Country Reports

Four people were arrested on Tuesday over the hacking of mobile phones belonging to Justice Minister Sergio Moro and prosecutors in the Car Wash investigation.

Recognised globally as a technology powerhouse, Germany is especially equipped in optoelectronics with centuries-old mastery and a strong research and development ecosystem.

With many of the world’s biggest steel manufacturers located across Asia, MTAG Switzerland – the global market leader in the field of vacuum steel degassing plants with dry mechanical pumps – is placing its stakes firmly in the region.

The smallest of the four main islands that make up Japan, Shikoku is less visited compared to other parts of the country despite its mild climate, natural scenery, historical places and traditional festivals.

E-commerce is the name of the game in Asia and Thailand is leading the way with mobiledriven offerings, but desktop usage remains surprisingly relevant for certain types of purchases.

Once shunned by global hotel groups, Taiwan has seen international hotels returning in recent years. Five are expected to open in the second half of this year in the Taipei metropolitan area. These include Four Points by Sheraton, and Renaissance under Marriott International, as well as the Hilton, which returns after an absence of 15 years with two properties. IHG's first hotel under the luxury Kimpton brand will also open.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei average soared to its highest level in almost 27 years on October 1, the stock exchange buoyed by an array of positive economic news for a nation that has for too long been in the shadow of the “lost years” after its asset-inflated bubble burst in the early 1990s.

Investors are increasingly looking at condominiums in Bangkok, where property rules make purchasing easy, provided there is sufficient cash. 

Bandung is Indonesia's capital of cool. After all, it is set 750 metres above sea level; surrounded by verdant, dormant volcanoes; and dotted about with art-deco buildings that are a legacy of Dutch colonial times. This fascinating destination is also given a certain amount of fizz by the thousands of youngsters who come to study here.

Japan in February recorded an eighth consecutive quarter of economic growth – its best performance since the heady days of 1989 and the era of the nation’s economic bubble – although the pace of expansion has been slowing.

When French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beijing in January this year, he confirmed the intention to present President Xi Jinping with an eight-year-old gelding named Vesuve de Brekka.