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Thai army chief dismisses rumours of coup

Thai army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday emphatically dismissed rumours signalling a possible coup after the July 3 election, urging politicians not to try to drag the military into politics.

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Generals have in recent weeks been on a publicity campaign, telling any reporter who would listen that there will be no coup, even if the election result goes against the ruling Democrat Party, the favorite of the military establishment.

Thai army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday emphatically dismissed rumours signalling a possible coup after the July 3 election, urging politicians not to try to drag the military into politics.

The army commander-in-chief stated his position clearly following rumours of a possible coup if the Pheu Thai Party wins Sunday’s general election.

“Rumour is rumour”, he said. “The army will do its duty to let the country move forward on democratic path. Just days ahead of the general election, please do not bring the military into politics.”

But Thai military, like some other Thai elites, views Thailand as a kind of special country, a place where trends in world affairs and international politics somehow do not apply, and which outsiders cannot understand.

Thailand's bloodless coup

Thai army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday emphatically dismissed rumours signalling a possible coup after the July 3 election, urging politicians not to try to drag the military into politics.

Gen Prayuth also denied a report that Wattana Muangsuk, a close aide of fugitive ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has met with Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, and that they came up with a solution that the Pheu Thai party will be permitted to form a new government on a condition that it must not take revenge against the military top brass who were involved in 2006 coup that toppled then prime minister Thaksin.

“The military needs not to bargain as it is duty-bound to serve the government through the line of command. No matter who is in power, the power that be can command the military through the defence minister,” Gen Prawit said. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon denied a report that he met with Mr Wattana, another a Pheu Thai party list candidate, neither in Brunei nor Dubai.”I never met him [at all].

I Think the report was intended for the political gain of a particular party as I am a defence minister in command of the military,” Gen Prawit said. MCOT online news

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The Bachelor Japan Season 4 showcases Thailand

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Bangkok, 2 December, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to report that Thailand features as the main location in the Japanese reality TV show ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, of which the first episode aired on 25 November, 2021.

In cooperation with the TAT Tokyo Office, a film crew from Amazon Prime Japan and YD Creation Japan comprising 65 actors, production staff, technicians and others travelled to Thailand to shoot for the show in the spectacular Southern provinces of Phuket, Phang-Nga, and Krabi between April and June 2021.

A total of six out of the 10 60-minute episodes of ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’ were filmed in Thailand.

 Aside from the valuable promotional exposure the destination will receive in Japan, a key source market for visitors from the Asian region, the foreign production also generated much-needed income and employment opportunities in the local tourism and film-related sectors of the three chosen locations.

Phuket, Phang-Nga’ and Krabi were among the first destinations in Thailand to reopen to tourism under the Sandbox programme, and the TAT Tokyo Office has capitalised on the interest of foreign filmmaking to promote the world-class tourist appeal and public health safety standards of these destinations.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “Popular TV shows like ‘The Bachelor’ are an effective way to deliver promotional messages directly to international markets, in this case Japan, which is among the 63 countries and territories from which fully vaccinated visitors can enter Thailand through the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) programme. With Thailand featuring so significantly in ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, this helps us to promote travel to Thailand now that entry rules are being relaxed and tourists are once again welcomed.”

Fully vaccinated visitors from every country around the world can also visit Thailand via the Living in the “Blue Zone” Sandbox destinations programme. Meanwhile, partially or unvaccinated visitors are also much welcomed via the Happy Quarantine programme. However, to prevent and control the spread of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, Thailand currently imposes travel restrictions on arrivals from Africa.

Photo Credit: Instagram: @BachelorJapan外部リンク, @bachelorjap外部リンク

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ASEAN commemorates Youth in Climate Action and Disaster Resilience Day 2021

An intergenerational dialogue titled ‘Teaming up with You(th) for a Disaster-Resilient and Climate-Friendly ASEAN’, was moderated by the ASEAN Youth Forum’s Programme Manager, Rastra Yasland.

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JAKARTA, 30 November 2021 – The ASEAN Secretariat hosted an interactive webinar to commemorate ASEAN Youth in Climate Action and Disaster Resilience Day on 25 November.

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