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Beware the culture warriors of social media

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The news media in the Western world remain dominated by newspapers, magazines and broadcasters still known as the mainstream. The most vivid proof of their continued reign over public opinion is in the figure of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose repeated attacks on “failing” publications like the New York Times… Read

Lifestyle

Getting started with street dance in Japan

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Few countries have taken to street dance quite like Japan. Almost everywhere you go there are hip-hoppers practicing their moves in front of any reflective surface they can find, breaking crews doing fast-spinning performances to entranced crowds at shopping malls and even TV shows and magazines aimed specifically at the… Read

Food

We venture out of our comfort zone with fried chicken and hamburger-flavored instant noodles

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For a somewhat conservative country like Japan, the country is really adventurous when it comes to food flavors. The recent Pringles cup ramen and yakisoba are perfect examples of their mad-scientist ingenuity. Now, ramen noodle specialist Toyo Suisan Kaisha has just released two flavors of Maruchan QTTA cup ramen that might prove to be a… Read

Travel

ANA announces new service to Vienna

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is expanding its services to Europe with the upcoming launch of a new daily non-stop route flying a Boeing 787-9 from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Vienna International Airport. Service begins on Feb 17, 2019, and will be the cornerstone of ANA's strategy to meet growing business… Read

Food

A meaty bistro classic tart that is as refined as it is rich

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This bistro classic is as refined as it is rich. We kept the filling onion-forward by cooking the strands in rendered bacon fat and stirring them into a light custard. Use yellow or white onions here; sweet onions will make the tart too sweet. Use a 9-inch tinned-steel tart pan.… Read

Health

Eye parasite can be avoided with good contact lens hygiene

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UK researchers have confirmed an uptick in cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis, an eye infection that most often affects contact lens wearers. Contact lens users can avoid the severe infection by washing and drying their hands when they handle their contacts, storing the lenses in clean solution daily rather than in… Read

Travel

Air Canada to increase international flights from Vancouver, including to Osaka

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Air Canada has unveiled plans to increase flights from Vancouver (YVR), with Delhi flights becoming a daily year-round service starting June 2, 2019. The non-stop Melbourne service will grow to four times per week year-round, and the summer seasonal service to Zurich will increase to five flights per week. YVR-Osaka… Read

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Battery-powered face warmer

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With the winter months fast approaching, it’s almost the time where you need to stock up on warm clothing. However, for those for whom simple hats and scarves aren’t sufficient in the quest for warmth, Thanko is releasing a new battery powered face warmer. As well as being designed to… Read

Lifestyle

Is a common Japanese phrase for 'goodbye' the reason for Japan’s crazy overtime hours?

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Japan has a complicated relationship with the concept of overtime work. On the one hand, pride in your profession and going above and beyond the bare minimum for the sake of the group are cornerstones of Japanese culture, and both have deep and direct connections to the peace and economic prosperity… Read

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Khashoggi case shows America's collapsing Mideast clout

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When it comes to defining America’s quandary on Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump’s description is mercenary in the extreme. If Washington doesn’t stay close to Riyadh and sell it arms, he told reporters in the Oval Office this weekend, the Saudis will turn to Moscow or Beijing instead. Given… Read

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