Will Japan Join The TikTok Ban Club?

A group of Japanese lawmakers are planning to investigate the risks within Chinese-developed apps, including Bytedance’s wildly popular TikTok, following the US’s national security concerns regarding the app, Bloomberg reported via Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun on July 28. The probe would extend beyond social apps, per Bloomberg, citing a separate report from Japanese national broadcaster […]

Chinese department stores eye duty free licences

This post originally appeared on The Moodie Davitt Report CHINA. Interest in the burgeoning duty free sector continues to heat up in China with multiple domestic market players lining up licence applications. But seeing those licences granted will be a much greater challenge, market insiders warn. As reported first by The Moodie Davitt Report’s Chinese information […]

What Will Happen To TikTok?

TikTok, which is owned and was developed by Bytedance, is currently under fire in various countries around the world, as several foreign governments see its Chinese roots as an increasing liability. Recently, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning TikTok over concerns that the […]

How Virtual Idols Became Real-Life Brand Ambassadors in China

This post originally appeared on Content Commerce Insider, our sister publication on branded entertainment. Since the beginning of 2020, the global coronavirus pandemic has forced fundamental shifts in behavior, with virtual interactions and events emerging as a key way for people to stay connected while staying in. That shift has also spurred greater interest in virtual idols […]