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2022/11/03 | Deutsche Welle

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.

2022/01/06 | Voice of America

Martial Law Victims in the Philippines Challenge Marcos’ Presidential Bid

Cases against Marcos filed on behalf of the victims are piling up at the Commission on Elections. The petitions ask the body to either cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy or to disqualify him due to a criminal conviction in 1997 over his failure to file income tax returns decades ago.

2022/06/29 | Deutsche Welle

Philippines: News Site Rappler Ordered To Shut Down

The site, co-founded by Nobel laureate Maria Ressa, was known for covering Duterte’s bloody crackdown on illegal drugs. The move comes a day before President Rodrigo Duterte is due to leave office.

2022/11/24 | The Interpreter

Worth a Thousand Words: What Kim Jong‑Un’s Daughter Photo Tells

The appearance of Kim’s daughter at an ICBM launch underscores how the regime sees its nuclear weapons program as a fixture and that the North Korean leadership is willing and prepared to continue on this path.

2022/12/07 | Voice of America

China Begins to Revive Arctic Scientific Ground Projects After Setbacks

Arctic researchers say China recently has sent and announced plans to imminently send several people to its two most important scientific outposts in Norway and Iceland after lengthy absences of Chinese scientists from both sites.

2022/12/23 | East Asia Forum

Japan Steps Closer to Global Military Power

The loosening of arms exports controls and proposed increase of the national defense budget to 2% of GDP over time signal paradigmatic shifts in Japan’s security posture.

2022/03/09 | Deutsche Welle

UN Commissioner To Travel to Xinjiang on Long-delayed China Visit

Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has come under criticism for failing to release a report on Xinjiang commissioned more than three-and-a-half years ago. Human rights activists have been waiting for its publication for months, and called on her to release it without delay.

2022/09/19 | East Asia Forum

Yoon Scrambles To Restore Domestic Confidence

With approval ratings bottoming out at 24%, President Yoon Suk-yeol carried out the first reshuffle of his office, but it's too early to tell whether the move will restore domestic confidence in his presidency.

2022/11/23 | Voice of America

Thailand’s Pot Boosters Battle Bid to Delegalize Cannabis

Thailand made it legal to cultivate and possess marijuana for medicinal purposes in June, but calls are mounting to relist the plant as a narcotic.

2022/12/20 | Global Voices

Hong Kong Launches a National Security Legal Battle Against Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai’s case could be complicated as six former staff members of Apple Daily and Next Digital pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit collusion last year.

2022/11/25 | East Asia Forum

Japan Must Reform Its Inflexible Work Culture

The labor force is diversifying, not just demographically, but also in terms of people’s needs and preferences. It’s time for organizations to adapt to workers — and not the other way around.

2022/11/28 | Deutsche Welle

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.

2022/07/11 | Voice of America

Japan Conservatives Eye Constitutional Revision After Election Win

Political forces supporting a constitutional revision have won two-thirds of seats in the upper house of the parliament.

2022/12/05 | Deutsche Welle

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.

2022/12/12 | Deutsche Welle

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.

2022/10/31 | Deutsche Welle

Death Toll Rises in Storm-hit Philippines

The Philippines sees an average of 20 typhoons every year, but typhoons are rare in Mindanao.

2022/11/07 | The Conversation

North Korea’s Flurry of Missile Tests Raises Alarm – But Are We Seeing Anything New?

The sustained pace of missile launches may serve as a distraction to focus the North Korean people’s gaze on the external enemy rather than their own distress and the government’s role in it.