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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

Aug. 23, Sat.

China: Subsiding Investment

China's property market continues to slow. Home prices are falling in 90% of cities, including Beijing. Sales are down more than 8%. In some parts of China, real estate investment is thought to account for nearly half of economic growth. Kevin Lai, Senior Economist at Daiwa Capital Markets, explains what a slowdown means for the wider economy.



South Korea: Lowering Barriers

South Korea will open the door to rice imports next year - ending a long-standing protectionist policy. The government says it will impose a tariff high enough to prevent a surge of imports, but farmers are strongly opposed to the move. They say it is only a matter of time before free trade talks remove all tariffs. Our report looks at what motivated the policy change.