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 ...

Dangerous uncertainty surrounds Taiwan Strait

Jan 15, 2017

Dangerous uncertainty surrounds Taiwan Strait

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The world’s most dangerous flash point got much more dangerous last Wednesday when China sent its lone aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait and Taiwan scrambled fighter jets in response. This is how accidental wars start: provocation and counter-provocation in an environment with too ...

China sends aircraft carrier into Taiwan Strait

Jan 11, 2017

China sends aircraft carrier into Taiwan Strait

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Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that China’s only aircraft carrier had transited the Taiwan Strait amid soaring tensions between Beijing and Taipei. The ministry said the Liaoning carrier had passed through the 160 kilometer-wide (100-km-wide) waterway that separates Taiwan from southeastern China. It said ...

It's gonna be huge: China factory hatches giant Trump chickens

Jan 9, 2017

It's gonna be huge: China factory hatches giant Trump chickens

A Chinese factory is hatching giant inflatable chickens resembling Donald Trump to usher in the Year of the Rooster. The five-meter (16-foot) fowls sport the distinctive golden mane of the U.S. president-elect and mimic his signature hand gestures with their tiny wings. Cartoon figures ...