Justin Bieber apologizes after Japan shrine visit …

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, whose tumultuous life has landed him in trouble more than once, on Wednesday apologized for a visit to a Tokyo shrine at the center of a bitter international row over Japan’s wartime aggression.

Tokyo, Japan Travel News

Who Was William Shakespeare?

There are quite a few missing gaps in Shakespeare’s biography. We know he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and staged many of his plays at London’s Globe Theater. But these five interesting facts might really surprise you. Like that he didn’t actually write his plays. Wait, what? Shakespeare: The Lost Years Quiz: Test Your Shakespeare Knowledge! … Continue reading

100,000 apply to participate in first public tours of parts of Imperial Palace

The Imperial Household Agency announced this week that it has received over 100,000 applications from individuals seeking to participate in the first ever public opening of parts of the Imperial Palace. (Japan Today) News On Japan

Govt to allow PLN to import gas

The government will allow state run electricity company PT PLN to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) in order to meet the firm’s fuel for electricity. “Indonesia is not going to be able to produce gas forever, thus, importing LNG is possible,” Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry oil and gas upstream director Hendra Fadly said in … Continue reading

Potato Salad, Please

What would a picnic be without a pint of potato salad? (Sorry for all of that alliteration; it just came naturally.) Yes, this mayo-centric dish has gotten a makeover from many of our Experts; we’ve got a bacon-buffalo version, a vegan edition, and way, way more! 16 Scrumptious Potato Salads Healthier Cauliflower “Potato” Salad Mom’s … Continue reading

Obama on his way to Japan

US President Barack Obama has left the United States for his first trip to Japan in about 3-and-a-half years. Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a summit meeting on Thursday. (NHK) News On Japan

The ways tattoos can get you into trouble

The Sri Lankan authorities have ordered the deportation of a British tourist because she had a Buddha tattoo on her arm. Japan Travel News

Obama departs US for week-long Asia tour

President Barack Obama boards Marine One as he departs the White House in Washington for a week-long trip to Asia, yesterday. Tokyo, Japan Travel News

China opens Beijing to gold imports, cutting into HK’s transit role

China has begun allowing gold imports through its capital city, sources familiar with the matter said, in a move that would help keep purchases by the world’s top bullion buyer discreet at a time when it might be boosting official reserves. The opening of Beijing as a third import point after Shenzhen and Shanghai could … Continue reading

H.I.S. eyes island off theme park for casino

H.I.S. Co.’ s Dutch-themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park along the Nagasaki coast is considering buying a deserted offshore island in an expansion to boost its appeal as a possible site for a casino resort. Tokyo, Japan Travel News