Elsewhere in Asia
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Naked news in sign-language faced a set-back in Japan when the government stripped a weekly five-minute show of grants totalling 400,000 yen. Paradise Televion, the makers of the news flash, vowed to continue the programming in spite of the loss. Meanwhile, in Japan’s clothed sector, a company touted its self-cooling shirts as an environmentally-friendly alternative to air-conditioners. Small battery-powered fans sewn into the backs of shirts cool the wearers down and evaporate perspiration. They’re available in 10 styles and retail for 11,000 yen (US$94).
In Beijing, the deputy chief of China’s State Language Commission told a press conference that Chinese are taking an increasingly adventurous approach to their language as commercialisation and the internet break down conventions. He pointed to a couple who tried to name their child ‘@’ as an extreme example. The revelation follows soon after a New Zealand couple’s failed attempt to call their child ’4Real’. The couple settled on ‘Superman’ instead.
Still in China, five mourners at a funeral met an unfortunate demise when lightning struck a shack a villager had built for his dead wife’s wake in the eastern province of Jiangsu. The strike claimed the lives of two middle-aged women, two 14-year-old boys, and a four-year-old child. Sixteen others were injured.
A 63-year-old Malaysian man was arrested in Kuala Lumpur for practicing dentistry, despite the fact he had no medical training. The phony tooth-puller operated out of his home on a cast-off 1940s examining chair and charged up to 130 ringgit (US$37) for his services. He had once been a dentist’s assistant in the army, he told a newspaper. He also made house visits.
In other Japan news, it was revealed that students at a Hiroshima University campus had been unknowingly drinking toilet water since 1993, the world’s oldest person died at age 114, and a motorcyclist in the city of Hamamatsu continued riding for 2 km without realising his leg had been severed beneath the knee after hitting a safety barrier. A friend collected his limb.
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