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This year — for the first time in its 32-year history — the Rugby World Cup will be held in Asia. On Nov 2, 2019, the International Stadium Yokohama in Japan will become just the seventh stadium ever to host the final of the world’s third-largest sporting event. While a… Read

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Hot sandwich maker for voluminous sandwiches


Doshisha Corp has released a new hot sandwich maker. The unique feature of this sandwich maker is that it is designed to make voluminous sandwiches that are up to six centimeters wide and can hold plenty of fillings. The griller has two sections, so two sandwiches can be made at… Read


Vegetarian diets not always the most climate-friendly, researchers say


It may be possible to help tackle climate change while still munching on the occasional bacon sandwich or slurping a few oysters, a new study suggested on Tuesday. Scientists found that diets in which meat, fish or dairy products were consumed only once a day would leave less of a… Read


Wakayama: A quiet and historic resort town perfect for a weekend getaway


What’s only an hour by train from Osaka, full of pristine beaches, delicious seafood, ancient architecture, and rarely crowded with tourists? If you guessed sunny, seaside Wakayama City give yourself a high five. Pristine waters at Kataonami Beach Resort Photo: Hiroki1984 Located in gorgeous Wakayama Prefecture—a region of Japan known for ancient… Read


Saudi Arabia, Japan and the world beyond oil


Late last month I flew from Washington, across Europe, Turkey and Iran to the Strait of Hormuz and beyond. After three days in Muscat, the capital of Oman and a crucial mediator in Middle East disputes, I flew on to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, very far, both geographically… Read


Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

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A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, factory smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone's health, and during pregnancy it's been linked to… Read


Bottoms up at The Heineken Rugby Sky Bar 2019


Players and fans have flown to Japan from all around the world to participate in rugby's quadrennial event that begins Friday. Sports captures the hearts of many because it is not just about the wins, but also the sportsmanship, the adrenaline rush, and the bottoms up! Join players and other… Read


Welcome to Shikoku, awarded 2nd place in Lonely Planet’s 'Best in Asia Pacific'


Lonely Planet, the publisher of worldwide travel guides, has ranked Kochi in Shikoku as No. 2 on its “Best in Asia Pacific” places to visit in 2019. After Margaret River in Australia, Lonely Planet introduces the region including Kochi Castle and Hirome Market in addition to the world-famous 88 Sacred… Read


Freeze, can, pickle, dry? 4 ways to preserve summer produce


In the last warm weeks of summer, it’s hard to imagine that today’s tomatoes, corn, peaches and other late-summer bounty will soon be just memories. But wait, they don’t have to be. With a bit of forethought, and a bit of time, we can safeguard some of this magnificent produce… Read


How dangerous is vaping? The science remains hazy


Is vaping a useful tool for quitting smoking or just a new way of harming your health? Countries around the world are beginning to consider this question and India last Wednesday announced a total ban on the sale of e-cigarettes, However such legislation is running ahead of scientific research into… Read

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