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Japan’s cherry blossoms in a time of coronavirus

Hanami parties celebrate the beauty, and fragility, of lifeMar 23rd 2020TOKYOEditor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily…

Let Taiwan into the World Health Organisation

Mar 26th 2020Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register here. For more coverage, see…

A sex-abuse scandal incenses millions of South Koreans

Mar 26th 2020SEOUL“FIRST HE JUST asked for a picture of my body, but then he asked if I could send one that showed my face...and then he asked me to play with myself...to use school supplies,” the girl told a local radio show on the morning…

Bangladesh releases a jailed opposition figure

Mar 26th 2020LIKE MANY others, the government of Bangladesh has issued a ban on public gatherings to curb the spread of covid-19. Yet not even the threat of a pandemic could deter supporters of Khaleda Zia, a jailed opposition leader, from…

Covid-19 forces Japan to delay the Olympics

Mar 26th 2020TOKYOWHEN THE annals of the new coronavirus are written, a chapter will surely be devoted to the dogged insistence by Japan’s prime minister, Abe Shinzo, that despite a galloping global pandemic the Tokyo Olympic Games would go…

Even tiny Pacific islands cannot escape covid-19

Mar 21st 2020Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register here. REMOTE AND pristine,…