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Saurabh Sharma
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath attend an election campaign rally in Kanpur, India, on Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
May 6, 2024
Fake videos of Modi aides trigger political showdown in India election
India's election will be the world's largest democratic event. With nearly a billion voters, tackling the spread of misinformation is a high stakes job.
The rural economy has been hurt by a drop in the output of some key crops, such as wheat, in the past three years due to a rise in temperatures, patchy monsoon rains and falling reservoir levels.
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 1, 2024
World-beating growth? Not for India's rural majority
For many in rural India, which is home to 60% of its 1.4 billion people, the country's so-called spectacular economic growth is nowhere in sight.
A view of the city of Ayodhya, India
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Dec 18, 2023
Temple promised by BJP transforming Indian city but some miss out
Laborers are finalizing a $6 billion infrastructure facelift in Ayodhya that is igniting an economic boom and driving up land prices.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / FOCUS
Mar 16, 2023
Xiaomi's slow shift in India to premium smartphones helps Samsung steal its crown
While Xiaomi remained focused on selling mobile phones under 10,000 rupees ($120), Indian consumers were willing to pay up for better looking models with richer features.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 5, 2023
BBC raids show India's shrinking media freedom under Modi, some journalists say
The news network has said it is cooperating fully with authorities, adding that its journalists would continue to report 'without fear or favor.'
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 31, 2022
Ahead of key polls, India's ruling party revives Hindu-Muslim dispute
Hindus and Muslims have argued for decades for control over a religious site Mathura, echoing other quarrels between the two groups in India that have flared into deadly riots.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 5, 2021
'I'm a woman, I can fight': Nehru-Gandhi scion aims to revive India's Congress
Nehru-Gandhi's opposition Congress party plots its revival by winning over women voters, who are finally starting to find their voice.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 20, 2021
'Data denial': Nonstop cremations cast doubt on India's tally of COVID-19 deaths
India on Monday registered a record 273,810 new daily infections and 1,619 deaths. Its total number of cases now stands at more than 15 million, second only to the United States.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jan 19, 2021
Big Oil’s flagship plastic waste project sinks on the Ganges
The failure is a sign that the industry is falling short of its targets to curb an increase in waste, two environmental groups say.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Aug 19, 2020
Back to the paddy fields: Coronavirus smashes Indian middle-class dreams
For years, people in rural India have been gaining prosperity and moving into what economists call a burgeoning middle class of consumers.

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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