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As Toxic Smog Reaches Dangerous Levels, Bangkok Closes All Public Schools

All 437 city-run public schools will be closed through Friday because of dangerous air quality that has overtaken the city.

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Japan Imposes JPY1,000 Departure Tax on All Foreign Visitors

The JPY1,000 (US$9.22) fee went into effect on Monday and aims to raise funds to support the country's tourism sector.

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What We Know So Far About the 152 Vietnamese Tourists Who Went Missing in Taiwan

The recent disappearance of 152 Vietnamese tourists in Taiwan has the potential to severely affect the visa application process for Vietnamese citizens in the future.

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Thousands of Myanmar Women Are Trafficked for Forced Marriage in China: Report

The report was conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT).

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Taiwan Votes Against Marriage Equality in Referendum, but Not All Is Lost

While the voting result is a setback for Taiwan's progress on LGBTQ rights, there is still hope.

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Asia's Latest Pokémon GO Icon Is a Taiwanese Grandpa Who Uses 11 Phones to Play

While many people spend their retired lives arranging flowers, playing chess, nurturing pet birds or yelling at cable news television, this Taiwanese man is devoting his golden years to catching Pokémon.

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Dark Time Looms Over Wildlife as China Reverses 25-Year Ban on Rhino Horn, Tiger Bone

The government's reversal on a 25-year ban may prove to be ruinous for the preservation of the endangered species.

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Better Pay, Lower Costs in Vietnam Entice Taiwanese Workers Away From Home

Destinations such as Vietnam and India are enticing Taiwanese companies and workers to settle down.

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Penguin Random House Will Open Its Southeast Asia Publishing Arm in Singapore

While Penguin Random House's distributing unit has already existed in Singapore, the establishment of a publishing arm could open up more opportunities for Southeast Asian writers.

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Thailand Closes Famous Maya Bay Indefinitely to Save Coral Reef From Tourists

Maya Bay, a small beach on Thailand's Phi Phi Leh Island, has been a popular tourist destination since it appeared in the 2000 film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Taiwan Considers Opening Citizenship to Skilled Southeast Asian Workers

To address an aging population and loss of skilled workers to more affluent neighbor nations, Taiwan is debating policies that would make it easier for skilled workers from Southeast Asian countries to achieve citizenship.

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