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For Tom Hancock's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Cities stealing magic from China shamans

May 5, 2014

Cities stealing magic from China shamans

A Chinese shaman resplendent in a dark suit and green cloth hat examined yellowing pages said to predict the future — but mass migration to cities means the prospects for his own profession look bleak. “To see a spirit, you have to practice the ...

China tycoon at home in his castles

Nov 16, 2013

China tycoon at home in his castles

As the greatest urbanization drive in history swells China’s cities with ranks of look-alike apartment blocks, one culinary businessman is indulging his architectural appetite with a visual feast of extravagant, outlandish castles. “I don’t have any hobbies, except for planting trees and building castles,” ...

Chinese e-cigarette inventor fights for royalties

Oct 4, 2013

Chinese e-cigarette inventor fights for royalties

The Chinese inventor who dreamed up the electronic cigarette in a nicotine-induced vision says that despite its global popularity, copycat versions and legal disputes mean he has battled to cash in on his creation. “Smoking is the most unhealthy thing in people’s everyday lives. ...