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Business Feb 13, 2018

Airbnb to maintain Japanese properties for owners

U.S. online vacation home-rental service Airbnb Inc. will start maintaining private properties for tourist stays in Japan, sources said. Airbnb and similar firms are trying to tap into the country's growing minpaku (private lodging services) market, following the rise in the number of foreign visitors. ...

U.S. to push for 'reciprocal tax' on trade partners: Trump

Business Feb 13, 2018

U.S. to push for 'reciprocal tax' on trade partners: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will push for a "reciprocal tax" against countries, including allies of the United States, that levy tariffs on American products, but officials did not provide details on how such a tax would be structured or the goods ...

Yasuaki Shimizu's artful jingles

Music Feb 13, 2018

Yasuaki Shimizu's artful jingles

by Russell Thomas

An effective commercial jingle wedges itself into your brain. There's the incessant repetition of Meow Mix, the harmony of McDonald's "I'm lovin' it" or the youthful chorus of "Biiiku, biku, biku, Bic Camera." Thirty years ago, though, Belgian record label Crammed Discs released an album ...

An excavation of hu-man traits

Art Feb 13, 2018

An excavation of hu-man traits

by Matthew Larking

The excavation of the tomb of the Tang Dynasty general Mu Tai (660-729, buried in 730) took place in Qingcheng County in China's Gansu Province in 2001. Unearthed were colorfully painted and realistically detailed small-scale sculptures of "foreign" peoples and their animals, such as ...