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Japanese bathhouses mull whether to accept guests with tattoos, Asia News

Japanese bathhouses mull whether to accept guests with tattoos, Asia News

With the Rugby World Cup expected to draw about 500,000 visitors to Japan, attitudes have been split among public bath operators nationwide over whether to accept foreign customers with tattoos. Some facilities will accept such customers for a limited period of time in keeping with the “omotenashi” hospitality spirit, but there are still many operators […]

Lorry owner in India fined a record $12,500 for traffic violations, Asia News

Lorry owner in India fined a record $12,500 for traffic violations, Asia News

A transport company owner in Nagaland, India, was fined 653,100 rupees (S$12,594) for various traffic violations by a single lorry under newly implemented traffic laws in the country, Malaysia Nanban reported. Authorities found that the vehicle contravened noise and exhaust emission requirements. The lorry was also carrying passengers, had no insurance and did not have the […]

Haze situation: Jokowi calls for culprits to be punished, Asia News

Haze situation: Jokowi calls for culprits to be punished, Asia News

PETALING JAYA – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called for a crackdown on those responsible for forest fires in the republic. He held a Cabinet meeting in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Sumatra, which is one of the worst haze-affected areas, to review measures to combat the fires. “Strict action by way of penalty is needed for […]

Parents in Indonesia give toddler 5 glasses of coffee every day because they’re too poor to buy milk, Asia News

Parents in Indonesia give toddler 5 glasses of coffee every day because they’re too poor to buy milk, Asia News

At first glance, Khadijah Haura looks just like any other toddler her age. At 2 years old, she is capable of walking on her own and actively plays to a point that her parents could not find the time to sleep. What sets her apart from many other kids, however, is that she has been […]

It’s possible for robots to have feelings, Sophia tells Jakarta audiences, Digital, Asia News

It’s possible for robots to have feelings, Sophia tells Jakarta audiences, Digital, Asia News

Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara got up close and personal with human-like robot Sophia at the 2019 Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Dialogue on Tuesday at Hotel Borobudur Jakarta, Central Jakarta. “Will humans fall in love with robots in the future?” asked the minister during a dialogue session with the robot created […]

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