Japanese athletes in the Taipei Universiade have been earning high praises in Taiwan since a series of photos of them cleaning a park was posted on social media Tuesday morning. [...] "This is true people-to-people diplomacy," someone else wrote. "Their likability is completely off the charts."
Hiroyoshi Takeda is not a typical Japanese man. Instead of a suit and tie, the 39-year-old Tokyoite wears T-shirts with technicolour caricatures of a mustachioed south Indian movie star. Rather than bowing, he dances. He doesn’t ride the metro, but travels the streets in a gaudily adorned autorickshaw imported from Tamil Nadu.
"My Country - My Home" is a joint production of Myanmar's MNTV channel and Japan International Broadcasting (JIB). [...] "We hope this film captures life in Myanmar as well as promoting friendship between our two countries,” said president of MNTV Nan Laik Mauk Sai.
Nestle is to open its first factory in Japan in more than 25 years because of demand for exotic flavors of Kit Kat. [...] Flavors like wasabi and green tea have helped Kit Kat sales in Japan grow by 50% since 2010, Nestle said.
A look at how non-state actors like celebrities influence foreign policy and global politics.
Japan on July 17 pledged US$1 billion (S$1.37 billion) over the next two years to back the United Nations' development agenda, raising its profile as one of the world's largest foreign aid donors. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told a meeting at the UN that the funding will go to help children and youth worldwide, in particular to promote education, health, disaster response and gender equality.
Last week, Korean pop group Twice made its “official” debut in Japan, featuring the release of a Japanese-language best-of compilation and a showcase at Tokyo Gymnasium on July 2. [...] Japanese media has primarily focused on the fact three of Twice’s members are Japanese. [...] The Japanese members are shown as soft power superhumans, helping Japan’s image in Korea.