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Touchless: How the world's busiest airport envisions post-COVID travel

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With COVID-19 ravaging the aviation industry, airlines and airports worldwide are reining in costs and halting new spending, except in one area: reassuring pandemic-wary passengers about travel. "Whatever the new normal (...) it's going to be more and more around self-service," Sean Donohue, chief executive of Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport… Read

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Time to make masks mandatory? It's not just a U.S. debate

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Amid pervasive backsliding on social distancing, Britain and France are weighing whether to require people to wear masks in public places. Scientists say the two countries' governments should have done so ever since they started easing lockdowns — like many other European nations did – instead of exposing their populations… Read

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Light-up Japanese bar sign capsule toys make drinking at home feel like a night on the town

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Much like cherry blossoms and special Frappuccinos, gachapon vending machine capsule toys are seasonal pleasures in Japan. Even the most popular capsule toys only stick around for a few months, and then they’re cycled out to make space for new trinkets. But the biggest gachapon hits make a triumphant return with sequel series, which is what we’re… Read

Lifestyle

Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese art of forest bathing

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If we've learned anything from watching Studio Ghibli films, it's that forests are enchanting, peaceful places full of magic and natural wonder... But did you know that spending time in forests can have an immensely positive effect on both your psychological and physical health? Shinrin-yoku (森林浴)—which literally translates to “forest bath”—is… Read

Health

Dengue prevention efforts stifled by coronavirus pandemic

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To slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments issued lockdowns to keep people at home. They curtailed activities that affected services like trash collection. They tried to shield hospitals from a surge of patients. But the cascading effects of these restrictions also are hampering efforts to cope with seasonal outbreaks… Read

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Violators, beware: Police finally put some teeth in cycling laws

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At the end of June, a revised traffic law went into effect with new and especially harsh penalties imposed for 10 separate offenses related to tailgating. As reported by Nikkan Gendai (July 3), a driver found in violation can be subjected to a fine of up to 1 million yen… Read

Travel

Marriott expands AC Hotels brand to Japan

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Marriott has expanded its AC Hotels brand to Japan, with the opening of the 296-room AC Hotel by Marriott Tokyo Ginza. Located in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district, the hotel’s modern glass and stone façade makes it a standout landmark in the heart of the capital’s luxury shopping, culinary and fashion… Read

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Sleep deprivation wiping out Japan’s productivity

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Trains are a big part of life in Japan. If you live in a metropolitan city, perhaps as a business person, you can expect a considerable commute. An hour or more is average. Traveling business people can spend even more time as they crisscross the city. Hopefully, there’s a seat.… Read

Food

The ultimate battle for ham sandwich supremacy – we examine Japan’s convenience store sandwiches

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Sandwiches. Is there anything better? Of course, Japan being Japan, you can find a number of unique sandwich fillings wherever you go, ranging from the delicately beautiful all the way to the objectively disgusting. But there are times where you just don’t feel like being adventurous and yearn for a simple ham sandwich. Luckily, Japanese convenience stores have… Read

Health

Pandemic exposes scientific rift over proving when germs are airborne

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The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a clash among medical experts over disease transmission that stretches back nearly a century - to the very origins of germ theory. The Geneva-based World Health Organization acknowledged last week that the novel coronavirus can spread through tiny droplets floating in the air, a nod… Read

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