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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered closure of all elementary, junior high, and high schools across Japan until April as the coronavirus situation worsens. “Efforts have been made to prevent the spread of infection among children in each region, and these one or two weeks will be an extremely critical period,” Abe told a meeting of key Cabinet ministers on ...

Interim Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has announced a RM20 billion economic stimulus package earlier today. The purpose fo the stimulus is to combat the worsening economic conditions that’s taking place as a result to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to the stimulus, Bank Negara Malaysia will provide special credit guarantees of RM2 billion for SMEs at 3.75% ...

The Betawi-inspired menu consists of Betawi latte, gambang cake, sarangsemut cheesecake and selendang mayang pudding. The launch of the new menu is in conjunction with the opening of the Starbucks Community Store at Ruko Tanah Abang Blok B in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. Betawi latte comes from the traditional Betawi drink of bir pletok, herbs and spices-based beverages.  Meanwhile, the ...

The first outlet is scheduled to open in March and will be located in District 8 Jakarta, South Jakarta. The second store is scheduled to open in the Central Park shopping mall in West Jakarta in April. % Arabica will also open two outlets in Bali in April and May, respectively. The stores will be located in Seminyak Village shopping ...

There is a possibility the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled as fears of the coronavirus continues to grow in Japan. A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that cancellation of the event may be inevitable if the disease is proved to be too dangerous for the event. He also mentioned that postponement or relocation would be ...

Born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, Chitetsu Watanabe previously received his certificate from Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man. A couple of days before his death, he had not been able to eat and developed a fever and difficulty breathing. Watanabe worked in Taiwan for 18 years and after returning to Niigata, he worked for the prefectural ...

BTS said the theme of their new album dealt with how they overcame doubts and fears encountered since they burst on the K-Pop scene seven years ago. “Map of the Soul: 7” has 15 new tracks, including 10 solo and subunit tracks, plus five tracks from the group’s previous record. BTS new album is already projected to become the septet’s ...

Great news for Ramen lovers out there! Ichiran Ramen, one of the most popular Japanese Ramen brands, will be coming to Malaysia for the first time! They will be having a pop-up store at Isetan KLCC for 10 days, from 13th – 23rd March 2020. For those who have yet to hear of them, is famous for their Tonkotsu ramen which ...

Two of SouthEast Asia’s largest ride-hailing firms Grab and Gojek could potentially merge, according to sources from The Information. Citing sources, managements of the two companies are currently in serious discussions for a merger, with Grab President Ming Maa and Gojek CEO Andre Soelistyo meeting earlier this month. The merger could put an end to the price war that’s taking ...

Seoul will financially support 1,500 households in semi-basement apartments like the one depicted in the Oscar-winning film ‘Parasite’. According to the municipality, some 78 percent of those living in such apartments are from the bottom 30 percent income bracket. Up to 3.2 million won per household will be offered by the Korea Energy Foundation and the Seoul Metropolitan Government to ...

As part of the Philippines’ efforts to increase its foreign tourist arrivals this year, the country aims to welcome more Indonesian tourists. According to the Philippines’ Department of Tourism, the number of Indonesian tourists visiting the Philippines remains relatively low compared to that of other countries such as China, South Korea, and other ASEAN countries. To introduce the Philippines to ...

After a shocking announcement stating his resignation as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir has now been reappointed to continue serving in the role again. Although the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had accepted the resignation earlier today, Dr. Mahathir has now been reappointed to hold the position as an “interim” until a successor is found. Dr. Mahathir will continue to ...

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has just announced his resignation earlier today. This comes after an intense weekend filled with rumours and speculation of a change in the Malaysian government. In a tweet posted on his official Twitter account, a press release confirms his resignation, detailing that his resignation letter was sent to the King of Malaysia at 1pm ...

‘Habibie & Soeharto’ uncovers the real story of the relationship between the two late former Indonesian presidents who fell out with each other during the last turbulent days of Soeharto’s presidency in 1998 before Habibie supplanted him as president. Andi Makmur Makka, the book’s author, is a former journalist and worked for the Research and Technology Ministry when Habibie was ...

The event opened simultaneously on Friday at Jakarta Convention Center, Palembang Icon Mall, Plaza Andalas (Padang), Lippo Mall Kuta (Bali), and Tunjungan Plaza 6 (Surabaya). Visitors can find the best travel package deals for domestic and international routes from 150 travel agencies and major airline partners attending the fair, such as All Nippon Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Citilink, ...

A viral video has been circulating on the internet about an unethical company selling fake masks to the public. The company was utilizing toilet paper to produce these masks. The masks disolve when coming in contact with water, making it practically unusable. Watch the video below: ...

The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) said the Talian Kasih 15999 is now a toll-free number under Malaysia Emergency Response Services (MERS) 999. The Talian Kasih 15999 hotline received 25,868 calls in 2019, an increase of over 70 percent compared with 15,046 calls in 2018. Of the total number of calls received, domestic violence and child abuse ...

Some parents opt for international schools for their children to ensure a quality education that can help them to be the best version of themselves. There are about 163 international schools available in Malaysia. Here is a list of 5 most expensive international schools in the country: The International School of Kuala Lumpur The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) ...

In the Asia Pacific region, the number of people with dementia is estimated to increase from 23 million people in 2015 to 71 million people by the year 2050. There are several ways to avoid dementia: Cognitive training There is evidence that everyone can reduce the risk of dementia by trying new things as they get older. Learning new skills ...

Through a program launched in Bali called Greener Nusantara, Starbucks Indonesia began the initiative to use paper instead of plastic straws since October 1, 2018. In September 2019, the program was also launched in three other Indonesian regions, namely Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara; Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara; and Bandung in West Java. The program is expected to ...