Tag: Japan

Japan’s Abe shakes up cabinet, brings in rising star

by Hiroshi HIYAMA Japan's Shinzo Abe on Wednesday appointed new foreign and defence ministers and promoted a popular rising political star, in a cabinet reshuffle that fuelled speculation over the prime minister's successor. The spectacular appointment as environment minister of the telegenic Shinjiro Koizumi, the 38-year-old...

US power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank

by Andrew BEATTY The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned. A hard-hitting report from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney released on Monday...

Japanese researchers build robotic tail to help ageing population

Japanese researchers are pushing the boundaries of science by creating a robotic tail that extends innate bodily functions—a solution to keep the elderly mobile and productive as the country deals with an ageing population and a decreasing workforce. While robotic tails may seem like science...

Forceful tropical storm Krosa causes travel chaos in Japan following Obon festival

On Thursday (Aug. 15), tropical storm Krosa blasted through Japan with extremely strong winds and heavy rains that brought on evacuation alerts, flood and landslide warnings, and more than 600 cancelled domestic flights, throwing the country into travel chaos following the Obon festival. Classified just...

South Korean cosmetics firm boss quits over YouTube praising Japan

The head of a major South Korean cosmetics firm resigned Sunday after facing heavy backlash for forcing his staff to watch a YouTube video praising Japan during a raging trade war between the two nations. The clip, played at a monthly meeting of some 700...

Woman who spends SGD2 a day now owns three homes and retires at 34

Saki Tamogami saved money for 16 years and now she is paying off the fruits of her labour by retiring at the age of 34 years old. The Japanese woman started saving money at the age of 18 years old. She wanted to own properties before...

Singaporean man spends SGD15,000 to turn his HDB flat into a Japanese home

How far would you go to recreate something you love based on your favourite country? Amalyasa, a Singaporean man who loves Japan recently renovated his Housing & Development Board (HDB) flat into 'Little Japan.'   The 'Japanophile' loves Japan so much that he visits the country every...

Japan approves growing human organs in animals for first time

by Sara HUSSEIN Scientists in Japan will begin trying to grow human organs in animals after receiving government permission for the first study of its kind in the country. The cutting-edge -- but controversial -- research involves implanting modified animal embryos with human "induced pluripotent stem"...

After half a decade of useless scolding, lady creates Instagram account highlighting “frustrations” with husband’s untidiness

Fukuoka, Japan – What should you do when your spouse does not take heed of your reminders to clean up after himself? Start an anonymous Instagram and make his quirks viral. A Japanese wife has had just about enough with discovering random rubbish lying around...

Coca-Cola to release new alcoholic soft-drink

Popular soft drink giant Coca-Cola will be releasing an alcoholic beverage but it will not be in the US market just yet. Coca-Cola spokesperson Scott Leith said the company will officially launch the Lemon-do alcoholic soft drink in Japan in October. It debuted in May 2018...