Japan’s need for foreign labor to get dire as 2050 nears

by Reiji Yoshida As the nation struggles with a shortage of workers and an aging population, this is the first in a four-part New Year’s series examining Japan’s immigration policy. Tokyo-based Ips Inc. is a telecom firm specializing in business targeting Japan’s 250,000 Filipinos, the third-largest foreign community in the nation. Masako Uemori, one of … Continue reading Japan’s need for foreign labor to get dire as 2050 nears

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Students across Asia Pacific embrace computer sciences

By Daniel Maxwell STUDENTS are embracing coding and computer sciences in increasing numbers, with millions expected to participate in the global  Hour of Code initiative taking place this week. Over the past five years, the number of students in the Asia Pacific region who are learning to code has increased dramatically, with China, Japan, South Korea, … Continue reading Students across Asia Pacific embrace computer sciences

Automatic Job Storm Coming

BY JOHN MAULDIN Almost every weekday, some arm of the US government issues some sort of economic statistic. News media and financial analysts review and report it. Then 99.9% of the adult population, and probably 90% of the financial industry, forget all about it. And they’re probably right to do so. The monthly jobs report isn’t … Continue reading Automatic Job Storm Coming

Australia boasts world’s biggest battery

South Australia has a big new battery—the world’s largest—and it's already helping boost grid reliability as the Southern Hemisphere's summer begins. Tesla has bragging rights. The company installed 100 megawatts (MW) in under 100 days, just as CEO Elon Musk promised with his or-else-it’s-free flourish. More important, perhaps, the storage industry has a shiny new … Continue reading Australia boasts world’s biggest battery

Macau’s government – a cash machine that keeps on giving

If the annual cash payouts to residents ever stop, there might well be a social backlash By Ben Kwok To many outsiders, the people of Macau are a lucky bunch. Case in point, the government is always showering them with money. For the 11th consecutive year, Macau residents are to be given cashback. In the … Continue reading Macau’s government – a cash machine that keeps on giving