Eating on the go is a major no-no in Japan. Instead find a spot, stop and snack in stasis. Photo: Shutterstock
Mercedes Hutton
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Japan has a problem with politeness, and troublesome tourists are doing nothing to help

  • Visitors from afar pay little attention to polite requests asking them to refrain from eating while walking
  • Despite being a major no-no in polite Japanese society, locals are worried about offending travellers by issuing too direct a decree

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Eating on the go is a major no-no in Japan. Instead find a spot, stop and snack in stasis. Photo: Shutterstock
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Airbnb has been making ‘aggressive investments’ in China, but at what cost? Active discriminatory listings suggest that the company might compromise its commitment to ‘allowing anyone to belong anywhere’ to succeed where other Western companies have failed. Photo: AFP
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In China, Airbnb listings discriminate against Uygurs and other ethnic minority groups

  • The home-sharing platform has asserted that its mission is ‘to democratise travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere’
  • But listings biased against Uygurs and Tibetans exist, in defiance of the company’s own non-discrimination policy

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Airbnb has been making ‘aggressive investments’ in China, but at what cost? Active discriminatory listings suggest that the company might compromise its commitment to ‘allowing anyone to belong anywhere’ to succeed where other Western companies have failed. Photo: AFP
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