Julian Ryall

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27 Feb 2019 | 7:29 AM

Tokyo prepares to turn cruise liners into floating hotels to accommodate 2020 Olympics crowds

There will an estimated average shortfall of 14,000 hotel rooms for every day of the Olympics

25 Feb 2019 | 10:27 AM

Japanese police arrest man who took Wagyu cattle sperm to China

Demand for Wagyu, known as the ‘Rolls-Royce of beef’, is surging and Japanese producers have reported a sharp rise in exports

24 Jan 2019 | 7:53 AM

Viral video of Japanese teacher punching student sparks fierce debate

The clip, filmed by students who were watching the confrontation, has polarised the country
Some have called out violence in schools, while others point out the pressure faced by school staff

21 Jan 2019 | 8:46 PM

Japanese city fires pole-dancing tourism mascot

Susaki’s tourism drive takes turn for the worse as cuddly mascot’s alter-ego takes to online stunts like falling off step ladders and pounding boxing bags

17 Jan 2019 | 2:00 PM

AI fail: Japan’s Henn-na Hotel dumps ‘annoying’ robot staff, hires humans

Dinosaur receptionists are a thing of the past as Japan’s first robot hotel concludes there “are places where they are just not needed”.

The dinosaur receptionists at Japan's Henn-Na Hotel have gone extinct. — SCMP
17 Jan 2019 | 7:28 AM

Salted crickets, chocolate beetles: insect snack machine’s a hit in Japan

Hungry shoppers have descended like a swarm of locusts on a vending machine selling pre-cooked insects in southern Japan

15 Jan 2019 | 7:23 AM

Japanese aviation industry alarmed by ‘laxity’ in US security screening after woman carried handgun onto international flight

The woman handed the weapon and bullets over to the crew of the aircraft but was denied entry into Japan after the flight touched down at Narita
Analysts pointed to the effects of the US government shutdown, which on Monday entered its 24th day, making it the longest in US history

10 Jan 2019 | 7:48 AM

Queen guitarist Brian May takes on US military over Okinawa base

Rock star takes to Twitter in protest against controversial American base that threatens the coral reef home of endangered dugongs

23 Dec 2018 | 2:30 PM

From Astro Boy to Gundam to Ultraman, how Bandai became Japan’s top toy company

Bandai was founded in 1950 to make toys to cheer up children in post-war Japan
It started with simple toys and models; its fortunes were transformed after it began producing action figures in the 1960s

20 Dec 2018 | 3:01 PM

Former porn star Sola Aoi is pregnant and Japanese web users are divided over whether it’s a blessing or a curse

Aoi, who starred in her first adult movie at the age of 18 in 2002, has received messages saying what a pity it will be for her children to live with her past
But most of the commenters appeared to support Aoi’s actions and suggested people should mind their own business