Cambodia's Struggling Rice Industry Faces Italian Threat
ambodia's rice exports to the EU, which now enjoy duty and quota free access, could be threatened if the regional grouping agrees to Italy's request to limit imports from least developed countries. Italy is Europe's top premium rice producer and its exports within the EU are growing.
Rice markets portal Oryza says Italy is pushing the EU to cut imports from Asia to protect the growing Italian rice industry.
Oryza quoted Angelo Politi, the director general of Italy's rice research body Ente Nazionale Risi saying imports from countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar were flooding the EU due to special treatment in the form of tariff-free entry in the 'Everything But Arms' trade concessions.
He said this was jeopardizing the competitiveness of the Italy-grown Indica varieties - namely Ariete, Drago,
Japanese Street Art: Not quite Banksy, but Trying
TOKYO - Beneath the crackle and hum of Japan's neon veneer, graffiti culture has traditionally been viewed as mindless vandalism assaulting the country's highly valued sense of order and cleanliness.
Tokyo's lanes are virtually bare of the edgy street art -- common in other major cities - that has brought global fame to guerrilla icons such as Banksy, JR and the late Keith Haring.
But local enthusiasts are trying to work their way into the hearts and minds of the public in art-loving Japan, despite a prevailing conformist culture.
"Japanese street art is still a little behind Asia, Europe or America," says street artist Kohei Yamao, better known as BAKIBAKI.
"It's not that artists here don't have the same kind of talent, it's just that the environment doesn't exist
Business Moguls Seek To Build Wanda-Full
Future For Sport In China
Wang Jianlin of Wanda Dalian. Jack Ma of Alibaba. Heard of them? Not many people outside of China have, but they are the modern-day moguls powering China's entrepreneurial sprint towards economic supremacy. They are also largely responsible for the surge of interest in Chinese sport, at home and abroad.
Until his early 40s Ma was a high school teacher, now he is the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, an organisation that dwarfs the likes of Amazon and eBay in both scale and scope of operations. Wang, founder of the Wanda Dalian group, monopolises Chinese retail and entertainment and in 2012 acquired the US cinema chain AMC for US$2.6 billion to aid his global ambitions. Some might argue that Wang has been raised with a "red spoon in his mouth" given his father's role alongside Chairman Mao in the cultural revolution, but his desire to see China rival the West