Peter Thal Larsen
Peter is Asia Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, based in Hong Kong. He oversees coverage of financial services and regulation. Prior to joining Reuters, Peter spent 10 years at the Financial Times. From 2004 to 2009 he was the FT’s banking editor, leading the paper’s award-winning coverage of global banking during the credit crunch. Between 2000 and 2004 Peter reported for the FT from New York. He played a leading role in the paper’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. A Dutch national, Peter has degrees from Bristol University and the London School of Economics. Follow Peter on Twitter @Peter_TL
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Japan’s prime minister has lost two high-profile cabinet members and hinted at delaying a sales tax hike. Growth is sputtering as the world economy slows. Yet reforms are still going ahead. The key to Shinzo Abe’s success is maintaining the confidence of investors – and voters.
Shares in the Chinese chemical group plunged as much as 45 percent when they resumed trading after anonymous fraud allegations. Despite the company’s rebuttal, some mud has stuck. Existing shareholders may have to reach into their pockets to restore confidence.
The $2 bln sale of New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel to a little-known Chinese insurer echoes Japan’s U.S. property binge in the 1980s. But outbound investment from the People’s Republic is much lower than Japan at its peak. Expect China to add more landmarks to its portfolio.
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