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End of an era in Japan as emperor prepares to abdicate

Emperor Akihito will become first Japanese monarch to abdicate in more than 200 yearsThe imperial palace grounds in central Tokyo are bathed in spring sunshine. Joggers completing lunchtime circuits of the moat artfully dodge groups of foreign tourists. Office workers tuck into lunches of onigiri rice balls and tea.On the other side of the moat, hidden behind lines of trees, the palace is preparing for a historical transition. Early in the evening of 30 April, Emperor Akihito will enter the buil...
Tags: Japan, Asia Pacific, World news, Monarchy


Feast from the east – why Britain is surfing the Korean culture wave

From food to football, fashion to pop music, South Korea’s creative exports are making their markThe ears of millions of young music fans have been captured by its polished pop, foodies have been tantalised by its gastronomic delights, and the country’s artists and actors are also part of a creative wave, known as hallyu, that is establishing South Korea as a major cultural force.Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min was the latest to join the line of cultural pioneers, trotting off the pitch at Man...
Tags: K-pop, Football, South Korea, Korean food and drink, Food, Asia Pacific, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City


Australia will pay back Timor-Leste's oil revenue, Jose Ramos-Horta says

Former president says he has faith his country’s far richer neighbour will not quarrel over revenue it wrongly received Jose Ramos-Horta, the former president of Timor-Leste and Nobel laureate, says he believes Australia will reimburse “every cent it wrongly received” after the countries signed a maritime border treaty last year.His comments are in response to revelations in Guardian Australia that the Australian government was taking millions of dollars a month in oil revenue which should belon...
Tags: Timor-Leste, Australian politics, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Oil and gas companies, Labor party, Coalition


World's smallest baby boy at birth to leave hospital in Japan

Mother of Ryusuke Sekino said: ‘It seemed he would break if I touched him. I was so worried’When Ryusuke Sekino was born last October, his mother feared that even touching him could prove dangerous for his tiny frame.Six months later, Ryusuke, believed to be the world’s smallest surviving baby boy, is preparing to leave hospital in central Japan on Saturday after his weight increased from 258g (9.1oz) at birth – roughly the weight of a pack of butter – to more than 3kg. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Pregnancy, Asia Pacific, World news, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting


Camera firm distances itself from Tiananmen Square advert

Leica, whose biggest growth market is China, say short film was not officially sanctionedWestern companies trying to do business in China learned long ago that they must bow, at least in part, to the political demands of an authoritarian state. So when the German camera-maker Leica released an advert featuring perhaps the greatest political taboo in contemporary Chinese history, it looked like an unusually audacious gamble.In fact the short film referencing the Tiananmen Square crackdown appears...
Tags: China, Censorship, Tiananmen Square protests 1989, Advertising, Business, Asia Pacific, Media, World news


'Companies are seldom treated like this': how Huawei fought back

To dispel US suspicions, Chinese telecom firm welcomed dozens of journalists into its labsA pillar box red electric train connects Paris, Verona and Grenada via Budapest’s Liberty Bridge and on to Heidelberg Castle in a 120-hectare fantasy business park dreamt up by the Chinese billionaire Ren Zhengfei.Ren, 74, a former Red Army engineer who founded the telecommunications company Huawei in 1987 and still owns a 1.14% stake, asked the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to recreate some of Europe’s mos...
Tags: Huawei, UK news, China, Apple, Telecommunications industry, 5G, Mobile phones, Business, Asia Pacific, Technology, World news, Telecoms


Where Huawei is banned from working on critical networks

Chinese telecoms firm is accused by the US of posing a severe national security threat Politicians in the US have alleged that Huawei’s forthcoming 5G mobile phone networks could be hacked by Chinese spies to eavesdrop on sensitive phone calls, gain access to counter-terrorist operations – and potentially even kill targets by crashing driverless cars. Allies who allow Huawei technology inside their 5G networks have been told they may be frozen out of US intelligence sharing. Related: US govern...
Tags: Huawei, 5G, Technology, US national security, US news, China, World news, Asia Pacific


Where is Huawei banned from working on critical networks?

Several countries have rejected Chinese telecoms firm over national security fears ‘Companies are seldom treated like this’: how Huawei fought backPoliticians in the US have alleged that Huawei’s forthcoming 5G mobile phone networks could be hacked by Chinese spies to eavesdrop on sensitive phone calls, gain access to counter-terrorist operations – and potentially even kill targets by crashing driverless cars. Allies who allow Huawei technology inside their 5G networks have been told they may be...
Tags: Huawei, 5G, Technology, US national security, US news, China, World news, Asia Pacific


Experience: I was crushed by an elephant

Before I could register the danger, I felt a massive weight on my ribcage. It felt like a truck was driving over meAs my 70th birthday approached, I decided to make a start on my bucket list and booked a two-week adventure volunteering at a Thai elephant sanctuary. I remembered a magical encounter years ago with an elephant in Kerala: at the end of the day, she had laid down to rest and let me clamber over her, scrubbing her clean with a coconut shell. Elephants are extraordinary creatures; I’m ...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Life and style, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Conservation, Kerala


Indonesian elections: Joko Widodo claims re-election victory

President says he has won a second term, defeating challenger Prabowo SubiantoThe Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, has announced he has won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on his promise to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory.Widodo, after meeting with parties in his coalition, told reporters the leaders of Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and other countries had congratulated him on securing a second term. Continue...
Tags: Indonesia, World news, Asia Pacific, Joko Widodo, Widodo, Prabowo, Malaysia Singapore Turkey


Malaysia investigates women who discussed their 'dehijabbing'

Move by Islamic authorities condemned as attempt to ‘intimidate women activists’Three women in Malaysia who held an event discussing their decision to stop wearing the hijab are being investigated by Malaysian Islamic authorities.The event, hosted over the weekend at the Gerakbudaya bookshop in the Petaling Jaya area, was held to mark the launch of Unveiling Choice, a book documenting the author and activist Maryam Lee’s decision to stop wearing the hijab. Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, World news, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Islam, Islamic veil, PETALING JAYA, Women's rights and gender equality, Gerakbudaya, Maryam Lee


Kim Jong-un to meet Putin for first time in Russia's far east

North Korean leader will visit Russian president in late April after invitation from KremlinThe North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, will visit Russia in late April for his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, Moscow has said.“Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin ... Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in the second half of April,” said the Kremlin in a statement on its website on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, North Korea, Russia, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Moscow, Nuclear Weapons, Kim Jong-un, Kremlin, Kim Jong, Vladimir Putin Kim Jong


Kim Jong-un to visit Russia to meet Putin for first time

Summit between North Korean leader and Russian president to take place in late AprilThe North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, will visit Russia in late April for his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, Moscow has said.“Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin ... Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in the second half of April,” said the Kremlin in a statement on its website on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, North Korea, Russia, World news, Asia Pacific, Moscow, Nuclear Weapons, Kim Jong-un, Kremlin, Kim Jong, Vladimir Putin Kim Jong


US bitcoin trader may face death penalty in Thailand over 'sea home'

Chad Elwartowski and Supranee Thepdet in hiding after police accuse ‘seastead’ of violating sovereigntyAn American bitcoin entrepreneur could be facing the death penalty after Thailand’s navy accused him of violating the country’s sovereignty by building a “sea home’’ off the coast of Phuket.Chad Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend Supranee Thepdet, known as Nadia, have gone into hiding after the Thai authorities said they would take legal action against the pair for building a “seastead” home. ...
Tags: Navy, US, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Oceans, Nadia, Phuket, Chad Elwartowski, Supranee Thepdet


Indonesia election: Prabowo claims victory despite early counts showing loss

Former army general say he is ‘the president of all Indonesians’ but credible surveys put Joko Widodo in the leadEx-army general Prabowo Subianto has controversially claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election, despite unofficial results from more than half a dozen credible pollsters indicating that incumbent Joko Widodo has comfortably won.Speaking to supporters and journalists gathered outside his residence in South Jakarta on Wednesday evening, hours after the polls had closed, the f...
Tags: Indonesia, World news, Asia Pacific, Joko Widodo, South Jakarta, Prabowo Subianto, Prabowo


'Decades of denial': major report finds New Zealand's environment is in serious trouble

Nation known for its natural beauty is under pressure with extinctions, polluted rivers and blighted lakes A report on the state of New Zealand’s environment has painted a bleak picture of catastrophic biodiversity loss, polluted waterways, and the destructive rise of the dairy industry and urban sprawl.Environment Aotearoa is the first major environmental report in four years, and was compiled using data from Statistics New Zealand and the ministry of the environment. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Pollution, New Zealand, Environment Aotearoa


Nauru former president regrets signing offshore processing deal with Julia Gillard

Sprent Dabwido is in Australia, having sought asylum to receive treatment for terminal cancerThe former president of Nauru has said he regrets signing a deal with Julia Gillard to establish offshore processing on his island almost seven years ago, which he said led to refugee deaths in the detention centre.Sprent Dabwido is in Australia, having sought asylum himself, and is receiving treatment for terminal cancer. He told Ten’s The Project he had been given just days or weeks to live. Continue r...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Refugees, Julia Gillard, Nauru, Sprent Dabwido


North Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon as it tells US to replace Mike Pompeo in nuclear talks

North Korea announced on Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon, in its first public weapons test since February’s failed summit with the US in Hanoi.  Shortly after the test, North Korea demanded that Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, be removed from nuclear disarmament talks in another sign of deteriorating diplomatic relations with Washington since the failure of their second summit in Hanoi in February.  Pyongyang wanted a replacement for Mr Pompeo who wou...
Tags: South Korea, News, Vladimir Putin, Washington, North Korea, White House, Russia, US, Ap, United States, Asia Pacific, Korea, Pentagon, Kim, Kremlin, Donald Trump


Kim Jong-un oversees first weapons test since failed US-North Korea summit

Regime’s leader says test of tactical guided weapon would increase the ‘combat power’ of the countryNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the testing of a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Thursday.It is North Korea’s first public weapons test since the second US-North Korea summit in Hanoi ended with no agreement in February. Continue reading...
Tags: North Korea, World news, Asia Pacific, Kim Jong-un, Hanoi, Kim Jong, Korean Central News Agency KCNA, US North Korea


Chimerica review – a thrillingly real drama about fake news

A disgraced photographer tries to salvage his career by finding the Tiananmen Square ‘Tank Man’ in Lucy Kirkwood’s series, a strikingly intelligent balance of the personal and the politicalTank Man. I had forgotten ever hearing the phrase, used 30 years ago to describe the unidentified figure who stood in front of the tanks advancing towards Tiananmen Square the morning after the Chinese military opened fire on its own people to end the anti-government protests for human and press rights, killin...
Tags: Television, Protest, Drama, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Television & radio, Tiananmen Square protests 1989, Tiananmen Square, Chimerica, Lucy Kirkwood, Jeff Widener


HRS Group of Companies extends its operations to South Korea

HRS Hospitality & Retail Systems has expanded its presence in the Asia Pacific region through the acquisition of an IT services provider in South Korea.
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Asia Pacific, HRS Hospitality Retail Systems, HRS Group of Companies


Bad News for China: J-20 Stealth Fighters Can't Touch an F-22s or F-35

For the time being, however, Chinese jets are not on the same level as their American counterparts.As Dave Majumdar previously covered, China recently declared that its J-20 fighter jet had attained initial operational capability. “China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been commissioned into the air force's combat service,” China’s Defense Ministry said on February 9. Chinese analysts touted the country’s achievement as breaking the Western stranglehold on stealthy aircraft. "The J-20 ...
Tags: Japan, News, North Korea, China, America, Asia Pacific, Defense Ministry, Dave Majumdar


Indonesia elections: Joko Widodo looks set for comfortable win

Unofficial ‘quick count’ results show incumbent president nearly nine points aheadJoko Widodo looks likely to have secured a comfortable win over his rival in Indonesian elections, according to unofficial “quick counts”.The counts, conducted by several credible polling agencies, show the incumbent president ahead of his political rival, the former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto, by almost 9 percentage points. Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Joko Widodo, Widodo, Prabowo Subianto


Science professor allegedly taught students to make ecstasy

Tatsunori Iwamura reportedly admitted getting students in his pharmaceutical class at Japanese university to make illegal drugA Japanese university professor could face up to 10 years in prison after allegedly teaching his students how to produce MDMA to “further their knowledge” of pharmaceuticals, according to reports.Tatsunori Iwamura, 61, has been likened to Walter White, the fictional chemistry teacher in the cult TV series Breaking Bad who starts manufacturing crystal meth after being diag...
Tags: Japan, Drugs, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Walter White, Tatsunori Iwamura


Former Nauru president regrets signing offshore processing deal with Julia Gillard

Sprent Dabwido is in Australia, having sought asylum to receive treatment for terminal cancerThe former president of Nauru has said he regrets signing a deal with Julia Gillard to establish offshore processing on his island almost six years ago, which he said led to refugee deaths in the detention centre.Sprent Dabwido is in Australia, having sought asylum himself to receive treatment for terminal cancer. He told Ten’s the Project he had been given just days or weeks to live. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Julia Gillard, Nauru, Sprent Dabwido


The town that outlawed sprawl

Onagawa was already in decline when it was obliterated in 2011 by the Tohoku tsunami. Can it both rebuild and rejuvenate itself?On the shore of eastern Japan a wrecked police station lies on its side, ripped from the ground by the tsunami that devastated the country in 2011.“We are going to keep that building as a reminder of the disaster,” says Yoshinori Taura, assistant director of the town of Onagawa’s recovery promotion division. “To make sure the memories are passed to the next generation.”...
Tags: Japan, Cities, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Earthquakes, Japan disaster, Tsunamis, Tohoku, ONAGAWA, Yoshinori Taura


'We want a new vibe': the Japanese town that outlawed sprawl

Onagawa was already in decline when it was obliterated in 2011 by the Tohoku tsunami. Can it both rebuild and rejuvenate itself?On the shore of eastern Japan a wrecked police station lies on its side, ripped from the ground by the tsunami that devastated the country in 2011.“We are going to keep that building as a reminder of the disaster,” says Yoshinori Taura, assistant director of the town of Onagawa’s recovery promotion division. “To make sure the memories are passed to the next generation.”...
Tags: Japan, Cities, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Earthquakes, Japan disaster, Tsunamis, Tohoku, ONAGAWA, Yoshinori Taura


On horseback and in canoes: ballot boxes dispatched as Indonesia votes - in pictures

Indonesia has kicked off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, World news, Asia Pacific, Joko Widodo, Prabowo Subianto Continue


Critically endangered kākāpō – the world's fattest parrot – has record breeding season

Just 147 adult kākāpō are alive today in their native New Zealand, but scientists hope their fortunes are turning aroundThe world’s fattest species of parrot has had a record-breaking breeding season in New Zealand, with scientists saying the fortunes of the critically-endangered bird are finally turning around.There are only 147 adult kākāpō alive today, although a few hundred years ago they were one of New Zealand’s most common birds, before being hunted to the brink of extinction, killed by i...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Birds, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, New Zealand


Indonesia's biggest ever election under way as 193 million march to polls

Nation will decide between incumbent president, Joko Widodo, and ex-general Prabowo Subianto as well as choosing more than 20,000 legislatorsTens of millions of Indonesians have started voting for a new president and more than 20,000 legislative seats, in what is one of the world’s most complicated ballots.In the world’s third-largest democracy and largest Muslim-majority nation, almost 193 million Indonesians are registered to vote. The poll kicked off at 7am local time in restive Papua and wil...
Tags: Indonesia, World news, Asia Pacific, Joko Widodo, Sumatra, Prabowo Subianto