New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong is always a spectacular affair with fireworks lighting up Victoria Harbour. This year, there will be investment pyrotechnics to cheer too: an overhaul in market listing rules has sparked an extraordinary run of initial public offerings and put Hong Kong on course to finish 2018 as the world’s biggest IPO market.
Joji Sakurai is a journalist and commentator published in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, YaleGlobal, International New York Times and other publications. As a veteran Associated Press foreign correspondent and features editor, Joji worked on major business and politics news stories in four continents including the collapse of Japan’s bubble economy; the Indian Ocean tsunami; the Greek debt crisis; Japan’s tsunami and nuclear meltdown; the historic papal transition to elect Pope Francis; the Brazil World Cup; Russia’s war with Ukraine; terror strikes in Britain and France; the Congo conflict and North Korea’s nuclear brinksmanship. He has edited ground-breaking investigations into Nazis in the United States, nuclear smuggling, Central Asian forced sterilisations, Russian Olympic corruption and much else. Joji is an avid long-distance runner with four marathons under his belt. He writes travels stories for Momentum.travel and the New York Times, and as a “gastronaut” roams far and wide in search of unusual and sometimes bizarre things to eat. He graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford with a First in Modern Languages and tends to be based either in Japan or Slovenia’s Adriatic Coast.