Archive for December 23rd, 2016

Japan is flexing its muscles over an island dispute with China

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Businessinsider | 6:00 AM

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said Tokyo would boost its Coast Guard budget and add more patrol craft, as a long-simmering dispute with China over islands [...] » More

US Returns Largest Tract of Okinawa Land to Japan in 44 Years

US Returns Largest Tract of Okinawa Land to Japan in 44 Years

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

The US military announced the return to the Japanese government of the largest tract of land in more than 40 years, reducing American-administered areas on the southern [...] » More

New Japan bird flu outbreak brings fresh cull of chickens as Asia spread fears grow

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Tackling Japan’s sixth outbreak since end-November, Kyushu authorities said they will gas just over 120,000 chickens after the H5 virus was detected on a farm. The [...] » More

TAC Contracts company director jailed 30 months for corruption

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM

A Singaporean company director of TAC Contracts was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment for corruption offences on Thursday (December 22), said the Corrupt Practices [...] » More

EU-Singapore trade deal can’t be fast-tracked, says EU court adviser

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

A top adviser to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on Wednesday that a trade agreement between Singapore and the European Union (EU) cannot be fast-tracked into force, [...] » More

Philippine Casinos Will Soon Surpass Singapore, Okada Says

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Universal Entertainment Corp. Chair Kazuo Okada said the Philippine gaming market could soon surpass Singapore’s, as improved ties with China promises more tourists and [...] » More

Singapore Makes Blockchain a Priority

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Nasdaq | 6:00 AM

Set to become a global fintech leader, Singapore has made blockchain technology one of the city-state’s top priorities. In November 2014, prime minister Lee Hsien Loong [...] » More

Singapore convicts third banker in Malaysian 1MDB scandal

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Singapore convicted a third private banker on Wednesday in connection with the international money-laundering scandal involving state fund 1MDB in neighbouring Malaysia. Yeo [...] » More

Singapore ex-banker convicted in 1MDB fund case

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

A court in Singapore has found a former private banker guilty of trying to obstruct investigations linked to the indebted Malaysian State Fund 1MDB. The State Court on [...] » More

UN Catches Up With Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, Will China Come To Rescue?

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Forbes | 6:00 AM

The United Nations is catching up with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s human rights record, asking the country’s judicial authorities to launch an [...] » More

Philippines Considers Bitcoin Regulation amid Remittance Increase

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Cryptocoins News | 6:00 AM

The Philippines government is discussing whether to regulate digital currencies like bitcoin in the country to improve protection for its citizens as the number of Filipinos [...] » More

Newspaper publisher shot and killed in Philippines

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Cpj.org | 6:00 AM

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the Philippines to establish the motive behind the murder of newspaper publisher Larry Que and bring the [...] » More

Why Japanese billionaire Okada invested in Philippines

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Abs-cbn | 6:00 AM

Japanese casino tycoon Kazuo Okada said he bought land in the Philippines nearly a decade ago, seeing immense potential in what was then, Asia’s laggard economy. On [...] » More

Rody tells AFP: Respect human rights, rule of law

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | The Star | 6:00 AM

Under fire for a brutal war on drugs that has left some 6,000 people dead, President Duterte told soldiers yesterday to respect human rights and the rule of law in all their [...] » More

China offers USD500 million in military aid to Philippines

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Janes | 6:00 AM

China has offered the Philippines credit worth USD500 million to procure Chinese-made military products, Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on 20 December. In [...] » More