Chairman Kim Goes Back On Script

Like the leading character in a long-running television series, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has kicked off the latest crisis on the Korean Peninsula with familiar theatrics. After cutting off all communications with South Korea earlier this month, the Kim regime bombed the building in which it had previously hosted South Korean diplomats. It has redeployed troops into demilitarised border areas and issued renewed threats of violence against the South.

26 June 2020

Japan And ASEAN To Improve Trade Deal

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released earlier this week that it has notified ASEAN countries that it had completed the legal procedures to amend the First Protocol of the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP). The original partnership took effect in 2008 and was Japan’s first multilateral trade agreement. The first protocol was signed by Japan in February 2019 and in March and April of the same year by the ASEAN member states.

20 June 2020

Asia Virus Latest

Here are the latest developments from Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: Japan Lifts Emergency For Most RegionsJapan's prime minister lifted a state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus for the majority of the country but kept it in place for top cities Tokyo and Osaka.

17 May 2020

US Flooding Global Markets Amid Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic drives the global economy into recession, the temptation to pursue aggressive monetary easing is growing. Already, the United States (US) Federal Reserve (Fed) has pushed interest rates near zero and committed to pump trillions of dollars into the economy. The European Central Bank (ECB) has also ramped up bond purchases, though Germany’s constitutional court is mounting some resistance.

12 May 2020

Japan switching manufacturing to ASEAN

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently declared a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic and unveiled a massive stimulus package to help the economy overcome the crisis.The rescue package, which at JPY108 trillion (US$992 billion) or about 2.7 times Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is the biggest in Japan’s history.

19 April 2020

Duterte’s ‘Build Build Build’ under fire

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ambitious ‘Build Build Build’ infrastructure program is coming under increasing pressure after claims that only nine of the planned 75 projects have started construction. Drawn up at the start of his presidency in 2016, Duterte’s US$180 billion infrastructure construction campaign of roads, railways, airports and bridges has been plagued by poor planning, red tape, right-of-way issues, engineering problems and cost overruns.Senate Minority Leade

19 November 2019

Saving the Japan-South Korea relationship

Japan and South Korea have never been easy partners. Although both have long been well-consolidated democracies, historical and territorial disputes have consistently marred bilateral relations.

6 October 2019

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Pope Francis will travel to Thailand in November, the Vatican said Friday, in a visit to Asia that will sweep in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which were both decimated by atomic bombs in 1945.It has been nearly four decades since a pontiff visited Thailand and Japan, both Buddhist-majority countries.The late Pope John Paul II went to Japan – where Shinto and Buddhism are the main religions – in 1981, and he travelled to Thailand three years later where he met with the late Ki

14 September 2019

Trump sparks confusion on China tariffs

President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on his hard line against China after sowing confusion with statements that he might be willing to soften a trade war G7 partners fear threatens the world economy.At the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Trump announced a major trade deal with Japan and promised more of the same with Britain, once Brexit is done.But the positives were overshadowed by a mix-up over his apparent expression of regret for the latest escalation in the US-China dispute."I

26 August 2019

Welcome to Japan, Where You Can Find Pokémon on Manhole Covers

Japan being Japan, is never lacking when it comes to offbeat and kawaii (cute) stuff. Their latest offering? Pokémon manhole covers!Of course we shouldn’t expect anything less from a country that has their own Japan Society of Manhole Covers. Yes, it’s a thing. The website, entirely in Japanese, features submissions on nothing else but the variety of manhole covers available here. Manhole covers in Japan are unique according to their locality, functionality and manufacturer.

13 August 2019

Today’s waste is tomorrow’s energy

Global waste is expected to grow to 3.40 billion tonnes by 2050, more than double the population growth over the same period. According to a 2018 World Bank report, ‘What a Waste 2.0’ on solid waste management, the East Asia and Pacific region generates most of the world’s waste, at 23 percent.Landfills have been the cheapest method of disposal but the rapid growth of waste is making it harder to manage.

8 August 2019

Japan Bucket List: 10 Must-Go Places In Tokyo & Sapporo

Welcome back to yet another episode of Japan Bucket List! This time we’re pinpointing Tokyo and Sapporo, so be sure to bookmark this for your planning purposes.ICYMI, we did a similar bucket list of must-visit places in Osaka and Fukuoka, which you might want to check out too. So, without further ado, let’s get to it, shall we?10 Things To See and Do in Tokyo:1. Shibuya Crossing, TokyoImage: @streets_visionOF COURSE this was going to be part of the list!

24 July 2019