How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors

Jul 26, 2015

How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors

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In a 2013 script for the movie “Pixels,” intergalactic aliens blast a hole in one of China’s national treasures — the Great Wall. That scene is gone from the final version of the sci-fi comedy, starring Adam Sandler and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment ...

Half-naked 'Spartans' draw crackdown by Beijing police

Jul 23, 2015

Half-naked 'Spartans' draw crackdown by Beijing police

A salad store paraded dozens of half-naked Western men dressed as Spartans through China’s capital as a publicity stunt, causing a stir and drawing a crackdown by police who were photographed restraining some of them on the ground. About 40 mostly blond and brown-haired ...

North Korean bands rock China’s borderland

Jul 23, 2015

North Korean bands rock China’s borderland

Like many Chinese hotels, the Kunlun International hotel has rock bottom prices. It also boasts rooms with round beds and dance poles, and an all-female North Korean rock band who belt out “Anthem of the Worker’s Party” and other socialist classics every night. Young ...

Eel imports peak as Day of the Ox arrives

Jul 23, 2015

Eel imports peak as Day of the Ox arrives

Imports of eels are peaking ahead of Friday’s midsummer Day of the Ox, when many Japanese partake in grilled eel, a nutritious dish that is popularly believed to help stave off summer fatigue. Trading company Marukatsu, which specializes in eel and is located near ...

Jul 23, 2015

Myanmar sentences Chinese nationals to life for illegal logging

China has lodged a diplomatic protest with Myanmar after a court in the southeast Asian nation sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment for illegal logging. China’s voracious demand for Myanmar’s raw materials has fueled resentment in Myanmar toward its giant northern neighbor. Regions ...

Japan's automaker association warns of 'downward spiral' in China sales

Jul 23, 2015

Japan's automaker association warns of 'downward spiral' in China sales

China’s vehicle market has shown signs of a “downward spiral” that will eventually hit Japanese carmakers, according to the head of Japan’s auto association. “There’s excessive competition and carmakers are building excessive capacity, and to raise utilization of the plants, they will engage in ...

Jul 23, 2015

China opens anti-dumping probe into Japan-made electrical steel

China said Thursday it has opened an anti-dumping investigation into imports of a grade of electrical steel from Japan, South Korea and the European Union. The Commerce Ministry said the probe is aimed at determining if the imports of grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel have ...

Mitsubishi may extend WWII apology to others, official says

Jul 23, 2015

Mitsubishi may extend WWII apology to others, official says

An outside director of Mitsubishi Materials Corp. said the company hopes to apologize to former British, Dutch and Australian World War II prisoners of war, and also reach an amicable solution with Chinese forced laborers, following a landmark apology to American POWs earlier this ...

China bets on North Korea in gamble to save rust belt

Jul 23, 2015

China bets on North Korea in gamble to save rust belt

At China’s very farthest limits, a town sandwiched between North Korea and Russia stands at the heart of Beijing’s plan to revitalize its bleak, frigid northeastern rust belt. Beijing has a vision of turning the nondescript outpost of Hunchun into a regional Asian trading ...