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Legislators from Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (top) gather by the parliamentary speaker's seat as lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (bottom) display various placards to protest against bills tabled by the opposition to expand the power of parliament in Taipei on Tuesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
May 21, 2024
Taiwan parliament erupts in arguments at start of Lai's presidency
Politicians from both sides engaged in rowdy arguments amid an opposition push to expand the powers of the legislature in which the president's party has no majority.
Researcher Mercury Wong holds a rice plant on April 1.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Apr 30, 2024
Hong Kong team plants seeds to safeguard legacy grains
Scientists and farmers in Hong Kong are tending to local varieties of grain they say could be an important food source in the face of climate change.
People walk under flags of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, on Queen's Road in Hong Kong.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 20, 2024
What's in Hong Kong's new national security law?
The law's broadly defined provisions have drawn condemnation from Western countries, which had urged Hong Kong to reconsider it.
Veteran politician Alan Leong in the now-empty headquarters of the Civic Party, once the city's second largest opposition party, in Hong Kong. Six lapel pins bearing the Civic Party's founding date are all Hong Kong veteran politician Alan Leong kept when the once-prominent opposition group cleared its headquarters and shuttered its doors days before the new year.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 28, 2023
Hong Kong's former second-largest opposition party shuts down
Since China imposed its security law, the Civic Party has seen members jailed, elected politicians unseated and a former lawmaker listed as a fugitive.
Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee delivers his annual policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on Wednesday
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 25, 2023
Hong Kong's leader says to create new national security law in 2024
Pro-democracy protests rocked the finance hub in 2019, bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the streets to call for more autonomy from China.
Kim Hau's tea shop was raided by police in February 2022, when she was arrested for sedition.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Aug 24, 2023
Ordinary Hong Kongers convicted under colonial-era sedition law
Authorities in Hong Kong are using the law to punish any kind of criticism or dissent, even coming from ordinary citizens rather than activists.
Sushi made with fish imported from Japan at a Japanese supermarket in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
JAPAN
Aug 23, 2023
China's sushi fans flounder over Fukushima water release
Chinese sushi lovers have expressed reservations after Japan kicked off plans for the disposal of wastewater from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 plant.

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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