Bad vibrations, as hip types used to say way back in the 1960s.
Figures released this week by the South Korean national statistics office showed deteriorating employment conditions for low-income earners.
Singapore has won praises the world over as a success story: the city-state has good administrators, world-class education, well-planned industrial policy and a well-oiled efficiency that few can match. Even the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was so impressed that he openly told former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew that China would take lessons from Singapore to enhance the progress of the country.
Last week in India, the Gujarat state assembly passed a bill that makes it mandatory for anyone standing for public office to have a toilet at home. Existing members of the government also need to declare that they have a toilet at their residence within six months.
Setting an agenda for Japan's economic challenges. Setting an agenda for national security. Rebuilding a political system to implement necessary policies. These should be the reasons for going to the people.
It appears national reform is not going smoothly. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which staged the coup of May 22 and is now a driving force behind the reform efforts, has come under heavy criticism regarding two issues in the past week.
The SAARC Summit is fast approaching and Nepal is engaged in last-minute preparations, though even the government seems unsure if the Summit will make any substantial achievement for regional integration.
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In Taiwan's political landscape, Northern Taiwan is dominated by supporters of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party while supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) populate the south.
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Last week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting clearly shows the rise of China and the relative decline of the United States. A confident Xi Jinping made Beijing the venue to pronounce China as the power to be reckoned with in the fraying pax Americana.
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Eighteen nations, including Japan, the United States, China, Russia and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, have indicated their strong determination to forge a united East Asia to deal with threats posed by the Islamic State, a radical Islamic organization in the Middle East.