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  1. Lifestyle - Books - SOCIETY

    Book review: Japan: The Paradox of Harmony, by Keiko Hirata and Mark Warschauer

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 03:43pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall Japan: The Paradox of Harmony by Keiko Hirata and Mark Warschauer Yale University Press 3.5 stars Julian Ryall A book, as we all know, should never be judged by its cover, but the image on the cover of Japan: The Paradox of Harmony is appropriate. And frightening. It is of up and down escalators full of young graduates- all straight ties and sober business suits- ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Red card for soccer gamblers in jail

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:31am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... they will be allowed to watch are Sunday's games between Italy and England; and Ivory Coast and Japan. Besides punishing inmates for betting, officers chose 223 prisoners between January and March ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Hong Kong more miserable than many of its neighbours, index shows

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 03:39am by KC NG

    ... 75 other surveyed regions, but more so than mainland China, whose 7.9 rating put it in 83rd place. Least miserable of the 90 nations and territories ranked was Japan (5.41), followed ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Call it animal instinct, Hong Kong schoolchildren want a big zoo

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 02:36pm by Shirley.Zhao

    ... suggested that if the city did have a large-scale zoo, any entrance fee should not exceed HK$30. Zoos in Guangzhou, Taiwan and Japan charged fees around this rate, he said. The lawmaker said he ...

  5. News - World - SOCIETY

    Pritzker Prize for Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who builds in cardboard

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 09:45pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in New York Japan's Shigeru Ban wins the Pritzker Prize for innovative designs that use everyday materials in humanitarian efforts around the globe Top accolade ... winning the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Ban, 56, is the seventh architect from Japan to receive the honour. For two decades he has rushed to the site of disasters- for example the 1995 ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Happy birthday Hello Kitty! Superstar cat celebrates 40th anniversary

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 11:36am by Amy Nip

    ... to keep fans interested." Hello Kitty debuted in Japan in 1974, wearing a navy blue jumpsuit and sitting upright in a coin purse. Two years later, in 1976, she stood on her paws for the first ... a big flower on her head when the alternative Ganguro trend hit Japan in the 1990s. Then she got a boyfriend, Dear Daniel, coinciding with the announcement of a high-profile celebrity marriage ...

  7. News - Asia - SOCIETY

    Essential survival tips for train commuters in Japan

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... to Accomplishing Rail Commuting, was published in December and is selling fast. Trains arriving in the centre of Tokyo and Japan's other large urban areas are crammed with smartly dressed workers ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Toy guns with 'Diaoyu Islands are China's territory' on sale to Hong Kong children

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:30am by Thomas Chan

    ... in Japan holding pistols during the second world war," he said. Cheung said militarism had been used in Japan to cultivate a particular mindset, and that commercial products often reflected ... the Diaoyus, which Japan calls the Senkakus. "We are against Japanese militarism. We shouldn't let our next generation take guns and other weapons onto the island," he said. ...

  9. News - Asia - SOCIETY

    Women the answer to Japan's ailing economy

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 11:20am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo If Japan is to turn its economy around it must call on its women. As more older people live longer, the workforce that supports them gets smaller. The result ... month that women could rescue Japan’s chronically underperforming economy if more of them had jobs. A Goldman Sachs report in 2010 estimated that Japan’s GDP could jump by a staggering 15 per ...

  10. News - Asia - SOCIETY

    Too-shy geeks in Japan mask up for dates

    Posted Nov 25th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washinomiya Hiding behind cartoon characters offers a face-saver for too-shy 'otaku' seeking love Japan 'mask meet' helps geeks date Self-confessed geeks in Japan who might ordinarily be too shy to ask someone on a date are trying a new kind of matchmaking: wearing cartoon character masks. In a small town north of Tokyo, 15 men ...




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