Asia Briefs: MP sorry for jeering cancer patient

MP sorry for jeering cancer patient

TOKYO • A Japanese MP apologised yesterday for jeering a lung cancer patient testifying about the dangers of second-hand smoke. Mr Yoichi Anami, a ruling party member of Parliament, shouted "enough already" during a hearing last week when Mr Kazuo Hasegawa, a 47-year-old non-smoker with stage four lung cancer, was speaking.

Mr Anami's actions sparked widespread criticism on social media.


Killing dogs for meat ruled illegal

SEOUL • A South Korean court has ruled the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in a landmark decision that animal rights activists said could pave the way to outlawing the eating of canines.

The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually. But consumption has declined as South Koreans increasingly embrace the idea of dogs as man's best friend rather than livestock. But it remains a legal grey area.


S. Korea sends polar bear to Britain

SEOUL • The last polar bear kept in South Korea will be sent to Britain to escape the country's stifling, humid summers and live out his days in more appropriate surroundings.

Tongki, a 23-year-old male, was born in captivity and lives at the Everland theme park outside Seoul. This November, he will be moved to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the north of England.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe