Chen Lin
A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip strikes an area near Sderot, southern Israel, on Monday.
Oct 10, 2023
Middle East crisis exposes limits of China's diplomatic ambitions
After the killings of more than 900 Israelis in coordinated assaults by the Islamic group Hamas, China's response was muted.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2023
Inside China's underground market for high-end Nvidia AI chips
U.S. export restrictions have created a de facto underground market with vendors keen not to draw scrutiny from either U.S. or Chinese authorities.
Japan Times
Aug 22, 2022
Singapore will decriminalize sex between men, but no change in marriage rules
Under Singapore's Section 377A, a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex between men, offenders can be jailed for up to two years under the law, but it is not currently actively enforced.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2022
Sri Lankan president hands in resignation after fleeing to Singapore
The announcement triggered jubilation in the commercial capital Colombo where protesters massed outside the presidential secretariat, defying a citywide curfew.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2022
Expats head for the exit as 'easy' Singapore's COVID-19 controls bite
Atar Sandler arrived in Singapore in 2019, seizing the opportunity to live in a buzzing global city that is also a convenient base to jet off to more exotic locales nearby.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2021
China tennis star Peng Shuai denies she made sexual assault accusation
Peng's remarks on Sunday marked the first time she had addressed the matter on camera in public.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2021
The race is on to trace the omicron variant
The pace of research highlights the pressure on governments and public health authorities to decide quickly whether they need to take strict steps to curb omicron's spread.
Japan Times
Sep 2, 2021
Vaccinated Singapore eases into reopening as other nations watch for lessons
Despite a high vaccination rate, masks are still mandatory in almost all public settings, group sizes are limited and a contact-tracing app is required.
Japan Times
Apr 8, 2021
Myanmar crisis sounds death knell for garment industry, jobs and hope
Even before the Feb. 1 coup, the sector had been rocked by the pandemic.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan