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Can first COVID-19 vaccines bring herd immunity? Experts have doubts

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Governments and officials are voicing hopes that COVID-19 vaccines could bring"herd immunity", with some calculating that immunising just two-thirds of a population could halt the pandemic disease and help protect whole communities or nations. But the concept comes with caveats and big demands of what vaccines might be capable of… Read

Lifestyle

Tokyo best city in the world to live in, study says

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New York-based financial publication Global Finance publishes an annual list of the world’s best cities to live in. For 2020, Asia has had a strong showing, with three cities in the top 10 and the top spot going to none other than Tokyo. Tokyo was followed by London, Singapore, and New York in the… Read

Food

Park Hyatt Tokyo brings MSC certified sustainable bluefin tuna to its menus

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Park Hyatt Tokyo has taken another step in the direction of sustainability, after its partner and supplier, Usufuku Honten, received the world's first MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification for their longline bluefin tuna fishery. In August of this year, Usufuku Honten became the first company to receive MSC Certification for… Read

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'Demon Slayer' Christmas cakes come in 33 varieties printed with your favorite characters

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With less than a month and a half left in 2020, chances are you're already thinking about the holiday season and maybe even considering having some holiday festivities as well. Fans of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" who happen to be in Japan this season can order a "Christmas Cake" with their… Read

Health

Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

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Health officials around the world are clashing over the use of certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live. On Friday, a World Health Organization guidelines panel advised against using the antiviral remdesivir for hospitalized patients, saying there’s no evidence it improves… Read

Travel

Giant temple in mountains of Japan is also one of its most impressive tapioca bubble tea cafes

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Japan’s countryside continues to surprise us. Now, we’ve uncovered a giant – and we mean giant – temple in the Japanese countryside. Bukkosan Hosuiji Temple stands just a few minutes’ drive from the hot springs town of Ikaho Onsen in rural Gunma Prefecture. ▼ This happy sign welcomes you to… Read

Travel

Celebrate festive season at The Peninsula Tokyo

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For nearly a century, The Peninsula Hotels has been more than just celebrated global outposts of elegance and unparalleled service; they are treasured places for guests to create lasting memories and celebrate special moments. During the festive season, The Peninsula Tokyo is extending a warm invitation to all to rediscover… Read

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For Trump, sowing post-election chaos is the goal

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President Donald Trump is trying to turn America's free and fair election into a muddled mess of misinformation, specious legal claims and baseless attacks on the underpinnings of the nation's democracy. The resulting chaos and confusion that has created isn’t the byproduct of Trump’s strategy following his defeat to Democrat… Read

Travel

Beyond Tokyo’s 23 wards: Exploring west Tokyo and its remote islands

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A trip to Tokyo can get crazy—from the brightly lit, confusing parade of neon lights and pedestrian-heavy streets of Kabukicho to Harajuku’s wild fashion and the bustling crowds hurrying across Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing. These attractions show up on most tourists’ bucket lists, but Japan’s capital city—home to some 14 million people—is even more extensive… Read

Food

Swiss cheesed off over COVID threat to fondue conviviality

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As Switzerland contends with one of the worst coronavirus surges in Europe, the Swiss are gripped by one melting-hot question: is it still safe to share a fondue? The beloved Swiss national dish consists of cheese melted down with white wine in a "caquelon" pot heated by an open flame.… Read

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