Pressure on Tiktok mounts as Japan eyes ban

By Savannah Billman

Japanese lawmakers announced Tuesday they are seeking to restrict Chinese-made apps such as Tiktok in a bid to prevent the Chinese government from accessing user data, just a month after India banned the popular short video app. 

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma resigns from Softbank board

By Emma Lee

Japan’s Softbank Group said Monday that Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma has resigned from its board, a role that he held for 13 years, on the same day that it announced a JPY 500 billion ($4.7 billion) share buyback.

Why it matters: Ma’s resign…

Sony’s Playstation Store suspends services in China

By Wei Sheng

Japanese gaming giant Sony suspended services for its Chinese Playstation Store on Sunday for “system security reasons.”

Why it matters: China is stepping up regulations on foreign games. The suspension follows orders from authorities to r…