Japan tourism expo returns with fewer visitors, but sector remains upbeat
Japan tourism expo returns with fewer visitors, but sector remains upbeat
  • The country’s reopening has buoyed optimism for exhibitors at the Tourism Expo Japan, including those from Hong Kong and China
  • But a weak yen and surging fuel surcharges on flights could continue to keep Japanese travellers home
4 Oct 2022 - 8:38AM
Foreign tourists walk through Nakamise Street at Asakusa, in downtown Tokyo. Photo: EPA-EFE
Japan
Japan tourism expo returns with fewer visitors, but sector remains upbeat
4 Oct 2022 - 8:38AM
  • The country’s reopening has buoyed optimism for exhibitors at the Tourism Expo Japan, including those from Hong Kong and China
  • But a weak yen and surging fuel surcharges on flights could continue to keep Japanese travellers home

The Philippines

Philippines’ Marcos Jnr weaves new diplomacy bringing back close-knit US ties
Philippines’ Marcos Jnr weaves new diplomacy bringing back close-knit US ties
  • China is the ‘elephant in the room’, experts say, as Marcos Jnr searches for a new strategy to rebalance ties post-Duterte
  • His New York trip is a ‘crystal clear signal’ that the Philippines’ most important relationship is with the US, analysts said
2 Oct 2022 - 8:30AM

The Philippines

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr during his meeting with US President Joe Biden, on September 22. Photo: AP
Philippines’ Marcos Jnr weaves new diplomacy bringing back close-knit US ties

China is the ‘elephant in the room’ as Marcos Jnr, driven by national and personal interests, searches for a new strategy to rebalance ties post-Duterte, experts say.

2 Oct 2022 - 8:30AM
Japan’s Africa aid rivals China in terms of ‘quality over quantity’: analysts

Tokyo’s commitment to international standards on infrastructure financing and its support of good governance and democratic principles provides African nations with a tempting alternative to China’s deeper pockets, analysts said.

2 Oct 2022 - 11:00AM
‘It could happen here’: why Iran’s hijab uproar holds lessons for Indonesia

As an Iranian woman’s death triggers outrage over strict hijab laws, observers warn Indonesia could face the same fate if religious fundamentalists are not reined in.

1 Oct 2022 - 2:00PM
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