China - Man Gets Hundreds Of Tapeworms Stuck In His Body After Eating Bad Sashimi....

Apparently, mercury poisoning isn’t the only medical problem you can contract from sushi.

A man in China was hospitalized after eating a really bad batch of sashimi. The man went to the doctor for itchy skin and a stomach ache and scans revealed hundreds of tapeworms throughout his entire body.

China: The land of Fakes: uncovers $10bn fake trades

China has uncovered $10bn worth of fake trades as part of a nationwide crackdown on companies.

The currency regulator said 15 fraud cases had been handed over to the police for prosecution.

Companies sometimes falsify transactions as a way of getting money in and out of China.

"Fake trade deals can do severe harm to ...the overall economy" said Wu Ruilin, deputy head of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE).

"They not only increase the pressure of hot money inflows, but also provide illegal channels for cross-border capital flows," he added.

Blame has also been placed on banks operating in China.

Yonekyu 中華春巻 Spring Roll Review

  • Cost ¥305 for 10
  • A Reasonable portion size
  • Reasonable amount of filling per portion
  • Deep Frying Method instructions only
  • Tasteless 
Overall Rating: 3 / 10 

Contributor: OZ 2

Japan - Penis wear becomes cookware in latest Japanese cookbook

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Wonder what’s for dinner tonight? Your pantry is loaded and there are so many choices! Sometimes, you are just looking to utilize your favorite cooking apparatus. Let’s browse the cookbooks we have here. Cooking with Condoms, wait, what? Yes, you heard us right, an actual cookbook available for your favorite e-book device. Leave it to the Japanese to use whatever they have lying around…

Ok, so the book isn’t called Cooking with Condoms. It’s actually Condom Dishes I Want to Make for You and that isn’t a messy sex joke wrapped up in a book title. You can snag a copy of this fancy cookbook now from Amazon Japan. For 250 yen (US$2.30) you can make 11 different stuffed condom recipes which range from condom escargot in butter and curry pilaf to condom cookies and condom fruit parfaits.

▼Or you can make this condom sushi!

Nepal - Father dies before obtaining justice for his son, shot by Maoist Guerrillas....

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - After a long ten-year battle for truth and justice about his son's murder, Nanda Prasad Adhikari died yesterday in a hospital bed in Kathmandu.

He and his wife Ganga Maya began a hunger strike 11 months ago to get the authorities to arrest the Maoists considered responsible for abducting his son Krishna, who died in 2004. His wife is still alive but remains in "critical but stable" conditions in hospital.

Maoist guerrillas abducted the couple's son, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, on 6 June 2004, accusing him of collaborating with the army for defending a family from the abuse of armed gangs. The young man was beaten and tortured for several hours before he was shot and left by the roadside.

North Korea, people forced to live with 250 grams of food per day ...

Seoul (AsiaNews) - In August of 2014 the distribution of free food to citizens, which is the basis of North Korea's socio-political system, reached its lowest point in the last four years. The Government provided an average of 250 grams of food per day to its inhabitants. According to the United Nations World Food Program, the minimum survival ration is 573 grams daily. The cause of this negative peak is to be found in the drought that hit the country last spring and in the international sanctions caused by the Kim regime's nuclear program.

China’s Ambassador to Iceland arrested by state security for passing secrets to Japan

China’s Foreign Ministry refused to say on Wednesday where its ambassador to Iceland was or who was even representing Beijing in the country, following reports he had been arrested by state security for passing secrets to Japan.
New York-based Chinese language portal Mingjing News reported on Tuesday that China’s envoy to Iceland, Ma Jisheng, and his wife had been taken away by Chinese state security earlier this year.
It said Ma was suspected of having become a Japanese spy while working in the Chinese embassy in Tokyo between 2004 and 2008.
The story was then picked up by Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper and subsequently carried by some mainland Chinese news sites, though many of those stories were later deleted.

Japan - A year of beer at Tokyo restaurant offering all-you-can-drink for 12 months....

Thanks to its refreshing flavor and crisp finish, Asahi is the kind of beer you can drink glass after glass of, and if you take advantage of a special offer from Brasserie Beer Boulevard, you’ll only have to worry about paying once. The restaurant is currently offering a limited but undisclosed number of “One-Year Passports” that’ll let you enjoy as many Asahis as you’d like for the next 12 months.

The one small catch is that the offer is only good if you’re willing to drink in the restaurant’s standing area or seated at the counter. On the upside, there’s no stated limit on how long you can hang around or how many beers you can order. 

Granted, Brasserie Beer Boulevard’s one-year deal is more expensive than the two-hour versions ordinarily offered by their competitors, with a price of 29,800 yen ($282). 

Still, in downtown Tokyo a draft Asahi will generally run you about 500 yen ($4.74), if not more, so if you can see yourself drinking 60 beers this year, this offer will basically pay for itself.

Restaurant information
Brasserie Beer Boulevard /ブラッセリービアブルヴァード
Address: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Shinbashi 5-10-8, Culture Center Building 2nd floor
東京都港区新橋5-10-8 カルチャーセンタービル 2F
Open: 5 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday

Source: Entabe

Taiwan - Gutter oil mooncakes scandal spoils Mid-Autumn Festival

The great annual Mid-Autumn festival celebration typically involves buying and giving mooncakes. 
However, Taiwanese authorities sound the alarm bell after finding 782 tonnes of gutter oil made from waste and lard oils. 

In mainland China, the Party orders its officials not to give or accept gifts for the holiday that might be construed as graft.

Taipei (AsiaNews) - Taiwan has ordered cooking oil supplier Chang Guann to pull all lard oil products - especially mooncakes -from shop shelves, including those in Hong Kong and mainland China.

The order follows reports that the edible oil firm had blended "gutter oil" - illegally produced oil usually made from recycled kitchen waste - with fresh lard oil to produce 782 tonnes of Chuan Tung brand oil. If ingested in large quantities, the latter can cause nausea, internal bleeding, and cancer.

Announced yesterday, this latest food scandal comes after Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released test results involving oil used in Chuan Tung brand products.

The authorities tested three samples and found that two had more than three times the acceptable limit of benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogenic compound.

The scandal has badly affected Taiwan's local food industry, with close to 1,000 food manufacturers, bakeries, restaurants and night markets found to have used the oil to process a huge variety of food products.

Taiwan's government ordered checks on all of the island's food manufacturing and processing plants, which will take about 30 months.

In addition, it also called on Hong Kong and mainland authorities to do the same with those shops that might have had dealings with the company under investigation.

China - Giant Flying Bug With Fangs Discovered.....

This is reportedly a giant Dobsonfly, the world's largest, with a wingspan of 21 centimeters
(8.3 inches), large enough to cover your face.

The world's largest aquatic insect has reportedly been found in China. This cute/terrifying little creature, which is definitely worth writing home about, was found in the the mountains of Chengdu in Sichuan province, Scientific American reports.

It boasts a wingspan of 8.3 inches. That breaks the previous record held by a species of South American helicopter damselfly, with a wingspan of 7.5 inches. (Helicopter damselflies, by the by, feed on spiders, one species of which makes fake spiders in its web, likely to scare the predators away.)
There seems to be some confusion about exactly what this new insect is. Scientific American reports that they have only been identified as being the order Megaloptera, which includes alderflies and Dobsonflies, while CNN quotes a local museum as saying they are giant Dobsonflies (note: these are not mutually exclusive).

North Korea - Pyongyang furious over viral Chinese video of Kim Jong-un dancing, singing and kung fu fighting - This is very funny!

The North Korean government has asked Beijing to remove the video, in which their leader walks hand in hand with Osama bin Laden, is beaten by Obama and ends up in a pool with a basket on his head. The Chinese government responds laconically: "We cannot."

Seoul (AsiaNews) - North Korea has asked China to stop the spread of an Internet video that pokes fun at their leader, the "Young Marshal" Kim Jong-un. The government in Pyongyang, says a Chinese source, believes that the video "will seriously undermine the dignity and authority of Kim." The images show the North Korean dictator dancing and kung fu fighting.

Beijing has responded that it is "unable" to stop the spread of the video.

The video, which has gone viral, is in Chinese and of poor quality: in reality, Kim's head has been pasted onto bodies that are dancing or fighting. In one scene, the dictator, always smiling, is beaten by U.S. President Barack Obama; in another he finds himself with a basket on his head and is pushed into a swimming pool. Finally we see him dancing, hand in hand, with Osama bin Laden. The movie was produced by a Chinese man who signed himself as Zhang and who lives in Suzhou; the author reportedly studied at the South Korean Kyonggi University.

“That’s normal!” – Angry waitress voluntarily munches cockroach after customer finds it in his food, [VIDEO]

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What would you do if you found a cockroach in your food while dining in a restaurant?

If you said “complain to the management” or “report the place to the department of sanitation”, you’d be wrong. Well, at least according to one waitress at a restaurant in Chengdu, China who told a customer that it was “normal” for creepy-crawlies to make it into restaurant food, and promptly swallowed the cockroach he had found to prove her point…

Businessman Zhang Yen was dining with his friend at the Shichuan Province restaurant earlier this week when he spotted a cockroach in his food. He immediately called the waitress over and showed it to her, demanding to know how she could serve up food containing bugs.

Rather than apologising and whisking the plate away, however, the waitress flew into a rage, telling Zhang, “No matter which restaurant you go to, you’ll find things like cockroaches in the food. It’s normal!”

Unable to contain his anger and amazed at her barefaced insolence, Zhang told the waitress to eat the cockroach herself if it was the everyday ingredient she claimed it to be.

Which is exactly what she did.

Japan - Child poverty rate hits record high...

TOKYO — Japan’s child poverty rate has hit a record high, according to a government survey, prompting criticism that Tokyo wasn’t doing enough to fix the problem.
The health and welfare ministry report showed the child poverty rate rose to 16.3% in 2012, the worst result since the survey started nearly three decades ago and one of the highest levels among the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The rate measures the percentage of children living in households with an annual net income below the poverty line—1.22 million yen per person.

Japan - Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms...

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A Japanese politician in Aichi Prefecture has landed himself in hot water after suggesting that deliberately punctured condoms be distributed to married couples to counter the country’s dwindling birth rate, local media reported on Friday.

Shinshiro city municipal assembly member Tomonaga Osada received a stern warning and was forced to apologize after making the bizarre proposal, which triggered a flurry of phone calls from enraged locals.

Japan unveils new stealth jet fighter...Your Move China!

Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin stealth fighter has rolled out.

Last month, a leaked, blurry image provided an interesting preview of the first prototype of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X), the indigenous war plane that Japan Air Self-Defense Force will operate in the air defense role, replacing the ageing Mitsubishi F-2.

On Jul. 12, the first official photos of the ATD-X (serialled 51-0001) were released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), the Ministry of Defense’s agency that has developed the Shinshin (“spirit of the heart”, an early codename within the Japan Self Defense Force) for research purposes.

Indeed, the ATD-X will be used for the development of the F-3, Japan’s next generation stealth jet.

Noteworthy, the “new” images were taken on May 8, 2014, when the painting of the canted vertical tails radar-evading air superiority fighter with enhanced maneuverability ended.

A ‘new Cold War’: China’s top "Drama Queen / Propaganda Paper warns of ‘slippery slope’ towards conflict with U.S.

As diplomatic talks in China come to a close, one of the country’s biggest newspapers is warning citizens against a “new Cold War” with the United States.

“Both China and the United States realize that today’s world has already undergone profound changes, and there is no longer a market for a ‘new Cold War’”, the People’s Daily, the ruling communist party’s official paper, said Saturday.

The commentary was written under the pen name “Zhong Sheng,” which means “Voice of China” and is often used for bylines on foreign policy op-eds, Reuters reported Saturday.

“If we deal with (the relationship) well, it could benefit both sides. But if we deal with this badly, that could be a slippery slope to terrible competition and even conflict,” the writer said.

The article went on to call for enhanced communication on both sides to strengthen relations. While the U.S. and China agreed to increase military ties and ramp up counter-terrorism cooperation during the annual talks in Beijing, there seemed to be little sign of progress on cyber-security or maritime issues, Reuters reported.

The writer added that foreign relations were unlikely to ease any time soon and suggested positive steps to amend shaky ties, including boosting bilateral investment, deepening cooperation on environmental issues, strengthening military ties and making travel easier between the U.S. and China.

Japan - TEPCO Stigmatized nuclear workers quit...

“TEPCO has grown into a target of people’s hate,” 

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Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry.

Engineers and other employees at TEPCO, or Tokyo Electric Power Co, were once typical of Japan’s corporate culture that is famous for prizing loyalty to a single company and lifetime employment with it. But the March 2011 tsunami that swamped the coastal Fukushima Daiichi plant, sending three reactors into meltdown, changed that.

India - No 1 in the world for Modern-day Slavery although it's been illegal for almost 40 years- What a DISGRACE! [Video]

It is a form of modern day slavery otherwise known as forced labour. Millions of men, women and children are made to work against their will for little or no pay.

The UN's International Labour Organisation says there are 21 million people worldwide in forced labour.

Nearly half of them are in India even though the practice has been illegal for almost 40 years.

It is estimated more than four million of them are children.

The BBC's Humphrey Hawksley reports from the village of Pipalguda in the Indian state of Orissa.

China 'admits' trading in tiger skins

A young male Sumatran tiger in the US (2014)

China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species.

They said the Chinese authorities had never before reported this to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

However, during the convention's standing committee meeting in Geneva, China reportedly said that it still banned tiger bones.

"A Chinese delegate said, 'we don't ban trade in tiger skins but we do ban trade in tiger bones,'" a participant in the meeting said.

Cites secretariat sources confirmed that a member of the Chinese delegation had said this.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told the BBC Chinese Service he could not verify the reported admission, but he said that China will "investigate and combat" any illegal trade in tiger skins.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 tigers are believed to be in captivity in China. Wildlife conservation organisations have long demanded an end to the trade in skins.