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Japan is Running Out of Samurai, Ninja Due to Tourism Boom

Japan is being challenged by an unexpected shortage of both samurai and ninja, and this is not a joke.

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China Surpasses US, EU to Become World's Largest Solar Power Producer

China has jumped ahead of both the US and Europe in the solar energy field, having reached and then surpassed its 2020 solar power target three years ahead of schedule.

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Thailand Dreams of Constructing Massive Canal Linking Indian, Pacific Oceans

A number of influential Thai businesses and public figures are pushing for the construction of a massive shipping canal across Thailand's south, which would be one of Asia's most ambitious infrastruct...

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Cambodia's 'Beating Heart,' the Tonle Sap Lake, Is Slowly Dying

Southeast Asia’s largest lake, the Tonle Sap in Cambodia, is under threat from dams, climate change and overfishing.

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China Wows Netizens With Panda-Shaped Solar Panel Farm

After Kung Fu Panda, China's national animal is sweeping netizens off their feet again - this time as a pioneer in the country’s renewable energy industry.

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Malaysia Bans Viral Hit 'Despacito' From State TV, Radio Stations

It’s official: the Malaysian government has banned Despacito from playing on state TV channels and radio stations.

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Cambodian Widow Believes Young Cow Is Reincarnation of Dead Husband

Cambodia’s social media scene is buzzing over a cow which a local villager strongly believes to be the reincarnation of her dead husband.

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Bangkok Professor Uses Social Media to Save Thailand's Old Train Stations From Demolition

A Bangkok-based university lecturer is raising awareness of the need to save historic railway stations from bulldozers.

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Muji Hotels to Open First in China, Then Japan

With three new hotels in the making, Japan's minimalist homeware brand Muji appears to be branching out to the hospitality business.

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Religious Groups in Malaysia, Indonesia Call for Starbucks Boycott Over LGBT Support

Muslim organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of local Starbucks over the corporation's support for LGBT rights.

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Starbucks Japan to Open in 100-Year-Old Kyoto Townhouse

Starbucks is attempting to merge its coffee culture with Japan's century-old traditions in the chain’s newest Kyoto location.

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Vietnam's Work Environment Is Asia’s Most Gender-Diverse: Report

Gender diversity throughout corporations in Asia is very low, but Vietnam has the continent's largest percentage of women in its boardrooms.

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China Reveals Plan to Grow Potatoes on the Moon

As part of next year’s Chang’e-4 mission, Chinese scientists plan to grow potatoes inside a moon-bound mini-ecosystem.

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'Brain Drain' Is Taking Its Toll on ASEAN Workforce and Economy: Study

Highly skilled members of the ASEAN workforce are pursuing more lucrative opportunities outside of their home countries.

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A Heroes’ Retirement Plan for De-Mining Dogs in Cambodia

An animal rights activist in Phnom Penh plans to open a specialized retirement home for Cambodia’s de-mining dogs.

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A Gang of Pickpocket Monkeys Has Taken Over a Bali Temple

A temple on Indonesia’s popular island of Bali is currently plagued by a gang of kleptomaniac primates.

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China May Ban Sale of Canine Meat Ahead of Dog-Eating Festival

Animal lovers can rejoice - for now - as authorities in the Chinese city of Yulin have issued a short-term ban on the sale of dog meat ahead of the city's infamous dog-eating festival, activists repor...

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Offices in Japan Hire Cats, Dogs, Goats to Help Employees Relieve Stress

Companies in Japan are turning to animals like cats, dogs, goats and even alpacas to help employees relieve stress.

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Indian Woman Sets New World Record for Fastest Back-to-Back Everest Ascent

An Indian mountain climber is believed to have set a new women's record for summitting Mount Everest twice in less than a week.

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Taiwan High Court First in Asia to Rule Same-Sex Marriage Legal

In a historic decision, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that the nation's laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying violates their equal protection and personal freedom.