It sounds like the result of a brainstorming session of elementary school girls, but the idea to make a cat the train's stationmaster proved to be the saving grace of the Kishi Station, located in Kinokawa, 30 minutes from Wakayama City in southeast Japan. A calico cat named Tama has spawned a whole tourism industry in the rural town.
In this year’s annual Country Ratings Poll by the BBC World Service, Germany came out as the most ‘positively viewed’ nation in the world. The survey was carried asking at least 26,000 people coming from 25 different countries, asking them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole on whether the specific country’s influence on the world was either positive or negative.
If you're one of those people who love seeing your likeness on objects around your house and you got a bit of money to spare, we have good news for you. Clone Factory, a Japanese company that from its name itself obviously prints 3D human faces, can now print any face and put it on a doll's body.
Chinese newspaper Global Times’ website recently put out in public an alleged “design concept” for a new, highly futuristic Japanese military helicopter, but they made some very foundational mistakes in their assumptions – firstly, that the design is not real, and secondly, that the alleged futuristic aircraft was not even made by the Japanese military.
For various reasons, there are a huge number of bicycles abandoned outside train stations and on roadsides in Japan. But instead of them just going to scrapyards and recycling stations, a non-profit group has taken those that are still repairable and functional and given them to healthcare professionals in developing countries that need them more.
Former Japanese adult video actress Aoi Sora has sparked another intense debate in China, but this time, it’s not even about morality or censorship. The star, whose largest fan base is in China, made calligraphy art that was reportedly auctioned for 95,000 US dollars. While some were supportive of her “art”, purists called her “unskilled” and some said her work was just a marketing ploy.
There is a growing number of Chinese nurses who are flourishing in Japan as the need for healthcare professionals for the elderly continues to grow. While aspiring nurses from Indonesia and the Philippines depend on bilateral economic partnership agreements between their countries, the Chinese have nonprofit organizations to thank.
The children from the devastated town of Namie in Fukushima Prefecture were treated to a great experience as they made a visit to the tallest tower in the world, the Tokyo Skytree. Seventeen students from Namie Elementary School made the trip last April 26, a month before the first anniversary of the tower on May 22.
When they both turn 80, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wish to turn over two of their public duties to their children, Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako and Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko. The Imperial Household Agency said these two annual duties are visiting kindergartens during spring and homes for the elderly during the fall.