Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Sept. 9

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TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa on Monday indicated he plans to step down from his post after admitting he was hugely overpaid by a remuneration scheme connected to stock appreciation rights.

"I will do what I must do while still at the helm at Nissan and hand over the job as early as possible," Saikawa told a press briefing on the matter Monday, with his remarks coming on the heels of his admission of being massively overpaid just days earlier. (Japan-Nissan)

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BANGKOK -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers and senior officials on Monday discussed how to accelerate human capital development in the region by using policy investments and reforms.

Convening on "ASEAN High-Level Meeting on Human Capital Development" in Bangkok, the panel recognized high levels of economic growth which have substantially reduced poverty over the last 20 years. (ASEAN-Ministers)

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CANBERRA -- An exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) was aimed to take visitors back to the heyday of America's print-making renaissance with works of art by some of the 20th century's artists.

The exhibition, "Lichtenstein to Warhol: The Kenneth Tyler Collection", runs from last weekend until March 9, 2020. It collected works from Anni and Josef Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Nancy Graves and David Hockney, demonstrating their innovation and technical virtuosity in a revitalized era of print-making in the latter half of the 20th century which was labeled as a "print renaissance". (Australia-Exhibition)

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TOKYO -- Firefighters are battling a blaze which broke out at a floating solar power plant in Tokyo's neighboring prefecture of Chiba, local media reported Monday.

According to the reports, the fire, which firefighters are "struggling to contain," broke out at the largest power plant of such kind in Japan, possibly as a result of strong gust of winds left in the wake of Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall in Chiba earlier on Monday. (Japan-Fire)

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KABUL -- The war-weary Afghans on Monday paid tribute to the country's national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud by marking the 18th anniversary of Massoud's assassination amid tight security.

The day also marked the start of Martyrs Week as several official gatherings were held across the country to commemorate the week. (Afghanistan-Ahmad Shah) Enditem

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