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Japan: Ex-PM Shinzo Abe Assassin Suspect Formally Indicted
Formal charges have been made against the suspected killer of ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The suspect was declared fit for trial after a six-month psychiatric evaluation.
China: Zhang Zhan’s Prison Letter Offers Hope and Fear
The rare insight into prison life comes over two years after the citizen journalist was handed a four-year sentence. She was imprisoned after covering the Covid-19 lockdown in the Chinese city of Wuhan in early 2020.
What’s in Store for Emerging Asian Economies in 2023?
Many economies in the region could be in for a bumpy ride next year, but some may also be set to benefit as companies diversify investments from the Chinese market.
China Sends 71 Warplanes to Taiwan’s Air Defense Zone
More than 1,700 such incursions have occurred so far this year, compared to 969 in 2021.
China’s Soaring Covid Numbers Raise Global Fears
Investors have welcomed China’s shift away from the zero-Covid strategy as good news for the world economy in the longer run. However, there are more immediate worries about the near-term impact of surging case numbers on trade and industry.
Japanese Company’s Moon Mission Takes off on SpaceX Rocket
A Tokyo-based company has become the first private entity to send a mission to the moon. If successful, it will be the first moon landing by a Japanese spacecraft.
Thailand’s Cycle of Police Brutality Concerns Activists
Riot police in Thailand regularly meet peaceful demonstrations with heavy force, leading to serious injuries or even death. Activists are calling for reforms and more accountability.
How North Korea Is Trying To Keep Citizens From Defecting
Pyongyang claims extensive new fortifications on its border with China and a “shoot-to-kill” policy for anyone suspected of attempting to flee are measures to keep Covid-19 s at bay.
Nationwide Protests in China Call For Easing Covid Curbs
Protesters are demanding the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Beijing and Shanghai. People also took to the streets in the northwestern Xinjiang region after deaths in an apartment fire were blamed on lockdowns.
North Korea Fires Missile Near Japan
North Korea continued missile launches for a second day, including a potential ICMB that prompted evacuations in Japan. The West condemned Pyongyang’s unprecedented display of military firepower.