Under the Radar News, 10.23.09

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2009 by Kolby Hanson

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia.

Japan’s Diet proposes new bill allowing Japanese ships to inspect cargo ships coming in and out of North Korea. Sydney Morning Herald

Reporters Without Borders releases their world press freedom rankings. South Korea and Taiwan fall significantly (to 69th and 70th) while China continues to rise (168th). Reporters Without Borders

Doubts over U.S. security umbrella leads some South Korean lawmakers to consider nuclear weapons program. UPI Asia

China has a growing network of governmental feedback websites to expose government misconduct. People's Daily

Former President Joseph Estrada plans to run for President again despite the expected term-limit lawsuits against his candidacy. The Philippine Star

Poll shows Chinese prefer U.S. to South Korea, but prefer North Korea to both. 57% are uneasy about North Korean weapons, however. Chosun Ilbo

Thailand and China will increase their military-to-military dialogue. Xinhua

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada pressing to conclude FTA with the EU. Yomiuri Shimbunt

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