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The period between Christmas and Chinese New Year is a period of grave reflection. In East Asia, the holiday season coincides with travel and family time, when we question friends and relatives about what to expect in the coming year. You know the year will be good if after Chinese New Year, either the stock market or the real estate market signals up. If they signal down, look for a weak year for the economy.
2015/1/31
Every year, without fail, course books do not reach students of public schools at the start of the academic session.
2015/1/31
Interpellations by ruling and opposition party members on the fiscal policy speech delivered by Finance Minister Taro Aso started at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. This is the first full-fledged debate since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's third Cabinet was inaugurated.
2015/1/30
The 18-year-old Korean boy believed to have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria began suffering from school violence when he was in elementary school. He confined himself to his home, seldom talking to his parents, after dropping out of middle school.
2015/1/30
China's premier Li Keqiang went hiking in the Swiss Alps around Davos just before addressing delegates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) held here last week.
2015/1/29
Unless better sense prevails and all stakeholders choose the route of dialogue to address their differences, the impoverished state of Yemen could well plunge into anarchy.
2015/1/27
North Korea last week made it clear that the South would have to lift blanket sanctions it imposed on the North in 2010 before the two sides could resume dialogue.
2015/1/27
Sex (or controversy) sells. Couple it with Pakistan, and you have got a big story.
2015/1/24
Alexander the Great cut the Gordian Knot after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia.
2015/1/24
Whenever some NGO protests that Muslims in Malaysia are "under threat" from minorities who don't hold the levers of power in this country (the latest one being that K-pop is a "Kristian" conspiracy to undermine Islam), one wonders what the "silent majority" can do?
2015/1/23
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