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Sports, culture and the arts are a passion for billions in the Asia-Pacific, and offer unique insights into what makes countries here tick. From the latest cricket match to prize-winning novels and the latest art exhibitions, The Diplomat's bloggers cover it all, giving you a fresh perspective on the region.

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Takashi Yanase, Creator of Iconic Anpanman Character, Dies at 94
October 16, 2013

Takashi Yanase, Creator of Iconic Anpanman Character, Dies at 94

Cartoonist’s bread-inspired hero is ubiquitous in Japan, beloved by children.

Can $150 Melons Boost Japan’s Post-TPP Agriculture Exports?
October 16, 2013

Can $150 Melons Boost Japan’s Post-TPP Agriculture Exports?

Trade deal may open the doors for high-end Japanese fruit, rice and beef exports.

Chindian Diaries: Sharing the Chinese-Indian Experience
October 11, 2013

Chindian Diaries: Sharing the Chinese-Indian Experience

The Chindian Diaries explore a unique mixture of ingredients in Southeast Asia’s cultural melting pot.

Miss Universe in Hot Water Over “Insulting” Taj Mahal Photo Shoot
October 11, 2013

Miss Universe in Hot Water Over “Insulting” Taj Mahal Photo Shoot

Olivia Culpo faces potential fines for her fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal.

Busan International Film Festival: Exploring Asia’s Cinematic Fringe
October 10, 2013

Busan International Film Festival: Exploring Asia’s Cinematic Fringe

Asia’s largest film festival continues to grow, with an eye towards indie cinema.

Nobel in Literature: Could This Be Haruki Murakami’s Year?
October 10, 2013

Nobel in Literature: Could This Be Haruki Murakami’s Year?

The Japanese author has been tipped to win often before. Will this be the year?

Balfour Rage: Just What the Oakland A’s Need?
October 10, 2013

Balfour Rage: Just What the Oakland A’s Need?

Oakland A’s pitcher Grant Balfour may have a potty mouth, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Thai Dance Students Go Back to School with New York’s Battery Dance Company
October 10, 2013

Thai Dance Students Go Back to School with New York’s Battery Dance Company

Western dance workshop in Thailand underscores cultural differences.

I Am Malala Hits Shelves Ahead of Nobel Peace Prize
October 09, 2013

I Am Malala Hits Shelves Ahead of Nobel Peace Prize

One year since the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head, she could win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Goldfish: From Tang Dynasty Ponds to 21st Century Aquariums
October 09, 2013

Goldfish: From Tang Dynasty Ponds to 21st Century Aquariums

An ancient breed of Chinese carp has become one of the world’s most recognizable aquatic species.

Japanese Court Rules Against Anti-Korean Hate Group
October 08, 2013

Japanese Court Rules Against Anti-Korean Hate Group

An ultranationalist Japanese group has been fined $120,000 in a landmark case.

Taiji of The Cove Infamy Opens a Marine Park
October 08, 2013

Taiji of The Cove Infamy Opens a Marine Park

Although a family-friendly marine park is opening in Taiji, the dolphin cull will continue.

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