Thu, 15 Apr 2021

HONG KONG -- Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said on Monday that the "decision plus amendment" approach to improving the electoral system of the HKSAR is legal and constitutional, and the HKSAR government will cooperate with the central authorities to carry out the work in three aspects. (HK-Electoral system)

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TOKYO -- A senior Japanese bureaucrat has been transferred from his position after the communications ministry confirmed that he had been wined and dined by telecom giant NTT, informed sources said Monday.

Yasuhiko Taniwaki being treated to expensive meals likely being in violation of the country's ethics law has seen the opposition camp ramping up pressure on Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to sack the communications minister to account for the wide-reaching wining and dining scandal. (Japam-Scandal)

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HONG KONG -- Yang Yirui, acting commissioner of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said Monday that it is urgent that the loopholes in the HKSAR's electoral system must be closed to fundamentally resolve the problems in Hong Kong, which should gain understanding and support from the international community.

Yang made the remark when hosting a briefing on the improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR for the consular corps in Hong Kong, which was attended by heads or representatives from consulates-general of 59 countries and the European Union Office to Hong Kong. (HK-Electoral system)

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MACAO -- Macao's total population at the end of last year was 683,100, representing a growth of 3,500 over a year earlier, the special administrative region's (SAR) statistic service said on Monday.

Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that the population of Macao continued to age, with the aging ratio rising to 97.1 percent. (Macao-Population)

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