This Asia News Weekly podcast begins with the latest developments in the ongoing stagnant relationship between Seoul and Tokyo. While South Korea’s President Park continues to demand Japan to look squarely at its role during World War II, a call echoed by former Prime Minister Murayama, host Steve Miller questions if South Korea is ready to do the same with its own past following liberation.
The podcast then provides the latest updates to natural disasters affecting both nations. In Hiroshima, a landslide was responsible for killing up to eighty with heavy rain delaying rescue and recovery operations. That same kind of rain created what many in South Korea were calling a “water bomb” and flooded the southeastern city of Busan, killing five.
Changes in government usually happen smoothly in democracies; however, both Thailand and Indonesia have seen their fair share of political turmoil this year. This week, Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha assumed the Premiership and former Jakarta governor Joko Widodo was certified as Indonesia’s President-elect.
Asia News Weekly also discusses two legal cases affecting South Korea and Japan. First, The Korea Times’ Kim Yoo Chul joins Miller to explain the Seoul High Court’s ruling against technology giant Samsung. In Japan, TEPCO has been ordered to pay the surviving family members of a woman who committed suicide after the March 11th earthquake. The details of these substantial payouts are explained as the podcast moves into the second half.
As the show winds down, Miller takes a look at gambling addiction in Japan amidst calls for casinos and expansion of gambling. He brings in comprehensive data from a US study and asks the question, “Is Japan ready for more gambling and at what price?” The podcast concludes with the Asia News Update segment, featuring several short stories from the region, and your comments.
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