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Simon Cheng, a pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong now living in Britain, at the offices of an organization he founded to aid new Hong Kong arrivals, in London on May 20. Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers have resettled in the United Kingdom since 2021, including prominent pro-democracy activists — and China has not forgotten them.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
May 27, 2024
Spying arrests send chill through Britain’s thriving Hong Kong community
The arrests have cast a spotlight on activists’ concerns about China's surveillance of its critics abroad.
Central Dublin, near where recent protests and riots took place. The uproar came after a stabbing attack left three young children and two adults injured.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 11, 2023
Dublin’s riot was not a surprise to those who watch the far right
The disorder on Nov. 23 may have appeared to come from nowhere. But experts say it showed deep social problems and an emboldened anti-immigrant movement.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 9, 2023
Ukraine's Bucha gets a remake, but pain lingers behind the facade
More than a year after Ukrainian forces wrested back Bucha from Russian troops, the town has drawn international investment that has physically transformed it.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 8, 2023
U.K. plans to expel asylum-seekers arriving on small boats
The law is the latest in a series of moves by the Conservative government to dissuade people from entering Britain by boat, even though the majority are fleeing war and persecution.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 13, 2023
Ukraine's ski resorts offer relief and respite during war
Those at a ski area earlier this year reflected on the complexity of being there as the country remained under siege.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 15, 2023
Britain says it will give Ukraine tanks, breaching a Western restriction
The U.K.'s Challenger 2 will be the first Western-made battle tank to be sent to Ukraine since Russia invaded last February.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 10, 2022
Ukrainians fear Russian reprisals for Crimea bridge attack
Although Russian officials made a show of reopening the bridge to some automobile and train traffic, the extent of the damage remains unclear.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 9, 2022
Planning for the end of Elizabeth’s reign began at the beginning
The death of Queen Elizabeth II has set in motion a meticulously choreographed process — known as Operation London Bridge — that the palace, and the nation, has spent decades planning.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 6, 2022
Ukrainians in rural Ireland piece together new lives, step by step
They are among the countless Ukrainians grappling with the uncertainty of how the next chapter of their lives will unfold as the war with Russia enters its seventh month.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 8, 2022
To pick Johnson’s successor, Britain’s Conservatives confront the void he leaves behind
The choice of Britain's next prime minister falls to the governing Conservatives, whose lawmakers pushed Boris Johnson to resign and now have to reinvent their party without him.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 28, 2022
Ferocious Russian attacks spur fresh accusations of genocide in Ukraine
A new report by legal scholars and human rights experts said mass killings and deliberate attacks on shelters by Russian forces had established a 'genocidal pattern” against Ukrainians.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 28, 2022
Ukraine war impact widens: Russia cuts gas flow and vows more reprisals
The European Union's top official described as 'blackmail” the announcement that Russia was suspending shipments of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 1, 2022
More mixed signals from Russia as Ukraine war enters sixth week
Western officials said they saw little evidence to support Russia's claims that it was greatly reducing its military presence around Kyiv.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 20, 2021
U.K. weighing lockdown amid omicron wave and political turmoil
Scientific advisers have warned lawmakers that more action is needed because the surge is threatening to overwhelm the country's health system.

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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