In September 1964, when the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank held their annual meetings in Tokyo, participants from around the world witnessed a Japan that had dramatically transformed from a war-ravaged country to a major economic power.
Forty-eight years later, Japan will host the IMF-World Bank annual meetings this week for the second time. This time, the country is striving for a "second rebirth" following hard economic times and a catastrophic natural disaster.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)