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On 11 September in Asian history

1948-09-11-death-of-jinnah

ON 11 SEPTEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on September 11, 2019

1182: Birth of Minamoto no Yoriie, second shogun (1202 – 1203) of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan, who died on August 14, 1204
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Yoriie

1680: Death of Go-Mizunoo, 108th emperor of Japan (1611-1629), born on June 29, 1596
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Mizunoo_of_Japan

1803: Battle of Delhi, during the Second Anglo-Maratha War, between British troops under General Lake, and Marathas of Scindia’s army under General Louis Bourquin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Delhi,_1803
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/second_maratha_war_1803-1805_british_india.htm

1881: Birth of K’ung Hsiang-hsi, often known as H. H. Kung, a wealthy Chinese banker and politician in the early 20th century. He was the richest man in China at that time. He died on August 16, 1967
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._H._Kung

1884: Birth of Sudhamoy Pramanick, Indian activist who died on October 2, 1974
http://nitum.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/biography-of-sudhamoy-pramanick/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudhamoy_Pramanick

1895: Birth of Vinoba Bhave, one of the greatest spiritual leaders and reformers of modern India who died on November 15, 1982
http://www.culturalindia.net/reformers/acharya-vinoba-bhave.html
http://www.vinobabhave.org/index.php/biography

1906: Mahatma Gandhi launches the Satyagraha (non-violence resistance) in South Africa
http://www.democracynow.org/2006/9/8/satyagraha_100_years_later_gandhi_launches

1917: Birth of Ferdinand Marcos, 10th president of the Philippines from December 1965 till February 25, 1986, who died in exile in 1989
https://www.biography.com/people/ferdinand-marcos-9398625
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/profilesofasianleaders/p/fmarcosbio.htm

1921: Death of Subramanya Barathy, a Tamil poet who was a militant for India independence  (Born in December 1882)
http://members.tripod.com/neyveliweb/bharathy.htm

1924: Birth of Daniel Akaka, Chinese-American politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Akaka

1926: Death of Matsunosuke Onoe, Japanese actor and director, born on September 12, 1875
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsunosuke_Onoe
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0648803/

1927: Birth of Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan broadcaster, who died in 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Corea

1940: Birth of Nong Duc Manh, General Secretary of the Communist party of Vietnam (2001-2011)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nong_Duc_Manh

1943: Birth of Khun Htun Oo, Burmese Shan politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khun_Htun_Oo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miLhfj4Vj-8

1945: Liberation of the Japanese-run POW and civilian internee camp at Batu Lintang, Kuching, Sarawak on the island of Borneo by Australian 9th Division forces. Over 2,000 prisoners, including women and children, were due to be executed on September 15
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Lintang_camp

1948: Death of Jinnah Muhammad Ali, father of the Pakistan’s independence
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-Jinnah-M.html
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P009

1948-09-11-death-of-jinnah

1955: In Cambodia, prince Sihanouk wins the elections

1958: India and Pakistan announced that most border disputes between the two countries had been settled

1960: Birth of Hiroshi Amano, Japanese physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2014/amano-facts.html

1960: In Laos, Prince Boun Oum allies with general Phoumi in an attempt of a counter-revolution against the general Kong-lé coup d’état which bring Prince Souvanna Phouma to power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boun_Oum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoumi_Nosavan
http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0846117.html

1964: Death of Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh, Indian poet and critic, born on November 13, 1917
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gajanan_Madhav_Muktibodh

1964: Signature of a defense treaty between Soviet Union  and India for the procurement of 44 MiG-21, 20 helicopters and 70 PT-76 tanks
https://books.google.fr/books?id=SZRk_z3dhtYC&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=Indian+military+1964&source=bl&ots=siq2iVslDv&sig=fAWo3_YfAFaZ1oAstLlV9gka30A&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CE4Q6AEwCmoVChMIkdWc7pntxwIVCl4aCh1wMgnS#v=onepage&q=Indian%20military%201964&f=false

1965: The US 1st Cavalry Division arrives in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/1st-cavalry-division-arrives-in-country

1965: During the Indo-Pakistani War, the Indian Army captures the town of Burki just southeast of Lahore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Burki

1965-09-11 prise de Burki

1966: Birth of Princess Akishino (Kiko), Japanese Imperial Family
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/princess-akishino-of-japan/

1967: According to the Indian account, Indian soldiers were protecting an engineering company that was fencing the North Shoulder of Nathu La, when Chinese troops opened fire on them. This escalated over the next five days to an exchange of heavy artillery and mortar fire

1967: Birth of Sung Jae-gi, South Korean men’s rights activist who died on July 26, 2013 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sung_Jae-gi

1969: The Japanese terrorist organizations « Red Army » is established
http://www.npa.go.jp/archive/keibi/syouten/syouten271/english/0301.html

1969-09-11-red-army-foundation

1969: In Beijing, after a lot of border incidents, meeting of Alexis Kossygin and Chinese PM Zhou Enlai

1973: Death of Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru
https://nkbashram.org/maharaji/about-neem-karoli-baba/

1982: End of the XIIth congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Hua Guofeng is expelled from the Politburo and Hu Yaobang is elected Secretary General of the CCP (a new title in lieue of chairman)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_Yaobang

1987: Death of Mahadevi Varma, Indian poet and educationist, born on March 26, 1907
http://www.poemhunter.com/mahadevi-varma/biography/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/mahadevi-verma.html

1998: Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia was the first Asian country to host the games
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_Commonwealth_Games

2005: In Japan, landslide victory of prime minister Koizumi in the legislative election
http://www.electionguide.org/election.php?ID=156

2009: Chen Shui-bian, Taiwan’s former president, and his wife are jailed for life on corruption charges involving millions of dollars
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/09/200991183242997249.html

2009: The Pakistani Army announce the arrest of the chief spokesman of the Taliban in Swat. It is the first capture of a senior Taliban figure to be officially announced by the Pakistani authorities

2012: The Japanese government buy three  uninhabitated islands of Senkaku (Diaoyu), a territorial dispute with China
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/11/japan-buys-islands-at-centre-of-row-with-china/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-sends-patrol-ships-to-Diaoyu/Senkaku-25786.html

2015 : Singapore’s ruling party romps to a strong election victory increases its share of the vote and seat tally as it brushed off an opposition challenge in the city state’s most hotly contested polls
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/voting-begins-singapore-poll-set-test-ruling-partys-004929559.html http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34205869

2015 : Indian court convicts 12 men for 2006 Mumbai train bombings, nine years after seven RDX bombs kept in Mumbai suburban trains exploded killing 188 people and injuring 829
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34218396

2017: Maldives suspends a third of its lawyers
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-suspends-a-third-of-its-lawyers/4023492.html

 

Holidays and observances

Philippines: Barangay day

Pakistan: Jinnah Day: founder’s death anniversary

Japan’s home policy and society

11 SEPTEMBER 2019

Japan’s Shinzo Abe shakes up Cabinet, brings in rising star

Japan’s Shinzo Abe on Wednesday (Sept 11) appointed new foreign and defence ministers and promoted a popular rising political star, in a Cabinet reshuffle that fuelled speculation over the Prime Minister’s successor
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-shinzo-abe-shakes-up-cabinet-brings-in-rising-star
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190911_49/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201909110039.html

25 AUGUST 2019

Abe becomes Japan’s longest-serving prime minister since WWII

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the Japan’s longest-serving prime minister since World War II on Saturday (Aug 25), surpassing Mr Eisaku Sato’s 2,798 days in office
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/abe-becomes-japans-longest-serving-prime-minister-since-wwii

21 JULY 2019

Japan’s ruling bloc secures upper house majority – exit polls

NHK public television said that Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its partner Komei were sure to win from 67 to 77 seats in the upper house, and that the two-thirds majority needed for constitutional revision could be within reach if the bloc is joined by supporters from another party
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-s-ruling-bloc-secures-upper-house-majority-exit-polls-28408
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190721_46/

1 MAY 2019

Naruhito formally invested as Japan’s new emperor

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his father’s historic abdication, and vowed to stand with the people as the country begins a new imperial era
https://www.france24.com/en/20190501-naruhito-formally-invested-japan-new-emperor-akihito-abdicates
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190501_24/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005710470

30 APRIL 2019

Japan’s emperor Akihito abdicates with message of love

Emperor Akihito has thanked the people of Japan for their support during his 30-year reign and said he hopes his successor’s time on the chrysanthemum throne will be “stable and fruitful”, as he becomes the country’s first monarch to abdicate in two centuries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/30/japan-emperor-akihito-abdicate
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190430_34/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005708706

26 APRIL 2019

Akihito will be remembered as an emperor of the people

Akihito’s efforts over the past 30 years to democratise the imperial institution have been met with virtually unqualified success. According to an NHK survey conducted in 2009 on the 20th anniversary of Akihito’s ascent to the throne, 85 per cent of respondents either agreed wholeheartedly or in large part that the emperor was fulfilling his constitutional role. The results of a Mainichi Shimbun survey taken this year raised the ratio to 87 per cent. Questions relating to how close people felt to their emperor also elicited high scores
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/26/akihito-will-be-remembered-as-an-emperor-of-the-people/

21 APRIL 2019

Japan PM Abe’s ruling bloc suffers rare losses in two by-elections

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc suffered two rare losses in by-elections on Sunday (April 21) in an apparent warning from voters not to get complacent ahead of a national election for Parliament’s Upper House later this year
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-pm-abes-ruling-bloc-suffers-rare-losses-in-two-by-elections
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-japan’s-ruling-ldp-loses-2-out-of-2-lower-house-by-elections

18 APRIL 2019

Japanese Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

Emperor Akihito prayed at a Japanese shrine Thursday in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Emperor-performs-ritual-to-report-abdication
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/106/167/1555582231316.html?newsId=68246

10 APRIL 2019

Japan: Does the new Ainu bill truly symbolise progress?

On 15 February, the Cabinet of Japan approved a bill that officially recognises the Ainu as Indigenous people of northern Japan, many of which live in Hokkaido. Although Japan formally recognised the Ainu as an Indigenous group in 2008, concrete legal recognition has not been established until nown
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2019/04/japan-does-the-new-ainu-bill-truly-symbolise-progress/

1 APRIL 2019

Japan reveals Reiwa to be name of new imperial era ahead of Emperor Akihito’s abdication

The « Heisei » imperial era will end on April 30 when Emperor Akihito steps down. Japan’s government says the imperial era associated with his successor will be known as « Reiwa. »
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-to-welcome-reiwa-era-after-emperor-akihito-steps-down/a-48142022
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201904010048.html
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/japan-announces-era-of-peace-and-harmony/

29 MARCH 2019

How Japan’s Akihito redefined the role of emperor

As a new imperial era begins in Japan, Emperor Akihito has left behind a legacy of modernity and compassion. During his 30-year reign, he defied monarchial norms, drawing both criticism and praise
https://www.dw.com/en/how-japans-akihito-redefined-the-role-of-emperor/a-48119012

12 MARCH 2019

Tokyo begins ceremonies for emperor’s abdication

Akihito read a document to the imperial ancestors containing his decision to leave the Chrysanthemum Throne. There will be a total of nine ceremonies that will culminate in « taiirei seiden no gi », when the sovereign will become « emeritus emperor ». The last monarch to abdicate was Kokaku in 1817
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-begins-ceremonies-for-emperors-abdication–46473.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190312_17/

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Ceremony marks 30 years of Emperor’s reign

Emperor Akihito thanked the Japanese people Sunday for their support in carrying out his duties and expressed appreciation for their « strong wish for peace » that led the country to experience no war over the past 30 years under his reign
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190224_20/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005565774
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Emperor-thanks-people-for-support-during-30-year-reign-urges-Japan-to-open-up-to-world

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan to recognise Indigenous Ainu people for first time

After suffering years of discrimination and forced assimilation, the Ainu people have finally been recognised as « indigenous » Japanese people, giving them the right to support for their communities and a boost to local economies
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/japan-to-recognise-indigenous-ainu-people-for-first-time
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/02/15/national/japan-recognize-indigenous-ainu-people-first-time/#.XGcjCDNKg2w

17 JANUARY 2019

Abe’s make-or-break year

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an ambitious agenda for 2019, his seventh year in office. It includes a number of make-or-break issues that are fundamental to his political legacy. But the question remains: how much of his agenda is realistically achievable?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/01/17/abes-make-or-break-year/

14 JANUARY 2019

Influential Japanese philosopher Takeshi Umehara dies at age 93

Influential Japanese philosopher Takeshi Umehara died of pneumonia at his home in Kyoto on Saturday. He was 93
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190114/p2a/00m/0na/014000c
https://alchetron.com/Takeshi-Umehara
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005477809

13 JANUARY 2019

Veteran Japanese actress Etsuko Ichihara dies at 82

Etsuko Ichihara, a veteran Japanese actress known for her role in a popular long-running TV drama series, has died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital, her office said Sunday. She was 82
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190113/p2g/00m/0fe/061000c
https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20190113-etsuko-ichihara-passed-away/

2 JANUARY 2019

Tears as Japan’s Emperor Akihito gives last New Year’s address

Japan’s Emperor Akihito delivered his final New Year’s address on Wednesday (Jan 2) before his abdication later this year, telling tens of thousands of well-wishers he was praying for peace
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/tears-as-japans-emperor-akihito-gives-last-new-years-address
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-02/emperor-akihito-says-goodbye-in-last-new-years-day-appearance/10680618?section=world

26 DECEMBER 2018

Japan to resume commercial whaling after IWC withdrawal

Japan said Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, sparking criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/japan-to-resume-commercial-whaling-after-iwc-withdrawal-1.1545808548619
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/japan-announces-iwc-withdrawal-resume-commercial-whaling-181226022705898.html
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-withdraws-from-international-whaling-commission/a-46863848

8 DECEMBER 2018

Immigration shift in Japan makes way for 345,000 foreign workers

Japan has approved allowing in 345,150 blue-collar workers to fill a labour shortage, a major policy shift in a country where immigration has long been taboo
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/immigration-shift-in-japan-makes-way-for-345-000-foreign-workers
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46492216
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Hope-anxiety-in-Japan-over-opening-up-to-more-foreign-workers

2 NOVEMBER 2018

In major policy shift, Japan’s goverment OKs draft bill to open door wider for foreign workers

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved draft legislation on Friday to open the door to more overseas blue-collar workers in sectors grappling with labour shortages, a controversial policy shift in immigration-shy Japan
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/In-major-policy-shift-gov’t-OKs-draft-bill-to-open-door-wider-for-foreign-workers
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181103_02/

29 OCTOBER 2018

Japan’s princess Ayako gives up royal status as she marries a commoner in traditional Shinto ceremony

Princess Ayako, 28, the youngest daughter of a late cousin of Emperor Akihito, married Kei Moriya, a 32-year-old employee of Nippon Yusen, the shipping company
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/29/asia/princess-ayako-wedding-ceremony-intl/index.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181029_22/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/29/japans-princess-ayako-gives-royal-status-marries-commoner-traditional/

12 OCTOBER 2018

Japan plans to attract 500,000 foreign workers by 2025 as labour shortages bite

Japan on Friday unveiled a plan to attract more foreign blue-collar workers, as the world’s third-largest economy battles a crippling labour shortage caused by an ageing and shrinking population
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2168245/japan-plans-attract-500000-foreign-workers-2025-labour-shortages
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810120029.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-foreigners-attract-work-visa-labour-shortage-10819956

11 OCTOBER 2018

Yasukuni chief priest forced to resign for criticising emperor

The chief priest at Tokyo’s controversial Shinto Yasukuni shrine was forced to resign for using « highly inappropriate language » to criticise Emperor Akihito. His successor will be selected on 26 October in a general meeting
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Yasukuni-chief-priest-forced-to-resign-for-criticising-emperor-45186.html
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Yasukuni-Shrine-chief-priest-to-quit-for-criticizing-emperor

2 OCTOBER 2018

Japan’s new Cabinet: Key Abe allies stay on as 12 newcomers named, only one woman appointed

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named 12 newcomers to his Cabinet on Tuesday (Oct 2), while favouring stability in keeping his ministers in the key portfolios of finance, foreign affairs, economy and trade
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-new-cabinet-key-abe-allies-stay-on-as-12-newcomers-named-only-one-woman
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004869601
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810020039.html

1 OCTOBER 2018

Japanese professor Tasuku Honjo wins Nobel in medicine, together with U.S. scientist, for work on cancer therapy

Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo is awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, for his discovery of a protein that contributed to the development of an immunotherapeutic drug against cancer
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/01/national/science-health/japans-tasuku-honjo-u-s-national-james-p-allison-win-nobel-prize-physiology-medicine/#.W7JuaGgzY2w
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-japanese-pair-win-nobel-medicine-prize-for-cancer-therapy-

23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hayabusa 2: Japanese space agency makes history by landing two rovers on an asteroid

Japan has successfully landed two small rovers on the surface of an asteroid in a history-making mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-23/pictures-confirm-japans-hayabusa2-lands-rovers-on-asteroid/10295992?section=world
http://japan-forward.com/japan-makes-history-hayabusa2-spacecraft-lands-rovers-on-moving-asteroid/

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Japan’s Abe re-elected as party head, to stay on as PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader and a push toward a constitutional revision
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/222/61/149/1537455576045.html?newsId=48651
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180920_30/
http://japan-forward.com/abe-wins-big-in-ldp-leadership-election-to-lead-japan-for-3-more-years/

11 AUGUST 2018

Thousands in Okinawa protest US Marine base relocation

Tens of thousands of Okinawans protested Saturday, vowing to block the central government’s planned relocation of a US military base from a heavily populated area to a remote location on the island
https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-in-okinawa-protest-us-marine-base-relocation/a-45046501
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/70000-rally-okinawa-military-base-relocation-180811123923792.html

6 JULY 2018

Japanese cult leader Shoko Asahara executed for Tokyo sarin attack

AUM Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara, 63, who orchestrated the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack and other murders and six former members of the cult were executed on the morning of July 6
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180706/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/05/asia/japan-aum-shinriyko-leader-executed-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/jul/06/shoko-asahara-and-the-cult-behind-the-tokyo-sarin-attack-video-explainer

27 MAY 2018

Japan ex-PM Yasuhiro Nakasone turns 100, calls for change to post-war pacifist constitution in birthday message

Yasuhiro Nakasone has long advocated amending the US-drafted charter to clarify the ambiguous status of the military – a goal shared by incumbent premier Shinzo Abe
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2147989/japan-ex-pm-yasuhiro-nakasone-turns-100-calls-change-post-war
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/ex-pm-nakasone-turns-100-hopes-for-constitution-amendment

7 MAY 2018

In Japan, new opposition Democratic Party for the People formed

Two opposition parties with members from the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan, which was in power between 2009 and 2012, reunited Monday in a desperate attempt to survive amid slumping approval ratings
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004422077
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/New-opposition-Democratic-Party-for-the-People-formed
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180507/p2g/00m/0dm/069000c

6 APRIL 2018

Legendary Japanese animator Isao Takahata dies at age 82

Oscar-nominated Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, who co-founded Studio Ghibli and was best known for his work Grave of the Fireflies, has died aged 82, the studio said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2140533/legendary-japanese-animator-isao-takahata-dies-age-82
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180406/p2g/00m/0et/044000c
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43664515

25 MARCH 2018

Japan PM Shinzo Abe apologises amid cronyism scandal, vows to revise constitution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings in a slump amid a scandal over suspected cronyism and a cover-up, has apologised again for causing anxiety and loss of confidence in his Government
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-25/japan-shinzo-abe-apologises-amid-cronyism-scandal/9585158?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138810/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-pledges-amend-pacifist

14 MARCH 2018

The Japanese will become adults at 18 in 2022

The Japanese government yesterday approved a bill to lower the adulthood age from 20 to 18, which would enable 18- and 19-year-olds to sign contracts and get married without the consent of their parents
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-Japanese-will-become-adults-at-18-in-2022-43356.html
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180314/p2a/00m/0na/017000c

12 MARCH 2018

Japan: Shinzo Abe’s political future in doubt as wife linked to cronyism scandal

A spiralling cronyism scandal linked to the Japanese prime minister and his wife has reached fever pitch after the finance ministry admitted to tampering with records to remove references to the pair
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/12/japan-shinzo-abes-political-future-in-doubt-as-wife-linked-to-cronyism-scandal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-12/japanese-pm-alleged-cronyism-documents-reportedly-altered/9540246?section=world
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004299142

Survey: Abe Cabinet approval rating sinks to 48%

The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet stood at 48 percent in a Yomiuri Shimbun survey, the first time the rating has dipped below 50 percent since the House of Representatives election in October last year
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004298619

16 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe’s constitutional change no cause for fear

Many analysts believe that 2018 will be the year Abe makes a push to revise Article 9, which outlaws war and offensive forces. Abe is buoyed by the October 2017 electoral victory of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). But Abe’s ruling coalition may become an obstacle to his plans
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/16/abes-constitutional-change-no-cause-for-fear/#more-110389

10 FEBRUARY 2018

Ishimure, key figure in Minamata battle, dies at 90

Japanese activist Michiko Ishimure, who won acclaim for her literary works about Minamata mercury poisoning disease patients, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease here Feb. 10. She was 90
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802100053.html
http://apjjf.org/2016/13/Thornber.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Lacking manpower, Japanese firms court women

Japan’s population is aging and its workforce is shrinking, so more and more companies are wooing female workers with subsidised childcare and flexible hours, while promoting women to management positions. Find out more and hear from the women themselves in this episode of Spotlight
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/23/lacking-manpower-japanese-firms-court-women

1 DECEMBER 2017

Japan’s Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019, government announces

Akihito, who will be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito, will be the first emperor to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne in about 200 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2122399/japans-emperor-akihito-will-abdicate-april-30-2019-government
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/01/national/emperors-abdication-date-confirmed-april-30-2019/#.WiGRgUriY2w

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refuses to relax immigration rules despite shrinking population

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has insisted his administration has “no intention” of loosening the country’s strict immigration policy despite warnings about its fast shrinking – and ageing – population
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-immigration-shinzo-abe-refuse-relax-rules-prime-minister-policy-shrinking-population-foreign-a8065281.html
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/21/can-japan-accept-itself-as-a-nation-of-immigrants/

1st NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Shinzo Abe re-elected prime minister after big election win

Japan’s Shinzo Abe was re-elected prime minister on Wednesday after his ruling bloc’s big election win last month and days before a visit by US President Donald Trump that is expected to be dominated by concerns over a volatile North Korea
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-s-shinzo-abe-re-elected-prime-minister-after-big-election-win-11854
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004040759

31 OCTOBER 2017

Japan’s Democratic Party taps Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president

The Democratic Party elected Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president on Tuesday following the formal resignation of Seiji Maehara the previous day
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/31/national/politics-diplomacy/dp-taps-upper-house-member-kohei-otsuka-new-party-president/#.Wfi4ZGjWw2w
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yukio-edano-stands-up-as-the-leader-of-japans-biggest-opposition

22 OCTOBER 2017

Coalition retains two-thirds majority in victory for Japan’s PM Abe

The ruling coalition regained a two-thirds majority in the Oct. 22 Lower House election, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe another victory in his bid to stay in power
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201710230012.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/japanese-voters-brave-typhoon-to-cast-ballot-in-snap-election/2017/10/22/8c7aeab4-b5dd-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.fe83ad906928
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/editors/3/proamendmentblocwins23majority/

3 OCTOBER 2017

In Japan, Yukio Edano’s liberal party officially launched

The new party formed by Yukio Edano of the Democratic Party submitted a notice of establishment to the internal affairs minister on Tuesday morning
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003980928

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s Lower House dissolved, new general election on October 22

Japan’s Lower House of the Diet has been dissolved for a snap election. Japan’s Cabinet has set the date for a snap general election on October 22nd. The campaign will begin on October 10th
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_23/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/abe-dissolves-japans-parliament-and-sets-oct-22-election-date

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike forms ‘Party of Hope’ before Japanese election

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is set to reshape national politics with the formation of a new party and a new attack on the status quo
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-27/tokyo-governor-yuriko-koike-forms-party-of-hope-before-japanese-election/1704922
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003969072

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-s-abe-triggers-snap-election-amid-north-korea-crisis-9247120
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/558.html

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s main opposition party, the Democratic Party, selects former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party selected former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader on Friday amid its struggle to become a viable alternative to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109305/japans-main-opposition-party-selects-former-foreign-minister
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/01/national/politics-diplomacy/maeharas-election-democratic-party-president-may-put-pressure-abe-coalition/#.Wam0uchJY2w

29 AUGUST 2017

Kim Jong-un’s latest provocation may strengthen Shinzo Abe’s hand at home because ‘it looks like he’s doing something’

In a break with a long-running cautious defence stance, members of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have called for Japan to arm itself with long-range offensive weapons
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2108852/it-looks-hes-doing-something-kim-jong-uns-latest-provocation-may
http://www.dw.com/en/japanese-react-furiously-to-north-korean-missile-launch/a-40279925

28 AUGUST 2017

Tsutomu Hata, known for brief stint as prime minister, dies at 82

Former Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, who served 14 terms in the Lower House, died Monday morning at the age of 82
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/28/national/politics-diplomacy/former-prime-minister-tsutomu-hata-dies-82/#.WaRYNChJY2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170828_19/

8 AUGUST 2017

 Haruo Nakajima, actor who played the original Godzilla, dies aged 88

 Haruo Nakajima, the actor who stomped in a rubber suit to portray the original 1954 Godzilla, helping to make the Japanese monster an iconic symbol of the nuclear era, has died. He was 88
http://www.scmp.com/article/2105925/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-original-godzilla-rubber-suit-dies-88
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/08/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-the-original-godzilla-dies-aged-88
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_34/

3 AUGUST 2017

Japan’s new top diplomat Taro Kono is son of official who wrote landmark 1993 apology to ‘comfort women’

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Taro Kono is known as an outspoken, reform-minded politician unafraid of questioning the party line
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2105245/japans-new-top-diplomat-taro-kono-son-official-who-wrote
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/03/national/politics-diplomacy/new-foreign-minister-kono-reform-minded-challenger-party-lines/#.WYOGhbpuI2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708030024.html

28 JULY 2017

Japan defense minister quits amid plunging support for PM

Embattled Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday said she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/192/195/146/1501238500272.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170728_33/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Abe-apologizes-over-Inada’s-resignation-Kishida-to-run-Defense-Ministry

27 JULY 2017

Renho resigns as main opposition Democratic Party leader

Democratic Party leader Renho said Thursday she will step down as the head of Japan’s largest opposition party following its poor performance in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election earlier this month
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170727_29/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Renho-resigns-as-main-opposition-Democratic-Party-leader

3 JULY 2017

Yuriko Koike: 10 things about the Tokyo governor who just trumped Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new party and its allies scored a sweeping victory against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Sunday’s Tokyo metropolitan assembly election
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yuriko-koike-the-tokyo-governor-who-just-trumped-japanese-pm-shinzo-abe

2 JULY 2017

Japan PM’s party suffers historic defeat in Tokyo poll, popular governor wins

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, signalling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favouritism scandal
https://www.voanews.com/a/japan-tokyo-election-poll/3925080.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/02/national/politics-diplomacy/koike-camp-dethrones-abes-ldp-historic-tokyo-assembly-election/#.WVkmjrpuI2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170703_03/

15 JUNE 2017

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

Japan has passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, despite a warning by the UN that it could be used to crack down on civil liberties
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/japan-passes-brutal-new-terror-law-which-opponents-fear-will-quash-freedoms
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201706150014.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170615_10/

9 JUNE 2017

Japanese parliament passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan’s parliament passed a law on Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097577/japanese-parliament-passes-law-allowing-emperor-akihito-abdicate
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-09/amid-a-shortage-of-royals-japan-enacts-law-for-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/1677712

2 JUNE 2017

Japan lower house OKs bill allowing emperor to abdicate

Japan’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down and calls for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-passes-bill-allowing-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/a-39089855
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2096661/japans-game-thrones-one-emperor-abdication-law-passed-and-calls

19 MAY 2017

Emperor Akihito: Japan’s government approves abdication bill

The Japanese government has approved legislation that will permit Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum throne, becoming the first emperor to step down in more than two centuries
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/19/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allow-emperor-akihito-abdicate/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/19/japan-emperor-akihito-abdication-bill-backed-by-cabinet
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allowing-first-abdication-emperor-200-years/#yg9sKmVkFA3o4ZSj.97

3 MAY 2017

Abe declares 2020 as goal for new Constitution

In an unprecedented declaration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he hopes to see a revised Constitution take effect in 2020, revealing the clearest goal yet of his long-held ambition to amend the national charter, which has remained untouched since its inception seven decades ago
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/03/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-declares-2020-goal-new-constitution/#.WQoEKoVOI2w
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003676123
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/03/content_15607817.html

5 APRIL 2017

The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics

Japanese women are making great strides in Japan’s political arena. Notable milestones include the emergence of a female leader in the Social Democratic Party of Japan (SDPJ)
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/392.html

5 MARCH 2017

New rules give Japan’s Shinzo Abe chance to lead until 2021

Japan’s ruling party on Sunday (March 5) extended term limits for its leaders, a change that gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a shot at becoming Japan’s longest-serving post-war leader
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/new-rules-give-japans-abe-chance-to-lead-until-2021
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/05/national/politics-diplomacy/rule-change-see-abe-become-japans-longest-serving-leader/#.WLxsZoWcHSE
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170305_17/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Cult Japanese director Seijun Suzuki dies aged 93

 Celebrated Japanese film director Seijun Suzuki, best known for cult 1960s yakuza films Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill, has died at the age of 93. Suzuki died on 13 February, with the cause given as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a statement from Nikkatsu film studios
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/22/cult-japanese-director-seijun-suzuki-dies-aged-93

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Jiro Taniguchi, Japanese manga visionary who ‘bridged two worlds of cartoon art’, dies aged 69

Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga, died in Tokyo on Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line drawing of scenes from everyday life
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2070169/jiro-taniguchi-japanese-manga-visionary-who-bridged-two-worlds

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Does contemporary Japan need religion?

By Michael Hoffman the author of “In the Land of the Kami: A Journey into the Hearts of Japan” and “Other Worlds.”
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/04/national/media-national/contemporary-japan-need-religion/#.WJjz1eR-sdI

27 JANUARY 2017

Foreign workers in Japan hit 1 million for the first time

The number of foreign workers in Japan surpassed 1 million for the first time last year, as the labour-strapped country struggles to find enough Japanese workers
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-first-time
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/27/national/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-mark-first-time-last-autumn-ministry/#.WIvK9YWcE2w

11 JANUARY 2017

Japan’s Emperor Akihito ‘to abdicate on New Year’s Day 2019’

Japan’s emperor will abdicate and allow his eldest son to ascend the chrysanthemum throne on New Year’s Day 2019, media reports said, as the government prepares legal changes for the country’s first abdication for two centuries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/11/japan-considers-changes-to-law-to-allow-emperor-to-abdicate-reports
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/11/national/era-name-new-emperor-may-announced-ahead-accession-sources/#.WHaKWIWcE2w

22 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s 2016 births likely fell below 1 mln for 1st time

The number of annual births in Japan is set to fall below 1 million this year for the first time since data became available in 1899, reflecting a fast-ageing society and the high cost of childcare, Japanese media reported on Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japans-2016-births-likely-fell-below-1-mln-1st-time

27 OCTOBER 2016

Emperor Hirohito’s younger brother, Prince Mikasa, dead at 100

The uncle of Emperor Akihito has died at age 100. The death of Prince Mikasa leaves only four heirs to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne, amid questions about the future of the 2,600-year-old monarchy
http://www.dw.com/en/emperor-hirohitos-younger-brother-prince-mikasa-dead-at-100/a-36167838
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161027_24/

17 OCTOBER 2016

Japan begins discussions on emperor’s abdication

A six-member advisory panel holds its first meeting on Monday (Oct 17) to discuss a critical issue facing the Imperial system: Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate in a few years’ time due to his old age
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37675261
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/17/national/imperial-abdication-committee-holds-first-meeting/#.WAVKUYVOI2w

3 OCTOBER 2016

Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel in medicine for autophagy research

Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi on Monday won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on cell autophagy, a process that helps the body remove unwanted proteins
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/10/03/nobel-prize-in-medicine-awarded-to-japans-yoshinori-ohsumi/?postshare=2341475489660323&tid=ss_in
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/03/world/japanese-microbiologist-yoshinori-ohsumi-wins-nobel-prize-in-medicine-for-autophagy-research/#.V_LLlYVOI2w
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2016-10/03/content_15505130.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

Weak opposition is a cancer in Japan’s political system

For close to 40 years after 1955, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) dominated Japan’s competitive party system. Opposition parties were not able to mount a successful challenge to LDP rule at the national level, but they had an important impact on policy and the political process. Japan had one dominant party but not a one-party system
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/18/weak-opposition-is-a-cancer-in-japans-political-system/

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

Half-Taiwanese Renho becomes first woman to lead Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party

 Japan’s Democratic Party selected acting leader Renho as its new leader Thursday, making the 48-year-old the first woman to head the nation’s main opposition party
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2019655/half-taiwanese-renho-becomes-first-woman-lead-japans-main
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160915_25/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/15/japanese-opposition-party-elects-first-female-leader

8  AUGUST 2016

In a moving video message, Japanese Emperor signals wish to abdicate in near future

In an unprecedented prerecorded video message aired Monday, Emperor Akihito expressed concern about how his advanced age is affecting the performance of his public duties. The speech was widely interpreted as conveying his wish to abdicate in the near future
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/08/japans-emperor-akihito-health-abdication-rare-tv-address
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160808_29/

31 JULY 2016

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor

Former environment minister Yuriko Koike of the Liberal Democratic Party was elected the capital’s first female governor on Sunday by a wide margin
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tokyo-elects-yuriko-koike/3001534.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/31/national/politics-diplomacy/tokyo-elects-former-environment-minister-yuriko-koike-as-citys-first-female-governor/#.V55bO49OI2w
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160801_03/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1997374/yuriko-koike-promises-deliver-tokyo-you-have-never-seen-after

24 JULY 2016

Can Abe revise Japan’s peace constitution?

 Since the 10 July upper house election in Japan there has been widespread speculation that the government will move to formally revise the country’s constitution including the Article 9 ‘peace clause’. This now appears possible since the Abe-led Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), along with its junior coalition partner Komeito and sympathetic micro-sized right-leaning opposition parties, controls the two-thirds majorities in both houses needed to take constitutional amendments to a referendum
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/24/can-abe-revise-japans-peace-constitution/

13 JULY 2016

Japan’s Emperor Akihito plans to step down, according to report

The Japanese Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his time on the throne trying to heal the wounds of the second world war, intends to abdicate in a few years’ time, public broadcaster NHK has reported, a step that would be unprecedented in modern Japan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/13/japans-emperor-akihito-plans-step-down-reports
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160713_34/

10 JULY 2016

Ruling bloc scores big in Japanese Upper House, bringing Constitution closer to amendment bid

The Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition scored a sweeping victory in the Upper House election Sunday that gave the Diet’s pro-revision forces the two-thirds majority needed to initiate Japan’s first constitutional referendum, early media projections showed
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003069791
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/11/national/politics-diplomacy/ruling-bloc-wins-big-in-upper-house/#.V4K83Y9OLNN

19 JUNE 2016

Thousands protest US military presence on Okinawa

Thousands of demonstrators have rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for décades
http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-protest-us-military-presence-on-okinawa/a-19340871
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-19/okinawa-protesters-rally-against-us-military-presence-on-japanese-island/1591664
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20160619210321173/

15 JUNE 2016

Tokyo governor resigns amid allegations of lavish personal spending

The reports say Governor Yoichi Masuzoe submitted the resignation Wednesday morning. The resignation is said to take effect on June 21
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/06/tokyo-governor-resigns-amid-graft-allegations/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160615_40/

7 JUNE 2016

Japan and its immigration policies are growing old

Japan is experiencing a serious demographic crunch. About 27 per cent of the Japanese population is over the age of 65 and there are 1.4 million fewer people today than there were in 2007
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/06/07/japan-and-its-immigration-policies-are-growing-old/

26 APRIL 2016

Japan eyes more foreign workers, stealthily challenging immigration taboo

Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an « immigration Policy »
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-eyes-more-foreign-workers-stealthily-challenging-immigration-taboo#sthash.KfGRsKus.dpuf

19 APRIL 2016

Japan plans final push to bring home its war dead

From the icy wastes of Siberia to the jungle-clad interior of the Solomon Islands, and from the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean to the border of India and modern-day Myanmar, more than 2.4 million Japanese who were killed during World War II remain unaccounted for
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-plans-final-push-to-bring-home-its-war-dead/a-19197835

28 MARCH 2016

Largest opposition party formed in Japan

The largest Japanese opposition party since the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration formed in late 2012 was established here on Sunday, eyeing confrontation with the Abe-led ruling bloc in the summer’s upper house election.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-03/27/content_15406848.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/new-opposition-party-launched-in-japan

4 MARCH 2016

Japan to suspend construction for US base relocation in Okinawa

Japan’s government will accept a court-mediated settlement plan and suspend construction work for the planned relocation of a US airbase in Okinawa and will begin a new round of talks with local authorities who want the base moved off the island
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-suspend-construction-us-base-relocation-okinawa
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160304_29/

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan’s population shrinks for the first time on census record

Japan’s population declined in 2015 for the first time since the national census began in 1920, but Tokyo is still growing, according to preliminary figures released by the internal affairs ministry on Feb. 26.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201602260079
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35666274

24 FEBRUARY 2016

DPJ, Japan Innovation Party to merge ahead of Upper House election

The Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party have agreed to merge in the latest–and boldest–move by the opposition camp to battle the ruling coalition in the Upper House election.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201602240068
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002769609
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/24/national/politics-diplomacy/dpj-endorses-merger-ishin-no-new-party-form-next-month/#.Vs4zGDjMvIV

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Reforming Japan’s labour market

Japan’s labour market situation is improving. The unemployment rate of 3.1 per cent in October 2015 was the lowest for 20 years. And, although improvement has been slow, wage growth has een accelerating. But Japan’s labour market still faces several serious issues.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/02/reforming-japans-labour-market/

31 JANUARY 2016

Labor shortage fuels record influx of foreign workers in Japan

Japan’s labor shortage has led to companies recruiting a record number of foreign workers, with 908,000 in the nation at the end of October 2015, labor ministry figures revealed Jan. 29
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201601300036

28 JANUARY 2016

Japan’s embattled economy minister Amari resigns over graft claims

Embattled economic minister Akira Amari on Thursday resigned over a graft scandal involving the misappropriation of funds within his office, dealing a hard blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/28/national/politics-diplomacy/amari-offers-step-economy-minister-graft-claims/#.VqqTvjjMvIV
http://www.dw.com/en/japanese-economy-minister-amari-quits-over-graft-claim/a-19009290

20 JANUARY 2016

The Battle for Okinawa

The Forgotten Island Has Its Say
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/japan/2016-01-20/battle-okinawa?cid=nlc-twofa-20160121&sp_mid=50517250&sp_rid=Z29sZGZpZW1AZ21haWwuY29tS0&spMailingID=50517250&spUserID=MTA2MTUwMDgyNjY1S0&spJobID=842818660&spReportId=ODQyODE4NjYwS0

10 DECEMBER 2015

Japanese scientists receive Nobel prizes

Two Japanese scientists, Takaaki Kajita and Satoshi Omura, have received Nobel Prizes. Kajita, a winner in physics, and Omura, a laureate in physiology or medicine, attended the award ceremony in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, on Thursday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151211_03.html

Japan needs immigrants to boost population or could lose to China – minister

Japan should craft an « integrated » immigration policy to cope with its shrinking population, or risk losing out to an ageing China in competition for vital foreign workers, the cabinet minister for administrative reform said on Thursday (December 10)http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/547517/news/pinoyabroad/japan-needs-immigrants-to-boost-population-or-could-lose-to-china-minister

 

30 NOVEMBER 2015

Manga fans around the world are mourning the death of famed Japanese artist Shigeru Mizuki

Known for having popularised horror manga globally, Mr Mizuki was best known for his series Gegege no Kitaro, about a young boy fighting monsters based on Japanese folklore. It was also made into an animated series that ran for several years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34971607http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/culturesports/20151201.htmlhttp://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/01/national/paris-seoul-death-manga-artist-mizuki-mourned/#.Vl4gyjgQVjo

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Setsuko Hara, star of Ozu’s ‘Tokyo Story,’ dies at age 95

Screen legend Setsuko Hara, who starred in several films by internationally acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu before stunning the Japanese movie world by retiring at age 42, has died of pneumonia. She was 95
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201511260037

31 OCTOBER 2015

Hashimoto’s new national party inaugurated with 18 Diet members

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s new national party held its inaugural ceremony here on Oct. 31 with 18 Diet members from the embattled Japan Innovation Party
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201510310038

29 OCTOBER 2015

Japanese government. restarts landfill work in Okinawa

The Okinawan bureau of Japan’s Defense Ministry has restarted work to reclaim land for a new US military base in the prefecture, despite strong opposition from the governor and residents
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151029_35.html

7 OCTOBER 2015

Abe Cabinet gets 9 first-time members; main ministers retained

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed nine lawmakers to their first posts as Cabinet ministers in a reshuffle on Oct. 7 but retained most of the key figures of his administration
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201510070043

6 OCTOBER 2015

Takaaki Kajita wins 2015 Nobel physics prize for breakthrough in neutrino research

Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics on Oct. 6 for the discovery of oscillations in atmospheric neutrinos, which indicate that the elusive subatomic particles have mass
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201510060089
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002474816
http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=2565

17 SEPTEMBER 2015

Scuffles as Japan security bill approved by committee

A controversial bill to expand the role of Japan’s armed forces has cleared another hurdle in parliament, but sparked scuffles among lawmakers
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34275968
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002430527
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201509170046

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japanese goverment resumes work on controversial U.S. base in Okinawa

The Japanese government on Saturday resumed work on a controversial new U.S. military base in southern Okinawa following a month-long suspension, officials said, even as talks with local officials opposed to the project remained deadlocked
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-resumes-work-on-controversial-u-s-base-in-okinawa

8 SEPTEMBER 2015

Abe re-elected unopposed as LDP president

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a rare second consecutive term on Tuesday as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), pledging to retain focus on reviving the world’s third-biggest economy and deepen debate on revising its pacifist constitution
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-re-elected-unopposed-as-ldp-president

30 AUGUST 2015

Japanese protesters rally against controversial security bills that could see troops fighting abroad

Tens of thousands have rallied outside Japan’s parliament to protest against planned new laws that could see troops in the officially pacifist nation engage in combat for the first time since World War II
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-30/japanese-protesters-rally-against-controversial-security-bills-that-could-see-troops-fighting-abroad/1487272
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201508300022

15 AUGUST 2015

Reflecting strong belief in peace, emperor refers to ‘deep remorse’ over war

Emperor Akihito broke new ground in his address to the memorial service for the war dead held Aug. 15 at Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201508150055
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/world/asia/emperor-akihito-expresses-deep-remorse-for-japans-role-in-world-war-ii.html?ref=asia&_r=0

14 AUGUST 2015

Japan PM expresses Second World War remorse, but says next generation need not apologise

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, expressed « profound grief » on Friday for the « immeasurable damage and suffering » the nation’s military caused before and during the Second World War, but emphasised that future generations should not have to keep saying sorry
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11802967/Japan-PM-expresses-Second-World-War-remorse-but-says-next-generation-need-not-apologise.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/14/asia/japan-wwii-abe-apology/index.html
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/97_abe/statement/201508/0814statement.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Most Japanese believe US should apologize for atomic bombings

The majority of Japanese (61%) believe the United States should apologize for the atomic bomb attacks it carried out on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while 74% of respondents said that the attacks could not be justified by the war because the civilian death toll they inflicted was disproportionate
http://atimes.com/2015/08/most-japanese-believe-us-should-apologize-for-atomic-bombings/

6 AUGUST 2015

Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb

Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park has seen the entire Japanese political class and friends from abroad turn out for a memorial service for the city, one of only two to ever suffer an atomic Attack.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33792789
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/prayers-held-hiroshima-marks-70-years-bomb-150806055100557.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/hiroshima-holds-70th-memorial-of-atomic-tragedy/

20 JULY 2015

Mitsubishi apologizes to WWII Japanese prisoners of war

As Japan prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, one of its largest corporations has given a long-awaited apology for wartime atrocities.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/19/asia/mitsubishi-japan-pow-apology/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-20/mitsubishi-apologises-for-using-us-prisoners-of-war-as-slave-labourers-during-world-war-ii/1471862

23 JUNE 2015

Japan PM Shinzo Abe jeered at Battle of Okinawa ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the U.S. military’s continuing presence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33229432
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/23/national/history/japan-marks-70th-anniversary-since-guns-fell-silent-battle-okinawa/#.VYnNLO_ALmR
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-heckled-at-ceremony-in-okinawa-on-70th-anniversary-of-battle

17 JUNE 2015

Japan lowers voting age to 18

Japan passed legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from its current 20 on Wednesday, allowing teenagers into polling booths for the first time
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/595408/japan-lowers-voting-age-to-18
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150617_18.html

24 MAY 2015

 Most Japanese wary of security reform

Most Japanese neither support the passage of new defense legislation this Diet session nor feel that the government has adequately explained the proposed changes, a weekend poll by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo shows.
http://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update/Most-Japanese-wary-of-security-reform

17 MAY 2015

Thousands protest against US airbase in Japan’s Okinawa

Thousands of people have protested in Okinawa against a controversial US marine airbase in the southern Japanese island, as a two-decade-long row over the relocation of the site deepens.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/thousands-protest-airbase-japan-okinawa-150517075100117.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/17/national/politics-diplomacy/thousands-protest-u-s-futenma-base-in-okinawa/#.VVj5VO_GMcD

30 APRIL 2015

Why US military bases divide Okinawa and mainland Japan

For the past 70 years, the bases have helped deter external attacks on Japan, including on Okinawa. But with over 25,000 US military personnel in Okinawa, and about 18 per cent of its land area being used by the US military, the presence of the bases endangers the lives and properties of the local people
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/04/30/why-us-military-bases-divide-okinawa-and-mainland-japan/

 

Main news on Indonesia

11 SEPTEMBER 2019

Former Indonesian president Habibie dies at the age of 83

Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of the dictator Suharto, has died aged 83
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/former-indonesian-president-habibie-dies-at-the-age-of-83
https://en.antaranews.com/news/132602/habibie-the-genius-of-indonesias-first-aircraft-creator
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3026787/former-indonesian-president-bj-habibie-dies-83

10 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesian police arrest dozens over Papua riots

Indonesian authorities have arrested 85 people linked to weeks of deadly unrest in Papua, police said, as Jakarta accused an exiled separatist leader of stoking riots in its easternmost territory
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesian-police-arrest-dozens-over-papua-riots

28 AUGUST 2019

Indonesian authorities kill six Papuan protesters during clashes: reports

Indonesian security forces have opened fire on Papuan protesters, killing six people who tried to storm a government office in Deiyai region, a local resident and a website citing a separatist group said
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesian-authorities-kill-six-papuan-protesters-during-clashes-reports
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/six-killed-after-indonesian-authorities-open-fire-papuan-protesters

26 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia selects new capital in Borneo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has announced the capital will be moved to an area that forms part of the North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regions in its province of East Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesia-selects-new-capital-in-borneo
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jokowi-announces-location-of-indonesias-new-capital
https://en.antaranews.com/news/131620/2024-will-be-targeted-date-for-moving-capitals

22 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia blocks internet in Papua in bid to curb protests

Indonesia has cut off internet access in eastern Papua to prevent provocative posts online from fuelling violence, after protesters torched buildings, a market, and a prison over the mistreatment of students and perceived ethnic discrimination
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-blocks-internet-in-papua-in-bid-to-curb-protests-29188
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/indonesia-blocks-internet-west-papua-protest-rages-190822022809234.html

19 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia Papua: Local parliament torched in Manokwari unrest

Thousands of protesters in the provincial capital of Indonesia’s West Papua have set fire to a local government building amid widespread demonstrations sparked by alleged police discrimination against Papuan students
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49394035
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-19/west-papuans-barricaded-arrested-teargassed-by-indonesian-police/11424990?section=world
https://jakartaglobe.id/vision/solidarity-for-papua

30 JULY 2019

Indonesia: Southeast Asia’s Once and Future Regional Power?

For the latter half of the 20th century, after the United Nations officially recognized Indonesian independence in 1949, Indonesia dominated regional politics in Southeast Asia. But during its shift from authoritarianism to democracy, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Indonesia mostly lost that mantle of leadership. Now, with its democracy consolidated – though hardly perfect – and Indonesian leaders increasingly concerned about a range of regional threats, Jakarta is once again trying to lead Southeast Asia
https://aspeniaonline.it/indonesia-southeast-asias-once-and-future-regional-power/

28 JULY 2019

President Joko Widodo says Islam in Indonesia is ‘tolerant’ as rights groups warn of rising fundamentalism

In his first international television interview since being re-elected in May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo denied being concerned about the rise of fundamentalism in his country, saying that the Islam practiced there is tolerant and progressive
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/27/asia/indonesia-joko-widodo-interview-intl-hnk/index.html

2 JULY 2019

Indonesia arrests alleged Jemaah Islamiah terrorist network leader Para Wijayanto

Indonesian police say they have arrested a man believed to be the leader of the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah terror network who has eluded capture since 2003
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-02/indonesian-police-arrest-jemaah-islamiyah-network-leader/11269286
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/indonesian-police-arrest-leader-of-network-with-ties-to-al-qaeda-1.881774

27 JUNE 2019

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court rejects Prabowo’s election appeal

The nine judges of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia (Mahkamah Konstitusi) have rejected the appeal presented by Prabowo Subianto against the results of last April’s presidential election because the case is “baseless »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Indonesia%26rsquo%3Bs-Constitutional-Court-rejects-Prabowo%27s-election-appeal-47399.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3016305/security-tight-indonesian-court-poised-rule-prabowo
https://en.antaranews.com/news/127885/indonesias-constitutional-court-rejects-prabowos-petition

17 JUNE 2019

No easy peace for Widodo’s second term

Indonesia’s post-election conflict is on hold while a court hears the opposition’s election fraud appeal but could easily reignite if disgruntled soldiers are not mollified
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/06/article/no-easy-peace-for-widodos-second-term/

Aceh independence call triggers fears of renewed conflict in Indonesia’s restive province

Muzakir Manaf, the former leader of GAM who is known as Mualem, warned foreigners would “colonise” Indonesia, and Aceh should therefore be ready to stand alone
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3012729/aceh-independence-call-triggers-fears-renewed-conflict
https://en.tempo.co/read/1211176/wiranto-on-aceh-referendum-no-longer-relevant-in-indonesia?BeritaUtama&campaign=BeritaUtama_Click_5
https://en.antaranews.com/news/126580/referendum-denies-history-indonesia-ulema-council

27 MAY 2019

Four shot dead by police in Indonesia’s Papua province as post-election riots spread

A 16-year-old boy was one of at least four people shot dead by police during a riot triggered by dissatisfaction over the election result in the restive province of Papua, an official said
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3012031/four-shot-dead-police-indonesias-papua-province-post

22 MAY 2019

Six Die In Jakarta Riots After President Joko Widodo’s Election Win Is Confirmed

Confirmation of Indonesian President Joko « Jokowi » Widodo’s reelection win has set off violence in Jakarta, where officials say at least six people died after protests morphed into riots in the capital. Widodo’s challenger, former military general Prabowo Subianto, is refusing to concede the race
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48361782
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/deadly-protests-continue-indonesia-jokowi-election-win-190522090804312.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-22/jakarta-protests-joko-widodo-re-election-turn-deadly/11138636

21 MAY 2019

Indonesia’s President Jokowi re-elected with 55.5 per cent of votes

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has, as expected, defeated his old rival Prabowo Subianto at the polls again – this time by more than double the votes he had garnered at their last presidential race in 2014
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/21/asia/indonesia-election-jokowi-intl/index.html
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jokowi-wins-reelection-pdip-wins-most-seats
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/prabowo-after-defeat-says-will-not-accept-indonesia-election-result

29 APRIL 2019

Indonesia approves plan to move capital out of Jakarta

The Indonesian president has signed off on a plan to move the capital outside of the country’s most populous island. Officials have cited chronic pollution and congestion as key factors behind the decision
https://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-approves-plan-to-move-capital-out-of-jakarta/a-48529598
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48093431
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jokowi-decides-jakartas-time-is-up-indonesias-new-capital-will-be-outside-java

Indonesia and Vietnam vessels collide in South China Sea, 12 detained

An Indonesian patrol vessel was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard ships after it intercepted an illegal Vietnamese fishing boat in its waters in the South China Sea, according to its navy
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-30/indonesia-and-vietnam-ships-collide-in-south-china-sea/11056752
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-detains-vietnamese-fishermen-after-high-seas-clash
https://en.antaranews.com/news/124578/indonesia-vietnam-urged-to-make-rules-in-cases-of-conflict

17 APRIL 2019

Indonesia elections : Widodo set for 2nd term as president and parliament support

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results showed Wednesday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his rival, Prabowo Subianto
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesias-widodo-set-for-2nd-term-as-president/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-ruling-coalition-led-by-pdi-p-on-track-to-win-most-seats-in-parliament
https://en.antaranews.com/news/123859/voter-turnout-estimated-at-8390-percent-in-2019-elections-pollster

8 APRIL 2019

Indonesian Buddhist woman’s blasphemy conviction upheld

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has upheld an 18-month jail sentence for a 44-year-old Buddhist woman convicted last year on blasphemy charges
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/indonesian-buddhist-woman-blasphemy-conviction-upheld-190408100321754.html
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/04/08/supreme-court-rejects-buddhist-womans-appeal-of-blasphemy-verdict.html

2 APRIL 2019

Indonesia, a central pillar of Seoul’s New Southern Policy: Korea Herald columnist

Indonesia and Korea recently agreed to re-open negotiations for establishing Indonesia-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IK-CEPA)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/indonesia-a-central-pillar-of-seouls-new-southern-policy-korea-herald-columnist

27 MARCH 2019

Indonesia threatens to quit Paris climate deal over palm oil

A senior Indonesian minister warned on Wednesday (March 27) Southeast Asia’s biggest economy could consider exiting the Paris climate deal if the European Union goes ahead with a plan to phase out palm oil in renewable transportation fuel
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-threatens-to-quit-paris-climate-deal-over-palm-oil
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/house-speaker-slams-eu-plan-to-phase-out-palm-oil

17 MARCH 2019

Indonesia’s ‘Red scare’ revived ahead of elections

Rights groups have called on President Joko Widodo, who is running for re-election, to end the raids
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-red-scare-revived-ahead-of-elections

8 MARCH 2019

Indonesian activist Robertus Robet charged with insulting military

Indonesia has charged a rights activist with allegedly insulting the country’s military, sparking a protest from campaigners, who derided it as “ludicrous” and an attack on free speech
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189246/activist-robertus-robet-charged-over-singing-song-mocking
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesian-rights-activist-arrest-is-reminder-of-authoritarian-past/

4 MARCH 2019

Indonesia’s military creeping back into politics

The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) is pushing to find jobs for hundreds of its inactive officers in the civilian bureaucracy, a move pro-democracy activists see as an alarming regression towards the military’s dwifungsi (dual function) doctrine which prevailed during president Suharto’s 32-year authoritarian rule
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/indonesias-military-creeping-back-into-politics/

22 FEBRUARY 2019

Under Jokowi, Indonesia’s middle-class the winner of economic growth

4 FEBRUARY 2019

Indonesia’s military demands more positions in ministries and state institutions

Indonesian bureaucrats may soon face tighter competition to reach the top rungs of the career ladder, with the government planning to allow active military officers to take up positions in ministries and government institutions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-military-demands-more-positions-in-ministries-and-state-institutions

26 JANUARY 2019

Indonesia’s Jokowi is walking a tightrope as he tries to appeal to Muslim voters

24 JANUARY 2019

Ex-Jakarta Governor Ahok, jailed for blasphemy, freed

Former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, has been released from an Indonesian prison nearly two years after being found guilty of blasphemy against Islam
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/ahok-jakarta-governor-jailed-blasphemy-released-190124060045414.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-jakarta-governor-ahok-released-from-jail

22 JANUARY 2019

Indonesia election pits populism against the status quo

The campaign for Indonesia’s presidency has officially kicked off with a debate between incumbent President Joko Widodo and populist challenger Prabowo Subianto. Observers say both candidates failed to impress
https://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-election-pits-populism-against-the-status-quo/a-47127804

19 JANUARY 2019

Jokowi approves release of firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

President Joko Widodo uses his authority to release Bashir for humanitarian reasons, over the objections of some of the survivors and families of the victims
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/bali-bombing-80-year-old-abu-bakar-bashir-released-prison-190119151021995.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/radical-cleric-abu-bakar-bashirs-lawyers-say-his-release-follows-negotiations-with
https://en.antaranews.com/news/121917/mui-lauds-baasyirs-release

15 JANUARY 2019

The Indonesian economy: in search of dynamism

The country navigated the 2008 global financial crisis with little difficulty and effectively weathered the emerging market volatilities of 2018. It has adjusted to the end of the China-driven commodity boom more effectively than the commodity-exporting members of the now-forgotten BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/01/15/the-indonesian-economy-in-search-of-dynamism/

28 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia Arrested 400 Suspected Terrorists This Year, Police Chief Says

Indonesian authorities have arrested almost 400 suspected militants in 2018, the nation’s police chief said Thursday, as he predicted that terrorism will remain a significant threat to public security next year
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/indonesia-militants-12272018203219.html

25 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesian rescuers continue survivor search as tsunami death toll reaches 429

The death toll from the tsunami that hit coastal areas of Indonesia’s Java and Sumatra islands has reached 429, with almost 1500 injured and 154 missing, an official says
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-25/indonesian-resucers-continue-to-search-after-surprise-tsunami/10667616?section=world
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/indonesia-destruction-caused-tsunami-181225083951206.html

23 DECEMBER 2018

Tsunami kills at least 222 in Indonesia, more than 800 injured

A tsunami following a volcanic eruption in Indonesia on Saturday (Dec 22) has killed 222 people, with hundreds more injured, officials said on Sunday
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/at-least-20-die-when-tsunami-hits-beaches-around-sunda-strait-in-indonesia
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-tsunami-death-toll-rises-to-222-22743

21 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesian Muslims protest China’s detention of Uighurs

Several hundred protesters chanted “God is Great” and “Get out, communist!” outside China’s embassy in the Indonesian capital on Friday, demanding an end to mass detentions of Uighur Muslims
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesian-muslims-protest-chinas-detention-of-uighurs/
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/20/china-responds-to-indonesias-question-about-alleged-abuse-of-xinjiangs-muslims.html?src=mostviewed&pg=news

19 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia opens military base on edge of South China Sea to ‘deter security threats’

Indonesia this week opened a military base with more than 1,000 personnel on the southern tip of the disputed South China Sea, where the territorial claims of China and several other countries overlap
https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/other/indonesia-opens-military-base-on-edge-of-south-china-sea-to-deter-security-threats/ar-BBRb3Fl

13 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia in the Asian history

Indonesia has great potential, but it is burdened by an oligarchic democracy, and other political and social hurdles, which makes it very difficult to realize this potential writes John West
http://asiancenturyinstitute.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1479:indonesia-in-the-asian-century&catid=15:development&Itemid=149

12 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia: Papua rebels reject surrender after workers’ killing

Jakarta rules out talks with separatists who vow to continue their armed campaign and fight for an independent Papua
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/indonesia-papua-rebels-reject-surrender-workers-killing-181212060426245.html
https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2018/12/12/055924188/Govt-Refuses-to-Dialogue-with-Papuan-Separatists-Kalla

11 DECEMBER 2018

Rise and fall of a political rebel in Indonesia

Irwandi Yusuf led the way from rebellion to democracy in Aceh but his indictment on corruption charges has exposed the poor province’s ugly political underbelly
http://www.atimes.com/article/rise-and-fall-of-a-political-rebel-in-indonesia/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=e85829e656-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_11_12_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-e85829e656-31591405

4 DECEMBER 2018

Separatist gunmen kill 31 workers in restive Papua region, Indonesian authorities say

Indonesian authorities say independence supporters in the restive province of Papua have slaughtered up to 31 people who were working at a state-owned construction company
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-04/west-papua-separatists-allegedly-kill-workers-indonesia/10582480?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2176371/they-surrender-or-we-finish-them-indonesia-issues-ultimatum
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/04/rising-political-violence-overshadows-jokowis-populist-policies-in-papua.html

1 DECEMBER 2018

Papuan students stage protest for Papua’s independence

Around 300 members of the Papuan Students Alliance in Surabaya, East Java, staged a protest on Saturday, nearly clashing with a separate group that appeared to be staging a counterprotest
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/01/papuan-students-stage-protest-for-papuas-independence.html
https://www.foxnews.com/world/west-papuans-demand-independence-at-indonesia-rally

30 NOVEMBER 2018

The change to come to Indonesian democracy

In a country where political parties are already held in low regard, Indonesia’s democratic landscape may be about to undergo a significant transformation because of the unforeseen consequences of holding the legislative and presidential elections on the same day next April
http://www.atimes.com/article/the-change-to-come-to-indonesian-democracy/

6 OCTOBER 2018

Jakarta governor scraps huge island reclamation project

The Jakarta administration says it has finally pulled the plug on a $40-billion land reclamation project pushed by the Indonesian government off the national capital
http://www.atimes.com/article/jakarta-governor-scraps-huge-isl

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Indonesian district in Aceh bans men and women from dining together

 A district in Indonesia’s deeply Islamic Aceh province has banned men and women from dining together unless they are married or related, an official said Wednesday (Sep 5), saying it would help women be « more well behaved »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-district-in-aceh-bans-men-and-women-from-dining-10687044

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Rising Islamic tide threatens Indonesia’s Jokowi

28 AUGUST 2018

Indonesia offers $13.2b infrastructure projects to China

The Indonesian government offered various infrastructure projects to China worth US$13.2 billion during a recent market sounding event attended by 90 potential investors in Guangzhou, China
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/08/28/indonesia-offers-13-2b-infrastructure-projects-to-china.html

9 AUGUST 2018

Indonesian president Joko Widodo picks cleric as running mate for election

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen 75-year-old cleric Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in next year’s presidential election, he said on Thursday (Aug 9), in a sign he wants to bolster his Islamic credentials
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-picks-cleric-as-running-mate-10603156
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-joko-picks-cleric-maruf-as-his-running-mate-in-next-years-presidential-polls
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2158990/former-indonesian-general-prabowo-subianto-poised-name

The death toll from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake on the island of Lombok has climbed to 319, Indonesia’s top security minister says

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes reached 319
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/lombok-quake-toll-hits-319

6 AUGUST 2018

At least 98 dead after quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities said Monday rescuers still hadn’t reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-98-dead-after-quake-hits-indonesia-s-lombok-island-19384
http://www.thejakartapost.com/multimedia/2018/08/06/indonesia-quake-kills-82-leaves-hundreds-wounded.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/06/asia/lombok-earthquake-intl/index.html

31 JULY 2018

Indonesia Bans Islamic State-Linked Group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah

An Indonesian court has disbanded Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), the country’s largest ISIL-linked group for « conducting terrorism » and affiliating itself with the foreign organisation
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2018/07/indonesian-court-bans-isil-linked-group-deadly-attacks-180731055025110.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-bans-islamic-state-linked-group-jamaah-ansharut-daulah/

11 JULY 2018

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

This is an edited extract from Tim Lindsey’s essay ‘Retreat from Democracy’, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/is-indonesia-retreating-from-democracy/#9HgvMeSycKdbPxDB.97

5 JULY 2018

Indonesia arrests ex-rebel turned governor in Aceh over graft

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has arrested the governor of Aceh province over accusations that he took illegal fees for projects funded from more than $500 million of state funds, the latest high-profile target in a battle on graft
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116485/kpk-arrests-aceh-governor-on-charge-of-corruption
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-arrests-ex-rebel-turned-governor-aceh-over-graft
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/07/05/why-aceh-governor-wont-be-charged-under-sharia-for-his-alleged-crime.html

4 JULY 2018

Indonesian Islamic State leader in Syria killed in drone strike: Security source

An Indonesian Islamic State (IS) leader in Syria and influential online recruiter and bomb-making instructor, Bahrum Naim, 34, has been killed in a drone strike in Syria, according to security sources
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-islamic-state-leader-in-syria-killed-in-drone-strike-10499142
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35316915

2 JULY 2018

Amnesty: Indonesian forces behind unlawful killings in Papua

Indonesia’s police and military are responsible for at least 95 unlawful killings in the easternmost Papua region since 2010, including targeted slayings of activists, Amnesty International said Monday, condemning a near-total absence of justice for the mainly indigenous victims
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/amnesty-indonesian-forces-behind-unlawful-killings-in-papua/
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/killings-security-forces-rife-papua-amnesty-international/

22 JUNE 2018

Indonesian terrorist Aman Abdurrahman sentenced to death over 2016 Starbucks attack

Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman, blamed for a 2016 terrorist attack on a Jakarta Starbucks cafe, has been sentenced to death
https://www.theepochtimes.com/isis-linked-cleric-behind-indonesia-terrorist-attacks-receives-death-sentence_2570897.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-22/indonesia-starbucks-attack-terrorist-sentenced-to-death/9899298?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2151976/indonesian-court-sentences-cleric-death-ordering-attacks

9 JUNE 2018

Indonesia wins UN Security Council seat

Indonesia defeated the Maldives on Friday in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting January 1 and will join the UN’s most powerful body along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2150034/indonesia-south-africa-and-dominican-republic-win-un
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116105/govt-gets-plaudits-for-unsc-seat-win

30 MAY 2018

Indonesia, India agree to strategic partnership, declare shared vision on maritime cooperation

Indonesia and India have agreed to form a comprehensive strategic partnership based on their shared vision on maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-india-agree-to-strategic-partnership-declare-shared-vision-on-maritime-cooperation/
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115927/indonesia-india-step-up-bilateral-ties

25 MAY 2018

Indonesia toughens anti-terror laws after Surabaya attacks

Indonesia’s parliament approved on Friday tougher anti-terrorism laws as it seeks to combat a surge in homegrown Islamist militancy, days after suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya.
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/9/14/43/1527230153273.html
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115864/house-of-representatives-passes-into-law-the-bill-on-terrorism
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-passes-controversial-anti-terror-laws-fight-isil-180525055635674.html

21 MAY 2018

Indonesia: 20 years on from downfall of General Muhammad Soeharto

The shadow of former leader General Muhammad Soeharto still looms over Indonesia, 20 years after he left office
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indonesia-20-years-downfall-general-muhammad-suharto-180519141225082.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-corruption-rampant-20-years-soehartos-fall-180521131342962.html

18 MAY 2018

Surabaya bombings: Indonesian prosecutors seek death penalty for alleged spiritual leader Aman Abdurrahman

Indonesian prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the alleged spiritual leader of the group said to be responsible for the Surabaya bombings
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-18/prosecutors-seek-death-for-alleged-bomb-attack-spiritual-leader/9776686
https://www.voanews.com/a/indonesia-seeks-death-penalty-for-is-linked-cleric/4399563.html

16 MAY 2018

Indonesia : Four terrorists killed after machete attack on Pekanbaru policemen

The terrorists killed one policeman and wounded another. The commando driver arrested. After the Christian minority, victim of a series of attacks in Surabaya, the Indonesian security forces are once again targeted by terrorists
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Four-terrorists-killed-after-machete-attack-on-Pekanbaru-policemen-(Photo-Video)-43892.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/asia/indonesia-samurai-sword-terror-suspects-killed-intl/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/16/militants-armed-with-swords-attack-indonesian-police-station

13 MAY 2018

At least 13 killed as suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches

Suicide bombers on motorcycles and including a woman with children targeted Sunday Mass congregations in three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in one of the worst attacks on the Christian minority
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-13-killed-as-suicide-bombers-hit-indonesian-churches-17424
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-links-church-attacks-local-isil-inspired-group-180513045333808.html
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-deadly-surabaya-church-attacks-committed-by-family/a-43761007

3 MAY 2018

In Indonesia, Interfaith Marriage is Legal – But With Many Obstacles

In Indonesia, interfaith marriage is legal but culturally discouraged and some religious figures have made it their mission to help couples of different religious backgrounds get married despite societal obstacles
https://www.voanews.com/a/in-indonesia-interfaith-marriage-is-legal—but-with-many-obstacles-/4373874.html

24 APRIL 2018

Setya Novanto, Indonesia’s former speaker of parliament, jailed for 15 years over corruption charges

A senior Indonesian politician has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money, a victory for police fighting corruption in Indonesia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/indonesias-former-speaker-of-parliament-jailed-for-corruption/9693818?section=world

18 APRIL 2018

The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?

12 APRIL 2018

Prabowo Subianto named as Gerindra’s candidate in Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

Controversial former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto has accepted his party’s nomination to run for president in next year’s Indonesian elections
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-12/jokowi-rival-prabowo-to-stand-for-indonesian-president/9645650?section=world
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-set-repeat-contest-2019-presidential-poll/

9 APRIL 2018

Ahok: The rise and fall of Jakarta’s first ethnic Chinese governor

The businessman-turned-politician’s rise and fall made headlines around the world, raising questions about religious tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim nation
https://asianews.network/2018/04/09/ahok-the-rise-and-fall-of-jakartas-first-ethnic-chinese-governor/

31 MARCH 2018

Russia raises its head in Indonesia

Moscow aims to deepen strategic ties with Jakarta through arms sales, joint exercises and vocal diplomacy
http://www.atimes.com/article/russia-raises-head-indonesia/

27 MARCH 2018

Indonesia’s Supreme Court rejects Ahok’s blasphemy appeal

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected former Jakarta governor Basuki « Ahok » Tjahaja Purnama’s case review petition against his blasphemy conviction, an official with the court has said
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesias-supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-blasphemy-appeal
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-case-review-petition/

13 MARCH 2018

Muslim Cyber Army: a ‘fake news’ operation designed to derail Indonesia’s leader

Police in Indonesia believe they have uncovered a clandestine fake news operation designed to corrupt the political process and destabilise the government
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/13/muslim-cyber-army-a-fake-news-operation-designed-to-bring-down-indonesias-leader

7 MARCH 2018

Indonesian Islamic university bans students who wear burqas from graduating

An Islamic university in Indonesia has been criticised after announcing it will not allow female students who continue to wear face veils on campus to graduate
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indonesia-islamic-university-burqa-ban-female-students-graduation-java-yogyakarta-city-a8243726.html

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian Parliament passes controversial law targeting its critics, anti-corruption commission

Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives have come under fire for passing a law giving themselves powers to obstruct corruption investigations and even press charges against their critics
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-28/indonesian-politicians-pass-law-targeting-their-critics/9489336?section=world
http://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/another-threat-to-the-kpk-constitutional-court-sides-with-the-dpr/

17 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesia inks deal to buy 11 Sukhoi Su-35 jets from Russia

According to Indonesian Defense Ministry spokesman Totok Sugiharto on Saturday, the contract, worth a total of $1.14 billion, was finalized by representatives from both countries in Jakarta
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/18/552745/russia-indonesia-sukhoi-billion-dollar

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Jokowi cements ties with Indonesia military in political shift  

Standing before thousands of soldiers, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto delivered a blunt message intended to resonate far beyond the army’s strategic command headquarters in East Java
http://www.todayonline.com/world/jokowi-cements-ties-indonesia-military-political-shift

6 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian terrorist gets 10 years’ jail for buying guns in Philippines

An Indonesian court has sentenced hardened terrorist Suryadi Mas’ud to 10 years in jail for procuring firearms in the Philippines and for his involvement in funding terrorism
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/veteran-indonesian-terrorist-gets-10-years-jail-for-buying-guns-in-philippines

29 JANUARY 2018

US Explores Ties With Controversial Indonesian Army Unit

Human rights supporters are concerned by the potential relationship between the American military and an Indonesian special forces unit that has been linked to human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, and Papua
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-explores-ties-with-controversial-indonesian-army-unit/4229468.html

2 DECEMBER 2017

Why does Indonesia seem to prefer foreign aid from China?

China’s concessional loans help to explain why Indonesia’s foreign debt increased during 2015 and 2016, despite the government’s intention to reduce its dependence on foreign aid. What makes China’s foreign aid preferable to foreign aid from DAC countries?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/02/why-does-indonesia-seem-to-prefer-foreign-aid-from-china/

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Indonesian Speaker Setya Novanto arrested on second attempt by anti-corruption agency

Indonesia’s parliamentary Speaker has been taken into custody by the country’s anti-corruption agency, after he was arrested over his alleged role in causing state losses of $225 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-11-20/indonesian-speaker-setya-novanto-arrested-on-second-attempt-by-anticorruption-agency/1718364

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Indonesia court recognises indigenous religions in landmark ruling

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday affirmed the rights of devotees of faiths outside the country’s officially recognised religions, in a move activists welcomed as a « new chapter for religious freedom. »
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-court-recognises-indigenous-religions-in-landmark-ruling-12032
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/07/rights-group-welcomes-landmark-court-ruling-on-native-faiths.html

4 NOVEMBER 2017

In Indonesia, one in five students for the caliphate, one in four ready to fight

Islamic groups are making inroads in Indonesia’s public and political life. Authorities warn against radical infiltrations in student organisations and campuses. Intolerance grows among middle-income Indonesian suburbanites
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-in-five-students-for-the-caliphate,-one-in-four-ready-to-fight-42233.html

24 OCTOBER 2017

Indonesia passes law to ban organisations deemed against secular Pancasila ideology

Around 1,000 Indonesians, led by hardline Islamist groups, protested outside parliament on Tuesday (Oct 24) as lawmakers approved a presidential decree banning any civil organisations deemed to go against the country’s secular state ideology
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-passes-law-to-ban-organisations-deemed-against-its-ideology-9340170

17 OCTOBER 2017

Declassified US files reveal new details of Indonesia’s mid-60s mass killings

Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge of and support for an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/indonesia-anti-communist-killings-us-declassified-files

16 OCTOBER 2017

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan sworn in amid calls from hardliners for « Islamic lifestyle »

Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in former education minister Anies Baswedan as Jakarta’s governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jakarta-governor-sworn-in-amid-calls-from-hardliners-for–islamic-lifestyle–9316138
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/113087/president-jokowi-inaugurates-baswedan-uno-as-jakarta-governor-vice-governor
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/16/profile-anies-baswedan.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mob justice on the rise in Indonesia

Many perceive the police to be ineffective in responding to petty crime and decide to take the law into their own hands. But the violence is not just reserved for criminals. Some members of Indonesia’s religious and ethnic minorities have been victimized by the country’s Sunni Muslim majority, with the authorities often siding in favour of the mob
http://www.france24.com/en/20170928-focus-indonesia-mob-justice-rise-vigilante-violence-ethnic-religious-minorities

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Dozens arrested after anti-communist mob attacks Indonesia meeting on 1965 massacre

A mob opposed to public discussion of Indonesia’s 1965 massacre of communists tried to force its way into a Jakarta building where they believed communists were meeting, injuring five police officers
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111725/dozens-arrested-after-anti-communist-mob-attacks-indonesia
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/18/lawmakers-want-discussion-on-1965-purge-banned.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Indonesia’s maritime strategy: what’s been achieved?

In 2016, the Indonesian government released a white paper outlining the parameters for a future ‘global maritime fulcrum (GMF) strategy. The document reflects the significance of the littoral environment to the country’s national psyche and is indicative of a seafaring tradition that goes back to the 2nd century
https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/indonesias-maritime-strategy-whats-achieved/

6 AUGUST 2917

Indonesia, Russia sign MoU to trade palm, coffee for Sukhoi jets

 Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec have signed a preliminary deal to trade Sukhoi SU-35 jets for commodities like palm oil and coffee, the Indonesian trade ministry said
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/173635-indonesia-russia-sign-mou-to-trade-palm-coffee-for-sukhoi-jets
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/04/indonesia-to-barter-coffee-cpo-for-russian-jet-fighters.html

22 JULY 2017

Indonesian President tells police to shoot foreign drug dealers who resist arrest

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to impose the sternest sanctions on drug dealers operating in Indonesia, including gunning them down if necessary
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/07/22/jokowi-orders-police-to-gun-down-foreign-drug-traffickers.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/joko-widodo-police-shoot-suspected-drug-dealers-170722104559016.html

19 JULY 2017

Indonesia bans local branch of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which calls for sharia and wants to unify all Muslims into a caliphate, has been operating for decades in Indonesia and has tens of thousands of followers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/indonesia-bans-local-branch-of-islamic-group-hizb-ut-tahrir-1.610313
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/indonesia-govt-officially-disbands-islamist-group-hizbut-tahrir/#JdRIGiYPexSLeow6.97

18 JULY 2017

Indonesia parliament Speaker Setya Novanto formally named suspect in major graft case

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has named the country’s speaker of parliament as a suspect in a major graft scandal which is estimated to have siphoned around US$170 million out of government coffers
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-parliament-speaker-setya-novanto-named-suspect-in-major-graft-case
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/house-speaker-denies-wrongdoing-e-ktp-project/

15 JULY 2017

South China Sea: Indonesia renames part of maritime economic zone in defiance of Beijing

In an act of defiance against Beijing’s territorial ambitions in the region, Indonesia will now call the northern areas of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, the ‘North Natuna Sea
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/15/asia/indonesia-south-china-sea-territorial-claims/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-07-15/south-china-sea-indonesia-renames-part-of-maritime-economic-zone-in-defiance-of-beijing/1686180

12 JULY 2017

Indonesia president inks decree to ban radical groups

Indonesia has issued a decree allowing it to ban groups that oppose its official state ideology, in a move seen to target radical Islamists in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/indonesia-signs-decree-ban-extremist-groups-170712064633968.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/govt-issues-perppu-expedite-disbanding-anti-pancasila-organizations-including-hti/
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-president-inks-decree-ban-radical-groups

7 JULY 2017

‘Indonesia among the best economies in the G20’

In an interview with DW, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati emphasized that compared to Europe, Indonesia’s economy is benefitting from a combination of a young population and effective fiscal policies
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-among-the-best-economies-in-the-g20/a-39598526

3 JULY 2017

Indonesia’s reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact: President

Indonesia’s president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesias-reputation-as-model-of-moderate-islam-intact-jokowi/

29 JUNE 2017

Birthday wishes flow in for Jakarta’s jailed ex-governor Ahok

Thousands of well-wishers sent messages to Ahok, who was given two years’ imprisonment in May for blasphemy against Islam, for his 51st birthday. He is serving his sentence in the Rutan Mako Brimob detention centre in Depok
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/birthday-wishes-flow-jakartas-jailed-ex-governor-ahok/#ZmHxSl8O7C8hOkPD.97

17 JUNE 2017

As religious tensions rise, foreign investment in Indonesia slows

The growth of foreign direct investment in Indonesia is slowing. The latest data shows that it expanded 0.9% on the year in the January-March quarter. What is weighing down the figure? Religious and ethnic tensions
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/As-religious-tensions-rise-foreign-investment-in-Indonesia-slows

22 MAY 2017

Former Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws blasphemy conviction appeal

The family of Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy on Monday (May 22), after it was submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-jakarta-governor-ahok-withdraws-blasphemy-conviction-8872026
http://www.dw.com/en/un-calls-on-indonesia-to-free-christian-governor-jailed-on-blasphemy-charges/a-38940788

9 MAY 2017

Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial

Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, is found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to a two-year jail term, in a tense trial widely seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2093544/jail-jakarta-governor-ahok-over-blasphemy-against-islam
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/09/christian-governor-of-jakarta-imprisoned-for-blasphemy
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170509_27/

8 MAY 2017

Indonesia to disband radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir

The government said on Monday (08/05) it will pursue the disbandment of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, or HTI, on the basis that the organization’s activities contradict values enshrined in state ideology Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/government-disband-hizbut-tahrir-denouncement-extremist-ideologies/
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/05/indonesia-disband-hardline-group-hizbut-tahrir-170508163145116.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

21 APRIL 2017

After Jakarta showdown, hardliners say Bandung mayor is ‘the next Ahok

Ridwan Kamil mayor of Indonesia’s second largest city Bandung, says Islamic hardliners have told him “you are the next Ahok”, following the just-concluded Jakarta poll that saw incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama lose his coveted post as governor
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/jakarta-showdown-hardliners-say-bandung-mayor-next-ahok/

19 APRIL 2017

Jakarta election: Christian governor concedes to Muslim rival

Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, has conceded defeat to rival candidate Anies Baswedan in a runoff election after a polarising and fraught campaign that exposed religious and ethnic divisions in Indonesia’s capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39636974
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/19/content_15601841.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/04/19/anies-beats-ahok-in-runoff-vote-quick-counts.html

11 APRIL 2017

Indonesia delays blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok until after April 19 election

An Indonesian court on Tuesday (April 11) adjourned the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor until after the city’s April 19 election, a contest pitting him against a Muslim rival that has divided the city and fanned religious tension
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-delays-blasphemy-trial-of-jakartas-christian-governor-ahok
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/blasphemy-trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-delayed/8434290?section=w

30 MARCH 2017

Australia West Papua worries

History shows that the province has been a perennial problem for the Australia-Indonesia relationship, writes Olivia Tasevski.
http://www.newmandala.org/west-papua-constant-worry/

22 MARCH 2017

Jakarta governor Ahok’s speech not blasphemous: Expert

A language expert has said that Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s speech during his working visit in Thousand Islands regency last September, in which he referred to a Quranic verse, was not blasphemous
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/21/ahoks-speech-not-blasphemous-expert.html

18 MARCH 2017

Saudi King learns lessons from Indonesia

The recent visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, invites the question: what does his visit mean?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/18/saudi-king-learns-lessons-from-indonesia/

14 MARCH 2017

Indonesia to probe graft allegations implicating dozens of politicians

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency said it will look into allegations that dozens of politicians siphoned off money causing state losses of up to US$170 million in what could be one of the Southeast Asian country’s biggest graft scandals
http://www.atimes.com/article/corruption-scandal-rocks-indonesias-establishment/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/14/content_15585784.html

7 MARCH 2017

Julie Bishop slaps down reports of joint patrols with Indonesia in South China Sea

The prospect that Australia and Indonesia would jointly patrol the South China Sea near Natuna Islands is slapped down by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who denies reports the Indonesian President had ever suggested ithttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-03-07/julie-bishop-slaps-down-reports-of-joint-patrols-with-indonesia-in-south-china-sea/1655792
http://jakartaglobe.id/international/australia-says-no-plan-joint-south-china-sea-patrols-indonesia/

2 MARCH 2017

Pacific nations call for UN investigations into alleged Indonesian rights abuses in West Papua

A group of seven Pacific island nations is calling on the United Nations to investigate allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Indonesia’s Papua region, also known as West Papua
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-02/pacific-nations-call-for-un-investigations-into-west-papua/8320194?section=world

1 MARCH 2017

Saudi king visits Indonesia and Southeast countries

Saudi Arabia’s king is visiting Indonesia for the first time in 47 years. And while his official business in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation is receiving a lot of attention, so is the holiday to Bali and the luxury goods going with him
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39099988
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/king-salman-signs-range-of-deals-at-start-of-indonesia-visit/
http://www.dw.com/en/saudi-king-salmans-southeast-asia-trip-affirms-muslim-friendship/a-37768173

26 FEBRUARY 2017

Australia-Indonesia restore full military ties after row over special forces training material

Australia and Indonesia announced the full restoration of military ties Sunday as the countries’ leaders held talks following a brief spat over teaching material deemed offensive to Jakarta
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2074136/australia-indonesia-restore-full-military-ties-after-row-over
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-26/indonesia-and-australia-restore-military-cooperation-after-talks/8304514?section=world

25 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in Australia for two-day visit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo makes his first bilateral visit to Australia this weekend — a sign a military spat early this year has been resolved and relations between the two nations are stable
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-arrives-in-australia-for-two-day-visit
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-25/jokowi-trade-islamic-extremism-talks-to-dominate-widodo-visit/8302854?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesia is on the brink of disaster’

Indonesia’s upcoming regional elections have been overshadowed by Muslim mass protests against the candidacy of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok. The country is on a dangerous course, says Berthold Damshäuser
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-is-on-the-brink-of-disaster/a-37528124

15 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062367/indonesia-japan-deepen-defence-ties-amid-china-challenge?spm=0.0.0.0.ezaHmY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/15/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WHusPIWcE2w
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/indonesia-japan-affirm-deeper-ties-during-abe-s-asian-tour-1.1962403

9 JANUARY 2017

Indonesian military commander sacked for training Islamic hardliners with soldiers

An Indonesian military commander has been replaced after photos emerged of members of the hardline Islamic defenders group training with soldiers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/indonesian-military-commander-sacked-for-training-hardliners/8171268?section=world
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/09/pdi-p-questions-military-training-for-fpi-members.html

5 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia backs down on suspension of military cooperation with Australia

Indonesia appears to have backed down over its suspension of all military cooperation with Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-05/indonesia-softens-military-suspension-with-australia/8164440?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2059499/australia-denies-trying-recruit-indonesian-soldiers-after

4 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia over ‘insulting’ West Papua posters at training base

« Offensive » material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base has prompted Indonesia’s defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-04/insulting-training-material-was-in-relation-to-west-papua/8162284?section=world
http://www.news.com.au/national/offensive-training-materials-behind-indonesias-decision-to-suspend-military-cooperation-with-australia/news-story/1c2ae1a5e94c4043dcb9e2a931abfc83
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-military-acted-alone-to-suspend-cooperation-with/3413006.html

13 DECEMBER 2016

Trial of Jakarta governor Ahok begins as hundreds of Islamic hardliners protest

The much anticipated blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has opened amid tight security and mobs of Islamic hardliners chanting for his arrest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-begins-as-hundreds-of-islamic-hardliners-protest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_24/

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tearful-jakarta-governor-denies-insulting-quran-in-blasphemy/3363250.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

India, Indonesia to promote maritime security cooperation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to strengthen their countries’ maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_01/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indonesia-india-pledge-closer-maritime-ties

6 DECEMBER 2016

Institutional challenges in Indonesia’s state-driven development

Jokowi-nomics is ‘state-driven’, especially in the area of infrastructure expansion. The Jokowi government has emphasised that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are ‘agents of development
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/06/institutional-challenges-in-indonesias-state-driven-development/

4 DECEMBER 2016

Indonesians rally for unity after blasphemy protests

Tens of thousands of Indonesians have rallied in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests were held against the city’s Christian governor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/indonesians-rally-unity-blasphemy-161204042203314.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-rally-in-indonesia-to-celebrate-diversity
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/indonesia/

2 DECEMBER 2016

Crowd swells to 200,000 as Indonesian Muslims protest against Jakarta’s Christian governor

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2051058/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-jakartas-christian
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-christian-governor
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/daughter-indonesias-first-president-sukarno-arrested-along-7-others-alleged-treason

27 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s violent identity crisis: behind the vilification of Chinese-Indonesians

Economic success of the group’s small elite has led to repeated bouts of resentment, discrimination and even violent assaults
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2049258/jakartas-violent-identity-crisis-behind-vilification

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s Christian governor to face blasphemy trial over Islam insult claim

Muslim groups claim Basuki Tjahaja Purnama insulted the Koran in a speech in September, when he accused his opponents of using a verse from the holy book to encourage people not to vote for him
http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/16/jakarta-s-christian-governor-faces-blasphemy-probe
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/11/16/ahok-named-suspect-in-blasphemy-case.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/16/jakarta-christian-governor-to-face-blasphemy-trial-over-islam-insult-claim

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Reviving the India-Indonesia Relationship

Ties with Indonesia are an under-appreciated part of India’s “Act East” Policy
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/reviving-the-india-indonesia-relationship/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

Thousands of Islamists demand the arrest of Jakarta governor

Thousands of Islamists have marched in the heart of Jakarta to demand the arrest of the governor. Religious leaders accuse the minority-Christian administrator of blasphemy over jesting remarks he made about the Koran
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37856476
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/never-intended-commit-blasphemy-sincerely-apologize-muslims-ahok/

1 NOVEMBER 2016

South China Sea: Australian Government considers joint patrols with Indonesian Navy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Australia is considering joint patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-01/south-china-sea-bishop-considers-joint-patrols-with-indonesia/7982600?section=world

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Human trafficking: NGO calls for Indonesia, Malaysia ‘modern slavery’ investigation

An Indonesian NGO says 11,000 people have been trafficked from an eastern province since 2009
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-12/calls-for-indonesia-human-trafficking-probe/7785654?section=world

7 SEPTEMBER 2016

Indonesia: A policy without a strategy

With maritime tensions in the region remaining high, and likely to escalate further, Indonesia must reassess its Indo-Pacific strategy, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto writes
http://www.newmandala.org/policy-without-strategy/

16 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia to defend ‘every inch’ of terrority, ‘actively involved’ in resolving South China Sea disputes: Jokowi

Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged on Tuesday (Aug 16) to defend « every inch » of Indonesia’s land and maritime territory, following clashes with Chinese vessels around Indonesian islands in the South China Sea.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-actively-involved-in-resolving-south-china-sea-disputes-says-president-joko

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-no-dispute/3007476.html

30 JULY 2016

Angry mob burns down monasteries, temples in North Sumatra

Hundreds of people plundered and burned down several Buddhist temples or vihara in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, on Friday evening. No fatalities or injuries occurred in the anarchic acts, which took place until early Saturday
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/07/30/vihara-pagodas-burned-down-plundered-in-n-sumatra.html
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/105997/situation-in-tanjungbalai-safe-under-control-following-riot-police

27 JULY 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffles Cabinet to position country for strong economic growth

President Joko Widodo on Wednesday (July 27) named a new Cabinet in a bid to tackle Indonesia’s income inequality as well as to position the country for strong economic growth
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-to-announce-cabinet-reshuffle
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/breaking-sri-mulyani-wiranto-return-cabinet-president-eager-establish-solid-team/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/indonesia/2016/07/28/473609/Indonesia-names.htm

19 JULY 2016

Santoso, Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant ‘killed in shootout’

Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant was killed in a shootout with security forces, according to a senior government minister who hailed a victory for the government’s counterterrorism campaign against a dwindling band of extremists in the jungles of Sulawesi island
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/19/indonesian-police-most-wanted-islamic-radical-santoso-may-have-died-in-shootout
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-most-wanted-terrorist-santoso-dead-minister
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-most-wanted-islamist-militant-killed-police

28 JUNE 2016

A new-age Muslim movement in Indonesia, Gafatar, sparks a government crackdown

The group, which was founded in 2012 and claims about 50,000 followers, is a back-to-the-land movement based on the idea that materialism and cities corrupt spiritual life. It does not call itself a religion
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/a-new-age-muslim-movement-in-indonesia-sparks-a-government-crackdown/2016/06/27/6fe65f82-388e-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html

23 JUNE 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip to South China Sea island of Natuna, a message to Beijing, says minister

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip on a navy warship to the waters off Indonesia’s Natuna islands on Thursday (June 23) is to send a clear signal that Indonesia is serious about defending its sovereignty, Coordinating Political and Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-sails-to-south-china-sea-islands-in-message-to-beijing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160623_38/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/23/jokowi-off-to-flashpoint-island-to-send-strong-message-to-china.html

17 JUNE 2016

Indonesia accused of arresting more than 1,000 in West Papua

Indonesian police have been accused of arresting more than 1,000 people at rallies in West Papua demanding an independence referendum
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/indonesia-accused-of-arresting-more-than-1000-in-west-papua

7 JUNE 2016

Indonesian sect leaders detained for blasphemy, draws condemnation from activists

Three leaders of a banned Indonesian sect have been arrested for blasphemy and treason, police said, drawing condemnation from activists who accuse authorities of persecuting the men for their beliefs.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-07/indonesian-sect-leaders-det

30 MAY 2016

China protests seizure of of fishing boat by Indonesia

Beijing insisted on Monday (May 30) a Chinese boat detained close to Indonesian islands had been fishing legally, in a fresh flare-up of tensions between the countries in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-seizure-of/2829660.html

26 MAY 2016

Indonesia approves death penalty, chemical castration for child sex offenders

Indonesia’s President approves tough new punishments for child sex offenders, including a maximum penalty of death and chemical castration, after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a schoolgirl
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-introduces-death-penalty-chemical-castration-child-rapists
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-26/indonesia-approves-death-penalty-chemical-castration-for-child-sex-offenders/1584494
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/26/castration-for-rapists-of-kids.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

19 APRIL 2016

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s communist purge

The killings of at least half a million Indonesians who were accused of being communists is being publicly discussed for the first time in 50 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/indonesia-holds-dialogue-1960s-communist-purge-160417095551300.html

18 APRIL 2016

Indonesia’s President Widodo begins landmark European tour

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has arrived in Germany at the start of a week-long visit to Europe, with strengthening trade ties and intelligence-sharing on his agenda
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-president/2707544.html

18 APRIL 2016

16 APRIL 2016

Indonesia moves jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir after charges of inhumane treatment

The Indonesian government moved the notorious radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir from a prison island after lawyers demanded an end to his “inhumane” treatment. Bashir is known as the spiritual leader of the 2002 Bali bombers, who killed over 200 in the Indonesian tourist haven.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/indonesia-moves-jailed-radical-cleric-bashir-after-charges-of-inhumane-treament/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/04/16/baasyir-moved-to-gunung-sindur-prison.html

5 APRIL 2016

Indonesia sinks 23 foreign fishing boats

Indonesian authorities sank 23 foreign fishing boats on Tuesday (Apr 5), saying they were « operating illegally in the archipelago’s vast waters in continuation efforts for anti-poaching », China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-sinks-23/2668428.html

21 MARCH 2016

Is Indonesia Ready to Be a Major Player in the South China Sea?

Indonesia may not be a claimant to the disputed Spratly Islands, but the March 20 incident is the first real test of President Joko Widodo’s ambition of turning the country into a maritime power, a policy that necessarily means asserting sovereignty over its vast sea boundaries.
http://162.242.234.155/blog/the-buzz/indonesia-ready-be-major-player-the-south-china-sea-15556

20 MARCH 2016

Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

Indonesia will summon the Chinese envoy in Jakarta after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries in the South China Sea, a minister said Sunday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/indonesia-summon-chinese-envoy-boat-confrontation-163804729.html?nhp=1
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-summon-chinese-ambassador-standoff-natuna-islands/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

ASEAN Economic Community: Has Indonesia Done Its Homework? – Analysis

ASEAN has entered a new era with the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While Indonesian officials regard the AEC with optimism, there are concerns whether Indonesia can meet its obligations under the AEC.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/11022016-asean-economic-community-has-indonesia-done-its-homework-analysis/

4 FEBRUARY 2016

‘Old guard’ blocking human rights reform in Indonesia

One area where it was expected Jokowi would enact change was in civil and political rights. Promised reforms in Nawa Cita, the nine-point priority agenda put forward by Jokowi and his running mate Jusuf Kalla, included combating the narcotics trade as well as ending impunity for those involved in past human rights violations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/04/old-guard-blocking-human-rights-reform-in-indonesia/

14 JANUARY 2016

Deadly blasts, shootout in Indonesia capital; ISIS claims credit

Attackers struck midday Thursday at a busy commercial hub in Jakarta, killing at least two, wounding 24 and raising alarm about terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim country
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/14/asia/jakarta-gunfire-explosions/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35312794 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/isil-claims-responsibility-jakarta-attacks-indonesia-160114104322617.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/14/indonesian-president-let-s-not-be-cowed-by-attacks/

13 JANUARY 2016

French journalist banned from Indonesia for documentary on human rights abuses

The documentary, called “The Forgotten War in Papua”, looks into the human rights abuses allegedly carried out by the government over the past 25 years in the country’s conflict-ridden eastern Papuan provinces.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/french-journalist-banned-from-indonesia-for-documentary-on-human-rights-abuses/

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

30 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia opts out of Saudi-led military coalition

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo refrained from openly rejecting the idea of joining the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of 34 countries to fight terrorism, but his chief security czar announced the government’s decision to distance itself from the anti-terrorist coalition.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-opts-out-saudi-led-military-coalition

21 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

The Indonesian defence minister has warned other countries to respect his country’s sovereignty over the troubled region of Papua, as meetings with Australian ministers ended in mutual agreement about the strength of the bilateral relationship
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/21/indonesia-warns-other-countries-to-respect-its-sovereignty-over-papua

19 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia releases prominent West Papuan pro-independence leader Filep Karma from jail

High-profile West Papuan separatist leader Filep Karma is released from prison after more than a decade behind bars, in a fresh sign that Indonesia may be easing its tight grip on the restive eastern region
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-19/indonesia-releases-prominent-west-papuan-proindependence-leader-filep-karma-from-jail/1516578

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/19/pro-independence-papua-convict-released-after-11-years.html

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

16 NOVEMBER 2015

Bali bombing spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir applies for judicial review of 2011 terror conviction

His lawyers are expected to argue that he was wrongfully arrested over the funding of a terrorist training camp in Aceh
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-17/bali-bombing-spiritual-leader-abu-bakar-bashir-applies-for-judicial-review-of-2011-terror-conviction/1515074

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Joko Widodo of Indonesia Seek to Mend Ties

The new Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, made a half-day visit to Indonesia on Thursday to hold talks with President Joko Widodo, a meeting intended to help mend diplomatic relations that plummeted this year over issues including human smuggling, refugee boats and the executions of Australian drug offenders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/world/asia/australia-indonesia-diplomacy-refugees.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/australia-pm-says-indonesia-welcome-tpp-frictions-ease/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/12/jokowi-takes-australian-pm-tanah-abang-display-affection.html

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia second biggest marine pollutant, after China

Indonesia produced 3.2 million tons of plastic waste in 2010, with around 1.29 million tons of that ending up in the ocean, according to a study published in the journal Science. The figure places Indonesia second only to China, with its 8.8 million tons of waste, or 27 percent of global plastic waste
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/06/indonesia-second-biggest-marine-pollutant-after-china.html

Indonesia Unemployment Rises Amid Sluggish Economy

The unemployment rate in Indonesia to 6.18 percent in August amid layoffs by businesses hit with a slowdown in consumer demand brought on by the slowest pace of economic growth in six years
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/govt-announces-6th-policy-package/

19 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesian authorities demolish churches in Aceh

Several Christian churches are due to be shut down in Indonesia’s Aceh province, local authorities have said, following a mob attack that left a church burned, a person killed, and several others injured
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-aceh-demolishes-churches-after-deadly-unrest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34570570

16 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesia grants a Chinese-led consortium the right to build the country’s first high-speed railway line, angering Japan which had launched a rival bid.

Senior officials of Chinese and Indonesian consortiums signed an agreement on Friday to launch a joint venture for a railway linking national capital Jakarta with the West Java provincial capital of Bandung
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/16/china-to-build-indonesia-s-first-high-speed-railway/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-10/16/content_15330784.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

China in line to build Indonesia high speed rail after Jakarta rejects Japan bid

China and Japan had been competing to construct the high-speed rail system, each offering low-interest loans and other perks as they vied to secure the estimated $5.3 billion high-profile railway contract
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135928/china-in-line-to-build-indonesia-high-speed-rail-line-after-jakarta-rejects-japan-bid/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/eca4af84-67fa-11e5-97d0-1456a776a4f5.html#axzz3nNsCy9UO

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia Defends its Foreign Policy Record under Jokowi

Indonesia’s foreign minister staunchly defended the country’s foreign policy outlook Monday in a key speech in Washington, D.C., rejecting criticism of its narrow nationalism and stressing its important contributions regionally and globally.

http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/indonesia-defends-its-foreign-policy-record-under-jokowi/

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia unveils stimulus to bolster economy, currency

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday unveiled a series of stimulus measures to lift slowing growth in Southeast Asia’s top economy and shore up the country’s plunging currency
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/686892/indonesia-unveils-stimulus-to-bolster-economy-currency
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/joko-announces-first-policy-package-propel-economy/

27 AUGUST 2015

Indonesia, Timor Leste agree to resolve border problems, boost ties

Indonesia and Timor Leste agreed on Wednesday to begin negotiating unresolved land and maritime border issues and enhance bilateral ties, particularly on trade and investment.The commitment was made during a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Timor Leste Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo at the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday 26
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/27/ri-timor-leste-agree-resolve-border-problems-boost-ties.html

15 AUGUST 2015

Aceh celebrates 10th anniversary of peace deal

Aceh province on Saturday (Aug 15) kicked off a 3-month long commemoration of the Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding signed 10 years ago ending three decades of conflict in the Indonesian province
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/aceh-celebrates-10th/2052610.html

11 AUGUST 2015

Suharto Family Ordered to Pay Back $324m in Embezzled Funds

The Supreme Court has ordered the family of former president Suharto to pay back to the state Rp. 4.4 trillion ($324 million) in funds misappropriated during the late strongman’s lengthy reign.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/suharto-family-ordered-pay-back-324m-embezzled-funds/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1848617/ex-indonesian-leader-suhartos-family-ordered-pay-back

6 AUGUST 2015

 Said Agil reelected as NahdlatulUlama chairman

 Said Agil Siradj has been reelected to lead the country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), until 2020 http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/06/said-agil-reelected-nu-chairman.html#sthash.tlYBJGXu.dpuf

 3 AUGUST 2015

 Indonesian foundation defends awarding Kim Jong-Un peace prize

A daughter of Indonesia’s founding president has defended honouring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with an award for statesmanship, dismissing criticisms of his human rights record as « Western propaganda »
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/03/indonesian-foundation-defends-awarding-kim-jong-un-peace-prize.html#sthash.lmP7RSnG.dpuf

28 JULY 2015

Indonesia, Singapore to boost security, economic, and people-to-people ties

Singapore and Indonesia today vowed to step up cooperation between both countries in a range of areas. These include building upon already-strong business and economic ties, and will extend to partnerships in e-government, youth and sports development, technical and vocational education as well as tourism
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesia-Spore-to-boost-security-economic-and-peo-78731.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-indonesia/2012424.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 11 September in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 11 SEPTEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1803: Battle of Delhi, during the Second Anglo-Maratha War, between British troops under General Lake, and Marathas of Scindia’s army under General Louis Bourquin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Delhi,_1803
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/second_maratha_war_1803-1805_british_india.htm

1945: Liberation of the Japanese-run POW and civilian internee camp at Batu Lintang, Kuching, Sarawak on the island of Borneo by Australian 9th Division forces. Over 2,000 prisoners, including women and children, were due to be executed on September 15
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Lintang_camp

1958: India and Pakistan announced that most border disputes between the two countries had been settled

1960: In Laos, Prince Boun Oum allies with general Phoumi in an attempt of a counter-revolution against the general Kong-lé coup d’état which bring Prince Souvanna Phouma to power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boun_Oum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoumi_Nosavan
http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0846117.html

1964: Signature of a defense treaty between Soviet Union  and India for the procurement of 44 MiG-21, 20 helicopters and 70 PT-76 tanks
https://books.google.fr/books?id=SZRk_z3dhtYC&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=Indian+military+1964&source=bl&ots=siq2iVslDv&sig=fAWo3_YfAFaZ1oAstLlV9gka30A&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CE4Q6AEwCmoVChMIkdWc7pntxwIVCl4aCh1wMgnS#v=onepage&q=Indian%20military%201964&f=false

1965: The US 1st Cavalry Division arrives in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/1st-cavalry-division-arrives-in-country

1965: During the Indo-Pakistani War, the Indian Army captures the town of Burki just southeast of Lahore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Burki

1965-09-11 prise de Burki

1967: According to the Indian account, Indian soldiers were protecting an engineering company that was fencing the North Shoulder of Nathu La, when Chinese troops opened fire on them. This escalated over the next five days to an exchange of heavy artillery and mortar fire

1969: The Japanese terrorist organizations « Red Army » is established
http://www.npa.go.jp/archive/keibi/syouten/syouten271/english/0301.html

1969: In Beijing, after a lot of border incidents, meeting of Alexis Kossygin and Chinese PM Zhou Enlai

2009: The Pakistani Army announce the arrest of the chief spokesman of the Taliban in Swat. It is the first capture of a senior Taliban figure to be officially announced by the Pakistani authorities

2012: The Japanese government buy three  uninhabitated islands of Senkaku (Diaoyu), a territorial dispute with China
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/11/japan-buys-islands-at-centre-of-row-with-china/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-sends-patrol-ships-to-Diaoyu/Senkaku-25786.html

 

On 11 September in South Asian history

1948-09-11-death-of-jinnah

ON 11 SEPTEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1803: Battle of Delhi, during the Second Anglo-Maratha War, between British troops under General Lake, and Marathas of Scindia’s army under General Louis Bourquin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Delhi,_1803
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/second_maratha_war_1803-1805_british_india.htm

1884: Birth of Sudhamoy Pramanick, Indian activist who died on October 2, 1974
http://nitum.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/biography-of-sudhamoy-pramanick/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudhamoy_Pramanick

1895: Birth of Vinoba Bhave, one of the greatest spiritual leaders and reformers of modern India who died on November 15, 1982
http://www.culturalindia.net/reformers/acharya-vinoba-bhave.html
http://www.vinobabhave.org/index.php/biography

1906: Mahatma Gandhi launches the Satyagraha (non-violence resistance) in South Africa
http://www.democracynow.org/2006/9/8/satyagraha_100_years_later_gandhi_launches

1921: Death of Subramanya Barathy, a Tamil poet who was a militant for India independence  (Born in December 1882)
http://members.tripod.com/neyveliweb/bharathy.htm

 1927: Birth of Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan broadcaster, who died in 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Corea

1948: Death of Jinnah Muhammad Ali, father of the Pakistan’s independence
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-Jinnah-M.html
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P009

1948-09-11-death-of-jinnah

1958: India and Pakistan announced that most border disputes between the two countries had been settled

1964: Death of Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh, Indian poet and critic, born on November 13, 1917

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gajanan_Madhav_Muktibodh

1964: Signature of a defense treaty between Soviet Union  and India for the procurement of 44 MiG-21, 20 helicopters and 70 PT-76 tanks
https://books.google.fr/books?id=SZRk_z3dhtYC&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=Indian+military+1964&source=bl&ots=siq2iVslDv&sig=fAWo3_YfAFaZ1oAstLlV9gka30A&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CE4Q6AEwCmoVChMIkdWc7pntxwIVCl4aCh1wMgnS#v=onepage&q=Indian%20military%201964&f=false

1965: During the Indo-Pakistani War, the Indian Army captures the town of Burki just southeast of Lahore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Burki

1965-09-11 prise de Burki

1967: According to the Indian account, Indian soldiers were protecting an engineering company that was fencing the North Shoulder of Nathu La, when Chinese troops opened fire on them. This escalated over the next five days to an exchange of heavy artillery and mortar fire

1973: Death of Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru
https://nkbashram.org/maharaji/about-neem-karoli-baba/

1982: Birth of Shriya Saran, South Indian actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1328152/bio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Dao0SVHSRo

1987: Death of Mahadevi Varma, Indian poet and educationist, born on March 26, 1907
http://www.poemhunter.com/mahadevi-varma/biography/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/mahadevi-verma.html

2009: The Pakistani Army announce the arrest of the chief spokesman of the Taliban in Swat. It is the first capture of a senior Taliban figure to be officially announced by the Pakistani authorities

2015 : Indian court convicts 12 men for 2006 Mumbai train bombings, nine years after seven RDX bombs kept in Mumbai suburban trains exploded killing 188 people and injuring 829
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34218396

2017: Maldives suspends a third of its lawyers
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-suspends-a-third-of-its-lawyers/4023492.html


Holidays and observances

Pakistan: Jinnah Day: founder’s death anniversary

On 11 September in Southeast Asian history

ON 11 SEPTEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on September 11, 2018

1917: Birth of Ferdinand Marcos, 10th president of the Philippines from December 1965 till February 25, 1986, who died in exile in 1989
https://www.biography.com/people/ferdinand-marcos-9398625
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/profilesofasianleaders/p/fmarcosbio.htm

1940: Birth of Nong Duc Manh, General Secretary of the Communist party of Vietnam (2001-2011)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nong_Duc_Manh

1943: Birth of Khun Htun Oo, Burmese Shan politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khun_Htun_Oo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miLhfj4Vj-8

1945: Liberation of the Japanese-run POW and civilian internee camp at Batu Lintang, Kuching, Sarawak on the island of Borneo by Australian 9th Division forces. Over 2,000 prisoners, including women and children, were due to be executed on September 15
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Lintang_camp

1955: In Cambodia, prince Sihanouk wins the elections

1960: In Laos, Prince Boun Oum allies with general Phoumi in an attempt of a counter-revolution against the general Kong-lé coup d’état which bring Prince Souvanna Phouma to power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boun_Oum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoumi_Nosavan
http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0846117.html

1965: The US 1st Cavalry Division arrives in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/1st-cavalry-division-arrives-in-country

1998: Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia was the first Asian country to host the games
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_Commonwealth_Games

2015 : Singapore’s ruling party romps to a strong election victory increases its share of the vote and seat tally as it brushed off an opposition challenge in the city state’s most hotly contested polls
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/voting-begins-singapore-poll-set-test-ruling-partys-004929559.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34205869

 

Holidays and observances

Philippines: Barangay day

On 11 September in Japan’s history

1969-09-11-red-army-foundation

ON 11 SEPTEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1182: Birth of Minamoto no Yoriie, second shogun (1202 – 1203) of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan, who died on August 14, 1204
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Yoriie

1680: Death of Go-Mizunoo, 108th emperor of Japan (1611-1629), born on June 29, 1596
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Mizunoo_of_Japan

1926: Death of Matsunosuke Onoe, Japanese actor and director, born on September 12, 1875
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsunosuke_Onoe
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0648803/

1945: Liberation of the Japanese-run POW and civilian internee camp at Batu Lintang, Kuching, Sarawak on the island of Borneo by Australian 9th Division forces. Over 2,000 prisoners, including women and children, were due to be executed on September 15
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Lintang_camp

1960: Birth of Hiroshi Amano, Japanese physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2014/amano-facts.html

1966: Birth of Princess Akishino (Kiko), Japanese Imperial Family
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/princess-akishino-of-japan/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH-NrjOZNNk

1969: The Japanese terrorist organizations « Red Army » is established
http://www.npa.go.jp/archive/keibi/syouten/syouten271/english/0301.html

1969-09-11-red-army-foundation

2005: In Japan, landslide victory of prime minister Koizumi in the legislative election
http://www.electionguide.org/election.php?ID=156

2012: The Japanese government buy three  uninhabitated islands of Senkaku (Diaoyu), a territorial dispute with China
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/11/japan-buys-islands-at-centre-of-row-with-china/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-sends-patrol-ships-to-Diaoyu/Senkaku-25786.html

On 11 September in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 11 SEPTEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1881: Birth of K’ung Hsiang-hsi, often known as H. H. Kung, a wealthy Chinese banker and politician in the early 20th century. He was the richest man in China at that time. He died on August 16, 1967
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._H._Kung

1924: Birth of Daniel Akaka, Chinese-American politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Akaka

1967: According to the Indian account, Indian soldiers were protecting an engineering company that was fencing the North Shoulder of Nathu La, when Chinese troops opened fire on them. This escalated over the next five days to an exchange of heavy artillery and mortar fire

1969: In Beijing, after a lot of border incidents, meeting of Alexis Kossygin and Chinese PM Zhou Enlai

1982: End of the XIIth congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Hua Guofeng is expelled from the Politburo and Hu Yaobang is elected Secretary General of the CCP (a new title in lieue of chairman)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_Yaobang

2009: Chen Shui-bian, Taiwan’s former president, and his wife are jailed for life on corruption charges involving millions of dollars
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/09/200991183242997249.html

2012: The Japanese government buy three  uninhabitated islands of Senkaku (Diaoyu), a territorial dispute with China
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/11/japan-buys-islands-at-centre-of-row-with-china/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-sends-patrol-ships-to-Diaoyu/Senkaku-25786.html