Asia Briefs: Last VCR manufacturer to stop production

Funai Electric will stop making video-cassette recorders by the end of this month.
Funai Electric will stop making video-cassette recorders by the end of this month.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Last VCR manufacturer to stop production

TOKYO • The clunky video-cassette recorder (VCR) is going the way of floppy disks and eight-track tapes as the world's last manufacturer ends production of the once-booming home-video technology.

Japan's Funai Electric cited a sharp decline in sales and trouble sourcing parts for its decision to stop making VCRs at a plant in China by the end of this month.

Most of the consumer electronics firm's VCRs were sold in North America in recent years, including under the Sanyo brand.

Sales have plummeted from 15 million units a year at their height to 750,000 last year, although some may be surprised VCRs were still being made at all.

The boxy machines entered into mainstream popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, and spawned a new industry, tape rental stores.


Filipina not in Indonesia's next round of executions

JAKARTA • A woman from the Philippines convicted in Indonesia for drug smuggling and sentenced to death will not be in the first round of executions carried out when capital punishment is resumed after a lull, the Attorney-General said yesterday.

Filipino maid Mary Jane Veloso got a last-minute reprieve last year, following a request from Manila.


Vietnam re-elects National Assembly chief

HANOI • Ms Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairman of the 13th National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam, was re-elected as chief of the new Parliament for the 2016-2021 tenure, according to voting results announced yesterday.

Ms Ngan has been re-elected with 483 "yes" out of 490 valid votes cast by NA deputies at the ongoing first session of the 14th NA in Vietnam's capital Hanoi.


Pakistani PM's party wins polls in Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD • Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ruling party swept local elections in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, according to unofficial results yesterday, giving him a boost after months of pressure from his opponents.

His Pakistan Muslim League won 31 seats in the region's 41-seat assembly, said an official with the election commission.


Indian Air Force plane with 29 on board missing

NEW DELHI • India yesterday mounted a massive search and rescue operation for an Indian Air Force plane that went missing with 29 people on board over the Bay of Bengal.

Five surveillance aircraft and 13 navy and coastguard ships launched the search for the aircraft, which vanished shortly after take-off from the southern city of Chennai. The aircraft was on its way to Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe