Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Wednesday, 8/6/16

Lancome's Hong Kong PR fiasco; Global Power Book and the newspapers; Japan needs to up marketing game; Asian companies and Disney; Modi in America; Euro worries in China; a new R2-D2?

Narendra Modi may have a harder time in the US on this latest trip. (Narendra Modi/Flickr)
Narendra Modi may have a harder time in the US on this latest trip. (Narendra Modi/Flickr)

Lancôme response to HK concert storm a series of "missteps"

From inviting outspoken pro-democracy singer Denise Ho to its concert and then cancelling because of online pressure, Lancôme's handling of the whole saga has damaged its brand both in China and Hong Kong.

Global Power Book: Most PR chiefs think print newspapers will survive the digital rapture

More than three out of four PR chiefs featured in PRWeek's Global Power Book (GPB) believe print newspapers do have a future.

Japan needs to take marketing more seriously: Shiseido CEO

Speaking at Advertising Week in Tokyo, Masahiko Uotani outlined the importance of branding for Shiseido and said people need to have a better understanding of what marketing is.

Wanda's not the only Asian giant with an eye on Disney's crown

Heiress Poman Lo has a life lesson for any young person weighing up whether to work in the family business: don't stop dreaming.

India's Modi may face less friendly US on latest trip

Modi is on a mission to cement his country's relationship with the US before Obama's term ends. But he may meet a less-friendly America this time.

Are European companies falling out of love with China?

China's slow progress in opening up its economy to foreign business has prompted European companies to re-evaluate their operations in the world's second largest economy and in some cases drop plans to expand, according to an annual business confidence survey.

Pepper inventor making an R2-D2-like robot

Kaname Hayashi is the inventor of Pepper – the cute humanoid robot that can read emotions. Now the Japanese technologist is working on his next project – an R2-D2 like robot that can roam around the home and cheer you up.

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