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Countries in Southeast Asia have implemented a range of counterterrorism policies and measures, each with their strengths and challenges. However, the effectiveness of such policies remains a subject of debate.
Apr 18, 2024
Southeast Asia needs to step up its counterterrorism game
While Islamic State and al-Qaeda have lost ground in the region, they are still capable of recruiting and inspiring local groups to join extremist causes.
Lee Hsien Loong might not stray far from politics, having said previously that he will remain at the "new PM’s disposal” after the handover.
Apr 16, 2024
Singapore charts new path after half-century of Lee family rule
Lee Hsien Loong announced that he will step aside next month after 20 years as prime minister and hand the reins over to Lawrence Wong.
Joseph Schooling of Singapore celebrates after winning the men's 100m Butterfly final at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016.
Apr 2, 2024
Singapore's only Olympic champion Schooling retires
The swimmer was mired in controversy in 2022 after confessing to taking cannabis overseas.
Shi Pong Hsu, 75, makes coffee in a Singapore coffee shop. The city-state's government projects that almost a quarter of its population will be 65 or over by 2030.
Mar 10, 2024
Singapore is bracing for a super-aging society
Japan and South Korea may be the poster children for low birthrates, but Singapore is confronting its own decline. Its solution? Bonuses for nurses.
Hannah Green of Australia celebrates with the trophy after winning the final round of the HSBC Women's World Championship golf tournament in Singapore on Sunday.
Mar 3, 2024
Australia's Green wins World Championship title with late birdie blitz
Japan's Ayaka Furue, who had led going into the final round, had to settle for a share of eighth spot after a disappointing day.
An MQ-9 Reaper drone stands on the runway at Naval Base Ventura County Sea Range, Point Mugu, near Oxnard, California. The Defense Ministry is considering purchasing the Reaper for intercepting foreign aircraft approaching Japanese airspace.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 1, 2024
New drone tech in spotlight as Japan eyes boosted capabilities
As Tokyo seeks to beef up its unmanned systems, inspiration could come from the latest tech displayed at this year's Singapore Airshow.
People take pictures of the city skyline lit up by drones during a performance to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Dragon, at Marina Bay in Singapore on Feb. 10.
Feb 26, 2024
Singapore embraces AI to solve everyday problems
Ranked the fifth most innovative country by the GII last year, Singapore was an early adopter of AI, releasing its first national strategy in 2019.
TikTok parent company ByteDance's offices in Singapore. Chinese companies are increasingly using the city-state as a springboard into the U.S. market.
Feb 22, 2024
'Singapore-washing' and China’s sneaky trade practices
Chinese firms are using Singapore as a springboard into the U.S., circumventing restrictions. The island nation shouldn't enable these deceptive tactics.
Buildings in the business district in Singapore. The city state hosted regional headquarters for 4,200 multinational firms in 2023.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 22, 2024
Even China’s giants are picking Singapore over Hong Kong
The city state hosted regional headquarters for 4,200 multinational firms in 2023.
The Japan Pavillion is seen at the Singapore Airshow on Wednesday.
Feb 21, 2024
At top airshow, Japanese firms explore defense export opportunities
They are offering a diverse and sophisticated range of products following a revision of guidelines on defense equipment and technology transfer.
Visa-free access for Chinese tourists to Southeast Asia countries boosted traffic and signaled a robust revival in travel since Beijing lifted strict COVID-19 restrictions in early 2023 that had all but shut China's borders for three years.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 21, 2024
Chinese tourists flock to Southeast Asia as travel bounces back
The increase provides welcome relief to countries that rely on the Chinese and their spending.
China's C919 — the country's first domestically developed large, narrow-body passenger aircraft, is displayed at the Singapore Air Show on Tuesday.
Feb 20, 2024
China debuts C919 aircraft in Singapore, but can it challenge Boeing and Airbus?
The Asian powerhouse hopes the country's first domestically developed large, narrow-body passenger aircraft will help it break into new markets.
Singapore's former Transport Minister Subramaniam Iswaran (center) and his defense counsel Davinder Singh (left) leave the Singapore State Courts on Thursday.
Jan 19, 2024
Singapore minister quits after biggest graft case since 1986
The scandal has cast a pall on the city-state known for its clean governance. If convicted, the minister faces fines and a possible jail term.
A shinkansen platform at JR Tokyo Station on Dec. 29
Jan 11, 2024
Japan firms opt out of Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail project
The development could allow rival Chinese businesses to further solidify their footprint in infrastructure building in East Asia.
Passengers walk past a sign directing them to specific lines for EU and non EU passports as they arrive at Dublin Airport in Ireland in September 2019.
WORLD / Society
Jan 11, 2024
These are the world’s most powerful passports in 2024
A decade ago, the two countries shared the top spot, but comparing this year’s list to the 2014 ranking reveals some other major shifts.
Singapore is again the world's most expensive city to live in, an honor it shares with Zurich this year.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 30, 2023
Singapore and Zurich are the world's most expensive cities
Tokyo fell to 60th place while Osaka dropped to 70th amid a weak Japanese yen.
Singapore national flags hang from the facade of a Housing & Development Board public housing estate in the Selegie area of Singapore, in 2021.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 17, 2023
China puts money behind Singapore model in major housing shift
Details are undisclosed, outlined in a classified "Document 14" last month.
The curtain is closing on the Lee dynasty's leadership of Singapore. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced his resignation, which could come next year, and the handing of power to deputy Lawrence Wong.
Nov 10, 2023
Singapore contemplates the end of the Lee political era
Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced his resignation, marking the end of his dynasty's leadership and a new chapter in Singapore's politics.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Nov 9, 2023
China unlikely to launch ‘D-Day’ on Taiwan, Singapore PM says
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong downplayed concerns, saying China isn’t "trigger happy” about taking over the island.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attends an Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Jakarta in September.
Nov 5, 2023
Singapore’s prime minister to step aside before next polls
Lee Hsien Loong has been leader for almost two decades and the People’s Action Party has long telegraphed a power transition.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on