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China’s ban on foreign waste

The United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Australia and other western countries were faced with growing piles of recyclables and no place to put them. Similar buildups have been reported in Canada, Ireland, Germany and several other European nations, while tons of rubbish is piling up in port cities like Hong Kong.

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Number of foreign residents in Japan

2.56 million foreigners were living in Japan at the end of last year according to Japan’s Immigration Bureau. That is up 7.5 percent from the year before and is the highest figure since record-taking began in 1959.

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A job with metaphysical powers

Floro Mercene Pawang hujan (rain shamans) are widely believed to posses supernatural power to control the weather, especially, to prevent rain from coming down. Rain shaman is able to manipulate rain, either stall the rain or redirect it to another area. It is a unique profession, and is very popular in Indonesia and Malaysia. They […]

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3D-printed homes

It might be one of the more promising potential habitat technologies to solve the global housing crises. There are 1.2 billion people in the world live without adequate housing according to a report.

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Japan’s ‘total toilet makeover drive’

In preparation for an expected 40 million visitors during Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese government has launched a national toilet improvements campaign.

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Toilet problems in India

Today, for billions of people around the world, sanitation systems are either non-existent or ineffective. Human waste gets out and killer diseases spread, meaning progress in health and child survival is seriously undermined. In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated a “World Toilet Day”, and sets its goal to end open defecation by 2030.

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