Stories about East Asia from August, 2017
"Okinawa has historically been discriminated against because of its dialect and has suffered under American occupation. It's hard to forgive such language."
Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world.
Technically speaking, circumvention technologies have outwitted the Great Firewall. Yet the new legal regime has changed the rules of the game.
"Desperate scenes at Bangladesh's border as Border Guard try to prevent entry to fleeing #Rohingya"
China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?
"It appears that the Cambodian government has been using legal technicalities to hide behind its real aim of silencing independent voices."
"With or without real name registration, they know who you are. What they intend to do is to make you fearful."
Even state-affiliated media outlets are criticizing police actions against a man who publicly complained about the price and quality of food at a state hospital.
"The last thing our world needs today is the embrace of Nazi ideology, under whose banner physicians carried out unspeakable crimes in the name of ‘progress.’"
"How can we achieve reform when the state still treats those who voice concern about public issues as its enemies?"
He was in his 20s before he ever set eyes on a cockroach. Today, he's a skilled exterminator of the creatures that plague Japanese homes.
"The clients are powerful," says one interviewee in "Boys For Sale." "I end up giving in... So no matter what the customer forces me to do. I cannot really refuse."
' If this is what they demand, CUP should give up its China- based site and carry on elsewhere. '
Prime Minister Abe's remarks on the anniversary of the end of World War II did not express Japan's guilt. The emperor's remarks expressed feelings of "deep remorse".
"You can ban my books, you can ban my cartoons, but you cannot ban my mind. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink."
"The appeal and jail sentence is a form of institutional violence and political suppression – it has ‘created’ the youngest group of political prisoners since the handover."
“Even though I am in jail, I am handcuffed and I am wearing prison uniform, the reality is that I am forever innocent.”
‘Dagdag Gastos’ Calculator Debunks Philippine Government Claim That Tax Reform Will Benefit the Poor
"Ultimately, more Filipino families will have to shoulder added expenses to their already gravely inadequate incomes."
On Anniversary of Nagasaki Bombing, Japanese Government Criticized For Refusing to Sign Ban on Nuclear Weapons
“Whose country are you leader of anyway?” — a representative of survivors of the 1945 bombing lashes out at Prime Minister Abe Shinzo
"Disgraceful! Taobao should put an end to these shops and investigate vendors for false advertising and malicious anti-black racism!"
"The order punishes the entire station including all programs regardless of content, and all personnel regardless of role."