What “Isle of Dogs” Gets Right About Japan

What Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” Gets Right About Japan | The New Yorker

What Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” Gets Right About Japan | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/what-isle-of-dogs-gets-right-about-japan?mbid=nl_041418_Daily&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13315425&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1381232165&spReportId=MTM4MTIzMjE2NQS2To say that the film dehumanizes the Japanese is to assume the primacy of an English-speaking audience.

Why Asian Countries Are Investing So Heavily In The English Language

Why Asian Countries Are Investing So Heavily In The English Language

Why Asian Countries Are Investing So Heavily In The English Languagehttps://www.forbes.com/sites/anismuslimin/2017/11/30/why-asian-countries-are-investing-so-heavily-in-the-english-language/#28e4f7075e85There’s a very clear correlation between English proficiency and economic competitiveness both at the country and individual levels for all Asian countries. Singapore leads the pack followed by Malaysia, the Philippines, India and Hong Kong, while South Korea settles in sixth. Economic powerhouse China isn’t too far behind in eighth, followed by Japan and Indonesia.

We try Japan’s non-melting ice cream to see if it’s for real

We try Japan's non-melting ice cream to see if it's for real - CNET

We try Japan’s non-melting ice cream to see if it’s for real – CNEThttps://www.cnet.com/news/we-try-out-japans-non-melting-ice-cream-to-see-if-its-for-real/?ftag=CAD1acfa04&bhid=27170905380744054130315685538756Kanazawa Ice’s non-melting ice cream lasted longer under the hot Tokyo sun than I did. It’s made with polyphenol liquid extracted from strawberries, which apparently makes it harder for the water and oil in the ice cream to separate, allowing the popsicle to retain its shape a lot longer.

2017 Honda Civic Type R: Forbidden fruit no more

2017 Honda Civic Type R Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow

2017 Honda Civic Type R Release Date, Price and Specs – Roadshowhttps://www.cnet.com/roadshow/auto/2017-honda-civic-type-r-preview/This, dear readers, has been a long time coming. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is finally here. Honda’s been making lightweight, race-ready Type R versions of its cars for about 25 years now, with the Civic first getting the nod in 1997. Those cars have shown up in Japan, Europe, Australia and… basically everywhere but the US of A.

Sea of Japan the next target for Chinese military

Sea of Japan the next target for Chinese military- Nikkei Asian Review

Sea of Japan the next target for Chinese military- Nikkei Asian Reviewhttp://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Sea-of-Japan-the-next-target-for-Chinese-military?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=cbsinteractive-cnet&utm_term=496888TOKYO — A growing Chinese military presence in the Sea of Japan is becoming an issue that Tokyo cannot overlook. On Jan. 5, three Chinese naval vessels sailed through the Tsugaru Strait between Japan’s main island and the northernmost island of Hokkaido into the Sea of Japan.

How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime

by Harry Low @ bbc.com

Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. What is the secret?

If you want to buy a gun in Japan you need patience and determination. You have to attend an all-day class, take a written exam and pass a shooting-range test with a mark of at least 95%.

There are also mental health and drugs tests. Your criminal record is checked and police look for links to extremist groups. Then they check your relatives too – and even your work colleagues. And as well as having the power to deny gun licences, police also have sweeping powers to search and seize weapons.

That’s not all. Handguns are banned outright. Only shotguns and air rifles are allowed.

The law restricts the number of gun shops. In most of Japan’s 40 or so prefectures there can be no more than three, and you can only buy fresh cartridges by returning the spent cartridges you bought on your last visit.

11 Beautiful Japanese Words That Don’t Exist In English

Untranslatable words from Japan, the polite and nature-loving country.

by Marie Sugio @ theodysseyonline.com

In Japanese culture, people have a lot of appreciation towards nature and it is very important to be polite towards others. That politeness and the nature appreciation reflected on to its language and created some beautiful words that are not translatable to English.