A popular Japanese sushi restaurant in New York is raising eyebrows with its policy forbidding tips. Sure enough, Merry White, professor of Japanese history and culture at Boston University says tips are nowhere to be found in contemporary Japan.
Nothing translates as badly as humor and the more different the foreign language the less funny the joke it seems. So how can we in the US understand Chinese humor? The World's Nina Porzucki recently went to China to figure it out.
Host Marco Werman speaks with Jeff Kingston of Temple University Japan about the status of the cleanup, what's at stake for the government, and the government's delicate relationship with TEPCO, the company that owns the plant.
A recent study found high levels of multiple-antibiotic-resistant bacteria on Chinese pig farms. It's setting off new alarm bells about the heavy use of antibiotics in livestock. There's a high likelihood the bacteria could jump from pigs to humans.
Day two of the trial of fomer Communist leader Bo Xilai ended today. Details describing Bo's graft are juicy, but his image on social media might actually be improving. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Rachel Lu, co-editor of the news site Tea Leaf Nation.
The former Chinese leader Bo Xilai's trial began today. In an unprecedented move the Chinese government has been tweeting out the court proceedings. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Barbara Demick, China Bureau Chief for the LA Times.
Japan's nuclear regulatory agency has declared an emergency over radioactive water flowing into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the government has stepped in for the first time to take a direct role in fixing the problem.