COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Immigrants – not only from India but other Asian countries as well – are fulfilling an important role in terms of Australia’s overall national trajectory for the future. 

​TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Japan’s national security environment has grown more severe as it deals with North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and China’s maritime advances. The government will formulate new “National Defence Program Guidelines” at the end of the year (see below). Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera explained his views on the current state of national security during an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - This is a serious state of affairs that casts uncertainty over the outlook for the global economy. Exchanges of sanctions and retaliation must be ended swiftly.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The open-air terrace at the Tokyo Skytree tower in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, will be open to the public for the first time as part of a guided tour that will start on Oct. 23. The terrace is located at a height of 155 meters above ground.

​YOKOSUKA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - A new unmanned exploration robot made by Team Kuroshio, which will compete this year in the final round of an international race to precisely map the ocean floor, was unveiled Tuesday at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Japan’s whaling is drawing even more severe criticism from the international community.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Dawn/ANN) - The court granted bail to  former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar. 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines will remain one of the fastest growing countries in emerging Asia this year and not even the high consumer prices of late will deter economic expansion, the Duterte administration’s economic team said yesterday.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - To ease road congestion in the National Capital Region, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMFA) in crafting a five-year traffic management action plan.

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - Japan hopes bilateral financial cooperation, including resumption of currency swap arrangements, will pave the way for a meeting between Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in October.