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Philip Heijmans
For Philip Heijmans's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 16, 2023
‘Bangkok Spring’ sets up showdown over role of Thai monarchy
The push to directly change laws affecting the monarchy breaks a longstanding taboo — even the suggestion of disloyalty to the palace has been grounds for a military coup.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 11, 2023
Thailand's election is being shaped by a new generation challenging the monarchy
The phenomenon represents one of the biggest challenges in years to the military and royal establishment, which have prevented democracy from forming.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 31, 2022
Taiwan tensions raise alarms over risks to world’s subsea cables
A disruption in a conflict with China could result in Taiwan getting cut off from the world, similar to what happened to the Pacific Island nation of Tonga earlier this year.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 8, 2022
Rich nations are ready to help Indonesia abandon coal, but is the country ready?
The fossil fuel generates about 60% of Indonesiau2019s electricity, and has made fortunes for some of the nationu2019s most powerful business elites.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
May 11, 2022
Private meal with kingpin offers clues to how Marcos will rule Philippines
A dinner he attended soon after entering the race last October may provide clues on his priorities u2014 and to whom heu2019s beholden.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Jun 20, 2021
Japan’s refusal to sanction Myanmar undermines Biden’s strategy
Tokyo's reluctance to put financial pressure on the junta shows the difficulties Washington faces in convincing Asian allies to put real teeth behind calls to defend democracy.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 18, 2021
Singapore bloggers turn to crowdfunding to pay defamation bills
Blogs provide an avenue for government criticism in a country that ranks among the worst in the world for press freedom.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 20, 2021
Singapore keeps dorm migrants segregated even as pandemic abates
Weeks after new cases among laborers dropped to almost zero and thousands have received vaccinations, some wonder how long it will take for restrictions to end.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 20, 2019
China-backed Dara Sakor project in Cambodia rings alarm bells in Washington
Along pristine Cambodian beaches, past parades of elephants in its largest national park, sits an area half the size of Singapore that is raising alarm bells among military strategists in the U.S. and beyond.

Longform

Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves