Policy & Politics

Pro-democracy Chinese monk still missing after arrest

TAIPEI -- A disciple of outspoken pro-democracy Chinese monk Master Sheng Guang said Wednesday that the Buddhist master has been out of reach since he was taken away by mainland Chinese police in mid-May. The statement by Chinese Buddhist nun Guo...

  • China's Xi goes all out in probe of former top official

    BEIJING -- China's Communist Party has taken the highly unusual step of investigating a former top leader on suspicion of "serious disciplinary violation," in President Xi Jinping's ongoing crackdown on corruption. Official media on Tuesday annou...

  • Dozens killed in mob violence in Xinjiang: report

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Dozens of civilians were killed or injured by a mob early Monday morning in China's far western region of Xinjiang, and police responded by shooting dead dozens of the attackers, official media reported late Tuesday evening. De...

  • Dozens killed in mob violence in Xinjiang: Xinhua

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Dozens of civilians were killed or injured by a mob Monday morning in China's far western region of Xinjiang, and police responded by shooting dead dozens of the attackers, official media reported late Tuesday evening. The offi...

  • China's ex-security czar Zhou put under investigation

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China's Communist Party has decided to investigate the country's former public security chief Zhou Yongkang for suspected "serious disciplinary violation," the official news agency Xinhua said Tuesday. The 71-year-old is China's mo...

  • Abe wants better corporate governance as means to boost value

    TOKYO -- The prime minister's growth strategy unveiled in June contains policy measures to help regain the nation's "ability to earn money."

  • LDP's No. 2 man eyed for new Cabinet post for defense legislation

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to replace Shigeru Ishiba as No. 2 man in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and has sounded him out about assuming a newly created Cabinet post for defense legislation, a party source said Tuesday. ...

  • Despite court appeal, Widodo confident of becoming Indonesia's president

    JAKARTA -- A confident Joko Widodo is pushing ahead with plans to be Indonesia's leader, unfazed by the opposition's bid to overturn the election result.

  • Can Widodo break free of Indonesia's domestic-demand trap?

    Indonesia is large enough to manage its economy even without the Asean. Its population and gross domestic product each account for 40% of the bloc's total.

  • Japan-style medical screenings to be introduced in Kazakhstan

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will cooperate with domestic manufacturers and hospitals to provide Japanese-style health examinations in Kazakhstan, in a move to promote its medical industry overseas. The exam, called "ningen dock" in Japan, is...

  • Indonesia taking steps toward open markets

    JAKARTA -- A week has passed since the official announcement of Joko Widodo's victory in Indonesia's presidential election, and stock prices have neared record highs on signs that the inward-looking country is finally starting to turn outward. Si...

  • Gov't drops plan to purchase land for Fukushima nuclear soil storage

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Cabinet ministers conveyed to Fukushima officials on Monday that the central government has dropped its plan to purchase all the land needed for facilities to store contaminated soil from radiation cleanup activities within Fukushima...

  • Thaksin, self-made billionaire and politician, failed to embrace 'dharma'

    HONG KONG -- The Ratchaprasong Intersection in the heart of Bangkok is a symbol of anti-government unrest, where demonstrators have gathered in recent years. The Thai army's operations against them have led to massive bloodshed repeatedly since the m...

  • Tracking India's black money

    NEW DELHI -- Within 24 hours of assuming office on May 26, India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up a special investigative team to go after the huge amount of black money squirreled away by rich Indians in overseas tax havens. In 2012, th...

  • Ballooning costs force Tokyo to rethink 8km 2020 Olympic plan

    TOKYO -- Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games are hitting snags. While the International Olympic Committee held its inspection tour of designated competition venues, rising construction costs are forcing several plans to be thoroughly...

  • Japanese public skeptical of military power expansion

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to permit a bigger military role for Japan, one of his top policy goals, continues to generate concerns among the public and particularly younger voters, the latest Nikkei opinion poll shows. Opponents of...

  • Public support for Abe cabinet slips under 50%

    TOKYO -- The approval rating of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has declined to 48% on growing public skepticism over the expansion of Japan's military role and nuclear energy policy, according to the latest Nikkei opinion poll. Support for t...

  • Myanmar professors accepting Japanese way of teaching

    TOKYO -- Japanese professors are coaching their Myanmar counterparts on how to teach science, engineering and other technical subjects. In late May, the government-affiliated Japan International Cooperation Agency dispatched to Myanmar 11 profess...

  • Taiwan's bickering parties have a restless population on their hands

    TAIPEI -- The ranks of independent voters are growing in Taiwan amid deepening disillusionment with the two major parties. In a nod to this disenchantment, the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party last month decided to support an independ...

  • Japan eyes opening 3 casinos by 2020

    TOKYO -- Foreigners visiting Japan for the next Tokyo Olympics may be able to try their hand at a different sort of game: casino gambling. The government plans to pick three or so locations for casinos out of 20-odd municipalities that have expre...