Overworked Japanese Legally Forced to Take Leave

Death is not an occupational hazard that you’d associate with being a bus conductor, tailor, or a bank executive. But in Japan it is, and many instances of sudden death from being overworked have been recorded in Japan, so much that overworked Japanese have a word for such deaths — karoshi.

In 2013, Japanese workers availed less than half the number of days off that they were entitled to. And the economic scenario in Japan is not helping. Employ…

Townsfolk in Japan Forced to Wear Gas Masks

The town of Miyakejima, 110 miles south of Tokyo, has a population of around 3,000 and is like any other town in Japan, except that the denizens of Miyakejima are forced to wear gas masks all the t…

Filipino Enforcers Made to Wear Adult Diapers

The year 2015 starts off with great religious fervor for the Philippines, with two major events for Catholic devotees. First was the Feast of the Black Nazarene, which sees countless devotees march…

China

Quick Reflexes Save Chinese Driver from Being Impaled

Mao Zhihao, a Chinese driver, ferrying a busload of 26 passengers in Jiangshan in eastern China, had the narrowest of escapes when a lamppost smashed through the windscreen…

Hong Kong

Chinese Teen Kills Dog in Washing Machine for Fun

If you are an animal lover, then be warned as this might disturb you. Jacky Lo, a Chinese teenager in Hong Kong, has sparked outrage over posting pictures of a dog in a was…

India

Indian Doctor Makes Gold Diamond-Encrusted Contacts for Charity

If you’ve got money and are looking for a novel way to indulge yourself, check out what an Indian optometrist, Dr. Chandrashekhar Chawan, has to offer. He has created…

Japan

Overworked Japanese Legally Forced to Take Leave

Death is not an occupational hazard that you’d associate with being a bus conductor, tailor, or a bank executive. But in Japan it is, and many instances of sudden dea…

North Korea

North Korea Requires Kim Jong Un Haircut

North Korean men are now compelled to have their hair cut to resemble their leader, Kim Jong Un.

While this new haircut restriction, called the “Dear Leade…

Rest of Asia

Filipino Enforcers Made to Wear Adult Diapers

The year 2015 starts off with great religious fervor for the Philippines, with two major events for Catholic devotees. First was the Feast of the Black Nazarene, which sees…

South Korea

Grotesquene Miniatures — Sculptures by Dongwook Lee

Whether Korean artist Dongwook Lee’s sculptures are thought-provoking or titillatingly disturbing is a matter of debate. One cool thing with art is the kind of licen…