What's Next: September 18, 2015

Demonstrators protesting against the controversial national security bills outside Japan's parliament in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept 15, 2015.
Demonstrators protesting against the controversial national security bills outside Japan's parliament in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept 15, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

Japan's security Bills set for passage

Japan's Upper House is likely to pass security Bills today which could see Japanese troops fighting abroad for the first time since World War II. After two days of disruptions by opposition lawmakers failed to derail a key vote, the unpopular Bills may gain final passage in the Upper House, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition has a commanding majority. The security policy shift has sharply eroded Mr Abe's popular support.


New Minds centre to help caregivers

A centre dedicated to helping caregivers of the intellectually disabled look after their charges and themselves will open officially today.

The Caregivers Support Services Centre, the first such facility for the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds), is located in the non-profit group's new two-storey building in Geylang Serai, which also houses its biggest day activity centre.


Market reactions to US Fed meeting

The United States Federal Reserve held a policy meeting overnight that investors were closely watching, in case the Fed decided to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade. Regardless of the outcome, regional and global markets will likely be reacting today.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNext'. Print Edition | Subscribe