Shinzo Abe

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 May, 2015, 4:46pm

Four countries on foreign minister's first tour

Foreign Minister Wang Yi sets out tomorrow to pay official visits to Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei, returning to Beijing on May 5. Wang will be the guest of Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Towijakchaikul, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Singaporean Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam and Brunei Foreign and Trade Minister Prince Mohamad Bolkiah. Wang, who became foreign minister in March, is expected to discuss regional economic co-operation and security issues with his counterparts.


Oxfam announces results of study

Oxfam Hong Kong announces details of a study of low-income families and how the government can help the city's grass-roots population. Oxfam has examined government figures for the past three years and found poverty remains a serious problem despite the introduction of the minimum wage in May 2011.


Researchers to investigate job satisfaction

The Hong Kong Research Association announces a survey of 1,125 people on how satisfied they are in their jobs. The pollster will look at whether the post-80s and post-90s generations have a different work attitude compared to older generations. They will also seek participants' views on the standardisation of working hours.


Abe first Japanese PM in decade to visit Moscow

Shinzo Abe meets Russian President Vladimir Putin on the first official visit by a Japanese prime minister to Moscow in a decade. Both countries have yet to sign a peace treaty formally ending the second world war thanks to a group of four islands north of Hokkaido captured by Russian forces at the war's end. With rival China also pursuing closer energy co-operation with Russia, Japan has more incentive than ever to put historical roadblocks aside and get down to business.


Trial date for 'Canadian Psycho'

A Canadian court is expected to set a date for the trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused of slaying and dismembering a Chinese student. The former porn actor, 30, is also accused of posting a video online of him stabbing and having sex with Lin Jun's corpse, then mailing the body parts to political parties last May. Magnotta, dubbed "the Canadian Psycho", has pleaded not guilty to five charges.


William and Kate celebrate anniversary apart

Today is the second wedding anniversary of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, but they are likely to spend it apart. British press reports say the six-months-pregnant Duchess of Cambridge will spend part of her day at the Naomi House Children's Hospice near Winchester in Hampshire. It's unclear what William's royal duties will be.