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Hong Kong’s military-style youth groups surge in popularity ahead of handover anniversary

By Aaron Tam
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

A cadet from the Hong Kong Adventure Corps takes part in a drill at their training ground in Hong Kong on May 27. | AFP-JIJI

Grueling foot drills and camouflage uniforms are part of life for some Hong Kongers as military-style youth groups become increasingly popular, despite the fact there ...

Hopes fade in China for 118 still missing day after landslide

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Chinese military police and rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide in the Sichuan province village of Xinmo on Saturday. | AFP-JIJI

Rescue workers in China searched for 118 people still missing more than 24 hours after a landslide buried a mountain village, with hopes fading on ...

Two decades after handover, scant love for China among Hong Kong youth

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Candy Lau, born five months before Hong Kong's handover to Chinese rule in 1997, poses on June 6 with a 1997 photo of her taken in the building behind her. | REUTERS

Hong Kong student activist Chau Ho-oi, born in the year the Asian financial hub returned to Chinese rule 20 years ago, recalls the sense of ...

China’s Xi to visit Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

China's President Xi Jinping waits to greet foreign ministers of BRICS countries at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 19. | NICOLAS ASFOURI / POOL VIA AP

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong from June 29 to July 1 to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the Asian ...

South Korea’s infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists

By Martha Mendoza,Youkyung Lee
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Bicyclists ride along a path near the Han river in Seoul on June 15. In a country where bikes are either a poor man's transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen forests, down wildflower-lined river valleys and over steep mountain crests. | AP

In a country where bikes are either a poor man’s transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network ...

Wakayama seeks to lift itself out of obscurity with fruit, gambling

By Eric Johnston
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

In the Kansai region, known mostly for the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe, Wakayama Prefecture rarely tops the destination list of most tourists. ...

Remembering the life and works of Boye De Mente, a giant of writing on Japan

By Amy Chavez
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Boye Lafayette De Mente in 1987

Any Japanophile will have at least one of the 30 or so books authored by Boye Lafayette De Mente during his long and prolific writing ...

Trump’s unraveling Korea policy

By Kent Harrington
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

With every tweet by Donald Trump, Asian officials find it more difficult to believe the U.S. remains committed to their security. Nowhere is that more ...

It’s OK to disrupt diplomacy, but do it with wisdom

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

The  Trump administration would do well to step up its 'soft diplomacy' efforts  given the 2018 budget cuts it is proposing for the U.S. State Department, headed by Rex Tillerson. | AP

More than ever, in this time of disruption and division, the need for smarter, enhanced U.S. engagement extends around the world.

North Korea seeks U.N. post for official, arousing concern over access to confidential information

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

North Korea has been pressing to secure a position at U.N. headquarters in New York for one of its officials through the world body’s work ...




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