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'Otaku speak' goes viral in Taiwan after man unsuccessfully woos woman

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A set of screenshots showing a man’s awkward attempt to woo a woman surfaced on Wednesday (Sept. 14), going viral in Taiwan, where netizens now end every sentence wi...

Dalian's ‘Kyoto-style promenade’ closes due to anti-Japan sentiment in China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The “Grand Tang’s Little Kyoto," a Japanese-themed commercial promenade in the Chinese city of Dalian, closed nine days after opening due to online outrag...

Japan's bento box — so much more than just a packed lunch

The packed lunch has been the staple midday meal for school pupils and workers around the world for hundreds of years, but the Japanese version — the bento — is far more than simply a ligh...

Cornelsen: A famous Wallaby name set to turn out for Japan

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Jack Cornelsen is heir to a major piece of Australian rugby history. He bears a famous name that for Wallaby fans evokes pride and warm reminiscence. O...

Japan's fascination with perfect — and expensive — fruits

Perfectly round with a delicious green sheen, a pair of melons from the town of Yubari in northern Japan were sold for an eye-watering 2.7 million yen (€20,260) at the first fruit auction of the ...

Taiwan inmate's creation wins 1st prize in national art competition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An inmate at Pingtung Prison has won the top honor at the "2021 National Lantern Competition" for her dazzling lantern creation, "Spring Dawn." Insp...

Pandemic puts tulips, bluebells, cherry blossoms in hiding

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — There is no stopping flowers when they bloom, blossoms when they burst. Unfortunately, people have been stopped from enjoying them these days. In pandemic time...

Kauai police chief suspended without pay for mocking Asians

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The police commission on the Hawaii island of Kauai has suspended the police chief without pay for five days for making discriminatory comments after an investigation found he moc...

Japan's famous cherry blossoms see early bloom amid warming

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's famous cherry blossoms have reached their flowery peak in many places earlier this year than at any time since formal records started being kept nearly 70 years ago, with experts ...

Japan: Earliest cherry blossom season peak on record

Japanese cherry blossom lovers have been seeing their favorite time of year come ever earlier in recent times, with 2021 proving to be a record year. The nation's favorite flower, called "sa...

Japan spends billions on technology for absent Olympic fans

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s top telecommunications company is getting 7.3 billion yen — about $67 million — in taxpayer money to design mobile tracking software to curb the spread of coronavirus infections d...

Report: Police chief violated bias policy by mocking Asians

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The police chief on the Hawaiian island of Kauai mocked people of Asian descent and in one case “squinted his eyes” and bowed his head while mimicking someone with a Japanese acce...

Del Core intros new brand with live show during digital MFW

MILAN (AP) — It was a lockdown well-spent for Daniel Del Core. The German designer chose the unlikely moment when the world was reeling from the coronavirus last spring and the luxu...

'Taiwan Breakfast Map' features early morning fare unique to 19 cities

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese illustrator "Passion Fruit" (百香果) has launched a new book that gives readers a visual overview of popular breakfast eateries across the country. Tit...

Japan's hemp business wants to distance itself from image of narcotics

The announcement that the amount of marijuana in liquid form seized by customs officials in Tokyo in 2020 soared nearly 70 times from the previous year has attracted headlines in a country that still ...