TOKYO/SEOUL/SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Japan and South Korea battle entrenched mindsets as the younger generation pushes back against the overtime culture. The Straits Times takes a look at the situation in these countries and Singapore, and how some workers and firms are coping.

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TOKYO/SEOUL/SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Japan and South Korea battle entrenched mindsets as the younger generation pushes back against the overtime culture. The Straits Times takes a look at the situation in these countries and Singapore, and how some workers and firms are coping.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - President Rodrigo Duterte calls on superpowers US, China and Russia not to interfere in the affairs of Asean as the Philippines takes over the chairmanship.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - A European Union envoy says the organisation hopes to “push even further” its ties with Asean as it “tries to maintain its global and regional position”.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thailand may face an indirect hit from a potential trade war between the US and China.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Mum on the dams, Thailand backs China’s blasting plan, a danger to wildlife that could shift our border.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The installation of a girl statue symbolising comfort women in front of the Japanese Consulate General in Busan despite a 2015 deal has caused ties between Japan and South Korea to sour again.

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SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - "She never asked me to do it. I (voluntarily) did it to help her," claims Choi. 

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - If the court approves investigators to arrest Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Group is feared to face a massive leadership vacuum.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Over the past decades, previous US administrations have effectively maintained strong security presence in Asia. However, today’s strategic environment is quite different with growing challenges posed by other major powers including China and Russia.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - As the new year gets underway, ordinary citizens are concerned about the rising cost of living, the ringgit’s low level and the outflow of capital.

BOGOR, Indonesia (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Asean will need Indonesia's leadership to maintain its centrality amid issues such as South China Sea tensions. 

MANILA (The Straits Times/ ANN) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urges members to promote regional peace and stability through rule of law. 

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - South Korea should brace itself for increased tension.

NEW DELHI (The Straits Times/ANN) - Call for stiffer laws, better protection for consumers amid spate of high-profile hackings, cyber-security breaches.

BEIJING (The Japan News/ANN) - Even as Xi Jinping asserts that he has inherited China’s economic reform, he is not seeking the rate of growth the country has seen in the past, writes senior writer Hiroyuki Sugiyama.