What is required to travel to Hong Kong? Many, many tests

Travelers headed to Hong Kong no longer need to quarantine in a hotel upon arrival. But they will have to submit to a barrage of Covid tests. They can go to work, take public transportation and go to supermarkets, but for the first three days, travelers can’t go into “high-risk premises” such as restaurants, bars … Read more

Shinzo Abe funeral: Japan holds controversial state funeral for assassinated leader

Tokyo CNN  —  Japan bids farewell to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in an elaborate state funeral Tuesday, despite public opposition to the cost of the event as the country grapples with their late leader’s legacy. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead during a campaign speech in Nara in July, stunning a nation … Read more

Stocks trade higher after negative start to the week

Visitors stands in front of an electronic ticker at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), operated by Japan Exchange Group Inc. (JPX), in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Toru Hanai | Bloomberg via Getty Images Shares in the Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday after sharp falls on Monday. The Nikkei 225 in Japan rose … Read more

The church linked to Abe’s killing, Japan’s political turmoil | Politics News

Shinzo Abe was not his assassin’s preferred target. Investigators say Tetsuya Yamagami, who fatally shot Japan’s longest-serving prime minister on July 8, had initially wanted to kill the leader of the Unification Church — a South-Korean religious sect that the 41-year-old blames for his family’s financial ruin. But the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way. … Read more

With Sales Outpacing Pokémon, Why Is Splatoon So Popular In Japan?

Image: Nintendo It happened almost overnight. One day in May 2015, Splatoon merch appeared everywhere in Japan. Baby inklings dangled from kids’ backpacks. Squid-girl stickers adorned pencil cases. Convenience stores advertised raffles for figurines, coffee cups, and Splatoon-branded bags. This explosion of Splat-swag was perhaps more of a surprise given that the Wii U sold … Read more

Splatoon 3 Players Labelled “Cheaters” For Abusing Special Weapons

Image: Nintendo / via Splatoon Wiki Splatoon 3 is a game where victory tastes extra sweet, especially when you can take on players online, and it hasn’t taken players very long to discover exploits within the game. And in Japan, some players are being called “cheaters” for abusing the ‘Tenta Missiles’ special weapon. Siliconera has … Read more

USMNT has no answer for Japan in friendly loss

DUSSELDORF, Germany — With the World Cup less than two months away, the United States men’s national team was hoping to sharpen up its game against Japan, but if anything, it was the Samurai Blue who looked more ready for the showpiece tournament, riding goals either side of halftime from Daichi Kamada and Kaoru Mitoma … Read more

Copy of ‘Mach 5’ car from anime ‘Speed Racer’ joins police patrol in Japan

Hiroyuki Fukuda with his self-made copy of the Mach 5 sportscar from the 1960s anime series “Speed Racer” is seen at Maebashi Police Station in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, on Sept. 21, 2022. (Mainichi/Ryotaro Nishimoto) MAEBASHI — A replicated car from the 1960s anime series “Speed Racer” joined … Read more

Hori Reveals New Pokémon-Themed Designs For The Switch Split Pad Fit

Image: HORI Accessory-maker Hori has revealed it’s teaming up with The Pokémon Company to release Pokémon-themed Split Pad Fit. In case you missed it, these Joy-Con-like controllers are a follow-up to Hori’s Switch Split Pad Pro, and are officially releasing here in the west as the Switch Split Pad Compact. They’ll be available here in … Read more

Semiconductor alliances between U.S. and Asia could hold back China

Leading chipmaking nations including the U.S. are forming alliances, in part to secure their semiconductor supply chain and to stop China from reaching the cutting-edge of the industry, analysts told CNBC. Places including the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, which have strong semiconductor industries, have looked to forge partnerships around the critical technology. “The immediate reason … Read more