The Bank of Japan deflated investor spirits Friday with underwhelming tweaks to its giant stimulus plan that fanned worries its monetary policy arsenal is almost empty. The central bank did not expand a massive bond-buying programme -- a cornerstone of its years-long battle against deflation -- despite hopes for a one-two punch to boost the sluggish economy, after Tokyo unveiled a huge spending package this week. Japanese officials are under pressure as the fate of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bid to reignite the world's number three economy, dubbed Abenomics, looks increasingly gloomy.
Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Revolution" was re-imagined as a zombie apocalypse by gamemakers who transformed politicians and protesters into the walking dead using virtual reality technology at a comic and games expo Friday. Teenagers and video game enthusiasts packed the Ani-Com show at the city's harbourfront convention centre and queued for "Hong Kong Infected", where they shot down protesters and police officers who had been afflicted by an unknown contagion. In late 2014, tens of thousands took part in a mass pro-democracy rally, dubbed the "Umbrella Revolution" which paralysed the city for more than two months, with residents calling on Beijing to allow fully free elections of future leaders.