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Muktita Suhartono
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Myanmar's junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup, presides over an army parade in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on March 27, 2021.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Jan 31, 2024
Arms dealer linked to Myanmar junta acquitted in money laundering case
Authorities had accused Tun Min Latt of engaging in a scheme to launder drug money by using it to buy electricity in Thailand and sending it to Myanmar.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Apr 25, 2023
Thailand’s most polarizing family rises again before election
An ousted populist’s daughter seeks office, fueling concerns that the return of a divisive political dynasty may revive instability, too.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal / ANALYSIS
Oct 10, 2022
Why strict but inconsistent gun laws did not keep Thailand safe
The murder of two dozen small children u2014 committed during nap time in colorful classrooms u2014 has horrified the nation.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
May 18, 2022
Poor countries face a mounting catastrophe fueled by inflation and debt
The consequences of the war in Ukraine are being compounded by the continuing pandemic, a global tightening of credit and a slowdown in China, the second-largest economy.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Aug 15, 2021
Poverty, disease, customs: Why so many Indonesian children die of COVID-19
Even when children are visibly ill, parents and doctors may mistake the symptoms for other conditions, particularly because of the widespread misperception that children cannot get COVID-19.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 26, 2020
Amid Thailand’s protests, a feared tool to protect the monarchy returns
Thailand has transformed from a country where criticism of the monarchy was only whispered to a place where protesters have spray-painted "the king is deadu201d on Bangkok streets.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 15, 2020
As motorcade rolls by, Thai royals glimpse the people’s discontent
For months, pro-democracy protesters have gathered to call for reforms to the monarchy and military, institutions that have dominated Thailand for decades.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 25, 2020
Young women take a front-line role in Thailand’s protests
In addition to political reform, the demonstrations have addressed concerns including abortion, taxes on menstrual products and school rules that force girls to conform to an outdated version of femininity.

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