Stories about East Asia from June, 2017
Hong Kongers have several reasons to be unhappy with the city's relationship with China.
The 1966 visit by the Beatles to Japan is regarded as a turning point in Japanese postwar culture.
"I wrote blogs and continued to express my views on issues like democracy, corruption, territorial sovereignty. This is something that anybody could do, and to be honest, everybody should do."
"Juntaland's dictator blocking Charlie Chaplin's satirical film mocking dictator is hilariously insane and dictatorial," wrote a journalist on Twitter.
"If one day I cannot climb over the wall, will you miss me?"
Netizens bullied Yao Chen, a famous Chinese actress who is the UN Refugee Agency’s first Goodwill Ambassador in China, and rejected the idea of taking in refugees.
"A year after the resettlement, residents only just received power and still do not have running water. They are left to rely on collecting rainwater and deliveries from aid groups."
"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.
"If in the future, Thailand experiences another coup d’etat, will it be charged as a crime against the state?" wrote an activist in response.
Chinese media portrayed the refusal as another example of Hong Kong-mainland tension. In reality, it was about privacy.
"It's possible that the law, which is intended to deal with organized crime groups, will expand to affect ordinary citizens."
"Just as Hong Kong consumers have a responsibility to stop eating shark fin, restaurant groups like Maxim's also have an equal responsibility to stop selling it."
Did you know Japan has observed "traditional sweets day" on June 16 for more than a thousand years?
"Bridesmaid is such a high risk role -- sexual harassment, rape and now death."
Online censorship keeps rising in Egypt, Rouhani’s ICT Minister brags of Internet censorship in Iran and Venezuela tests the boundaries of online anonymity.
"We cannot see how a tagline calling for inclusion and love can be seen as undermining the concept of family or disrespecting the individual," wrote the Pink Dot organizers.
"I weep for all the civilians who were mercilessly killed, I weep for the lost homes of my people," wrote the mayor of Marawi City.
Crackdowns on entertainment news outlets indicate that controls are not only directed at the foreign enemy, but at thoughts and activities seen to go against “socialist core values”.
The reactor restarts are welcome news to isolated host communities. However, residents of one of Japan's most densely populated regions are fearful about the potential for another massive nuclear accident.
“I streamed it live so that my friends could watch it because my son participated in the drama. I did not intend to defame the military," the activist told reporters.
"Pull out the ads and sign your boss and agency up for social sensitivity 101 class please," wrote a Twitter user, addressing Watsons health and beauty chain.