Asia Briefs : Shots fired at N. Korean group's HQ in Tokyo

Shots fired at N. Korean group's HQ in Tokyo

TOKYO • Japanese police arrested two men yesterday after several bullets were fired at the Tokyo headquarters of a group linked to North Korea.

The men fired at the gate of a complex housing the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon). Reports said the men had links to right-wing groups.


Indonesia first in Asia to sell 'green' bonds

JAKARTA • Indonesia has become the first Asian country to sell "green" bonds internationally in a US$1.25 billion (S$1.65 billion) deal as one of the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters tapped into interest in climate-friendly investments.

Only a few of governments have sold such deals, where the proceeds are earmarked for investment in environmentally friendly projects.


Opposition mocks Najib for quinoa diet

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was mocked by the opposition after saying he doesn't eat rice any more and has switched to quinoa, which he said is healthier. He said he was introduced to the Peruvian grain by his son. Datuk Seri Najib was speaking in a TV interview aired on Thursday, where he said he could not exercise as often as he wanted, so he watched his diet.

Opposition leaders, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Mr Lim Kit Siang, jumped on the reference, saying quinoa is over 20 times more expensive than rice.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe