Here are nine individuals who have made a name for themselves in China's  highly competitive technology and e-commerce industry.


Artificial intelligence is starting to change the hotel experience in South Korea, one voice command at a time.
  • A display during the Mass Games held last Friday at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium. The showcase included the history of North Korea, from its founding in 1948 to talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April.
  • North Korea pulled out all its technological stops for the Mass Games, which resumed this month after a hiatus of six years. It included a synchronised drone performance, 3D laser projections and fireworks.
North Korea, which marks the 70th anniversary of its founding this month, has capped a euphoric week that included a visit by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and a mega Mass Games showcase that involved a passionate call for unification.
  • Mr Nobuaki Tanaka (centre, in black tie), 48, an "ossan" for rent, was once "rented" as a party companion.
For $12 an hour, a middle-aged Japanese man will listen to your woes, do chores and offer advice on things like love and life.
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