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J.T. Quigley

J.T. Quigley

He writes primarily about society and culture. In the past, he has worked as a reporter and editor in both Japan and the United States.

The World’s Best Single Malt Scotch Is…Tasmanian?
April 03, 2014
The World’s Best Single Malt Scotch Is…Tasmanian?
Sullivan’s Cove, distilled on the Australian island, ranked number one at the World Whisky Awards.
The World’s Best Single Malt Scotch Is…Tasmanian?
Myanmar’s “E-Libraries” Bring Students Up to Speed After Military Rule
April 03, 2014
Myanmar’s “E-Libraries” Bring Students Up to Speed After Military Rule
Also: Xenophobia and immigration in Singapore, Thai PM facing legal dismissal.
Myanmar’s “E-Libraries” Bring Students Up to Speed After Military Rule
RIKEN Center: Japanese Scientist Falsified Data in Stem Cell Breakthrough
April 02, 2014
RIKEN Center: Japanese Scientist Falsified Data in Stem Cell Breakthrough
Discrepancies abound as Haruko Obokata found guilty of scientific misconduct.
RIKEN Center: Japanese Scientist Falsified Data in Stem Cell Breakthrough
Singaporean Man Runs 31 Marathons in 31 Days for Bone Marrow Disease
April 02, 2014
Singaporean Man Runs 31 Marathons in 31 Days for Bone Marrow Disease
Also: Chinese passengers attack Philippine pilots after detour, half a million Cambodians affected by land grabs.
Singaporean Man Runs 31 Marathons in 31 Days for Bone Marrow Disease
‘World’s Largest Aquarium’ Just One Superlative at China’s Hengqin Ocean Kingdom
April 01, 2014
‘World’s Largest Aquarium’ Just One Superlative at China’s Hengqin Ocean Kingdom
The sprawling aquatic theme park now boasts five Guinness World Records.
‘World’s Largest Aquarium’ Just One Superlative at China’s Hengqin Ocean Kingdom
North and South Korea Exchange Fire
March 31, 2014
North and South Korea Exchange Fire
Artillery shells land on both sides of the Northern Limit Line as tensions reach a boiling point.
North and South Korea Exchange Fire
Shopping Sprees, ‘Gold Rush’ Ahead of First Japanese Sales Tax Hike in 17 Years
March 31, 2014
Shopping Sprees, ‘Gold Rush’ Ahead of First Japanese Sales Tax Hike in 17 Years
Electronics and gold were popular purchases ahead of the increase in consumption tax.
Shopping Sprees, ‘Gold Rush’ Ahead of First Japanese Sales Tax Hike in 17 Years
Gay Activist Sues the Chinese Government for Defamation
March 30, 2014
Gay Activist Sues the Chinese Government for Defamation
Xiang Xiaohan filed suit after the Hunan government refused to register his LGBT organization.
Gay Activist Sues the Chinese Government for Defamation
That Viral ‘Kim Jong-Un Haircut’ Story Is Another Hoax
March 27, 2014
That Viral ‘Kim Jong-Un Haircut’ Story Is Another Hoax
North Korean men are not being required to copy the Great Leader’s hairstyle.
That Viral ‘Kim Jong-Un Haircut’ Story Is Another Hoax
Japan Provides $66 Million in Aid for Super Typhoon Haiyan Recovery
March 27, 2014
Japan Provides $66 Million in Aid for Super Typhoon Haiyan Recovery
Also: Anwar calls on parliament to stop abuse of opposition, Malaysian jet catches fire mid-flight.
Japan Provides $66 Million in Aid for Super Typhoon Haiyan Recovery
Shigeru Ban, Japan’s Socially Conscious ‘Paper Architect,’ Wins 2014 Pritzker Prize
March 26, 2014
Shigeru Ban, Japan’s Socially Conscious ‘Paper Architect,’ Wins 2014 Pritzker Prize
Ban, whose signature medium is cardboard, has constructed temporary disaster shelters around the globe.
Shigeru Ban, Japan’s Socially Conscious ‘Paper Architect,’ Wins 2014 Pritzker Prize
Russell Crowe’s <i>Noah</i> Blocked by Indonesian Censorship Board
March 26, 2014
Russell Crowe’s Noah Blocked by Indonesian Censorship Board
Hollywood’s biblical blockbuster allegedly contradicts the Koran.
Russell Crowe’s Noah Blocked by Indonesian Censorship Board
Air Pollution Killed Seven Million People in 2012, Mostly in Asia
March 25, 2014
Air Pollution Killed Seven Million People in 2012, Mostly in Asia
A new WHO report links air pollution to roughly one in eight deaths globally.
Air Pollution Killed Seven Million People in 2012, Mostly in Asia
Malaysia Airlines Jet Re-Routed to Hong Kong Following Electrical Problems
March 25, 2014
Malaysia Airlines Jet Re-Routed to Hong Kong Following Electrical Problems
Also: All-female police force guards Typhoon Haiyan refugee camp, Anonymous hacks Thai police website.
Malaysia Airlines Jet Re-Routed to Hong Kong Following Electrical Problems
Pakistan: The Most Heroin-Addicted Country in the World
March 24, 2014
Pakistan: The Most Heroin-Addicted Country in the World
The rising prevalence of injecting drug users could create an HIV/AIDS crisis.
Pakistan: The Most Heroin-Addicted Country in the World
Dredging: A Miner Threat to the Great Barrier Reef?
March 20, 2014
Dredging: A Miner Threat to the Great Barrier Reef?
Australian mining industry accuses conservationists of “untruths” in campaign to block development.
Dredging: A Miner Threat to the Great Barrier Reef?
Pol Pot’s Daughter, Sar Patchata, Weds in Cambodia
March 20, 2014
Pol Pot’s Daughter, Sar Patchata, Weds in Cambodia
Also: Southeast Asian Film Festival headed to Singapore, Myanmar prohibits hotel construction.
Pol Pot’s Daughter, Sar Patchata, Weds in Cambodia
Michelle Obama’s China Trip: Sightseeing In, Politics Out
March 19, 2014
Michelle Obama’s China Trip: Sightseeing In, Politics Out
Joined by her mother and two daughters, the first lady will focus on soft diplomacy.
Michelle Obama’s China Trip: Sightseeing In, Politics Out
Japan’s Mizuho Bank: The Latest Defendant in Mt. Gox Bitcoin Suit
March 19, 2014
Japan’s Mizuho Bank: The Latest Defendant in Mt. Gox Bitcoin Suit
Class action lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada target a Japanese banking juggernaut.
Japan’s Mizuho Bank: The Latest Defendant in Mt. Gox Bitcoin Suit
South Korea OKs $805 Million ‘Foreigner-Only’ Casino Resort
March 18, 2014
South Korea OKs $805 Million ‘Foreigner-Only’ Casino Resort
Caesars said the complex could open in time for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
South Korea OKs $805 Million ‘Foreigner-Only’ Casino Resort
Myanmar Fighting a Losing Battle Against Opium Addiction
March 18, 2014
Myanmar Fighting a Losing Battle Against Opium Addiction
Also: Singapore housing market surges, endangered Malaysian sun bears returning to the wild.
Myanmar Fighting a Losing Battle Against Opium Addiction
Patriotism or Politics? New Zealand PM Considers a New Flag
March 17, 2014
Patriotism or Politics? New Zealand PM Considers a New Flag
John Key vows to hold a referendum if his party wins the upcoming general election.
Patriotism or Politics? New Zealand PM Considers a New Flag
Abe, ‘Deeply Pained’ By Comfort Women Suffering, Won’t Revise Kono Statement
March 14, 2014
Abe, ‘Deeply Pained’ By Comfort Women Suffering, Won’t Revise Kono Statement
Controversy over a possible review of the 1993 apology further strained Korean ties.
Abe, ‘Deeply Pained’ By Comfort Women Suffering, Won’t Revise Kono Statement
Sleeping Beauty on the Seabed: Underwater Art on Display in the Maldives
March 14, 2014
Sleeping Beauty on the Seabed: Underwater Art on Display in the Maldives
Austrian artist juxtaposes fairytale characters with aquatic landscapes.
Sleeping Beauty on the Seabed: Underwater Art on Display in the Maldives
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