LONDON (The Japan Times/ ANN) – In a year dominated by Brexit and Donald Trump’s surprise U.S. election win, Asia felt like a relatively stable part of the world. A closer look shows that the region endured its own seismic events in 2016, from a Philippine leader embracing China to massive street protests in Seoul to the elimination of 86 percent of India’s hard currency.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Nilushika Jayaweera from Sri Lanka was working as a maid in Singapore before, inspired by an NGO Aidha, she started a tea business to emerge as a successful entrepreneur in 15 years.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Straits Times awarded this year's Asian of the Year to seven entrepreneurs operating at the frontiers of technology's interface with business, collectively calling them "The Disruptors."
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ ANN) - In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has three more years at the helm of his party. Indonesian President Joko Widodo looks strong after two years in office and Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi is credited with her role in the US decision to lift sanctions after nearly two decades. Here are excerpts from commentaries in Asia News Network papers on what else these leaders need to do