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Civilian exchanges between China and Japan increase as diplomatic ties warm

For Hiromi Horage, chief of the international programs office at the Bunkyo Gakuin University's Hongo campus, this has been one of the busiest years of her career, with the highest number of students applying for summer study tours in Beijing. "Usually we would have 10 to 12 students, but over 30 students came this time," Horage told the Global Times, adding that the number of Japanese students visiting China is often influenced by relations between the two countries.
Source: Global Times | 2019/9/3 18:38:40

Thailand, South Korea sign cooperation agreements, MOUs

Thailand and South Korea on Monday signed several agreements in varied aspects of bilateral cooperation.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/9/3 11:40:24

PNG cancels migrant camp contract with Australia

Papua New Guinea on Monday took a significant step toward shutting down island refugee camps that have become synonymous with Australia's much-condemned immigration policies.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/2 19:23:40

Papua police ban protests as unrest continues

Indonesian police have banned violent demonstrations and speeches promoting separatism in the easternmost region of Papua, which had been rocked by protests for two weeks, the state news agency Antara reported Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/9/2 18:43:41

Thai PM orders concerned agencies to rush in providing assistance to flood-affected areas

Thai government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Sunday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had closely monitored the flash flood situation triggered by storm Podul and ordered for immediate assistance to affected people in 16 provinces.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/9/2 11:58:46

Australian govt urged to ban child marriages

A women's advocacy group is urging the Australian government to ban minors from getting married under any circumstances.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/9/1 19:18:40

Looking underground

Space-starved Singapore has expanded outward by building into the sea and upward by constructing high-rises but planners are now looking underground as they seek new areas for growth.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/1 19:08:40

Myanmar's gov't, armed groups issue joint communique on ceasefire

Representatives of Myanmar government's National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) and four ethnic armed groups issued a joint communique late on Saturday following their meeting in Kengtung, Shan state, earlier on the day.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/9/1 11:41:08

Japan protests against S.Korean lawmakers' visit to disputed islands

The Japanese government on Saturday protested to South Korea over a visit by South Korean lawmakers to the disputed islands in the Sea of Japan controlled by Seoul and claimed by Tokyo.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/9/1 10:37:40

Record Japan defense ministry budget

Japan's defense ministry on Friday requested a record $50.3 billion budget to fund purchases of fighter jets and missile defense.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/30 21:23:41

Great Barrier Reef in 'very poor' condition

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in very poor condition because of climate change, over-fishing and land clearing, a state agency said on Friday, as it downgraded the reef's status to the lowest level, which could jeopardize its World Heritage status.
Source: Reuters | 2019/8/30 21:23:40

Pakistan's Khan leads nationwide protests against India over Kashmir

Thousands rallied across Pakistan on Friday in mass demonstrations protesting Delhi's actions in Indian-controlled Kashmir in the most ambitious public protests targeting India in years.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/30 21:18:40

S.Korea, Japan hold diplomatic talks amid rising trade spat

Director general-level diplomats from South Korea and Japan held talks in Seoul Thursday amid the rising trade spat between the two countries.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/30 9:13:23

Disgraced president gets retrial

South Korea's top court ordered new trials Thursday for former president Park Geun-hye and Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong over the corruption scandal that brought her down, in a blow to the world's biggest smartphone and memory chip maker.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/29 19:33:41

S.Korea summons Japanese ambassador as export trade curbs take effect

South Korea summoned Japan's ambassador to protest a decision to remove Seoul's fast-track export status, which took effect on Wednesday amid a deepening political and economic feud.
Source: Reuters | 2019/8/28 21:33:41

Two dead in southwest Japan as 670,000 ordered to flee heavy rains

Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday as heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings, and orders for 670,000 people to seek safety.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/28 18:03:41

Matcha craze

From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalizing on growing global interest in its flavor - even as demand for the drink declines at home.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/28 17:58:40

Japan to remove S. Korea from trade "whitelist" as planned

Japan's Trade minister Hiroshige Seko said on Tuesday that Japan will remove South Korea from a "whitelist" of nations entitled to simplified export control procedures as planned, a move certain to deepen the rift between the feuding neighbors.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/28 9:59:20