How centuries of self-isolation turned Japan into one of the most sustainable societies on Earth

At the start of the 1600s, Japan's rulers feared that Christianity—which had recently been introduced to the southern parts of the country by European missionaries—would spread. In response, they effectively sealed the islands off from the outside world in 1603, with Japanese people not allowed to leave and very few foreigners allowed in. This became known as Japan's Edo period, and the borders remained closed for almost three centuries until 1868.
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Michigan DNR asks people to look out for invasive Asian longhorned beetle

(FOX 2) - It's August, which means that it is officially "Tree Check Month." The Michigan departments overseeing natural resources, agriculture, and the environment are asking residents to dedicate 10 minutes of their day towards checking the trees around their homes for the Asian longhorned beetle. The Asian longhorned beetle...

Chicken and rice get a big flavor boost from savory Asian ingredients

Chef and author Andy Baraghani is joining TODAY to share a few of his favorite impressive entertaining recipes from his cookbook, "The Cook You Want to Be: Everyday Recipes to Impress." He shows us how to make glazed roast chicken and buttery rice with nori. TODAY has affiliate relationships, so...

Thailand to accept former Sri Lankan president's visit with no visa

Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Thailand will accept Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa into the country on a temporary basis, a government spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday. Rajapaksa can enter the country for 90 days without needing a visa and Thailand says the former leader is not seeking political asylum. The...

Drag Race Philippines to Premiere With Two Episodes on WOW Presents Plus — Watch First Official Teaser

Click here to read the full article. Drag Race is going big for the premiere of its latest international offshoot, which promises blood, sweat and tears. And that’s just in the promo. Drag Race Philippines will now drop two episodes on premiere day (Wednesday, Aug. 17), TVLine has learned exclusively. The show is available to stream Stateside on WOW Presents Plus. “Featuring the fiercest, most fabulous Filipino drag artists from all over the world, Drag Race Philippines will be broadcast primarily in English with some portions in Tagalog,” according to WOW Presents Plus. “Paolo Ballesteros, the multi-awarded Filipino actor, model, and drag artist, will...

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘School Tales The Series’ On Netflix, A Thai Horror Series That Tells Bloody Tales At Different Schools

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The best honeymoon hotels in Bali

The island of the Gods famously had its pop-culture moment in the 2010 blockbuster Eat Pray Love, and while the sheer mention of the film has become a Balinese cliché, there’s a reason the “love” chapter was reserved for this particular Indonesian archipelago. From the spirituality of the island to its spectacular natural beauty, tropical climate and temperate water, you really can’t beat Bali for romance. Whether sunbathing in Jimbaran Bay, exploring temples in Ubud, snorkelling the coral reef of Pemuteran or hiking Mount Batur at sunrise, there is something to suit every type of honeymooner here. And the incense...

Detectives Investigate Jewelry Distraction Thefts That Target Older Victims of Asian and Indian Descent

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit (PIU) are investigating a series of jewelry distraction thefts that have occurred over the past several months. During these distraction thefts, the suspects appear to have targeted older victims of Asian or Indian descent, wearing gold jewelry.