Asian Currents


Japan’s declining youth crime?

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Contrary to popular belief, the number of juvenile offenders and cases in Japan has decreased significantly in recent years. In an interview with Ms Yoshiko Ohmachi, a Family Court probation officer for the Supreme Court of Japan, Stacey Steele explores the reasons behind the decline. SS: Ohmachi san, thank you for visiting the Melbourne Law […]

Asian studies

Staff cuts threaten ANU’s international reputation

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Students face uncertainty from staff cuts to ANU’s Asian studies Staff cuts announced last week at the Australian National University’s School of Culture, History and Language (CHL) are jeopardising the university’s position as a national and global leader in Indonesian studies. Understanding Indonesia, the largest country in Southeast Asia, is important for Australia’s national interest. […]


Pitfalls ahead as Myanmar advances along democratic road


Facing challenges on many fronts, the first priority for Myanmar’s new government is to curb the country’s systemic violence While seemingly dissimilar in every respect, Myanmar and the Middle East have arrived at an eerily similar ‘historical moment’ in their political trajectories. Both find themselves confronted by a range of domestic issues defined by pluralising […]