of virtual currencies – although concerns linger that the craze for virtual cash may pass. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
Europe's rail giants have joined forces with a Malaysian firm to bid for a train project connecting Malaysia and Singapore. Together, they want to take on Asian rivals like China's state-owned CRRC.
As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the country's tourism industry has launched a campaign to highlight unique experiences in the land of the rising sun that will appeal to international travelers.
The Japanese government has approved plans for raising the optional age for drawing public pensions to 71 or older. It is trying to grapple with labor shortages, ballooning welfare costs and an ageing population.
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