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China’s ‘toilet revolution’

China has long been known as the home of dirty public toilets, with many rural area people using open pits which are not connected to sewage. In old times even in cities, many people living in the old courtyard houses don’t have a private toilet. In the morning and evening you used to see people in their pajamas walking to and from the public toilets. Foreign tourists used to call the public toilet in tourist spots in rural area “Ni Hao toilet”. It is a series of un-partitioned pits in the floor with no flushes or running water and people line up squatting against wall.

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Plastic-eating bacterium

Plastic is so cheap that it is used for disposable – often single use – products. As a result, a huge amount of it ends up polluting the earth, creating massive global environmental problems. Plastic clogs cities’ sewer systems and increase the risk of flooding.

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More discoveries of Peru’s Nazca geoglyphs

The approximately 50 new geoglyphs (Greek for “Earth carvings”) were discovered in the nearby province of Palpa recently.

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Japan’s ‘Minpaku’ – private short-term lodging

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2017 hit a new record, exceeding the previous high of over 24 million logged 2016. “Minpaku” (private lodging) services – in which accommodations in private residences are rented out to travelers – are being counted on as a solution to a shortage of hotel rooms to serve the growing numbers of inbound tourists.

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Why are ‘osumōsan’ so big?

Japanese people call sumo wrestlers affectionately “osumōsan”. They wear the topknot hairstyle of samurai, dress in traditional Japanese kimono and foot wear whenever they are in public. You will never miss them on the street, and they are so big. For example, “Ichinojo” is 1.92m tall and weighing 215 kg, and “Kaisei” is 1.94m tall and weighing 205 kg.

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Rikishi, a professional sumo wrestler

Rikishi is the Japanese term for a professional sumo wrestler, and it literally means ‘a gentleman of strength’. Within the world of sumo, Rikishi is used as a catch-all term for wrestlers who are in the lower, un-salaried divisions. The more prestigious term sekitori is used to refer to a wrestler who is ranked in one of the top two professional divisions.

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