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2017/01/20 | The Japan Times

Japan Should Move Slow on Juvenile Law Reform

A hasty conclusion should be avoided due to mixed opinions among experts on the question and views split between the partners in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition.

2017/01/20 | TNL Staff

Taiwanese Believe They Are a Bargaining Chip for President Trump: Poll

While the Taiwanese were excited by the Trump-Tsai phone call, a survey has found most believe the island-nation is just a bargaining chip for the new U.S. president.

2017/01/20 | Qian Jinghua

Gay Mom Asks China’s Congress to Allow IVF for Unmarried Women

Advocates say allowing procreation outside of marriage could boost lagging fertility rate.

2017/01/19 | Tan Zi Hao

Language Shaming in Malaysia

Slamming stuttering tongues is just another act in a long history of oppression, writes Tan Zi Hao.

2017/01/19 | The Japan Times

Global Charity Oxfam New Report Alarms Wealth Concentration

Oxfam reckons that eight individuals — Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega (founder of Inditex, a fashion group), Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg — own the same amount of wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity.

2017/01/19 | Ariane Anantaputri

Indonesia, We Need to Talk About our Toxic Soap Opera Culture

Verbal and physical abuse in family dynamics, sexism and classism are just a few of the issues deeply rooted in this genre.

2017/01/19 | Edward White

The Legacy of Taiwan's 'Little Light Bulb'

What has Taiwan learned about its mental health system after the murder of a four-year-old last year?

2017/01/19 | Hew Wai Weng

Reclaiming Halal and the Commercialization of Islam

Hew Wai Weng takes a look at what constitutes halal in contemporary Malaysia — a certification that today is less about faith and more about the commercialisation of Islam.

2017/01/19 | Jonathan Ward

The Rise of Asia's Maritime Powers: China and India Compete for Supremecy

There is little doubt that sea power in this century will be defined by the rise of the Chinese and Indian navies.

2017/01/18 | Han Le

How Weibo Reflects China’s National Pride and Shame

Posts on the popular microblogging site offer a confused picture of how users want others to perceive their country.

2017/01/18 | Anqi Shen

China's Growing Fake Wine Market

With the increasing popularity of high-end foreign wine consumption, the fake wine market is also a booming business in China.

2017/01/17 | Keith Menconi

INTERVIEW: Viral Video Blogger on Busting Japan's Sex, Racism and Gender Myths

YouTuber 'That Japanese Man Yuta,' with view counts numbering in the hundreds of thousands, is working to fill the void left by the international media's sweeping coverage of Japanese society.

2017/01/17 | Zhou Hongcheng

Why UNESCO Should Turn its Nose Up at Chinese Food

Attempts to list big-selling cuisine as intangible cultural heritage risk killing off culinary diversity.

2017/01/17 | Peter Layton

Let's Face It, China's Military Now Dominates ASEAN

With its new air bases and leading-edge air power, China now has the strategic initiative in South East Asia, writes Peter Layton.

2017/01/16 | Edward White

Escort ‘Scarlet Bunnie’ Sheds Light on Singapore’s Sex Trade

'They are more concerned with making Singapore look clean; clean, as in there are no sex workers on the street, online, anywhere in sight.'

2017/01/16 | Michael Beltran

'Are You Not Entertained?' Filipino Film Project Tackles Violence as Entertainment

Have we wanted this type of entertainment all along? Is our thirst for violent entertainment getting out of hand? Have we been betrayed by the television and internet media in the long run?

2017/01/16 | Mohammad Zubair Khan

An Asthma Patient in Every House

Often overlooked, the massive amount of air pollution created by stone crushing machines is a major health hazard for mountain communities from where the stone is mined.

2017/01/14 | James Baron

Dark Shadows and New Hope: Taiwan and El Salvador

'Taiwan's questionable role in Salvadoran politics is not limited to this dark period of the country's modern history.'