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Online campaigns get head start in Japan

Next month’s Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election has become a virtual run-up for online election campaigning, which will become legal from this summer’s House of Councillors election. The officia...

Updated : 2013.05.20 20:37

‘Lipstick effect’ hits China as economy slows

Fang Jinqi, 32, said the most urgent thing for her at the moment is to develop a more thrifty lifestyle because her job as a property agent business is stagnating. The big fan of Hermes bags who use...

Updated : 2013.05.20 20:35

Number of abandoned homes increasing in urban Japan

The number of vacant houses in urban areas has been increasing, as houses built in rapid succession during Japan’s high economic growth period have been abandoned after the death of the original own...

Updated : 2013.05.13 20:42

Moving overseas job remedy for nurses

Nurse Song Yan would have sought a job in another country if not for her family and child. “I work at least nine hours a day and overtime from time to time, and get meager pay,” said the veteran n...

Updated : 2013.05.13 20:42

China to strengthen oversight of foreign workers

Demand increases for teachers from abroad as more seek to learn English. A set of measures will be further strengthened to better manage foreign experts in China, according to the State Administrati...

Updated : 2013.05.13 20:41

ANN moves to next level of cooperation, strengthens video exchange

Editors of Asia News Network have agreed to strengthen video cooperation as part of the grouping’s next step in boosting the ANN brand. The decision was made at the annual board meeting held in Pho...

Updated : 2013.05.07 20:13

In earthquake’s wake

Lushan ― Li Shaohua shoveled earth on top of two graves on Saturday morning, seven days after his wife and daughter died in the Lushan county earthquake. Li, 46, from Renjia village, Qingren townshi...

Updated : 2013.04.29 20:01

Lungi on trial

Dhaka ― It is difficult to imagine anyone would be offended by the lungi. Considering the genocides, vandalism, terrorism and dirty politics that surround us on a daily basis, what possible crime co...

Updated : 2013.04.29 20:00

Unique coffee culture brews

Men in short-sleeved shirts and rolled-up trousers sit around square tables, catching up over cups of a thick black brew. In one corner, a man and a woman are also having a cuppa. In Xinglong, a tow...

Updated : 2013.04.29 20:00

Japan’s unlikely economic rescuer

When he retired in 2003 from the Finance Ministry where he had spent 36 years, Haruhiko Kuroda was looking forward to a sedate career in academia. Born in southern Kyushu prefecture, Japan’s newly ...

Updated : 2013.04.22 19:47

Indonesia aims to pull out 11,000 child laborers

The Indonesian government is targeting to withdraw around 11,000 children from child labor in 11 provinces this year and send them back to school. Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskan...

Updated : 2013.04.22 19:46

No more murky telecom ads in Bangladesh

Mobile operators in Bangladesh will now have to give all the details on services when advertising in any newspaper, magazine, leaflet or their websites, according to new directives recently released ...

Updated : 2013.04.08 19:54

Patients as products

Dr. Niparat Sripai has decided to quit her job at the Ban Fang Hospital in Thailand’s northeastern province of Khon Kaen because she believes the recently-introduced Pay for Performance (P4P) scheme...

Updated : 2013.04.08 19:54

Looking in the first lady’s mirror

Peng Liyuan has been wearing Ma Ke’s designs for more than a decade, a fact that was only highlighted recently when the first lady accompanied her husband President Xi Jinping on his first state vis...

Updated : 2013.04.08 19:53

Traditional health care center puts on a more modern face

Traditional Chinese medicine may be recognized all over the world for its healing properties but it also has a major problem: to the layman, it actually makes very little sense. Enter a traditional ...

Updated : 2013.04.01 19:42