Frugal is the new cool for young Chinese as economy falters

Frugal is the new cool for young Chinese as economy falters

BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Before the pandemic, Doris Fu imagined a different future for herself and her family: new car, bigger apartment, fine dining on weekends and holidays on tropical islands. Instead, the 39-year old Shanghai marketing consultant is one of many Chinese in their 20s and 30s cutting spending and saving cash where … Read more

Mourners brave 24-hour wait in chilly London to see the queen’s coffin

Mourners brave 24-hour wait in chilly London to see the queen’s coffin

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Wait-time rockets, temperatures set to plunge Mourners stoic LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The entry to an already miles-long queue to see Queen Elizabeth lying in state in London resumed after a pause on Friday, with the government saying the current wait-time is over 24 hours, … Read more

Japan liquor businesses turn to non-alcoholic drinks to attract Gen Z

Japan liquor businesses turn to non-alcoholic drinks to attract Gen Z

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TOKYO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Bucking the age-old stereotype of hard-drinking college students, Manaka Okamoto considers the next day’s schedule before cracking open an alcoholic beverage. “If I have to get up early, and I think ‘Oh, I should hold off on drinking,’ then I go … Read more

Dream job: the Japanese man who gets paid to do nothing

Dream job: the Japanese man who gets paid to do nothing

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TOKYO, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Shoji Morimoto has what some would see as a dream job: he gets paid to do pretty much nothing. The 38-year-old Tokyo resident charges 10,000 yen ($71) per booking to accompany clients and simply exist as a companion. “Basically, I rent … Read more

Double celebration: Two-headed tortoise Janus turns 25

Double celebration: Two-headed tortoise Janus turns 25

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register GENEVA, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Angelica Bourgoin strokes the shell of Janus the tortoise, whispering to him quietly as he scuttles in his pen and – his two heads rubbing together – prepares to celebrate his 25th birthday. Janus, who also has two hearts, two pairs … Read more

New York City’s latest viral sensation is a crème-filled circular croissant

New York City’s latest viral sensation is a crème-filled circular croissant

Aug 24 (Reuters) – A circular, crème-filled croissant has been taking New York City — and social media — by storm this summer. The Suprême, similar to Dominique Ansel’s Cronut, the hybrid of a doughnut and croissant that caused a food sensation in 2013, has had folks lining up outside Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery … Read more

Russia accuses Kyiv of poisoning some of its soldiers in Ukraine

Russia accuses Kyiv of poisoning some of its soldiers in Ukraine

A tank of Russian troops drives in Russian-held part of Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, July 23, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 20 (Reuters) – Russia’s defence ministry accused Ukraine on Saturday of poisoning some of its servicemen in the Russian-controlled part of Ukraine’s southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia … Read more

Europe’s drought exposes ancient stones, World War Two ships as waters fall

Europe’s drought exposes ancient stones, World War Two ships as waters fall

Aug 20 (Reuters) – Weeks of baking drought across Europe have seen water levels in rivers and lakes fall to levels few can remember, exposing long-submerged treasures – and some unwanted hazards. In Spain, suffering its worst drought in decades, archaeologists have been delighted by the emergence of a prehistoric stone circle dubbed the “Spanish … Read more