What's Next: May 18, 2018

Briefing by Phnom Penh Post owner

Mr Sivakumar Ganapathy, the new Malaysian owner of Cambodia's Phnom Penh Post, will brief the media today in the wake of a controversy over his former business ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen. The English-language daily's editor-in-chief was fired for allowing the publication of an article on the new proprietor's business history with Cambodia's government, amid concerns that the sale could signal the end of independent media in the country.

Dialogue on eco-sustainability

At the 5th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources, which takes place in Singapore today, experts from the region will explore what Asean countries are doing to combat climate change and how to encourage green growth, among other topics. Key speakers include Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli and Dr Bambang Brodjonegoro, Indonesia's Minister for National Development Planning.

Japan's inflation data

Japan will unveil its consumer price index for last month today. HSBC expects tame inflation of 0.6 per cent.

Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda caused a stir in March when he told Parliament that the central bank could consider exiting its ultra-easy policy if inflation hits its 2 per cent target as projected in the fiscal year ending in March 2020. He has since backtracked on this.

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