New vending machines offer fresh vegetables and frozen meals, and plenty in between, with contactless sales and 24-hour convenience for the pandemic lifestyle.
Japan has managed the COVID-19 pandemic without compulsory lockdowns, penalizing the unvaccinated, and other illiberal measures. So why change it now?
“The job of a teacher became exclusively to raise patriots. Only foreign countries were allowed to be criticized,” says a Hong Kong teacher of 20 years
Global perspectives vary a great deal on last year's successful staging of the Summer Olympics and China's upcoming Winter Games.
In a political career spanning almost 50 years, it was Ishihara’s stint as Tokyo’s governor and role in the Senkaku Islands campaign that gained him in...
Zheng Qiang (not his real name) was being pressured by a mainland state agent to spy on his colleagues at the pro-democracy Apply Daily. He quit...
Days before the start of the Beijing Winter Games, COVID-19 cases are rising inside the sealed-off Olympic bubble.
Apple Daily, known for its critical coverage of China, sold a staggering 1 million copies of its final edition, symbolizing Hong Kong’s lost freedom.
The process for reentering Japan works like clockwork, and the quarantine hotel stay is completely free. But can this be sustained with the rise of Omicron?
We look at Japan’s rules and how these compare with how other countries are managing border control and arriving travelers while fighting the pandemic.
For the first time in two years pilgrims run up the 200 stone steps at Kimiidera, Wakayama wishing for good luck in the new year.
Each region has its specialty. There is eel in Shizuoka, oysters in Hiroshima, crab along the Sea of Japan in winter, and niku meshi in Kobe.