A man harvests opium as he works in an opium field outside Loikaw, Myanmar.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Dec 12, 2023
Myanmar overtakes Afghanistan as world's biggest opium producer
Myanmar produced an estimated 1,080 metric tons of opium this year, according to the latest report by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime.
Henry Kissinger, alongside U.S. President Richard Nixon, is sworn in as secretary of state on Sept. 22, 1973.
Dec 3, 2023
'My blood boils': Kissinger's bitter legacy in Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, millions remember when the U.s. bombed swaths of Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War, an onslaught ordered by Kissinger and Nixon.
Bouquets lay against a gate leading to the nursery where one of the Thailand's worst-ever mass killings occurred in October 2022.
Oct 3, 2023
Bereaved families endure memory of Thai nursery massacre
On Oct. 6, 2022, an ex-police officer forced his way into a nursery in Thailand, killing 12 adults and 24 children.
Anon Numpa, a prominent activist and former human rights lawyer, speaks to media ahead of a Thai criminal court's verdict in a case of him allegedly having insulted the monarchy, at the criminal court in Bangkok on Tuesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Sep 27, 2023
Top Thai protest leader jailed on royal insult charges
Thailand has some of the world's strictest royal defamation laws, which shield King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his close family from criticism.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2023
Vanished, shot, murdered: Laos activists spooked by spate of incidents
Landlocked, poor and deeply tied to China, Laos is one of the world's most repressive countries.
Japan Times
May 9, 2023
Thailand chokes on pollution but greens struggle to be heard in election
Despite the region facing recent record-breaking heat waves and worsening flooding due in part to rising sea levels, green movements have gained little traction with Thai voters.
Japan Times
Sep 25, 2022
'You cannot survive': Inflation bites as Thai election looms
Sheltering from rain near Bangkok's Grand Palace, scores of unemployed Thais queue alongside homeless people waiting for free meals.


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