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ASIA BIZ FORECAST

The program forecasts Asia's rapidly changing business, finance and market trends, bringing strategies of hot Asian companies and economist insights.

Hosted by Yuko Fukushima

ON AIR SCHEDULE (UTC)

Sat.14:10 - 14:40
20:10 - 20:40
Sun.2:10 - 2:40
8:10 - 8:40

Nov. 22, Sat.

Japan: Down, or Out?

GDP data showed Japan slipped into a recession in the 3rd quarter - a shock to the markets and the government. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded by postponing a sales tax hike planned for next year. He also called a snap election. Has Abenomics failed? Or is it merely taking time to show results? We talk to Hideo Hayakawa, Senior Executive Fellow at Fujitsu Research Institute, and Masayuki Kichikawa, Chief Economist at Merrill Lynch Japan Securities.



Hong Kong: Market Connection

China has opened a door to its tightly controlled financial markets. Foreign investors are getting direct access to mainland stocks under a link-up between the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges. The new system also allows mainland investors to buy shares listed in Hong Kong. We look at why Beijing is relaxing its grip.