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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 : 2018-02-21

Korea's divided families: Hopes for a reunion after decades apart

The freezing temperatures at the Winter Olympics in South Korea couldn't stop a thaw in relations with the North. But what will it mean beyond the Games? Thousands of families have been separated since the 1950-53 Korean War. As they grow old, many wonder if they will ever see their loved ones again.

Meanwhile, mathematics may well be a universal language but Singaporean textbooks are being translated around the world because of how well they teach it. The approach relies on using visual means to help relate numeracy to everyday life, such as learning fractions by counting fruit.

And last year in China, a hit reality show brought rap from the underground into the spotlight. In the process it created overnight stars and a multi-million-dollar industry. But now officials have changed their tune after allegations the genre is sexist and decadent.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Camille FEVRIER , Sonia BARITELLO , Will HILDERBRANDT

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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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2018-07-27 Access Asia

Japan: Record-breaking heatwave takes a toll on population

Japan is dealing with record-breaking high temperatures as an intense heatwave sees over 9,000 people hospitalised with heatstroke. It's prompted concerns about how Tokyo will...

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