​MURAKAMI, Niigata (The Japan News/ANN) - Ayumu Hirano, silver medalist in the snowboard half-pipe at two successive Winter Olympic Games, won his first skateboarding title on May 12 at the national skateboarding championship held in his hometown of Murakami, Niigata Prefecture.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Applications for the post-Games ownership of condominium units used as the Olympic Village during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be accepted from late July.

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - The Fund for Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) will be established and start operation in July, according to a recently-issued decree.

OTTAWA (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Vietnamese textile and garment exports to Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) markets have failed to match the country's stature as the world’s second largest apparel exporter.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The successful launch of MOMO-3, a small rocket developed by a start-up company, represents a first step in a new era in which the private sector will also play a part in commercialising outer space, which has been led by the government. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - There is growing speculation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might take the bold decision to hold a “double election” for both Diet chambers this summer, a move some members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party support and apparently aimed at keeping opposition parties on the hop.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The Lok Sabha elections phase 7 will be held on 19 May in 59 seats across 7 states and 1 Union Territory, which will mark the end of the high-octane elections to the 17th Lok Sabha in India.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The popular theory that “silence is consent” would appear to kick in as far as the reaction of the top leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party to the consistently objectionable outbursts of the party’s candidate for the Lok Sabha from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur goes.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The prologue is exceptional. In the midst of the insufferably sizzling summer in South Asia, the UN Secretary-General has initiated a critical essay towards climate change ~ an almost intractable issue ~ before leaders of both the developed and developing world assemble at the high table in September.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Western Province Governor hands over the cheque to the management of the Minuwangoda Jumma mosque to repair the damage caused by the riots that ensued the Easter bombings.