This week in Singapore, fresh from the G-20 meetings in Brisbane, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney delivered a major speech outlining the future of financial reform.
Nov. 19 was World Toilet Day. It was a day dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of 2.5 billion people on this planet who do not have access to a toilet.
The number of foreign tourists to Japan has been on a sharp increase this year, helping boost the world's third-largest economy at a time when it is struggling with sluggish domestic consumption.
It's election time in Japan now. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the Lower House of the Diet last Friday, and a snap general election is scheduled for Dec. 14. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide general election in 2012, and the next general election wouldn't take place until 2016.
- Joe Hung
It's one of the tougher warnings the world community has sent to the neo-Stalinist regime in North Korea; a detailed condemnation of widespread human rights abuses in the reclusive communist country and, as significantly, a call that the Case and the regime leadership be eventually referred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
I promised to soon return to last week's topic of student reactions to a certain type of examination. I've decided that “soon” means today.
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.