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Nearly 900,000 Indonesians suffer breathing issues due to haze

Poor air quality has forced Indonesia and Malaysia to close thousands of schools, with hundreds of Malaysian flights also cancelled.

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Poor air quality has forced Indonesia and Malaysia to close thousands of schools, with hundreds of Malaysian flights also cancelled.

Nearly 900,000 Indonesians suffer breathing issues due to haze
Shinzo Abe heads to US hoping for no new auto tariffs and de-escalation with Iran

As stability in the Middle East is critical for Japan, which relies heavily on energy imports from the region, Abe is also expected to call for dialogue with Iran.

23 Sep 2019 - 1:18PM

As stability in the Middle East is critical for Japan, which relies heavily on energy imports from the region, Abe is also expected to call for dialogue with Iran.

Shinzo Abe heads to US hoping for no new auto tariffs and de-escalation with Iran
Donald Trump wants to send a 55-ship international flotilla to the Persian Gulf to keep an eye on Iran

The US presented its new surveillance plan to allies and partner countries in a meeting aboard a British naval ship in Bahrain on Monday, a source revealed.

19 Sep 2019 - 6:40PM

The US presented its new surveillance plan to allies and partner countries in a meeting aboard a British naval ship in Bahrain on Monday, a source revealed.

Donald Trump wants to send a 55-ship international flotilla to the Persian Gulf to keep an eye on Iran
In Philippines, stateless descendants of soldiers long for Japanese citizenship

A survey has found that there are 3,810 war-displaced descendants in the Philippines, of whom 1,069 are still alive and considered stateless.

22 Sep 2019 - 8:23AM

A survey has found that there are 3,810 war-displaced descendants in the Philippines, of whom 1,069 are still alive and considered stateless.

In Philippines, stateless descendants of soldiers long for Japanese citizenship
Japan’s Shinzo Abe wants a ‘space self-defence force’ to protect the country’s satellites

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe broached the idea of extending the country’s militaristic reach to outer space at an annual gathering of top brass in Tokyo.

17 Sep 2019 - 4:57PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe broached the idea of extending the country’s militaristic reach to outer space at an annual gathering of top brass in Tokyo.

Japan’s Shinzo Abe wants a ‘space self-defence force’ to protect the country’s satellites
Japanese lawmaker raises prospect of war to ‘reclaim’ islets controlled by South Korea

Lower house legislator Hodaka Maruyama was previously expelled from a political party for broaching the subject of war in relation to another set of islands controlled by Russia.

3 Sep 2019 - 6:24PM

Lower house legislator Hodaka Maruyama was previously expelled from a political party for broaching the subject of war in relation to another set of islands controlled by Russia.

Japanese lawmaker raises prospect of war to ‘reclaim’ islets controlled by South Korea
Japan’s military asks for eighth consecutive budget increase, seeking to counter regional threats with more equipment

The defence ministry has asked for a record 5.32 trillion yen (US$50.48 billion) budget, which it will use to buy more US-made interceptor missiles and stealth fighters in response to military build ups by neighbours such as China and North Korea

30 Aug 2019 - 10:43PM

The defence ministry has asked for a record 5.32 trillion yen (US$50.48 billion) budget, which it will use to buy more US-made interceptor missiles and stealth fighters in response to military build ups by neighbours such as China and North Korea

Japan’s military asks for eighth consecutive budget increase, seeking to counter regional threats with more equipment
Migrant worker’s death at hands of Taiwan police highlights failings in labour system

Wealthier parts of Asia have long relied on foreign workers, but Vietnamese man’s death highlights how vulnerable they are to exploitation and abuse.

29 Aug 2019 - 6:35PM

Wealthier parts of Asia have long relied on foreign workers, but Vietnamese man’s death highlights how vulnerable they are to exploitation and abuse.

Migrant worker’s death at hands of Taiwan police highlights failings in labour system
American casino giants bet big on Japan, raising gambling addiction fears

Ever since a new law legalising casinos in Japan was enacted last year, American companies looking for opportunities beyond Las Vegas’ oversaturated strip have been circling.

29 Aug 2019 - 3:41PM

Ever since a new law legalising casinos in Japan was enacted last year, American companies looking for opportunities beyond Las Vegas’ oversaturated strip have been circling.

American casino giants bet big on Japan, raising gambling addiction fears
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to reshuffle cabinet and ruling party executives next month

Abe makes announcement at a news conference at the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France.

27 Aug 2019 - 5:59AM

Abe makes announcement at a news conference at the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to reshuffle cabinet and ruling party executives next month
New ‘comfort women’ memorial opens in Manila, defying Japanese pressure

There are an estimated 1,000 Filipino women who were believed to have been sexually abused by Japanese soldiers during the occupation.

25 Aug 2019 - 10:20PM

There are an estimated 1,000 Filipino women who were believed to have been sexually abused by Japanese soldiers during the occupation.

New ‘comfort women’ memorial opens in Manila, defying Japanese pressure
US sends warship through Taiwan Strait days after approving US$8 billion fighter jet deal

Transport landing vessel is seventh US Navy ship to pass through waters this year and was the first since the White House signed of the F-16 sale.

24 Aug 2019 - 3:42PM

Transport landing vessel is seventh US Navy ship to pass through waters this year and was the first since the White House signed of the F-16 sale.

US sends warship through Taiwan Strait days after approving US$8 billion fighter jet deal
Filipinos in space? Creation of new Philippine agency teases prospect of astronauts in future

The Philippine Space Act, signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month, provides billions of pesos for research and development, which scientists hope will bring in big returns.

17 Aug 2019 - 10:19PM

The Philippine Space Act, signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month, provides billions of pesos for research and development, which scientists hope will bring in big returns.

Filipinos in space? Creation of new Philippine agency teases prospect of astronauts in future
North Korea fires two projectiles in fifth round of launches

South Korea says the presumed ballistic missiles flew about 400km before landing in the sea.

10 Aug 2019 - 9:44PM

South Korea says the presumed ballistic missiles flew about 400km before landing in the sea.

North Korea fires two projectiles in fifth round of launches
Japan downgrades South Korea as security partner in defence white paper as ties fray

Seoul dropped from second place to fourth on a list of Tokyo’s closest allies, according to a draft document.

10 Aug 2019 - 9:44PM

Seoul dropped from second place to fourth on a list of Tokyo’s closest allies, according to a draft document.

Japan downgrades South Korea as security partner in defence white paper as ties fray
Japan accuses ethnic Chinese man of spying over sale of ‘highly detailed’ 3D map to buyer in China

The map was of the sort typically used for infrastructure development and disaster prevention purposes, and is detailed enough to confirm the height and shape of buildings as well as topographical features.

8 Aug 2019 - 11:04PM

The map was of the sort typically used for infrastructure development and disaster prevention purposes, and is detailed enough to confirm the height and shape of buildings as well as topographical features.

Japan accuses ethnic Chinese man of spying over sale of ‘highly detailed’ 3D map to buyer in China
Chinese man arrested in Japan over 7-Eleven e-pay fraud

The convenience store chain’s cashless payment service was hacked soon after its launch last month with millions of yen stolen. Japanese police suspect links with an organised crime group based in China.

8 Aug 2019 - 12:50PM

The convenience store chain’s cashless payment service was hacked soon after its launch last month with millions of yen stolen. Japanese police suspect links with an organised crime group based in China.

Chinese man arrested in Japan over 7-Eleven e-pay fraud
Malaysia’s Mahathir calls on Japan to support UN nuclear ban treaty

The elder statesman also urged Japan and South Korea to resolve their differences through dialogue, rather than confrontation, as disputes rage over wartime forced labour and trade restrictions.

7 Aug 2019 - 11:03PM

The elder statesman also urged Japan and South Korea to resolve their differences through dialogue, rather than confrontation, as disputes rage over wartime forced labour and trade restrictions.

Malaysia’s Mahathir calls on Japan to support UN nuclear ban treaty
Japanese heatwave kills 57 in a week with 18,000 taken to hospital

The tally of those requiring treatment was more than triple the previous week’s and is the second-highest since records began in 2008, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

6 Aug 2019 - 4:59PM

The tally of those requiring treatment was more than triple the previous week’s and is the second-highest since records began in 2008, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Japanese heatwave kills 57 in a week with 18,000 taken to hospital
Hiroshima mayor wants Japan to ban nuclear weapons. Shinzo Abe says no way

Japan has refused to participate in the UN treaty, along with other countries under the US nuclear umbrella.

7 Aug 2019 - 10:53AM

Japan has refused to participate in the UN treaty, along with other countries under the US nuclear umbrella.

Hiroshima mayor wants Japan to ban nuclear weapons. Shinzo Abe says no way
Move over, Kardashians: these virtual social media influencers could be the real deal

Liam Nikuro, with ‘a face like Justin Bieber’s, but more Asian’, is Japan’s first virtual influencer – and you’ll never catch him doing anything inauthentic, his creator says. Nikuro’s currently planning his music career.

13 Aug 2019 - 12:17PM

Liam Nikuro, with ‘a face like Justin Bieber’s, but more Asian’, is Japan’s first virtual influencer – and you’ll never catch him doing anything inauthentic, his creator says. Nikuro’s currently planning his music career.

Move over, Kardashians: these virtual social media influencers could be the real deal
‘Major progress’ on South China Sea code of conduct talks even as Beijing warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’

Chinese foreign minister hails ‘important step’ after meeting Asean counterparts in Bangkok but warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’.

1 Aug 2019 - 2:20PM

Chinese foreign minister hails ‘important step’ after meeting Asean counterparts in Bangkok but warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’.

‘Major progress’ on South China Sea code of conduct talks even as Beijing warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’
Korean Air to suspend flights between South Korea’s Busan and Japan’s Sapporo as trade row deepens

The move comes as several South Korean cities said they would suspend administrative exchanges with Japan until the bilateral relationship improved.

29 Jul 2019 - 9:09PM

The move comes as several South Korean cities said they would suspend administrative exchanges with Japan until the bilateral relationship improved.

Korean Air to suspend flights between South Korea’s Busan and Japan’s Sapporo as trade row deepens
Mourners pay tribute to victims of deadly Kyoto Animation arson attack

Blaze killed 34 people after 41-year-old Shinji Aoba allegedly splashed petrol and set the three-storey studio in Kyoto’s Fushimi Ward on fire.

25 Jul 2019 - 2:34PM

Blaze killed 34 people after 41-year-old Shinji Aoba allegedly splashed petrol and set the three-storey studio in Kyoto’s Fushimi Ward on fire.

Mourners pay tribute to victims of deadly Kyoto Animation arson attack
Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe wins election but suffers constitutional reform setback

Premier’s ruling coalition failed to retain the two-thirds majority it needed to propose scrapping pacifist part of country’s post-war constitution. Still, the election is expected to introduce more diversity in Parliament.

22 Jul 2019 - 8:26PM

Premier’s ruling coalition failed to retain the two-thirds majority it needed to propose scrapping pacifist part of country’s post-war constitution. Still, the election is expected to introduce more diversity in Parliament.

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe wins election but suffers constitutional reform setback
Japan’s ruling bloc on track to maintain upper house majority

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner are expected to win 63 of the 124 seats up for grabs in the less powerful of the country’s two parliamentary chambers, according to exit polls.

21 Jul 2019 - 11:10PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner are expected to win 63 of the 124 seats up for grabs in the less powerful of the country’s two parliamentary chambers, according to exit polls.

Japan’s ruling bloc on track to maintain upper house majority
Attacker screamed ‘You die!’ and set fire to Japanese animation studio, leaving 33 dead

A suspect poured a petrol-like substance around the Kyoto Animation studio, known for mega-hit stories featuring high school girls.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:18PM

A suspect poured a petrol-like substance around the Kyoto Animation studio, known for mega-hit stories featuring high school girls.

Attacker screamed ‘You die!’ and set fire to Japanese animation studio, leaving 33 dead
Japan and South Korea to renew security agreements despite deepening rift over trade and forced labour

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono acknowledged the recent strain on ties but suggested cooperation on security issues should be unaffected.

17 Jul 2019 - 8:54PM

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono acknowledged the recent strain on ties but suggested cooperation on security issues should be unaffected.

Japan and South Korea to renew security agreements despite deepening rift over trade and forced labour
Japan won’t send troops to Middle East as part of US coalition against Iran

The US has discussed building a coalition to safeguard commercial shipping from Iranian threats following attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz last month.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:19PM

The US has discussed building a coalition to safeguard commercial shipping from Iranian threats following attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz last month.

Japan won’t send troops to Middle East as part of US coalition against Iran
Lawyers push to sell Mitsubishi assets in forced labour case amid South Korea-Japan trade dispute

Mitsubishi is among the Japanese companies ordered to compensate South Koreans, leading to fraught bilateral relations and Tokyo’s restrictions on hi-tech exports to Seoul.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:19PM

Mitsubishi is among the Japanese companies ordered to compensate South Koreans, leading to fraught bilateral relations and Tokyo’s restrictions on hi-tech exports to Seoul.

Lawyers push to sell Mitsubishi assets in forced labour case amid South Korea-Japan trade dispute