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Jashin-chan Dropkick Episode 8 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

On this episode, Jashin-chan gets a gambling problem. Later, Pekora continues her homeless struggle.

The plot wasn’t interesting or funny since they already had plots relating to Jashin-chan’s gambling. But, it was funny to see Pekora react to Poporon’s lost halo. Other than that, I wonder if there’s going to be the usual funny plots aside from a repeat. Now what’s going to be the next plots? Overall, disappointing gambling plot and funny Pekora reaction.

Conclusion: Disappointing gambling plot and funny Pekora reaction. …continue reading


Nakagin Capsule Tower edging closer to demolition

One of the leading examples of Japan’s metabolist school of architecture – Nakagin Capsule Tower – is inching closer towards a potential fate of demolition after the land under the building recently changed hands.

On June 29, the land underneath the Nakagin Capsule Tower building was sold to CTB GK, a limited liability company established only earlier that month. The sale included the land, the 1st floor retail space, 2nd floor office space, 16 capsules and two buildings behind the Capsule Tower. The seller was Nakagin Group, the developer of the building. The new owner promptly informed the chairperson of the apartment owners association of their intent to redevelop the site.

Capsule owners were also informed that the new landowner would not approve any future capsule sales. Since the land is registered under the ‘chinshaku-ken‘ style of leasehold rather than the newer superficies style, apartment owners must get the landlord’s approval in order to transfer the land leasehold rights when re-selling an apartment. If a landlord does not provide approval, the apartment owner must seek the court’s approval, which is not necessarily a given.

On August 23, the head of the Nakagin Capsule Tower Preservation and Regeneration Project started an online petition on addressed to the governor of Tokyo seeking the support of the local government to protect the landmark building. By August 27, over 670 signatures were obtained, putting them two-thirds of the way towards to their goal.

Nakagin Capsule Tower was designed by renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa and completed in 1972. Planning and design took four months, while construction and assembly took just 12 months. The structure consists of two …continue reading


Chinese medical tourists are ‘dying to survive’

Director Wen Muye poses for a picture with cast members and crew of the movie Dying To Survive at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival, 16 June 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Stringer).

Authors: Neil Lunt, University of York and Ka Wo Fung, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dying to Survive is proving to be a 2018 hit at the box office in China. The story involves a shopkeeper smuggling a cheap generic drug into China for profit. The film — based on the true story of a Chinese leukaemia patient — is both funny and heavy on social commentary. It provides insight into the domestic health market in China, where patients are often priced out of treatments or find that treatments are unavailable.

Delays in accessing life-changing or life-saving drugs are leading many Chinese patients to make risky purchases from the internet or from middle-men. The possibility of encountering counterfeit or unsafe products encourages patients who are unwilling to take such risks (and who have the necessary disposable income) to find alternative ways to get the care they need, including travelling overseas for drug therapies and treatments.

Asia is at the centre of a growing medical tourism industry. People from within Asia and beyond are being attracted to ‘hubs’ of medical excellence in Malaysia, Thailand, India and South Korea. This burgeoning trend is a reversal of historical flows of medical tourists from low- to high-income countries.

There is growing attention to intra-regional medical travel within Asia for reasons of cost, quality and availability. A major flow took place from mainland China to Hong Kong, particularly in the form of so-called ‘birth tourism’. This flow — in which mainland Chinese women give birth in Hong Kong so that their children have the right of abode there — was encouraged by Hong Kong’s stronger legal framework and higher quality services. Hong Kong has denied obstetric services to Mainland Chinese pregnant women since 2012. Many Chinese patients also travel to Hong …continue reading


A Striking Photo of an Enormous Cumulonimbus Cloud over Tokyo by Masanobu Higashiyama

Last night in Tokyo an enormous cumulonimbus cloud hovered over Tokyo for hours, bringing with it a spectacular light show that at times felt like the end of days. But the thunder and lightning also afforded photographers the opportunity to capture the storm system. One of the most ‘striking’ photographs was by Masanobu Higashiyama, a […]

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