Pokémon, Toyota mean Japan wields greatest soft power in Asia

JAPAN holds the most soft power in the Asia Pacific region and is one of the most influential countries globally,…

State-run Vietnamese news website suspended by Vietnamese state

THE website of widely-read Vietnamese newspaper Tuổi Trẻ has been banned from publishing content for three months and fined US$10,000…

IS-linked militant planned to kill Malaysian king, PM say police

A MALAYSIAN man who allegedly plotted the assassination of the nation's monarch and prime minister was among seven suspected Islamic…

Novel narrates anti-Chinese violence during 1998 riots in Indonesia

A digital illustrated novel tells the stories of Indonesian Chinese who were attacked during the riots that toppled the Indonesian…

8 in 10 middle-aged Japanese aren’t ready to retire

ALMOST 80 percent of workers in their 50s and early 60s want to continue working past the regular retirement age,…