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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

Oct. 24, Fri.

New Leader Goes to Work in Indonesia

Joko Widodo took the oath of office as Indonesia's President on October 20. Known for his working class background, Joko is the first president to be elected from outside the established political elite. He now leads a nation with more than 200 million people. The President faces immediate challenges, not the least of which is maintaining economic expansion. Infrastructure construction lags behind the nation's 6% annual growth. As a result, traffic congestion and power shortages hold the economy back. In addition, Joko faces calls for industrial reform, including boosting the export of value-added-products rather than concentrating on raw materials. One of the President's goals is to make Indonesia more of a maritime power. He has promised to connect every port in the country by ferries that will run 24 hours a day. He also has pledged to narrow economic gaps among cities.
Our reporter in Jakarta will describe the new leader's agenda and the choices he must make in deciding on priorities.



Dance Revolution: The Debate over Japan's Nightlife Laws

People dancing after midnight in Japan might be surprised to find themselves on the wrong side of the law. But legislation enacted just after the war makes it illegal for clubs to stay open past midnight. In reality, many dance clubs stay open after midnight. But it's hard for them to call the police when something happens. Critics say the law may actually be encouraging criminal acts. More than 150,000 people signed a petition demanding a change in the law. This week, cabinet members are expected to decide whether to do so. We look at the issues involved.