Aug 26, 2014

Strong leaders in an increasingly fragile Asia

by Simon Tay

Stronger leaders are finally in place in fragile Asia — leaders who can deliver domestic reform and economic growth. But if these leaders assert their strength against each other or vis-a-vis the U.S. over security matters, regional stability could be upended.

Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in South Korea

Aug 12, 2014

Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in South Korea

When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, travelling to Asia as the world’s most visible and popular ...

Jul 18, 2014

Governments agree to stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice: U.N.

Governments have agreed the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions, the U.N. said Thursday. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the top global decision-making body for food standards, issued ...

Jul 15, 2014

Asia fears China military conflict over sea claims: Pew study

China’s neighbors are increasingly anxious that Beijing’s maritime disputes with countries like Vietnam and the Philippines will lead to military conflict, a U.S. research group said in findings released Monday. Even in China itself, polling showed that 62 percent of the public worried that ...

Cool Japan academies to open across Asia

Jul 9, 2014

Cool Japan academies to open across Asia

Leading publisher Kadokawa Corp. has announced plans to open a slew of academies across East and Southeast Asia, starting with Taiwan and Singapore, each pushing knowledge of the core design skills at the heart of Japanese pop culture. Kadokawa said recently that it will ...

Jul 4, 2014

With one eye on Washington, China plots its own Asia 'pivot'

The Silk Road, an obscure Kazakh-inspired security forum and a $50 billion Asian infrastructure bank are just some of the disparate elements in an evolving Chinese strategy to try to counter Washington’s “pivot” to the region. While Chinese leaders have not given the government’s ...

May 28, 2014

Young people not interested in overseas work

Japanese youth are less interested in working abroad than those in other Asian economies, according to a private survey. Only 12 percent of Japanese surveyed responded that they want to work overseas in the future, the lowest percentage among nine economies in Asia. Apart ...