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Japan’s fledgling two-party system set to evolve

Perspectives

Japan’s fledgling two-party system set to evolve

Japan is set to head to the polls for parliamentary elections on August 30, and polling suggests Prime Minister Taro Aso's conservative party will lose power after ruling for most of the past 54 years. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about changes ahead for the Japanese political landscape.

Posted: August 24, 2009 11:45   Comments: 1
New Zealanders vote to overturn ban on smacking children

How You See It

New Zealanders vote to overturn ban on smacking children

In a nationwide referendum, nearly 88 percent of New Zealanders voted "NO" when asked: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offense?" Do you think governments should make laws about how to punish children, or it is a private matter? Tell us what you think.

Posted: August 21, 2009 16:21   Comments: 16
What’s in a name? For Japan and Korea, everything

Peter Eisner (blog)

What’s in a name? For Japan and Korea, everything

The "Sea of Japan" or the "East Sea"? As Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner writes, the dispute over geographical names -- the names of cities, countries and oceans -- can kill.

Posted: August 12, 2009 12:04   Comments: 1
Hundreds missing in Asia after typhoon and flooding

Video

Hundreds missing in Asia after typhoon and flooding

In Asia, frantic rescue efforts are underway following a devastating typhoon that struck both China and Taiwan. Hundreds are missing after the worst flooding in half a century.

Posted: August 11, 2009 14:07   Comments: 0
KIA — a brand new name for Asia’s middle powers

Perspectives

KIA — a brand new name for Asia’s middle powers

Worldfocus contributing blogger Jonas Parello-Plesner, a senior advisor with the Danish government on Asian affairs, discusses the rise of "KIA" -- a new acronym for Asia’s middle powers: (K)orea, (I)ndonesia, and (A)ustralia.

Posted: August 10, 2009 13:15   Comments: 0
Typhoon and earthquakes devastate Asia

Blogwatch / Video

Typhoon and earthquakes devastate Asia

In Asia, Typhoon Morakot has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before it caused widespread destruction in several countries, from China to the Philippines. Meanwhile, Japan has been hit with a series of powerful earthquakes.

Posted: August 10, 2009 10:35   Comments: 20
Week in review: Hillary Clinton in Africa, Bill in North Korea

Week in Review (video)

Week in review: Hillary Clinton in Africa, Bill in North Korea

Nikhil Deogun of The Wall Street Journal and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal discuss the week's top stories: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tour of Africa and her husband's mission to North Korea to secure the release of two American journalists.

Posted: August 7, 2009 14:52   Comments: 1
Decoding the North Korean media on Bill Clinton

Q&A

Decoding the North Korean media on Bill Clinton

The homecoming of American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling dominated the news in the U.S. this week, but what's the North Korean media saying about the incident?

Posted: August 6, 2009 16:15   Comments: 1
North Korea sends signal with journalists’ release

Interview (video)

North Korea sends signal with journalists’ release

American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are finally back on American soil, freed after a surprise visit to North Korea by former President Bill Clinton. Charles Armstrong of Columbia University discusses North Korea's motives in releasing the two Americans.

Posted: August 5, 2009 14:56   Comments: 4
North Korea pardons two American journalists

Interview (video)

North Korea pardons two American journalists

Two American journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, have been pardoned by North Korea after former President Bill Clinton made an unannounced visit to the country and held a series of high-level talks. Thomas Whalen of Boston University discusses Clinton's mission.

Posted: August 4, 2009 15:36   Comments: 5
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