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Asia This Week

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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

Jan. 30, Fri.

Japanese Hostage-takers Change Demands

Militants believed to be with the Islamic State group posted 2 videos showing a man believed to be one of their hostages, journalist Kenji Goto. The first said that another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa, had been killed. And it changed the terms for Goto's release from a ransom to the release of an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan. A second video, on Tuesday, said Goto had just 24 hours left to live.

Propaganda Art Stands Out in Vietnam

Propaganda art, portraying fearless soldiers and energetic farmers, can be seen all around the streets of Vietnam. Nowadays, nearly 30 years after the start of the Doi Moi economic development policy, the posters compete for attention with flashy corporate advertisements. Veteran propaganda artists are proud of their creations, but younger people are developing a different relationship with this combination of artistry and political promotion.