Climbing limits are being set on Mount Fuji to fight crowds and littering

Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Published Monday, May 20, 2024 10:36PM EDT Last Updated Monday, May 20, 2024 10:37PM EDT TOKYO (AP) — Those who want to climb one of the most popular trails on Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji will have to book a slot and pay a fee as crowds, littering and climbers who […]

“My little girl was crying”: Family lose £2,000 holiday after dad turned away from plane at Manchester Airport over small passport detail

A mum said her little girl was ‘left crying’ after they were unable to go on their £2,000 holiday due to a ‘near invisible’ ink stain on her dad’s passport. Charlotte Estlick, her husband Myk and their six-year-old daughter Nyla were due to jet off from Manchester Airport to Dalaman in Turkey on a package […]

Gulf Livestock 1 stockman William Mainprize to be farewelled as family appeal for information from survivors

The family of a beloved Australian shipworker who vanished at sea more than three years ago have revealed when they will finally hold his funeral — but say the formal service won’t end their bid to uncover why their brother and dozens of crew were sailed directly into a huge storm. NSW man William Mainprize […]

Tsai Ing-wen, the leader who brought Taiwan closer to the US, bows out

In a riot of yellow braids, glitter and spandex, garnished with a huge yellow water lily, Taiwan’s latest global celebrity danced her heart out for the island’s diminutive, softly spoken president, whose mild manners belie her outsized legacy. Tsai Ing-wen, 67, stepped down as Taiwan’s president on Monday. Before handing over the keys, on Wednesday […]

Japan’s inexperienced investors fall for scams ‘like babies’

TOKYO – As Japan’s stock market booms, something else is also on the rise in the nation: investment scams. Criminals have been quick to exploit the paradigm shift that has seen a relatively financially inexperienced population turn to investing, spurred by rising consumer prices and government encouragement to find higher returns for their savings. In […]

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders cultures celebrated in North Texas

More than 1,000 North Texans celebrated Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander heritage and culture at a half dozen festivals in Dallas-Fort Worth this weekend. Organizations representing various parts of Asia shared their cultures and talents with festivalgoers in Dallas, Garland, Grand Prairie and McKinney. On Sunday, hundreds of people attended Dallas’ first Asian […]

WATCH PARKSCENTER – Disney Investing More in IP in the Parks, Tiana Previews Coming, and a Look at Fantasy Springs

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens on June 28th, and previews begin on June 2nd! Join us live tonight, Sunday, May 19th, at 9:00 p.m. ET, or watch ParksCenter anytime on WDWNT.TV. We are updating you on all of the big things happening in the Disney Parks each week! We cover the top stories in Disney Parks […]

Ever looked yourself up on a chatbot? Meta AI accused me of a workplace scandal

SINGAPORE – It has been more than a year since ChatGPT launched into the mainstream, but chatbots have not stopped lying. In early May, I asked Meta AI, the latest chatbot to hit the masses to rival ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini, “Who is Osmond Chia?” (Everyone does a little self-googling now and then, right?) The […]

Roy Keane in mourning as his ‘loyal and beautiful’ dog Jet passes away

Roy Keane has paid a touching tribute to his ‘beautiful and loyal’ dog, Jet, who passed away. Taking to social media to announce the news, Keane shared pictures of his beloved Jet along with the caption : “Thanks Jet for being so beautiful and loyal to our family. We will miss you.” Jet will be […]

How LVMH exhumed luxury rail with the Eastern & Oriental Express

“We had ideas but not definitive ideas. I said, ‘We have to restart this train, otherwise it may well be perceived as a dead business’. So we started putting a plan together. The money was there, given we were backed by LVMH. We just needed to convince them.” Upholstered seating makes for a comfortable ride. Ludovic […]

Japan’s first-ever Yakult cafe serves a rare probiotic ice cream in the shadow of a famous castle

A sacred place for shogun…and lovers of lactic acid bacteria ice cream. Ever since it was first introduced to the market in 1935, Yakult has been taming the intestinal tracts of the nation and the wider world with its Shirota strain of lactic acid bacteria, named after its founder, Dr Minoru Shirota (1899-1982). In recent […]

HEADLINES: Chinese ships swarm Julian Felipe Reef | May 20, 2024

Good day. Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Monday, May 20, 2024. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Wilcon Depot, the Philippines’ leading home improvement and construction supplies retailer — your trusted building partner. READ: Chinese ships swarm Julian Felipe Reef CHINA is poised to take effective control of Julian […]

Shu macaron and herbal Japanese tea pairings are a feast for the eyes and mouth in Harajuku

Enjoy these stylish shu macarons with original blends of tea to enhance the flavors even more.  Chou à la crème (cream puffs), known as “shu cream” in Japanese, are a perpetually popular fixture at patisseries across Japan. Last November, the new bakery-cafe Cf. Harajuku in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku district was inspired to offer a new […]

China’s ‘AI-in-a-box’ products threaten Big Tech’s cloud growth strategies

China’s artificial intelligence groups are selling “AI-in-a-box” products for companies to run on their own premises, in a threat to the AI cloud computing services offered by the country’s big tech groups such as Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent. Huawei has signed up more than a dozen AI start-ups to bundle and market their large language […]

Is America ready for a $400 pineapple? Luxury fruit is now a thing

New York CNN  —  Imagine you have $400 to spend on a luxury dining experience. You might treat yourself to a tin of premium caviar, a bottle or two of very fine wine or a multi-course meal at a high-end restaurant. Or you could blow it all on a single pineapple. The Rubyglow pineapple –— […]

French security forces work to regain control of airport highway in violence-scorched New Caledonia

Open this photo in gallery: French security forces board a plane to New Caledonia at the Istres military base in southern France, on May 16.The Associated Press Using armoured vehicles and backhoes to shove aside charred barricades, French security forces worked Sunday to retake control of the highway to the international airport in violence-scorched New […]

This super cheap, super Japanese-looking Tokyo hotel is a hit with foreign travelers

Minami Senju continues to be a travel bargain with the Tokyo SA Ryokan. Tokyo’s reliable, convenient rain network is great for travelers in a whole lot of different ways. Not only do all those crisscrossing train and subway lines make it easy to hop to different sightseeing spots all over town, they also mean that […]

This Week in Explainers: How ultra-rich Pakistanis have stashed their wealth in Dubai

The world saw many shocking developments this past week. Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico was hospitalised this week after being shot in an assassination attempt. An investigative report revealed how the rich and famous of Pakistan, which is strapped for cash, owned properties worth billions in Dubai. In the Netherlands, a 29-year-old woman has been […]

As ethnic armed group claims to have captured a town in western Myanmar, Muslim Rohingyas flee again

Open this photo in gallery: Rohingya refugees walk at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Feb. 2, 2021.Shafiqur Rahman/The Associated Press A powerful ethnic armed group fighting Myanmar’s military government in the country’s western state of Rakhine claimed Saturday to have seized a town near the border with Bangladesh, marking the latest in […]

Anthony Albanese spent $129k for King Charles coronation trip as travel bill racks up

Australian taxpayers forked out more than $129,000 for the Prime Minister to attend King Charles III’s coronation last year, adding to a travel bill of more than $2 million for Anthony Albanese’s first year in office. New figures released by the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) show the high flyers and biggest spenders in Government, […]

News Weekly: Motorola Razr leaks, GPT-4 Omni, the latest TikTok drama, and more

AC News Weekly (Image credit: Android Central) News Weekly is our column, where we highlight and summarize some of the week’s top stories so you can catch up on the latest tech news. This is Android Central’s News Weekly, your go-to source for a concise roundup of the week’s most significant tech stories. This is where […]

Krispy Kreme Japan unveils new doughnuts filled with…cheese?

Say hello to the Cheerful Cheese! collection. Krispy Kreme has changed its strategy in Japan in recent years, focussing more on sweet releases that appeal to local tastes, and judging by this latest release, local customers love cheese. The new lineup coming to stores is called “Cheerful Cheese!” and as the name suggests, cheese is […]

Caught by the Tides review – two-decade relationship tells story of China’s epic transformation

As so often in the past, Chinese film-maker Jia Zhangke swims down into an ocean of sadness and strangeness; his new film is a mysterious quest narrative with a dynamic, westernised musical score. It tells a human story of a failed romance spanning 20 years, and brings this into parallel with a larger panorama: the […]

Watch: The Great Khali Playfully Lifts Jyoti Amge, World’s Shortest Woman. Internet Isn’t Happy

Amge’s condition, meanwhile, has been caused by primordial dwarfism. (Photo Credits: Instagram) In the video, Khali lifts Jyoti with one hand, doing a few flying manoeuvres before lowering her. Meanwhile, she was audibly giggling. Dalip Singh Rana, better known as The Great Khali, a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) icon and former champion, is extremely popular. […]

Ultra-cheap, convenient Tokyo hotel is a great place to stay…if you pay extra for earplugs

The name should have tipped us off. If you’re looking for someplace to stay in Tokyo that’s both affordable and convenient, the Nippori area is a good pick. Nippori itself may not have much in the way of tourist attractions, but that means its hotels are more affordable than many of Tokyo’s other downtown neighborhoods. […]

Discover navigation with Google Maps geospatial AR content

Google Maps, the ubiquitous navigation app from Google, is constantly evolving to enhance user experience. Beyond its core functionality, Google regularly introduces new features to make navigating the world easier and more informative. Recent examples include filters for identifying charging stations, street highlighting for better clarity, and a modernized interface for the Android version. Google […]

The inside scoop: a giant serving of the UK’s best summer arts and entertainment

Art National TreasuresTwelve museums across the UK, closing dates varyTurner’s The Fighting Temeraire visits Tyneside, Artemisia Gentileschi shows at the Ikon in Birmingham and Caravaggio goes to Belfast in this epic tour of paintings from the National Gallery. The revered London museum has collected art for the nation since 1824 and this celebration sees its masterpieces more […]

1 Unstoppable Stock That Could Join Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia, Alphabet, Amazon, and Meta in the $1 Trillion Club

Since early last year, it’s become crystal clear that advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) are causing a paradigm shift in technology. Nowhere is that more evident than in the list of companies that are among the world’s most valuable, measured in terms of market cap. Microsoft made headlines over the past year or so with […]