A proposal to ban the paper slips, like plastic straws, asks little of citizens and will have just as little impact on the environment.
For Adam Minter's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
For much of the emerging world, the key to reducing pollution is making the transition to battery-powered motorcycles and scooters.
Skipping straws may be hip. But there are much better ways to fight pollution.
In the waning days of Malaysia's recent election campaign, then-opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad was investigated under the country's anti-fake news law. Had he been charged and convicted, he could have spent as much as six years in prison. Instead, Mahathir was elected prime minister with ...
An agreement to expand market access in China would be the best way to Chinese government avoid censorship.
Although China long ago mastered the art of making products with semiconductors produced elsewhere, it wants to move beyond being a mere assembler.
The social network is conquering e-commerce in emerging economies.
A ban on gay content has set off a furious backlash.
By making bets he was happy to lose, the English physicist showed that science progressed with each mistake.
Repurposing lithium-ion batteries instead of recycling them is a simple idea, but it may have profound consequences.