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Invest Hong Kong held the first of two webinars today to brief the global community on the current business environment in Hong Kong. In addition to presenting convincing data on the “Hong Kong Exodus” (there is not any) and the startup scene (number of startups and employment at record levels)…


Seiko Noda, one of Kishida’s three rivals in last week’s leadership election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), will become minister in charge of declining birthrate and gender equality issues. Strictly speaking, the former title will be “Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate”.

Noda was last a…


The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has called for a meeting on November 17, 2021, to host a panel discussion and provide an “Overview of ISO 24165 Digital Token Identifier (DTI) and Related Standards”, with the aim of making the activities widely known to everyone involved in financial services.


BNK Financial Holding is Korea’s largest regional bank holding group, with aggregate assets in excess of USD 100bn.


Seven Bank and Shizuoka Bank have started a new experiment that allows bank customers to update their address at a convenience store ATM in the Tokyo area. The experiment will run until March 22, 2022, and encompasses just over 1,100 ATMs.


As of 6:30pm on deadline day, Friday, September 24, 33 crypto exchanges and service providers had applied for a license with the Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) & Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). While the regulators called it a day, the official submission window only closed at midnight.

The breakdown of…


Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) reached a definitive agreement with U.S. Bancorp (USB) to sell all shares in MUFG Union Bank (MUB), held through MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, to USB as the most appropriate decision to:

  • unlock MUB’s potential franchise value and contribute to customers and communities in the U.S…


Marc Andreessen, co-founder and General Partner of Venture Capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), published his essay “Software is eating the world” in The Wall Street Journal in 2011. Happy ten year anniversary!

This slogan, however, struck me in an unexpected way when we went shopping for a new electric/electronic (and…


Singapore announced a package of initiatives to support high-growth enterprises to raise capital in Singapore’s public equity market and broaden Singapore’s proposition as a financing hub.

The package comprises four initiatives:

  • Establishment of a co-investment fund named Anchor Fund @ 65 that will help promising high-growth enterprises raise capital through…

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