Japan's notoriously overworked workforce may be getting a break. At least if the government gets its way. They're launching a new initive designed to give workers some much needed time off and kickstart Japan's sluggish economy.
Japan is rethinking the ways in which its official development assistance is provided to developing nations in order to promote its vision for a "free and open Indo-Pacific strategy." Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
Europe's rail giants have joined forces with a Malaysian firm to bid for a train project connecting Malaysia and Singapore. Together, they want to take on Asian rivals like China's state-owned CRRC.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's first official visit to East Asia comes at a critical geopolitical juncture and the North Korean problem is high on his agenda. Martin Fritz reports from Tokyo.
Tokyo and Canberra are taking steps to reinforce their security arrangements, with both governments concerned about an unstable and nuclear-armed North Korea and an assertive China. Julian Ryall reports.
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