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Asia New challenges for 2013

Funds will continue to flow into the region as long as there are questions about the European and United States economies, where recovery remains weak.



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After a stellar 2012, Asia is expected to see some of its stars shine even brighter as the region remains the main hope of keeping the global economy on a positive trajectory.

Funds will continue to flow into the region as long as there are questions about the European and United States economies, where recovery remains weak.

But despite being economically more stable than the rest of the world, Asia too has concerns about signs of slowing growth in China and India, while Japan can’t seem to escape the stagnation that has bedeviled it for nearly two decades.

The region’s political landscape also could be rocky if the old disputes that resurfaced with a vengeance in 2012 persist.

The flashpoints remain in the South China Sea between China and at least four members of Asean, and on the East China Sea islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.Closer to home, things could also heat up between Thailand and Cambodia in October when the International Court of Justice ICJ is scheduled to rule on 4.6 square kilometers of disputed territory around the Preah Vihear temple complex.

Cambodia asked the court to clarify its 1962 ruling on the issue, and both countries have said they will respect the ICJ decision. At least, that’s what they’re saying now. If history is any guide, things could get complicated if either side has to face the loss of claimed territory.In any case, don’t expect Asean to wade into any dispute involving two of its members. Brunei, as the Asean chair for 2013, is already talking about being constructive and conciliatory, which could be a relief after a fractious 2012 when Cambodia held the chair.

via 2013: New beginnings, New challenges | Bangkok Post: business.

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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.




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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