Japan sets up government-led task force on vehicle inspections

The transport ministry’s move is in response to recent confessions by Nissan and Subaru that their inspections fell short of proper procedures

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South Korea fears new test as activity builds at North’s missile facilities

Nuclear-weapons hungry Pyongyang may conduct additional missile tests this year, but there is no sign of an imminent nuclear test

South Korea finally forced to change its gender dynamics in the workforce

The statistics are hard to believe, with very few women holding positions of power, but the threat of a shrinking workforce is pushing transformation

How China’s green revolution will affect global supply chains and inflation

Pollution curbs are pushing up prices in the world’s manufacturing centre — causing companies in some sectors to seek new horizons, while others ...

Online retail giant Alibaba to spend nearly $3bn on a stake in bricks-and-mortar group Sun Art

The alliance targets opportunities in China’s $500bn food retail sector as Alibaba races to build big-data capabilities in the offline retail market, ...

China’s new rules for asset managers draw applause but send stocks tumbling

‘Short-term pain for long-term gain’ seems to be the assessment of a sweeping plan to unify regulation of a $15-trillion industry and bring the ...

A defector’s parasites and diet expose North Korea’s malnourished world

The soldier, shot about five times, had a 27cm parasitic worm in his digestive system, possibly caused by the use of ‘night soil’

Two former South Korean spy chiefs arrested over corruption

The former heads of National Intelligence Service have been arrested on suspicion of paying millions of dollars in bribes to aides of ousted president Park ...

North Korea wants workers to stay in Russia, despite UN sanctions

About 3,500 migrant workers, who signed contracts in the same month the UN banned countries providing work permits for North Korea, may be at risk of ...

Indian bonds and rupee lift as Moody’s raises India’s sovereign rating after 13 years

But one analyst says the afterglow from the upgrade will not last long given emerging signs of quickening inflation and a widening current account and fiscal ...

China and the Philippines in agreement over the South China Sea

The countries agree to avoid force to resolve their differences, taking ‘practical measures that could reduce tensions’

‘Rape a devastating feature of Myanmar’s campaign against the Rohingya,’ report finds

Security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burnt victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, says Human Rights Watch

Now Singapore has suspended trade ties with North Korea

Pyongyang’s seventh-largest trading partner is the latest country to cut commercial ties under toughening UN sanctions over North Korea’s weapons ...

Afghan poppy crop nearly doubles, opium revenue soars 55%

Eradication of opium poppy crops doubled in the past year, but was dwarfed by a 63% expansion of the area under cultivation, to a new record 328,000ha

Chinese state media in the US must register as foreign agents

A report accuses Chinese state-media entities of involvement in spying and propaganda; it must now register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, first ...

Tillerson heads to Myanmar over violence against Rohingya Muslims

The US secretary of state will meet with the country’s army, accused of abuses against the Rohingya minority, and with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi

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