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· June, 2015

Stories about East Asia from June, 2015

30 June 2015

Jailed in Singapore for Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, But Still Blogging

Global Voices Advocacy

"Everyday my cellmates would eagerly wait for that light to dissipate, knowing that another day has passed, and they’re one day closer to attaining their freedom."

Japan's ‘Too Handsome’ Gorilla Is a Social Media Sensation

Some outside Japan wrote the story off as another “Weird Japan” piece, but that didn't sit well with everyone.

29 June 2015

Who Are the 5.5 Million Facebook Fans of Chinese State Newspaper People's Daily?

Communist party mouthpiece People's Daily has millions of likes on Facebook, a social media platform that is blocked in China. Chinese netizens are wondering who those fans are.

28 June 2015

‘Transitioning Cambodia’ Photo Book Illustrates Cambodia’s Uneven Development

"People tell us they are happy there is a book that looks at Cambodia as it is—not just the temples of Angkor or photos of children riding an oxcart."

27 June 2015

Girl Group Goes Head-to-Head With Japanese Prime Minister Over Reinterpreting Constitution

A Japanese girl group's clash with municipal government highlights increasingly vocal opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.

The Puzzle Surrounding a Father's Day Photo of Jailed Chinese Politician Bo Xilai and His Son

"The father is forever the father, whatever he was, a so-called political figure, now he has been put in prison. The son is forever the son."

26 June 2015

Pictures of Chinese People Scanning QR Codes

The Bridge

Apart from mobile boarding passes and the occasional event ticket, in many countries QR codes have never quite caught on. In China, however, they're everywhere.

US-Listed Chinese Firms Flock Home to Take Advantage of Bull Market

"In China, if you have enough money, they don't have to face these problems. They can't survive overseas and come back to cheat their relatives."

24 June 2015

What Sailor Moon Means to Women All Over the World

Sailor Moon may seem like a cutesy cartoon intended just for anime maniacs, but a closer looks shows that the program includes themes of women's empowerment and independence.

Hong Kong's Legislature Went Off Script, and the Pro-Beijing Establishment Is Not Happy

After Hong Kong's legislature vetoed China-backed electoral reform, a pro-Beijing news outlet warned the city's autonomy could be in jeopardy if voters don't kick out pan-democrats in next year's elections.

Arrested for Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, Singaporean Teen Blogger Amos Yee is Now Being Evaluated for Autism

Global Voices Advocacy

The 16-y/o blogger who criticized Lee Kuan Yew was suggested to be suffering from autism spectrum disorder, and the judge ruled him to be remanded for another two weeks to...

22 June 2015

Pope Francis’ Call to ‘Hear Both the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor’ Resonates in the Philippines

Environmentalists in the country also called on the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.

20 June 2015

Toyota Exec's Arrest Highlights Japan's Hard Line on Narcotics

An American executive's arrest has highlighted Japan's zero-tolerance attitude towards illegal drugs, including those legal in other countries.

How a Facebook User in Thailand Was Sentenced to 50 Years in Jail for ‘Defaming’ the Monarchy

Global Voices Advocacy

"How can they arrest Father? Father didn’t kill anybody; the judgment is excessive."

Infographic Shows Thailand Junta Arrested Hundreds in the Past Year for Criticizing the Government

19 June 2015

Singaporean Teenage Video Blogger Sent to ‘Rehabilitation’ For Offensive YouTube Video

Global Voices Advocacy

According to Amnesty International, the 16-year old Amos Yee is the youngest prisoner of conscience in the world today.

17 June 2015

Bicyclists, Hang Up That Phone. Japan’s Traffic Laws Just Got Tougher

The newly revised laws are meant to curb dangerous behaviour, such as riding through stop signs, failing to yield to pedestrians, and riding while drunk or holding an umbrella.

The Deaths of Four Siblings Shines a Harsh Light on China's 60 Million ‘Left-Behind’ Children

"How can CCTV deny [the government’s] responsibility? Isn't society accountable for four children choosing suicide by drinking pesticide?"

16 June 2015

Pink Dot Rally for LGBT Rights Gathers 28,000 People in Singapore

"We believe everyone deserves the freedom to love, and the freedom to be themselves."

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