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Asia This Week

A weekly update on the political, economic and social developments in Japan and the rest of Asia. Your window on a diverse and ever-changing region, home to four billion people.

Hosted by Minori Takao


Fri.14:30 - 15:00
20:30- 21:00
Sat.2:10 - 2:40
8:10 - 8:40

Sep. 19, Fri.

International Commission Votes on Japanese Whaling

Delegates to the International Whaling Commission have passed a New Zealand-sponsored draft resolution to delay the resumption of Japan's research whaling. The general assembly in Slovenia this week is the first session since the International Court of Justice ruled against Japan's program in the Antarctic Ocean. An Australian academic at Japan's Wakayama University has been conducting research on whaling in Taiji. Simon Wearne says whaling has been going on there for more than 200 years and is an aspect of Japanese culture. Wearne also once filmed a documentary following the activities of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd. He has some ideas on how to narrow the gap between advocates of whale conservation and those that see the animals as resources.

University in Bangladesh Opens Education to Women from Across Asia

Poverty and gender discrimination have pushed school enrollment rates of women in South Asia sharply lower than those of men. The Asian University for Women was set up in Bangladesh in 2009 to expand opportunities for higher education. About 500 students from 16 nations are currently enrolled at the donation-funded institution. Last year, it produced 134 graduates. Our story follows students from conflict and poverty-stricken areas as they set out to make their mark on society.