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Briefs, December 13, 2012

 A Japanese woman at the centre of a multiple murder case who reportedly coerced people into starving family members to death has been found dead in her cell. Miyoko Sumida, 64, was the chief suspect in an investigation that has transfixed low-crime Japan since three decaying corpses were discovered in an empty house where she once lived. 

Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 4:20am

Activists slam Singapore crackdown on Chinese strikers

Activists expressed outrage on Wednesday over Singapore’s crackdown on Chinese bus drivers who staged the city-state’s first industrial strike in 26 years to demand better pay.

5 Dec 2012 - 8:00pm 11 comments

Briefs, December 4, 2012

A Chinese immigrant bus driver was sentenced to six weeks in prison for his involvement in Singapore's first labour strike in 26 years. Pushing for the jail term as a deterrent, the prosecution argued that although Bao Feng Shan, 38, was not an instigator of the strike, he was "far from a mere passive participant".

4 Dec 2012 - 5:06am

Singapore to deport 29 striking Chinese-national bus drivers

Singapore will deport 29 bus drivers to China and prosecute five others for taking part in the city state's first strike since the 1980s. The order from the Ministry of Manpower came a day after Beijing urged Singapore to respect the workers' legal rights while also cautioning its citizens to obey local laws.

2 Dec 2012 - 4:39am

Singapore's first strike in 26 years peters out

Singapore’s first strike in 26 years petered out on Wednesday with most of the Chinese bus drivers who had stopped working to demand higher pay reporting for duty.

State-linked transport operator SMRT said only six drivers failed to turn up during the morning shift, compared to a total of 171 on Monday, and the company was investigating why they were absent.

28 Nov 2012 - 7:52pm

Scores of Chinese bus drivers continue strike in Singapore

Singapore yesterday issued a warning to mainland Chinese bus drivers, who are staging the first strike in the city-state for more than 25 years - an act that could land them in prison.

A total of 102 Chinese drivers working for state-linked transport firm SMRT began their wildcat strike over pay on Monday, refusing to board a shuttle bus from their dormitory to a depot.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:45am