Julian Ryall

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18 Apr 2019 | 7:28 AM

2020 Tokyo Olympics sailing venue would be an evacuation nightmare if a tsunami struck, says Japanese disaster expert

Nobuaki Shimizu, a professor at Aichi Prefectural University, told local media emergency routes away from the coast were inadequate
He estimated it would take thousands of spectators ‘at least one hour’ to reach the designated evacuation point for the area

12 Apr 2019 | 12:15 PM

Chinese thieves arrested for spate of hotel robberies targeting snoring Japanese salarymen

They listened out for sleeping guests before sneaking in and taking thousands of dollars worth of valuables. Police admitted to being 'amazed' at the suspects' ingenious methods of gaining access to rooms without their occupants realising

11 Apr 2019 | 7:48 AM

Japanese teen who traded uranium online and even processed it into yellowcake was just a ‘chemistry geek’, analyst says

A vast amount of uranium ore is required to make even a tiny amount of fissile material, while the radioactivity in yellowcake uranium is still extremely low

2 Apr 2019 | 7:32 AM

Akita dog honoured by Japanese police for saving the life of an elderly woman

Mame, a 12-year-old from the town of Senboku, in Akita Prefecture, alerted her owner to the old lady, who was slumped by the side of the road.

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