Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

Jan 17, 2017

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

The number of visitors to Japan from overseas rose 21.8 percent to 24.04 million in 2016 and their spending grew 7.8 percent to ¥3.75 trillion ($33 billion), both all-time highs, the government said Tuesday. But the pace of increase for both was much slower ...

Jan 17, 2017

Easing Asia-Pacific tensions

Improved Japan-China relations will be all the more important given the shadow of uncertainty over the international political landscape cast by the incoming U.S. administration of Donald Trump.

Chinese official fired after calling Mao a 'devil'

Jan 17, 2017

Chinese official fired after calling Mao a 'devil'

An official in northern China has been fired after he called the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, a “devil” on social media and called the annual commemoration of Mao’s birthday “the world’s largest cult activity.” Mao, who died on Sept. 9, 1976, is ...