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Chinese Communist Party Funds Washington Think Tanks

United Front Work Department conducts aggressive influence operations in U.S. Bill Gertz reports: China’s Communist Party is intensifying covert influence operations in the United States that include funding Washington think tanks and coercing [...]

Vacations for Yakuza Not Much Fun

AMY TAKAHASHI reports: For most Japanese, the month of August will include a summer vacation, likely during the obon holiday period, when the spirits of one’s ancestors are honored. Likewise, members of the nation’s many yakuza syndicates are [...]

Netflix Surges; Licensed Shows Still Take the Crown

David NG writes: Netflix’s promotional tagline is “See what’s next” — a nod to the numerous titles that are instantly available to watch at the click of a remote. For the streaming entertainment giant, “what’s next” is changing in [...]

Japanese Probe Snaps Close-Up Images of Asteroid Ryugu

Elizabeth Howell, Space.com Contributor reports: A Japanese sample-return spacecraft just gave its destination asteroid a special close-up. As Hayabusa2 swept to only 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) above the surface of 162173 Ryugu, it spotted boulders, [...]

Death Wish Coffee Launches into Space

NEW YORK (Death Wish Coffee PR) Doug Messier reports: Death Wish Coffee, also known as The World’s Strongest Coffee, announced its launch into space on June 28th aboard SpaceX CRS-15, officially making it the galaxy’s strongest coffee. The [...]

The Seedy Underworld of Movie Memorabilia

With the market for memorabilia breaking records, collectors and auction houses must contend with thieves, fakers and skeptical police who wonder, ‘Who in their right mind would pay that much for that?’ Gary Baum reports: The [...]

Lost in Robo-Translation

Sue Halpern writes: A few days before I left for a trip to Japan with my husband, I signed up to rent a translation device called Pocketalk. According to a press release from January, when the device debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las [...]

Universal to Distribute Bond 25 Internationally

Erin Nyren reports: Universal has won the rights to internationally distribute the upcoming Bond 25 film directed by Danny Boyle. Daniel Craig will return as 007 and Boyle will direct from an original screenplay by John Hodge. The film will begin [...]

China Moving Slowly into Hokkaido

Chinese money is pouring into Hokkaido at a much greater scale than imagined. In his recent visit to the island prefecture, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attended a forum of Japanese prefectural and Chinese provincial governors in Sapporo on May 11, [...]