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Valentine’s Day gift-giving in Japan

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In Japan, Valentine’s Day is slightly different. Women giving chocolates as a Valentine’s Day gift became popular in the 1950s. In 1978, White Day was created by a small confectionery shop in the Hakata…

Devastating Wildfires

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In 2019, wildfires were frequently in the news. From the Amazonian rain forests to the suburbs of Australia, raging fires seem to be getting worse. What is the cause of these fires and is…

Greta Thunberg Calls for Climate Strike

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Greta Thunberg became famous in 2018 when, at age 15, she started protesting outside the Swedish Parliament holding a sign that said, in Swedish, ‘School Strike for The Climate’. Due to extensive media coverage…

Japan Encouraged to Go Cashless

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In October the Japanese government increased consumption tax from 8% to 10%, at the same time, they started a scheme to promote the use of cashless payments. Cashless payments include credit and debit cards,…

Meatless Meat Products Gaining Popularity

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Recently, two American companies have been promoting meatless ‘meat’ products with increasing success. The companies Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat were both founded in California less than ten years ago. Their aim is to…

Guy Fawkes face masks worn by protesters in Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong government has banned face masks in an attempt to combat the protest movement that has affected the city since June 2019. The Hong Kong governor stated that the ban was necessary…

Sleep deprivation in Japan

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In many surveys of the average sleeping time of different nationalities, the Japanese are the most sleep-deprived. A common sight in Japan is to see people sleeping on trains; however, trains are not the…

All insect restaurant open for business

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Since June 2019, food scientist Leah Bessa and her partners have been operating a pop-up bug restaurant called The Insect Experience – believed to be South Africa’s first all-insect restaurant. The bug-inspired meals were…
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