Japan, still mired in the economic doldrums, is trying more than ever to strengthen ties with ASEAN members, counting on their rapid economic expansion and growing clout as it faces an increasingly assertive China.
Friction over competing claims in the South China Sea was the hot-button issue at the weeklong foreign ministerial meetings of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its dialogue partners, including China, Japan and South Korea, held in Cambodia's capital.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)
Police on Friday said that a real estate company employee was stabbed by an unknown assailant in the lobby of an office building near JR Akihabara station. The man is currently in a serious condition in hospital. (Japan Today )