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BHUTAN - JAPAN
Bhutan plans to increase happiness with an electric cars only policy
Electric cars are set to replace combustion vehicles. Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has asked Japanese automakers Nissan and Mitsubishi to help him achieve this goal. For him, "Sustainable transportation will bring citizens happiness."
18/01/2013 BHUTAN - INDIA
Between Gross happiness index and anti-Christian persecution
The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) slams anti-conversion laws used to persecute non-Buddhists, especially Christians. Formally, Bhutan guarantees freedom of worship; in reality, Christians cannot build churches or say Mass in public.
28/01/2006 SOUTH KOREA
Seoul : Parking discounts for owners of ecological cars
The discounts will vary between 50 and 80%. The measure was introduced by Seoul city council to counter rising pollution.
22/07/2011 BHUTAN – UNITED NATIONS
“Gross National Happiness” on UN agenda
Created by the government of Bhutan, the indicator is seen as an element to add to economics-based indicators of development and productivity. For Bhutanese prime minister, “Our endeavour will have to be to prove and convince that it is, in fact, relevant to every human being and for every country”.
Japanese exports up, fuelled by demand in China and Asia
In April, Japanese exports jump by 40.4 per cent. This is the fifth consecutive month of growth, especially in cars and high-tech. Demand is especially strong in Asia, less in Europe.
Economic crisis as a chance to rethink Japan
The year 2008 was a bad year with huge losses, lay-offs, homelessness, cold weather-related deaths and pessimism. A new moral dispensation is needed.
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