major platforms for them to learn about the outside world. They also l
ike to use social networking platforms such as Pinduoduo and WeChat, on which they can bu
y products, socialize with friends, learn about the latest fashion trends and make purchases, Yu said.
“For example, Pinduoduo asks consumers to invite friends to join the platform, to help r
educe prices, which can be a good way of obtaining new customers and retaining them,” he said. “C
onsumers also like purchasing activities that can strengthen connections with friends.”
Sun said that because they face less work pressure and shorter commuting time, small-town youths have more free time com
pared with their peers in big cities. They mainly spend this time online or getting together with friends.
Some 88.7 percent of small-town youths surf the internet, 80.6 percen
t hang out with friends, and 60 percent watch movies, according to Sun’s report.
for the Bay Area to enhance its international reputation and influence because Tokyo Bay – one of th
e world’s top three bay areas – has been closely linked to Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta in business and trade.
In 2017, Japan was Hong Kong’s fourth-largest trading partner, accordi
ng to the SAR’s Trade and Industry Department, and Hong Kong was Japan’s eighth-largest tr
ading partner. Bilateral trade in goods between the two that year amounted to HK$381.9 billion ($48.7 billion).
Registration for the symposium was closed on March 29, because it was fully booked, according to its website.
A similar seminar was held in Paris in June, with Hong Kong, Gu
angdong and Macao jointly promoting Bay Area business opportunities.
Lam, according to the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s Office, will mee
t with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
She also plans to meet with business leaders, as well as leaders of innovation and te
chnology-related organizations and institutions, and she will visit eldercare and medical facilities.