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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

Oct. 31, Fri.

North Korea Reduces Dependence on China

Amidst friction with China, North Korea has been courting Russia as a benefactor and trade partner. Recent attempts to detoxify dealings with Japan, including receiving a delegation to discuss the fate of abductees, also suggest the North is trying to reduce its long-time dependence on China. Expanding its base of support could help Kim Jong Un strengthen the country's economy and his own grip on power.

Nurturing Global Leaders

The International School of Asia, Karuizawa, opened this Fall with the aim of nurturing leaders who can serve as catalysts for positive change. The student body of the first fully-residential international high school in Japan is drawn from 15 countries and territories, mainly in Asia. The members represent a wide array of social and religious backgrounds. 2 months from its inauguration, the school is already making progress on turning that diversity into opportunities for learning about leadership.