JAPAN | 5 women named to Cabinet, tying past high

Japan’s prime minister picked five women for his Cabinet yesterday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet about his determination to revive the economy by getting women

Tepco accused of unpaid wages in latest Fukushima plant lawsuit

Four workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s wrecked Fukushima plant have filed a lawsuit against the utility alleging unpaid wages for work they did at the site, according to the

PAKISTAN | Parliament meets over political crisis 

Pakistan’s lawmakers held an emergency session yesterday over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister

MYANMAR | Dethroned beauty queen blasts pageant boss 

A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said yesterday she won’t return her bejeweled USD100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe —

JAPAN | Tokyo and Delhi pledge to strengthen ties as Beijing rises

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged an upgrade of economic and security ties with India, saying Japan would double investment and expand defense cooperation amid concerns about China’s growing influence in

PHILIPPINES | Anti-China group nabbed for planned Manila attacks

Philippine authorities said yesterday that they arrested three men linked to a group that was planning to set off firebombs at Manila’s international airport and a major mall in the

JAPAN | It’s not just Hello Kitty: Cute chr craze

Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan’s cute characters, but she’s hardly the only one. There are thousands, and

Japan finds 19 more dengue fever cases

Japan reported more patients with dengue fever after last week finding the country’s first domestic cases of the mosquito-borne disease since the 1940s. Nineteen people in Japan have been confirmed to

JAPAN | Modi visit draws pledges of support from Tokyo

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi courted Japan’s government and business leaders yesterday, winning pledges of help for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy. Modi is visiting Japan with a

PHILIPPINES| Peacekeepers pull ‘greatest escape’ in Golan 

Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said yesterday, leaving

PAKISTAN | 3 killed as protesters clash with police 

The overnight violence has raised the stakes in the two-week sit-in led by opposition politician Imran Khan and fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, which earlier saw demonstrators march past roadblocks to set

Energy | Japanese public seen as biggest obstacle to nuke restart

Japan is facing the toughest test yet in its effort to restore nuclear energy more than three years after the Fukushima disaster: scrutiny from a skeptical population. The Nuclear Regulation

SOUTH KOREA | A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades

For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. In her twenties, Oh traveled around South Korea

HERITAGE PROTECTION | Asia’s old communities vanishing amid rapid growth 

Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for

JAPAN | Abe sends prayer note to war criminal ceremony

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony at a Buddhist temple honoring hundreds of World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions to

AFGHANISTAN | Presidential candidate pulls out of election audit

One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers yesterday from an audit of the country’s disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in

VIETNAM| US criticizes convictions of dissidents 

The United States has expressed alarm over prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic. Human rights groups have described the charges used to convict Bui Thi

PAKISTAN | Karachi thirsts for water supply 

On the outskirts of the slums of Pakistan’s biggest city, protesters burning tires and throwing stones have what sounds like a simple demand: They want water at least once a week. But that’s

INDIA | ‘Untouchables’ still forced to clean human excrement

Hundreds of thousands of impoverished, low-caste Indians are still working with their bare hands to clean human excrement from open roads and millions of dry pit latrines across the country,

AUSTRALIA | Tycoon lawmaker apologizes to China for racist tirade 

Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker Clive Palmer has apologized to China over an extraordinary tirade on national television in which he called the Chinese “bastards” and “mongrels” and accused Beijing of

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