Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China

Apr 26, 2015

Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China

by Jack Chang

All around Chow Tak-yee’s neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she’s always called home. The children of mainland families now fill her neighborhood’s best schools, and ...

Government names 18 'Japan Heritage' sites in tourism drive

Apr 24, 2015

Government names 18 'Japan Heritage' sites in tourism drive

The Cultural Affairs Agency said Friday it has chosen 18 sets of cultural assets spread across more than half of the 47 prefectures to attract more tourists and revitalize communities and economies overshadowed by Japan’s biggest cities. The first batch of so-called Japan Heritage ...

Visitor numbers surge at Toyota technology museum

Apr 14, 2015

Visitor numbers surge at Toyota technology museum

The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology attracted a record number of visitors last year, with domestic and foreign tourists flocking to its displays of machines in action. The museum showcases the technological history of the Toyota Motor Corp. group, and has as ...

Car bomb in Koh Samui hurts seven in Thailand

Apr 11, 2015

Car bomb in Koh Samui hurts seven in Thailand

A car bomb wounded seven people, including an Italian girl, when it exploded in the parking area of a shopping mall on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui, police said Saturday. The bomb was packed inside a Mazda pick-up truck and exploded late ...

Kyoto issues souvenir marriage certificates to foreign newlyweds

Apr 10, 2015

Kyoto issues souvenir marriage certificates to foreign newlyweds

The city of Kyoto on Friday began issuing marriage certificates to foreigners who wed in the ancient capital and delivered the first one to a British couple. The certificate bears the signature of Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa and contains a congratulatory message from him. ...