PODCAST – Asia Stream: Asia’s Inflation Dilemma

Rising prices are hurting wallets across the world. The crisis is particularly bad in Sri Lanka and Turkey, and in Japan, people are facing inflation for the first time in decades.

Nikkei staff writersMay 20, 2022 07:38 JST

NEW YORK — Welcome to Nikkei Asia’s podcast: Asia Stream.

Every episode, Asia Stream tracks and analyzes the Indo-Pacific with a mix of expert interviews and original reporting by our correspondents from across the globe.

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Inside a Vaccination Point in Vietnam Nearly 100 Years Ago

Wednesday, 23 February 2022. Written by Saigoneer.


A century ago, the colonial government was active in inoculating Vietnamese citizens against a variety of diseases.

While Vietnam’s recent massive COVID-19 vaccine efforts have proven a great success in reducing deaths and returning the country to some semblance of normalcy, it is hardly the first time a government here has stepped in to inoculate the population against dangerous contagions. About 100 years ago, the French managed a vigorous campaign to inoculate indigenous Vietnamese against a variety of diseases such as smallpox, cholera and tuberculosis as part of larger health and sanitation initiatives. 

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Myanmar’s environment hit by rare earth mining boom

Pristine parts of northern Kachin State are under threat as demand grows for high-tech devices that rely on rare earth.


Kachin State’s Chipwi Township in northernmost Myanmar is known for its pristine forests and crystal-clear water.

But 10 years ago, local residents started noticing the patches of land that had been cleared on the lush mountains surrounding their town, which borders China’s Yunnan province. It started with one patch of land, where all the trees were cut down. Then others followed.

Soon locals saw heavy machinery being moved through their town, heading to those barren plots of land. Then workers started flooding in. They excavated the ground and left open pits, many filled with chemically-laced water, in areas once rich in woodland. The water near those sites was no longer clean.

It became obvious at that stage that the newcomers were looking for something underneath the ground – rare earth, which contains elements widely used in high-tech products like smartphones, computer components, electric vehicles and solar cells.  

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Ông Nguyễn Thanh Long và Chu Ngọc Anh bị khai trừ Đảng


Ban Chấp hành Trung ương quyết định khai trừ Đảng với Bộ trưởng Y tế Nguyễn Thanh Long và Chủ tịch UBND TP Hà Nội Chu Ngọc Anh.

Tại cuộc họp bất thường chiều 6/6, Trung ương cũng yêu cầu các cơ quan chức năng “khẩn trương xem xét, xử lý kỷ luật về hành chính theo đúng quy định đối với cá nhân đã bị kỷ luật đảng”.

Bộ trưởng Y tế Nguyễn Thanh Long tại phiên họp tổ ở Quốc hội, ngày 26/5. Ảnh: Hoàng Phong
Bộ trưởng Y tế Nguyễn Thanh Long tại phiên họp tổ ở Quốc hội, ngày 26/5. Ảnh: Hoàng Phong

Hôm 4/6, Bộ Chính trị đề nghị Ban chấp hành Trung ương xem xét, kỷ luật ông Nguyễn Thanh Long (Ủy viên Trung ương Đảng, Bí thư Ban cán sự đảng, Bộ trưởng Y tế) và ông Chu Ngọc Anh (Ủy viên Trung ương Đảng, Phó bí thư Thành ủy, Bí thư Ban cán sự đảng, Chủ tịch UBND TP Hà Nội, nguyên Bí thư Ban cán sự đảng, nguyên Bộ trưởng Khoa học và Công nghệ), sau kiến nghị của Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương 18 ngày trước.

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