Hameeda Waheeduddin, Punjab provincial minister for women's development (Photo by Shiro Nishihata)
Politician with Japanese heritage pushing women’s programs in Pakistan
In conservative Pakistan, Hameeda Waheeduddin has her work cut out trying to elevate the status of women.
Mos Food Services Inc.’s special hamburger for its restaurants in Taiwan features a locally-produced pineapple. (Provided by Mos Food Services Inc.)
Japanese fast-food chains target local taste buds in Asian markets
Pineapples, apricots and grapes are among the ingredients that Japanese fast-food hamburger chains are using in their “localized” products for consumers at home and abroad.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on Aug. 21 in Naypyidaw (Nay Htet Zaw Win)
Myanmar army chief vows to ‘accept' election result
NAYPYIDAW--Myanmar’s powerful commander in chief of the army pledged to accept the outcome of November's historic general election, even if the pro-democracy opposition wins.
This image released by the Royal Thai Police on Aug. 19 shows a detailed sketch of the main suspect in a bombing that killed a number of people at the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok on Aug. 17. (Royal Thai Police via AP)
Police release sketch of Bangkok bomb suspect, offer reward
BANGKOK--Police in Thailand released a sketch on Aug. 19 of the man they believe carried out this week's deadly Bangkok bombing, and offered a 1 million-baht ($28,000) reward for help leading to his arrest.
Police use a magnetic tool as they examine debris in front of the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection in Bangkok Aug. 18 as investigations continue the morning after an explosion. (AP Photo)
2nd Bangkok explosion hits pier; police say no one hurt
BANGKOK--This city rocked by a bombing that killed at least 20 people was rattled further Aug 18 when another explosive device blew up at a ferry pier--this time harmlessly. As police investigated the deadly attack on Aug 17, the prime minister said they were looking for "some suspects" spotted in security video.
Police investigate the scene at the Erawan Shrine after an explosion in Bangkok on Aug. 17. (AP Photo)
UPDATE: Thailand says it can't rule out any group for Bangkok bomb, death toll at 22
BANGKOK--Thai authorities have not ruled out any group, including elements opposed to the military government, for a bomb blast in Bangkok that killed 22 people.
1-Bomb near shrine in Thai capital kills at least 12
BANGKOK--A bomb on a motorcycle exploded on Aug.17 just outside a Hindu shrine in the centre of the Thai capital, killing at least 12 people, police and a rescue worker said.
Myanmar President Thein Sein, left, and Shwe Mann (Asahi Shimbun photos)
Tensions mount in Myanmar as police seize control of ruling party headquarters
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar--Security forces seized control of the headquarters of Myanmar's ruling party as internal rifts intensified ahead of general elections.
In this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar shows his rings during a promotional event during a promotional event of his movie "Boss" in Hyderabad, India. (AP Photo)
Bollywood hunks and heroes among the world's top paid actors
NEW DELHI--Bollywood films, with their colorful sets and hyper-coordinated song-and-dance numbers, have catapulted five Indians into the ranks of the world's highest paid male actors.
A couple sits in front of the number 50, which represents the number of years since Singapore gained independence, in the city-state's financial district on Aug. 8. (AP Photo)
Singapore turns 50, celebrates success amid challenges
SINGAPORE--Singapore threw a big party on Aug. 9 for the 50th anniversary of independence and unrivaled economic success in a region struggling with poverty and political instability, even as the city-state began feeling the pinch of a midlife crisis.
Philippines foreign minister Albert del Rosario, front left, walks with Vietnam's foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, front right, during the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 4. (AP Photo)
Southeast Asian nations back halt to China's land reclamation in South China Sea
KUALA LUMPUR--Southeast Asian countries on Aug. 4 backed a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing's continued expansion on disputed islands.
Batteries are placed beneath the seat of the Smartscooter, an electric scooter by Gogoro, a Taiwanese start-up (Ayumi Shintaku)
Taiwanese scooter powered by swap-out batteries may be commuting game-changer
TAIPEI--An electric scooter by a Taiwanese start-up could be the ticket to ride around sprawling cities in Asia and elsewhere, allowing a rider to be back on the road in a minute after swapping out batteries.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN meeting
KUALA LUMPUR--Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Aug. 3 the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
A 7-Eleven store in Fukuoka in 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
First 7-Eleven to open in Vietnam in FY 2017 as part of major push into country
Convenience store chain operator Seven & i Holdings Co. will open the first 7-Eleven store in Vietnam in fiscal 2017, the company announced July 30.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Tokyo in June (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Philippines' Aquino endorses interior minister as successor
MANILA--Philippine President Benigno Aquino on July 31 endorsed his interior minister to succeed him when he steps down next June, saying Manuel "Mar" Roxas would drive forward reforms that put the country among the fastest-growing in Asia.
Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF representative to Nepal, discusses the situation in Nepal following a powerful earthquake in April during a briefing in Tokyo on July 27. (Hiroshi Nakano)
U.N. in plea for no letup in international efforts to help quake-ravaged Nepal
A UNICEF representative called on the international community to continue paying attention to quake-stricken Nepal, especially as rebuilding efforts there are falling behind.
Lemuel Yoshimura, left, prepares to hand a petition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 22 in Tokyo, seeking help for Filipino people of Japanese descent. (Maki Okubo)
Nikkei Filipinos ask Abe for help in resolving identity crises
A Filipino group asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 22 to have his government list the names of children with Japanese ancestry who were left behind in the Philippines after World War II.
The Asahi Shimbun
Joint task force urges India to select Shinkansen for its high-speed rail needs
A joint Japanese-Indian survey team recommended July 20 that New Delhi adopt a Shinkansen-like system for its planned rapid-transit railway line that will link Mumbai with Ahmedabad.
A 2013 photo of Cam Ranh Bay, a particular strategic site for Vietnam’s maritime security (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Philippines, Vietnam reviving Cold War bases to combat China’s naval expansion
HANOI--The Philippines and Vietnam are refurbishing key military bases used during the Cold War and bolstering cooperation with Washington to counter Beijing’s maritime expansion in the South China Sea.
Indonesian Muslim men gather during the first Friday pray of the fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta on June 19. (AP Photo)
Indonesian vice president wants to hit squelch on 'noise' from mosque loudspeakers
JAKARTA--Fed up with the daily blare from mosque loudspeakers calling the faithful to prayer, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla has set up a team to monitor the volume of cacophony that begins from dawn.

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