Toyota said on Wednesday that it was recalling around 340,000 units of its latest Prius gasoline hybrid model, in Japan and overseas, in order to fix a parking brake issue. The recall affects around 210,000 vehicles in Japan and 94,000 in North America.

In our round-up of stories in Chinese language media, we report that cities in China with fewer than three million permanent residents are to be prevented from using the so-called ‘points system’ to keep agricultural workers and others out. Beijing wants the Chinese population to be 45 percent urban by 2020.

In an exclusive piece for Asia Times, the acclaimed, best-selling writer Anita Nair says that given all of India’s problems there is no place for warmongering by its politicians or jingoism from its media.

China’s national football coach Gao Hongbo announced his resignation after a 2-0 defeat to Uzbekistan left the perennially underachieving team’s hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup hanging by a thread. Despite money pouring into the domestic football scene, China remain minnows of the global game.

A huge delegation of around 250 Philippine business executives will visit Beijing with President Rodrigo Duterte next week as he puts aside years of hostility to seek a new partnership with China at a time when tensions between Manila and its traditional ally, the United States, are mounting.

Kenny Hodgart is an editor for Asia Times.