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TRS founder Yang Kaiheng to return to court as trial continues
The Real Singapore (TRS) trial continues today (June 22), with the Singaporean who founded the socio-political website, Yang Kaiheng, expected to be back in court.
The court had found that the articles published by TRS were intended to “provoke unwarranted hatred against foreigners in Singapore”.
Yang allegedly helped the site’s chief editor – his wife, Ai Takagi – to run TRS. Ai has been convicted of sedition and jailed for 10 months. - PEARL LEE
Campaigning for Japan polls starts
Official campaigning for elections to Japan’s Upper House of Parliament will begin today (June 22).
Political parties are targeting young voters in their campaign pledges for the election set for July 10, in response to a revised law, which came into effect on Sunday (June 19) that lowered the country’s minimum voting age from 20 to 18.
US Fed chairman Janet Yellen to speak at the semi-annual testimony
US Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen will speak before lawmakers during the semi-annual testimony today (June 22) and tomorrow, less than a week after the central bank kept interest rates unchanged near record lows and lowered its projections for hikes next year and in 2018.
Dr Yellen may lay down her own views on the rate hike while discussing monetary policy and the state of the economy.
Thailand expected to leave policy rate steady
Thailand’s central bank is expected to leave its already-low policy rate steady today (June 22) at 1.50 per cent, despite slow economic recovery, as further cuts may do little to help domestic activity but add risks to financial stability.
The Bank of Thailand is also unlikely to move before tomorrow’s referendum on British membership in the European Union, which Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob has warned could cause a high level of global market volatility.
Thailand’s last rate change, a 25 basis point cut, was in April 2015.