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Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu addresses the media after casting his ballot during the country's parliamentary election, in Male on Sunday.
Apr 22, 2024
Pro-China leader's party in Maldives win in a landslide
Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu's People's National Congress party won two-thirds of parliament, or more than enough for a supermajority.
Migrant workers harvest and package vegetables in a greenhouse in Gasan-myeon, South Korea, in December.
Mar 3, 2024
South Korea needs foreign workers, but often fails to protect them
Though a shrinking population makes imported labor vital, migrant workers routinely face predatory employers, inhumane conditions and other abuse.
The PTI party of imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan triumphed in Pakistan's Feb. 8 elections despite not having the backing of the country's powerful military.
Feb 14, 2024
Has Pakistan’s military finally lost its mystique?
Many Pakistani voters supported PTI, Imran Khan's party, in recent elections, showing the military that it has a rival powerhouse to contend with.
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who is currently imprisoned, speaks with foreign journalists at his residence in Islamabad on April 9, 2019.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 12, 2024
The rise, and fall, and rise again of Imran Khan
When Pakistan’s government censored the media, former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party posted campaign videos on TikTok. When the police barred his supporters from holding rallies, they hosted virtual gatherings online.
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set for a fifth term in office following polls that her opponents and voters have boycotted.
Jan 8, 2024
Bangladesh prime minister extends rule in poll shunned by rivals
Voters heeded a campaign by the opposition to shun the election and draw attention to the sweeping crackdown Sheikh Hasina's government carried out in its run-up.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) sits next to Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (second from left) and others, while watching a cultural performance at the Tashichhodzong monastery in Thimpu, Bhutan, in August 2019.
Jan 7, 2024
India and China eye strategic areas bordering 'last barrier' Bhutan
New Delhi is determined not to let Beijing extend its influence further across what India sees as its natural sphere of influence
Commuters watch videos on their mobile phones as they travel in a suburban train in Mumbai, India.
Dec 14, 2023
Bollywood star in lycra or deepfake? AI on social media takes toll
More than 90% of deepfake videos online are pornographic, according to technology experts, and most are of women.
Slum dwellers shout slogans as they carry empty containers during a protest over water scarcity in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh in 2009.
Nov 13, 2023
South Asia worst in world for water scarcity, says U.N.
"Climate change is disrupting weather patterns and rainfall, leading to unpredictable water availability," the U.N. said in a report.
The threat of Mosquito-borne dengue fever is not restricted to South Asia as infection rates are rising globally with 4.2 million cases reported in 2022.
Sep 8, 2023
Mosquito-borne dengue grows deadlier in South Asia as planet warms
Disease experts say the worsening outbreaks of dengue are linked to the impacts of climate change.
People sit on a rail track as smoke rises from steel mills near a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Aug 30, 2023
Air pollution now a risk to life expectancy in South Asia: study
Rapid industrialization and population growth have contributed to declining air quality in South Asia.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
Heat waves put Asia's renewable power fleet to the test
Temperatures in parts of the region rose above 40 degrees Celsius in late April, earlier than usual, causing widespread infrastructure damage and power outages.
Japan Times
May 21, 2023
Crippling heat waves deepen Asia’s reliance on Russian energy
What began as a push from the Kremlin has now turned into a pull from Asian economies anxious about making sure their power generators are supplied with enough fuel.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2023
'Hotter and hotter': Swaths of Asia sweat in heat wave
Bangladesh saw its highest temperature for almost 60 years in the past week, while in India at least 13 people died from heatstroke along with two in Thailand, according to local media.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2023
A new Asian order is here largely thanks to Shinzo Abe
By redefining the Asia-Pacific’s geopolitical dimensions, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered a geostrategic model that is now being realized across South Asia and the Middle East.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2023
South Asia’s looming water war
The Indus Waters Treaty is nowhere near meeting India's needs and it is in Pakistan’s interest to remedy that.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2022
Inflation, interest rate hikes and China lockdowns hitting Asia’s growth outlook
The Asian Development Bank's Albert Park details the reasons the organization cut its growth forecast for Asia to 4.6% from an earlier forecast of 5.2%.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2022
China hesitates on bailing out Sri Lanka and Pakistan as debt soars
Often accused by the U.S. of using 'debt diplomacy” for political advantage, Xi Jinping's government is becoming more reluctant to pull out the checkbook.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2022
What political upheaval in Pakistan means for rest of the world
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's actions have created huge uncertainty in Islamabad, fueling anger among the opposition and deepening the country's political crisis.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2022
On Pacific islands COVID-19 once spared, an outbreak accentuates inequality
Serious coronavirus infections have disproportionately affected New Caledonians of Pacific Island descent, highlighting social inequalities in the territory.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2022
India's first social plan for closed coal hubs aims for 'honorable' lives
The plan for a socially fair shift away from coal in areas where mines have been shut will include alternative jobs and efforts to protect basic services from the effects.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores