Asia Media News Summary

SINGAPORE: GP boring? Innova spices it up with Second Life
Educational institute uses online virtual reality program to teach critical thinking and writing skills
General Paper students at Innova Junior College can claim to see things from diverse points of view. They have assumed different identities in Second Life, the highly popular virtual reality world. Innova is one of at least two educational institutions here which have tapped the popular virtual community for teaching purposes and Nanyang Polytechnic uses it to teach courses in digital entertainment and society. Earlier this year, a National Institute of Education (NIE) team worked with Innova teachers to hone students’ thinking and writing skills using Second Life. Launched in 2003, Second Life is an Internet-based digital world which now has more than 9.3 million “inhabitants” from across the globe. For the study, the NIE team bought a “private island” which was named YOUtopia. Sets like rural peasant shacks and modern office buildings were built. SOURCE: The Straits Times

JAPAN: Aussies go full bore on soap opera
Australian tourism board hopes its Japanese soap opera will attract more Japanese tourists to Australia
The Australian government is pushing ahead with an ambitious plan to host a Japanese soap opera as a means of reviving tourist numbers from Japan.  The government’s tourism body, Tourism Australia, is now looking for Australian and Japanese companies to create the TV series for the Japanese market, Bailey said. The program will feature famous Australian and Japanese actors, with popular actress Yoshino Kimura already being touted as one possible star. SOURCE: The Japan Times

KOREA: New Party’s Mobile Phone Voting to Attract Youngsters
A new voting system encourages more members of the party’s electoral college to vote, accounts for 10 percent of the final result
The United New Democratic Party (UNDP) has begun to accept registration of mobile phone voters for its primary, which will likely affect the selection of its standard-bearer. The new voting system is expected to encourage more members of the party’s electoral college, especially young people, to vote because they can cast their ballots at there own convenience. SOURCE: The Korea Times

THAILAND: Mobile firms foresee slow growth next year
Many companies focus on anticipated 3G technology
Thailand’s telecommunications industry is expecting sluggish growth in 2008 with companies adopting a wait-and-see attitude, say major mobile-phone operators. The sector is also in transition, with major operators looking for clear government policies on long-delayed third-generation (3G) mobile services from the regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). At an industry forum at the Thailand Focus 2007 conference yesterday, heads of the three major mobile operators — AIS, DTAC and True Move — agreed that regulators would be the number-one factor for sector growth. Athueck Asvanund, vice-chairman of True Corporation, said the local telecom industry is locked in a waiting period, pinning hopes on issuing 3G licences. SOURCE: Bangkok Post

SINGAPORE: ST video news now just a phone call away
Vodcast Mobile streams video news clips in real-time at no or low costs and at higher speeds
You may want to put this number in the phonebook of your cellphone: 6403-9838. This is because, from today — if you have a 3G-enabled mobile phone and Sim card — you will be able to watch video news clips from The Straits Times for free or at minimal cost. The new service, called The Straits Times Vodcast Mobile, will give users access to news content if they simply make a video call to the number. SOURCE: The Straits Times

THAILAND: Tough new restrictions on news reports of family abuse
Law prevents news outlets from displaying information or photos of domestic abuse victims and offenders
The media must show more caution in using photos or stories about domestic violence, or face tougher legal action than they ever expected under the new domestic violence law, legal experts warned yesterday. Narong Jaiharn, of Thammasat University’s Research and Consultancy Institute, said violating the law could mean a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a fine of 60,000 baht. The new act for protection of victims of domestic violence was passed on Aug 14, and will take effect on Nov 14. While protecting victims of domestic violence it also gives offenders the opportunity to reform so as to maintain a family relationship. SOURCE: Bangkok Post

One Response to Asia Media News Summary

  1. Thank you for introducing the event of Japan. I am very glad.

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