HOKKAIDO, Japan (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Straits Times looks at how Yubari, a city where one in two residents is aged 65 or older, deals with the challenge of being the city with the oldest population.
The sign amid the overgrown grass by the roadside says "Welcome to Yubari". Underneath the words are two cartoon characters - a boy wearing a helmet with a torch and a girl with yellow ribbons in her hair.
The pair are the mascots of a theme park in Yubari, a city famous for melons, in Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Finance minister Heng Swee Keat said that this push will be a very important part of Singapore's work next year, especially as the chair of Asean.
As chair of the Asean regional bloc next year, Singapore will push for greater economic integration within the regional grouping, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday (Dec 5), calling it a "very important part" of Singapore's work.
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN Desk) – One of the oldest unsolved mysteries in Asia has been solved – as recorded in a documentary film that premieres on Wednesday in Bangkok
On Easter Sunday in 1967, Jim Thompson went for an afternoon walk in the Cameron Highlands’ jungle-clad hills. The American, known as the “king of Thai silk”, was on vacation in Malaysia with friends at the Moonlight Cottage, a colonial-period villa in the old British hill station north of Kuala Lumpur.
VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - This year’s World AIDS Day campaign promotes the theme of “Right to Health” and raises awareness of the 36.7 million people worldwide who are living with HIV in realising their rights.