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ACCESS ASIA

Exclusive reports, features and analysis on political and social events from across the Asian continent. Every Monday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2018-01-18

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 impact on the country's massive unemployment rate. Prime Minister Modi's promise to create ten million jobs has come to almost nothing, with the jobless rate climbing by five percent. Our correspondents Suyash Shrivastava and Alice Lejeune report.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, despite being staunchly conservative about many social customs or lifestyles, people are surprisingly open to smoking hash. According to a UN survey a few years ago, cannabis was the most widely consumed drug there, with around four million users. In a country where alcohol is banned, smoking is often seen as the lesser of two evils.

And in Burma, electro music now has a massive fan base, with some of the world's biggest DJs coming to set out their decks. But the craze has also led to the emergence of a host of local acts hoping to delight crowds with their beats. We take a look.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Thomas WATERHOUSE , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Sonia BARITELLO , Anne POUZARGUES

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2018-10-09 Access Asia

Indonesia tsunami: Survivors describe ordeal

On September 28, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was rocked by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami. Hundreds of people lost their lives in the twin disasters,...

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2018-09-18 Access Asia

Iwao Hakamada, the Japanese boxer still fighting... for his life

In Japan, 82-year-old Iwao Hakamada spent half a century on death row before being released. But the former professional boxer is still locked in a legal back and forth. Today he...

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2018-09-06 Access Asia

Replacing plastic: China tries to clean up its act

As we get a clearer idea about just how dangerous plastic pollution is for the environment, the race is on to find ecological replacements for everyday plastic objects,...

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2018-08-28 Access Asia

Korean families reunited after decades apart

As ties between the two Koreas improve, a group of elderly South Koreans have met long-lost family members in North Korea. This after being separated by the war that broke out 68...

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2018-08-08 Access Asia

HIV rates on the rise among Chinese youth

China has seen an alarming spike in HIV cases, with the infection rate among those between the ages of 15 and 19 tripling over the past decade. The upturn comes as young people...

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