10 must-reads for today

Tsukimi Ayano.
Tsukimi Ayano.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
 Saraya-Jade.
Saraya-Jade.
Chang Ai-Lien.
Chang Ai-Lien.

Nagoro, which is about 550km south-west of Tokyo, has become known as the valley of dolls after local resident Tsukimi Ayano  began placing life-size dolls everywhere, including in the local school, to inject some life into her depopulated village. The depopulation problem is replicated all around Japan, as it battles a declining population.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo appears set for a second term as unofficial quick-count results from yesterday's election rolled in. His rival, Mr Prabowo Subianto, however, claimed that he had won the popular vote and urged supporters not to let his victory be snatched away. Still, observers say the official results are unlikely to change from the projected outcome of the election.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe