A survey conducted by the Japanese government last year showed that more than 66 percent of Japanese citizens perceived South Korea negatively. This proportion, up from 58 percent in 2013, was the highest since Tokyo began the survey in 1978.
In this modern Internet world where everyone can proffer an opinion, tell a story, post pictures, inform the public of important events — and spread malicious lies — we need to be steady.
Not only Indonesia, but also Southeast Asia, received a religious vote of confidence when the archipelagic nation's two most influential Islamic organizations decided to deploy volunteers to enhance security during Christmas.
As we step into 2015, it would appear that on the back of a U.S. economic recovery, the dark days of the financial crisis are behind us. As the largest economy, accounting for more than one-fifth of global gross domestic product, the health of the U.S. economy has been critical for steady growth in the rest of the world through trade, foreign investment, financial markets and capital flows. Until now.
Relations between Seoul and Tokyo face a rough ride yet again in 2015 as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to expedite a series of revisionist foreign and security policies while showing little signs of atoning for the country's imperial past.
As 2015 unfolds, it's time for one last look at the year we left behind. A year ago, taking a page from Washington Post political columnist Chris Cillizza's awarding U.S. President Barack Obama the dubious distinction of “Worst year in Washington,” we took to the digital pages of Fortune Magazine.
Today is the last day of a truly agonizing year for Malaysians, with two Malaysia Airlines tragedies and the worst flood in three decades.
The fall of Ling Jihua, now under investigation for corruption, means Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken another step closer to consolidating his power base.
It is an unenviable exercise, to write about one tragedy in the midst of another. As Pakistanis pick up the pieces from Peshawar, collect the condolences, assess the helplessness and avert their eyes from what is at best a feeble future, there is the task of assessing the year gone by. And within this yearly exercise is the job of taking measure of the year for the country's women.
There was no sense of excitement even among the winners when the two-party coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won a landslide victory in the recent general election.