Japanese geography

How remote islands underpin Japan’s maritime power

And why those far-flung outposts face mounting pressures

Lucky but sooty

Australia’s energy transition is in trouble

The government is suddenly rushing to prop up coal

No special measures

Has Australasia lurched right on race?

Indigenous relations have taken a beating in votes in both Australia and New Zealand

Chipping away

South Korean chipmakers get a reprieve

But the pressure from geopolitical tension and China’s domestic manufacturing drive will increase

Don’t rely on the courts

India’s Supreme Court refuses to recognise same-sex marriage

The decision is a devastating setback for equal rights in the country


India-Pakistan relations are becoming more marginal and worse

In cricket and otherwise, India is leaving its old rivalry behind

India and free love

Social-media influencers are battling to educate young Indians about sex

Condom sales are rising during the Navratri festival

Old before their time

Poor Asian countries face an ageing crisis

Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and others are getting old before they get rich

Rubble of a country

Afghanistan’s terrible earthquakes

Over 2,000 have died in the country’s latest calamity


Pakistan expels undocumented Afghans. But at what price?

Strains between Pakistan and the Taliban in Kabul will only grow


Tuvalu plans for its own disappearance

Is a country still a country if it sinks?

An explosive exercise

A caste census reopens old grudges in India

The government is struggling to respond