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Perils of being a Grab driver in the Philippines

June 29, 2019 5:00 AM

MANILA • Ms Maria Cristina Palanca, 45, a driver for ride-hailing service Grab, first met Paolo Lagardo as a passenger.

Japan firms look beyond family ties for leaders

June 15, 2019 5:00 AM

Ask him if one of his sons will succeed him in his business, and 77-year-old Osamu Yoshida points you to the name of his company.

Kansai region a vibrant manufacturing hub

June 15, 2019 5:00 AM

OSAKA/HYOGO • The buzz is building up in Osaka where, in two weeks, world leaders including US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will gather for the Group of 20 summit.

Sham Shui Po's charm offensive Field notes

May 25, 2019 5:00 AM

Ask cafe owner Michael Tam, 32, about the Kowloon neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po and he will tell you childhood memories of busy streets, sidewalks lined with goods bound for, or from, China, and people flocking there for colourful beads, buttons and belt buckles.

Sci-fi set to be China's next big export

April 13, 2019 5:00 AM

In the 2013 space movie Gravity, an astronaut played by Sandra Bullock has only one chance of returning home from low Earth orbit after a catastrophic accident - in a Chinese spacecraft.

Field notes: Sarawak arts bask in new energy

March 30, 2019 5:00 AM

With bamboo growing virtually everywhere in Borneo, Sarawakian architect Wendy Teo has long been intrigued by this versatile material, and wondered how it can be used in a contemporary way.

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