Prime Minister Abe needs to cater to some sort of face-saving solution that grants Xi Jinping the chance to de-escalate without looking like backing down. More surprises might be in the pipeline.

Giulio Pugliese, an assistant professor at the University of Heidelberg’s Institute of Chinese Studies. The strength of the improvement in China-Japan relations will be tested in August when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected… Read

It is not the case that the recently reported cost increases are due to the design, which uses standard materials and techniques well within the capability of Japanese contractors, and meets the budget set by the Japan Sports Council.

Jim Heverin, project director of Zaha Hadid Architects, responding to news that Japan will start from scratch to design a new Olympic stadium to replace the one designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. (AP) Read

Usually when you are about to do something potentially annoying, you become aware that other people are looking at you, so you restrain yourself. But with selfie sticks, people are concentrating on the smartphone screen, so they tend not to see what’s around them.

Shin Nakamura, a professor of social psychology at Edogawa University. Selfie sticks are being banned by a growing number of museums, theme parks and other places due to worries those taking so-called selfies will bump… Read

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