Tokyo

  • Environment

    Japanese firm sells whale meat from vending machines

    Whale meat is not to everyone’s taste, but a Japanese whaling company has enraged millions by selling whale meat from vending machines to boost consumption. Kyodo Senpaku led Japan’s whaling fleet during its controversial expeditions to the Southern Ocean. The company has now opened its first kujira (whale meat) “stores” at two locations in Tokyo. The machines sell a variety…

  • Lifestyle

    Tokyo becomes latest city in Japan to recognise same-sex partnerships

    Tokyo, Japan has become the latest city to recognise same-sex partnership rights in terms of housing, child-rearing, and healthcare. But, same-sex marriage is still prohibited nationwide, leaving out other legal protections that are currently only afforded to heterosexual married couples. The Tokyo Partnership Oath System was enacted on Tuesday, with many LGBTQ community members praising the legislation as a step…

  • World

    Japan hits record high in Covid-19 cases

    Japan’s number of Covid-19 infections climbed to a new record yesterday. While Japan’s previous peak was 104,169 cases in February, yesterday, there were 110,600 cases. In Tokyo, 18,919 new cases were confirmed. The city’s metropolitan government raised its Covid alert to the highest of four levels. Most cases are mild and don’t require hospital treatment. As the country moves on…

  • World

    Chinese sperm imposter sued in Japan after lying about ethnicity, education, wife

    A Tokyo woman who sought impregnation from a “sperm donor” has given up her child for adoption, after she learned the father is actually a Chinese imposter, and has sued him for nearly US$3 million. The woman, whose husband suffers from an unnamed heredity disease, was reportedly desperate for a second child when she sought out a sperm donor online.…

  • Thailand

    Chiang Mai street vendor goes viral for showing skin to sell sweets

    A 23 year old Chiang Mai street vendor has gone viral online after she decided to draw in customers by showing a bit of skin, wearing a cardigan-style shirt, loosely pinned at the top, with nothing underneath while making the popular street snack known as “khanom Tokyo” which are basically Thai pancakes. Before going viral as the sexy street vendor,…

  • Tourism

    Zipair is the first budget airline to fly from Asia to the US

    As tourists finally begin to take to the skies again, a low-cost airline in Japan is set to become the first budget carrier to fly from Asia to North America. Zipair Tokyo Inc announced today that it is launching flight service between Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Los Angeles International Airport in California, the first budget airline to do so. Zipair…

  • World

    Stabbing spree on Tokyo train Halloween night injures 17

    A man dressed in what appears to be a costume of Joker from the Batman comics and movies allegedly went on a stabbing spree on a Tokyo train Halloween night, injuring 17 people. The train had to make an emergency stop and riders escaped the train through the windows. The alleged attacker, 24 year old Kyota Hattori, was arrested and…

  • Thailand

    Tokyo Olympic Games: 41 Thai athletes compete for gold

    The pandemic-delayed 2020 Olympics are finally set to get underway in Tokyo on July 23, under heavy Covid-19 restrictions as Japan still battles the virus. But as the Olympic Games are gearing up to begin, Thailand has sent 41 hopeful athletes to compete for the gold medal in Tokyo. Thailand will be competing in 15 events in the Tokyo Olympics:…

  • World

    State of emergency extended in Japan

    A month before the Olympic Games begin, a state of emergency has been extended in 9 Japanese prefectures, including Tokyo. The extended decree is in force until June 20 and covers Hokkaido, Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Okinawa. In the prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Gifu, and Mie, strict non-emergency restrictions are in force and have…

  • Business

    Thai Airways delays take off in 2021 | VIDEO

    Due to the current outbreak of Covid-19, Thai Airways, Thailand’s flagship airline, is reducing its international flight schedule until at least March 27. A limited schedule of domestic flights are still operating as normal under the airline’s domestic carrier Thai Smile. Thai Airways will reduce international flights to the following destinations: Asia •Hong Kong: One daily return flight – TG638/TG639…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Japan suspends entry for non-resident foreigners amidst new Covid variant

    Japan is suspending nonresident foreign nationals from entering the country starting tomorrow through late January as a precaution to stop the spread of a new and possibly more transmissible strain of the Covid-19 virus. Japanese citizens and foreign residents alike will also have to submit negative virus test results within 72 hours of departing to Japan from countries and territories…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Tokyo Olympics may cost almost US$2 billion more due to Covid delay

    The Tokyo Olympics may cost almost US$2 billion more than its original budget of US$13 billion, after it has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Olympic organisers say they will decide on the increased budget for the Games after communicating with Japan’s government and Tokyo. The Games were postponed by 1 year after Covid-19 spread worldwide, with its opening…

  • Thailand

    Thai Airways offers ‘semi-commercial’ flights to 7 international destinations

    After a major slowdown in both international and domestic travel due to coronavirus travel restrictions, Thai Airways is now offering flights to and from 7 international destinations over the next 2 months, according to the airline’s chief executive Wiwat Piyawirot. These flights are “semi-commercial.” Wiwat says return flights are intended for Thais returning home from overseas, those with families in…

  • Events

    Thai sports minister optimistic about Olympic boxing gold

    Thailand’s minister of tourism and sports says he’s optimistic that Thai boxers will win a gold medal at next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games (if the Games are held at all). Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn visited the national team’s training camp at the National Sports Training Centre in Saraburi province, northeast of Bangkok. He was accompanied by the governor of the Sports Authority…

  • Việt Nam

    Tin COVID-19: Nhật Bản dự tính tăng gấp 3 dự trữ thuốc Avigan điều trị virus corona

    Chính quyền Tokyo đang cân nhắc tăng thêm kho dự trữ thuốc kháng virus Avigan – thuốc được dùng điều trị bệnh cúm ở Nhật và gần đây được cho là có thể điều trị hiệu quả bệnh COVID-19 – lên gấp 3 lần so với mức hiện nay để có thể điều trị khoảng 2 triệu người nhiễm virus…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Coronavirus UPDATE: Tokyo faces climbing case numbers, makers of ‘Corona’ beer suspend production

    The international toll has reached 1,097,810 and deaths 59,140 with no sign of a slowdown at this stage (7.30am Thai time). The world will be adding 100,000+ new case every 24 hours within the next few days unless we start to see a flattening of the curve. The US has had another day of burden for its health system –…

  • Việt Nam

    Hai người tử vong trong ‘ổ dịch’ corona trên du thuyền ở Nhật Bản

    Theo Kyodo ghi nhận, hai hành khách nhiễm virus corona trên du thuyền Diamond Princess cách li tại Nhật đã tử vong. Theo Kyodo, hai hành khách là một cụ ông 87 tuổi và cụ bà 84 tuổi đều là công dân Nhật Bản, có bệnh lý nền và nhập viện sau khi rời tàu vào tuần trước. Du thuyền…

  • Environment

    Second death in China from virus concerns officials with the CNY holidays looming

    “At least 41 people have now been diagnosed as being infected this latest flu-like strain.” Medical officials in China’s Wuhan city have announced that another man had died after being infected by the new coronavirus strain. Thailand and Japan have now reported new cases of a the Chinese Coronavirus that has already killed two and infected at least 40 in…

  • Weather

    Morning peak chaos in Tokyo after typhoon Faxai passes through

    by Kyoko Hasegawa, PHOTOS: AFP “Authorities said more than 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters opened to accommodate those complying with the evacuation advisories.” A powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with ferocious winds and driving rain caused is causing commuter this morning, with trains halted and more than 100 flights cancelled. Typhoon Faxai, packing winds of up to…

  • World

    Missing 14 year old Thai boy found dead in Tokyo

    The mother of a Thai teenager who went missing in Tokyo last Monday has revealed that she has found her son but that he had died. Yuwajitra Watchara-arpa has not revealed the cause of the death of 14 year old Thian Sukanonsawat on the social network, saying merely that he had passed peacefully from an “unexpected accident”. The mother thanked…

  • World

    19 Year old Thai girl dies from assault in Tokyo hotel

    Photo: MX News Following several news reports by Japanese media outlets The Foreign Affairs Ministry has now confirmed the death of a 19 year old Thai woman in Tokyo, Japan. Initial reports say police were called by hotel staff when they heard loud screams from a woman after she had been heard arguing with a man in their room. Police…