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· June, 2016

Stories about East Asia from June, 2016

15 June 2016

What Can China Do to Stop the ‘Epidemic’ of Suicides Among Government Officials?

Some say tougher anti-graft measures are necessary. Others think judicial independence could make a difference.

14 June 2016

Singapore Plans to Pull the Plug on Internet Access for Public Servants

Advox

"Computer security is important in the modern workplace, but it should not be an excuse to revert to dumb or blind practice."

Japan's Love Affair With Capybaras

In Japan, there is an online subculture devoted to capybaras, the friendly giant rodent from South America.

12 June 2016

Oops! Facebook's Flag Error Unintentionally Puts the Philippines in a ‘State of War’

"Dear @facebook: It's not a happy Independence Day if our flag is like this. Like seriously."

What Sparked the Yan Zhou Unrest? China's Information Deficit in the Spotlight

"The kidnapper becomes the good fellow who tried to stop a fight [...] Who are the blind ones? People from Yan Zhou or state-owned media?"

11 June 2016

Quarry Workers in Myanmar Suffer Health Problems, No Compensation

"Most of the workers are internal migrants who return to their homes for treatment when their health problems become unbearable."

10 June 2016

US Church Members Stage Roadside Vigil Amid Outrage Over Japanese Woman's Murder

"When I left my hotel and started driving down Route 58, there were Americans standing under the torrid sun with their heads bowed. They seem to be in deep pain."

What Stereotypes Do Europeans Have of Japan? Google Autocomplete Offers a Clue

A new series of maps shows what Europeans may really think of Japan, and what the Japanese people may really think about other parts of the world.

8 June 2016

The Quirky Tranquility of Japanese Suburbia in Photos

Japan isn't just Mount Fuji, neon landscapes and bullet trains. One Tumblr photo blog has set out to document the country's quiet residential streets.

7 June 2016

Tons of Fish Are Dying Mysteriously in Vietnam. Whales, Too.

For the past two months, tons of fish have washed up dead on the shores of central Vietnam. Seven dead whales, too.

Lancôme Cancels Concert With Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Singer After Pressure From China

"When a company, out of commercial considerations, decides to practice excessive self-censorship, that also generates fear in the community and encourages tyranny's unreasonable behavior."

6 June 2016

How Filipinos Remember Muhammad Ali’s ‘Thrilla in Manila’ Boxing Fight

"We lost a giant today. Boxing benefited from Muhammad Ali’s talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefited from his humanity."

5 June 2016

The Student Group in Japan That's Made It Cool to Protest

There's a negative image of protesters in Japan, but one student group is changing that.

3 June 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Unsung Heroes

This week, we head to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, Myanmar, Brazil and Syria.

Japanese Are Uploading Photos to Twitter to Prove They Live in the Boonies

From crab crossing signs to pheasant strolling through town, these photos show life in Japanese countryside.

Macedonia's Ruling Party Has Resuscitated Socialist Realism Without the Socialism

Macedonia's ruling party placed an order for more than 50 paintings, depicting key moments in its history, in the manner of the former Communist party.

2 June 2016

No Apologies, But Most Japanese View Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima Positively

Despite some complaints, most Japanese people appear to have reacted favorably to President Obama's May 27 visit to Hiroshima.

Singapore Police Seize Computers, Demand Passwords From Advocates Over Facebook Posts

Advox

"I insisted I wanted to know my rights and whether it was legal for them to do what they were doing. They would not let me speak to [my lawyer]."

Cambodia’s ‘Black Monday’ Campaign Seeks Freedom for Detained Human Rights Activists

"The government’s fear of people wearing colors is ludicrous. Authorities targeted us just for wearing a black T-shirt, which is a peaceful expression of dissent."

1 June 2016

Cambodia's Government Mistakes Singapore for Libya in Video Warning Against ‘Excessive Civil Rights’

"The goal of this video is clearly to intimidate ordinary people from the full and peaceful exercise of their human rights."