Shop manager Masayuki Shimizu, barber Atsushi Ota and receptionist Hong Trang in front of the Ginza Matsunaga shop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in July 2014. (Manabu Sasaki)
Japanese barber finds some customers want more than just a cut in Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY--In a city where haircuts are still mostly obtained out of a chair on a street corner, a Japanese barber has found a demand for old-fashioned pampering in an upscale shop.
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, greets Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is also foreign minister, before a meeting on bilateral cooperation in Hanoi on Oct. 27. (AP Photo)
China, Vietnam call for lasting solution to sea dispute
HANOI/ BEIJING--China and Vietnam agreed on Oct. 27 to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they did not want it to affect relations.
Cambodian workers peel off seals from used Japanese comic books in a factory in Phnom Penh on Aug. 29. (Manabu Sasaki)
Used Japanese comic books refurbished in Cambodia, get new life back home
PHNOM PENH--In a factory here in the nation's capital, a 19-year-old worker is standing in front of a pile of Japanese comic books on a worktable, applying oil to their price tag labels to soften them.
In this file photo, hospital personnel with the help of the relatives of the avalanche victims, shift the body of a victim onto a stretcher at a morgue at Teaching Hospital in Katmandu, Nepal. (AP Photo)
Nepal vows new safety rules for trekkers after deaths of 41 killed in blizzard, avalanches
KATMANDU--Nepal on Oct. 21 said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, shouts "freedom" while raising his fist as he delivers his speech during his inauguration ceremony as the country's seventh president at the parliament building in Jakarta on Oct. 20. (AP Photo)
Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes the reins as new Indonesian president
JAKARTA--Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Oct. 20, with supporters' hopes high but pressing economic problems and skeptical rivals set to test the former furniture businessman.
In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, a Nepalese army soldier searches for avalanche victims at Thorong La pass area in Nepal on Oct. 19. (AP Photo)
Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die in storm
KATMANDU, Nepal--Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route on Oct. 19 after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week's snowstorms that killed at least 38 people, had to save new hikers who set out after the blizzards on the same deadly trails.
An injured avalanche victim from Israel hugs a friend after boarding an ambulance to head homewards at Ciwec Clinic in Katmandu, Nepal, on Oct. 18. (AP Photo)
Nepal snow storm death toll reaches 38 as rescuers spot 9 more bodies on trekking trail
KATMANDU, Nepal--A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Oct. 18 on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week's series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst hiking disaster in the Himalayan nation.
Destroyed Buddhist petroglyphs from Chilas, Pakistan, in September 2014 (Provided by Hazara University)
New dam threatens 2,000-year-old Buddhist engravings in Pakistan
As the region of Chilas in northern Pakistan shakes under construction of a dam and renovation of a highway, centuries-old engravings from the early days of Buddhism carved on boulders may be lost forever, according to local archaeologists.
Remains dug up by residents of Tui Khiang village from a site said to be the location of Japanese soldiers' graves in Chin State, western Myanmar (Naoyuki Fukuda)
Time running out to find remains of Japanese soldiers from disastrous Battle of Imphal
TUI KHIANG, Myanmar--Seventy years have passed since the Battle of Imphal, where 30,000 Imperial Japanese Army soldiers were killed in action. In Chin, a state in western Myanmar where defeated Japanese troops passed through, the first serious effort in roughly 40 years to collect remains is set to begin.
A scene from the "Bima Satria Garuda" superhero show broadcast in Indonesia. On screen is the logo for Suzuki, a sponsor of the program. (Provided by Itochu Corp., (c)2013 RCTI/Ishimori Production Inc.)
Japanese TV shows created for overseas audiences make inroads in Southeast Asia
It's not unusual for Japanese TV variety shows and dramas to be rebroadcast overseas, but starting next spring, as many as 10 Japanese shows designed with foreign audiences in mind will be televised in Southeast Asia.
Malala Yousafzai, center, with mother Tor Pekai and brothers at a media conference in the English city of Birmingham on Oct. 10 after she was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. (Toshiya Umehara/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Nobel for Indian man and Pakistani girl highlights message of peace between rival nations
NEW DELHI--One is Muslim, the other Hindu. One a Pakistani, the other Indian. One a school girl just starting out in life, the other a man with decades of experience.
Malala Yousafzai beams at a media conference in the English city of Birmingham on Oct. 10 after she was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. (Toshiya Umehara/ The Asahi Shimbun)
UPDATE: Nobel Peace Prize awarded to rights activists Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi
OSLO--Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls' right to education, and Indian campaigner against child trafficking and labor Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 10.
A Cambodian monk leads an anti-Hanoi demonstration in front of the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh on Oct. 6. (Manabu Sasaki)
Worker influx, affinity with China fuel anti-Vietnam sentiment in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH--A succession of anti-Vietnam protests here highlights growing anger over a border issue coupled with an influx of cheap labor from Cambodia's powerful neighbor.
Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh as they speak to media at the State Department in Washington Oct. 2 before having a working lunch. (AP Photo)
US eases ban on lethal arms sales to Vietnam
WASHINGTON--The United States announced Oct. 2 it was partially lifting its ban on sales of weaponry to Vietnam to help its maritime security in a sign of deepening ties between the former enemies.
A kiosk in Yangon sells a variety of newspapers in August 2014. (Makoto Igarashi)
Media under scrutiny in Myanmar's shift to democracy
YANGON--Recent arrests of reporters and editors here have raised concerns that Myanmar is taking a step backward in efforts to shift from a military dictatorship to a more democratic government.
Myanmar depositors wait in front of the Myanmar Universal Bank on Aug. 8, 2005, to withdraw their savings in downtown Yangon. (AP Photo)
Myanmar awards first licenses to foreign banks
YANGON--Myanmar awarded licenses Oct. 1 to the first foreign banks allowed to operate in the country in half a century.
Mount Manaslu (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese climber killed on Nepal mountain
KATMANDU, Nepal--A Japanese climber attempting to scale the world's eighth-highest peak slipped and was killed, becoming the first casualty of Nepal's autumn climbing season, an official said on Sept. 27.
The 14th Dalai Lama speaks during an interview in New Delhi on Sept. 20. (Yoshihiro Kando)
Dalai Lama says Tibetans will decide his successor
NEW DELHI--The Dalai Lama denied a report by a German newspaper that said he may be the last person to hold the post of the Tibetan spiritual leader, saying it is up to Tibetans to decide.
A TV screen shows the national flags of Nepal and Qatar before the women's preliminary round basketball match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea Sept. 25. (AP Photo)
Qatar women withdraw over Asian Games hijab ban
INCHEON, South Korea--The Qatari women's basketball team withdrew from the Asian Games in a protest against international rules that ban players from wearing Muslim headscarves in competition.
Policemen inspect the body of a man who was killed by a white tiger at the zoo in New Delhi Sept. 23. (AP Photo)
Indian zoo: White tiger kills man who climbed into moat
NEW DELHI--A white tiger killed a young man who climbed over a fence at the New Delhi zoo and jumped into the animal's enclosure Sept. 23, a spokesman said.

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