Saturday, December 15, 2018
There’s nothing unusual about planning for death. Lots of people write a will and some even set aside money to cover their funeral costs. That’s sensible. But in Japan, preparing for one’s end has turned into a macabre craze. They even have a word for it: shukatsu, which is a play on...
A Japanese man born months before the Wright brothers carried out the first human flight was recognised on Wednesday as the world’s oldest male at the age of 111. Sakari Momoi, a former high school principal who was born on February 5, 1903, received a certificate from Guinness World Records...
SEOUL, South Korea — The world’s oldest known man, Alexander Imich, born in 1903, died Sunday in New York. The torch will most likely be passed to 111-year-old Sakari Momori, who comes from a country full of elderly people: Japan. The Guinness Book of World Records is investigating. That’s...
Most people outside of Asia have never heard of Pocari Sweat, but the maker of this Japanese sports drink hopes that change after it becomes the first billboard on the moon. Otsuka Pharmaceutical has secured a spot on the first commercial robotic moon mission later this year for a...
Japan have, for the 33rd straight year, recorded a decrease in the number of children under 15. This year though, the numbers have plunged to a record low of 16.33 million, around 160,000 less than last year, according to Japan’s internal affairs ministry. As of April 1, children under...
Japan’s Internal Ministry published on its website a report that shows that the country’s population has continued to shrink for the third year in a row. The proportion of those 65 years old and up has also risen to a new record, highlighting the increasing problem of an aging population in...
Southeast Asians excited to see actual cherry blossoms in bloom and the land of anime will soon find it easy to do so as Japan’s government and ruling coalition are pushing to waive visas for people coming from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. This is part of the country’s...
Aoshima Island in Ozu, Ehime Prefecture is called the “Island of Cats” because the number of cats living on the island is five times more than the human population. Only 15 people are living there, sharing their land with more than a hundred cats. While there are a dozen ‘cat islands’ in Japan, Aoshima...
From flaming balls to burning barrels, a drag queen drop to an all-night Junkanoo - we see in 2014 with some of the world's quirkiest celebrations Watch the fireballs in Stonehaven, Scotland Thousands of revellers line the street in this small town near Aberdeen to witness the century-old Hogmany celebration, when...
TOKYO -- International airports in Japan are striving to become friendlier to Muslims amid a steep increase in visitors from the Islamic world following the Japanese government's relaxation of regulations for issuing visas. An increase in private prayer rooms for Muslims, who pray five times a day, and availability of...