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The painful history of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea

Donald Trump has made his first visit to Japan as US president and met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The top talking point was the rising threat from North Korea. But that threat, at least for Japan, goes beyond the rockets, missiles and nuclear bombs. The two leaders also discussed the decades-old issue of Japanese citizens being abducted by North Korean agents.

Meanwhile, in India, farmers outside Jaipur have been angry at government plans to acquire their land for a housing project. The Rajasthan officials plan to build around 10,000 houses in the area, but the leader of the protest argues the government has offered insufficient compensation. Gaelle Faure, from the FRANCE 24 Observers desk, tells us more about this unusual protest movement.

And more and more university graduates in China think that plastic surgery could boost their employment prospects. This year, some 14 million Chinese are expected to have cosmetic surgery, a whopping 42 percent surge from last year.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphanie CHEVAL , William HILDERBRANDT

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2018-02-05 China

China's 'Great Green Wall': Country battles large-scale desertification

Decades ago, China began building a so-called "Great Green Wall" to halt desertification. Despite this, some 3,000 square kilometres of land are lost every year, ravaging...

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2018-01-22 Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong produces 200,000 tons of electronic waste per year

Where do your computers, tablets and smartphones go to die? Electronic waste is an environmental problem throughout Asia, but nowhere more so than in Hong Kong. For a long time...

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2018-01-13 unemployment

Fighting unemployment: Millions of Indians face layoffs amid shrinking job market

For several years now, India has been selling its wares as one of Asia's biggest economies. But despite the government's claims that things are getting rosier, there's been no...

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2017-12-18 Funeral

Japan offers world's first drive-through funerals

In Japan, paying your final respects to your nearest and dearest needn't be a long, drawn-out affair. You can now bid your last farewells to loved ones without ever unbuckling...

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2017-12-04 North Korea

North Korea: Global sanctions hit Pyongyang’s ‘experiment in capitalism’

In North Korea, the port city of Rason has a special status as an economic zone. Attracting foreign businesses in manufacturing, tourism and transportation, some even speculate...

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