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US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris photographed at the ambassador's residence in Seoul on January 16, 2020.

The US ambassador to South Korea is defending his mustache from allegations it signals US disrespect or Japanese colonial rule

The Korea Times reported that Harry Harris' mustache had faced criticism amid US-South Korea tensions over troop costs and Japan's colonial legacy.
Gates at a New York Times event in 2019.

A mysterious virus in China is a reminder that the world isn’t ready for a pandemic. Bill Gates says we should prepare for a deadly outbreak as ...

The virus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms and is in the same family as SARS, has killed a second person and spread to Thailand and Japan.
Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi at a press conference in Tokyo in September 2019.

A Japanese minister is being slammed for taking 2 weeks of paternity leave, highlighting the country’s toxic overwork culture

Environmental Minister Shinjiro Koizumi says he wants to encourage other men to do the same. Only 6% of Japanese male workers take paternity leave.
Ogawa doesn't think she'll be bringing Coco on another flight.

A rabbit in a bowtie sipped champagne and ate croissants in business class, and it’ll make you feel bad about flying economy

Coco the rabbit got to enjoy the high life, flying business class from San Francisco to Japan. And it's not the first time she's done it.
The Hara House.

There’s a house designed to look like a giant wooden tent in the middle of a Japanese village — here’s a look inside

The two-story home was designed by Takeru Shoji Architects and has triangular openings on both the east and west sides.

A Japanese woman was asked to take a pregnancy test before flying to a US island that has become popular for birth tourism

More tourists gave birth in Saipan than residents in 2018, as the island has become popular for pregnant women wishing to give birth to US citizens.
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and his wife Carole pose. Picture taken May 26, 2017.

The fugitive and former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says Hollywood has contacted him about his unbelievable escape from Japan

Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says he's a 'fugitive of injustice' and won't comment on whether any Americans helped him escape from Japan in a box.
Some people refer to the product of this hack as "KFC Japanese Rice."

I tried the KFC rice cooker ‘hack’ from Japan, and it didn’t live up to my expectations

The popular trend only requires four ingredients: Kentucky Fried Chicken's signature dish, soy sauce, chicken broth, and rice.
Singapore, which ranked as the second best place to hold a passport from in 2020, tied for first place last year.

The most powerful passports in the world in 2020, ranked

The world's three most desirable passports are all from Asia and offer visa-free access to nearly 190 additional destinations.
Former chairman of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon on January 08, 2020.

Japan’s minister of justice responds to Carlos Ghosn’s press conference urging the fugitive former Nissan executive to surrender. Read the...

Japan wants Ghosn to "engage in all possible efforts to make his case within Japan's fair criminal justice proceedings," the statement reads in part.