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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

ON AIR SCHEDULE (UTC)

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

Aug. 29, Fri.

Thailand's Military Government Looks to China

General Prayut Chan-o-cha has officially assumed the post of interim prime minister in Thailand, 3 months after leading a military coup. During that time, relations between Thailand and China have grown warmer. Our reporter in Bangkok provides details on what may be motivating a shift in diplomatic strategy.

THAI JUNTA LOOKS TO CHINA



Compact Cities for Fewer People

Japan's population is diminishing to the extent that the government predicts 20% of inhabited areas will become nearly vacant. To cope with this change, many municipal governments are trying to make their communities more condensed and compact. Convincing everyone to go along, however, is no easy task. Raja Pradham reports on how bankruptcy forced the issue in Yubari and how Tsurugashima is involving citizens in the planning.

SCALING DOWN