Asian Currents

Australia - Indonesia relations

People-to-people connections key to improving Australia–Indonesia understanding

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A new survey offers insights into bridging the gap between Australian and Indonesian perceptions of each other An extensive new survey of Australian and Indonesian perceptions about each other and their place in the world highlights the growing interest in both countries for more meaningful people-to-people connections. Beginning with a series of focus group discussions […]

Thailand

The real meaning of Thailand’s constitutional referendum

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If history is a guide, Thailand’s latest constitution will be shortlived Many observers of Thailand’s ongoing debilitating political crisis have been scratching their heads trying to understand how Thai voters approved a draft constitution in the referendum on 7 August 2016 which is so blatantly designed to entrench military rule. The result of the referendum […]

Japan

Will Japan’s lowered voting age reverse decreasing voter turnouts ?

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 Japan’s recent Upper House elections had special significance—it was the first time 18 and 19-year-olds were allowed to vote For the first time in a Japanese national election, 18 and 19-year-olds voted on 10 July 2016 in the twenty-fourth Upper House election, which saw the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeito, returned with […]