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Japan said over its J-Alert broadcasting system that North Korea appeared to have fired a missile, sending out the alert to residents in Okinawa before lifting the warning. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/28/asia-pacific/north-korea-satellite-failure/

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Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers have resettled in the United Kingdom since 2021, including prominent pro-democracy activists — and China has not forgotten them. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/27/asia-pacific/crime-legal/spying-britain-hong-kong-community/

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Taking advantage of a unique system in which tenants fork out huge deposits for free housing, real estate scammers in South Korea are robbing victims of not just their money, but also their dreams and their very lives. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/27/asia-pacific/crime-legal/south-korea-real-estate-scams/

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, surveillance in China reached an unprecedented scale, and President Xi Jinping wants to make that expanded control permanent, or push it even further. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/27/asia-pacific/politics/xi-jinping-control-surveillance/

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Emergency crews in Papua New Guinea on Monday continued their rescue efforts to find survivors after a massive landslide flattened a remote village in the Pacific nation's northern region on Friday, with more than 670 feared dead. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/27/asia-pacific/papua-new-guinea-landslide/

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Cyclone Remal is set to hit the southern coast and parts of neighbouring India on Sunday evening. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/26/asia-pacific/cyclone-approaches-bangladesh/

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"There are an estimated 150-plus houses now buried," said a U.N. representative, adding that "670-plus people are assumed dead." https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/26/asia-pacific/papua-new-guinea-landslide/

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North Korea on Sunday accused the United States and South Korea of conducting more aerial espionage around the peninsula, warning it would take "immediate action" if its sovereignty was breached. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/26/asia-pacific/north-korea-us-south-korea-spy-planes-ships/

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Taiwan's president said Sunday he was still open to working with China on building "mutual understanding and reconciliation," days after Beijing launched military drills around the self-ruled island in response to his inauguration speech. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/26/asia-pacific/politics/taiwan-lai-china-cooperation/

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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will meet his Chinese counterpart next week, the Pentagon said Friday, as Beijing wrapped up two days of large-scale military exercises around Taiwan. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/25/asia-pacific/china-us-defense-chiefs-taiwan-military-exercises-end/

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Protesters took to the streets in Taiwan on Friday night as opposition lawmakers pushed ahead with a bill intended to curtail the powers of the new president, Lai Ching-te. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/25/asia-pacific/politics/taiwan-parliament-protests-bill/

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China on Friday began a second day of joint military drills around Taiwan to test the “seizure of power” and ability to control key areas around the self-ruled island. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/24/asia-pacific/china-military-drills-taiwan-lai-day-two/

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi coming back to power with an even bigger majority is looking less certain with less than two weeks to go before election results are announced. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/24/asia-pacific/politics/modi-india-opposition-gains/

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China's targets to drastically reduce its reliance on overseas buying in line with its push for food security will be exceedingly difficult to meet, experts say. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/23/asia-pacific/politics/china-food-security-land-soil-water/

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The father, the son, and the grandson. North Korea’s cult of personality entered a new phase in the elevation of Kim Jong Un's portrait next to that of his grandfather and father, showing him in a similar status as its two former leaders https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/23/asia-pacific/politics/north-korea-kim-portrait/ #asiapacific #politics #northkorea #kimjongun

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China began two days of military drills “surrounding the island of Taiwan” on Thursday, state-run media reported, days after the self-ruled island’s new president was sworn into office. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/23/asia-pacific/taiwan-china-military-drills-lai/

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#CNA joined the voyage led by four traditional wooden fishing trawlers & accompanied by 100 small boats to witness the coalition's activities.

It was the biggest-ever display of #maritime #solidarity for #Filipino #fisherfolk & their #FishingRights in the West #Philippine Sea – what Manila calls the portion of the #SouthChinaSea that is within its exclusive economic zone #EEZ

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/philippines-china-disputed-scs-scarborough-shoal-boat-convoy-4351971

#AsianMastodon #TootSEA #AsiaPacific #SouthEastAsia #protest #flotilla #geopolitics

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The youngest plaintiff in South Korea’s first youth-led climate lawsuit was only a 20-week-year embryo when he first participated. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/22/asia-pacific/crime-legal/baby-lawsuit-south-korea-climate/

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Rohingya activists accused a Myanmar ethnic armed group on Wednesday of displacing thousands of the persecuted minority in the western Rakhine state. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/22/asia-pacific/rohingya-displaced-myanmar/

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Opposition lawmakers in Taiwan will make a final push on Friday to pass a bill aimed at reining in new President Lai Ching-te’s administration, increasing the likelihood of more large protests. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/22/asia-pacific/politics/taiwan-lawmakers-protesters-bill/

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Vietnam's parliament elected police minister To Lam as the state president on Wednesday, in a move analysts see as a "stepping stone" for Lam to bid later for the position of chief of the ruling Communist Party, the country's top job. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/22/asia-pacific/politics/vietnam-policeman-new-president/

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A former member of the U.K.'s Royal Marines, bailed by a court last week over allegations of assisting Hong Kong's intelligence services in a Chinese-linked espionage case, has been found dead, British police said Tuesday. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/22/asia-pacific/crime-legal/uk-hong-kong-spy-case/

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Thousands of people thronged the streets around Taiwan's parliament, protesting against measures that would give lawmakers more oversight over the government. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/22/asia-pacific/politics/protest-taiwan-parliament-reforms/

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ASML and TSMC have ways to disable the world’s most sophisticated chipmaking machines in the event that China invades Taiwan, according to people familiar with the matter. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/05/21/asia-pacific/politics/asml-tsmc-disable-chips-possible/

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