Mongolia: Parliament speaker ousted

Mongolia’s parliament voted to oust its speaker Enkhbold Miyegombo following protests in December and January regarding his selling of government positions. President Khaltmaa Battulga, who won the 2017 presidential election against Enkhbold, introduced legislation to permit a vote to oust the parliament speaker, a new development in Mongolian politics. [Channel News Asia]


Japan: ‘Abenomics’ under pressure over faulty job data

Lawmakers from both the opposition and the ruling parties strongly criticized Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry for publishing faulty job data over a period of more than a decade causing underpayment of more than 20 million people. While the Ministry is required to collect results from all businesses in the country having 500 or more employees, it had only surveyed a third of approximately 1.400 businesses fulfilling that criteria since 2004. [Japan Times]

Leaving Prime Minister Abe vulnerable to accusations of whitewashing the results of ‘Abenomics’, an investigation revealed that 40% of Japan’s 56 key economic statistics contain errors, with a group of experts set to examine all 233 data series of the government. [Nikkei Asian Review]


Former South Korean Supreme Court Chief Justice arrested, accused of political interference

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae was arrested in Seoul. Yang, who presided over the country’s top court from 2011 to September 2017, is accused of having abused his power to interfere in politically sensitive trials in order to help former President Park. Yang is accused of having masterminded a delay in the deliberation of the case in favor of the Park administration and in its attempts to mend ties with Japan. [Korea Herald]