meanwhile in japan
May 27, 2019

President Trump on Monday called for the removal of Japan's trade barriers, wanting to put U.S. companies "on a fair footing in Japan," Reuters reported.

"We have an unbelievably large imbalance, as you know, trade imbalance with Japan for many, many years, Japan having the big advantage," Trump said at a joint news conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Trump, who is making a four-day state visit to Japan, tweeted on Sunday that he expected that any major decisions on trade would be made after Japan's upper house election in July.

Abe also indicated a willingness to discuss trade, saying that both leaders had agreed to speed up their trade talks; but he didn't provide any information on the timing of a potential deal.

Trump and Abe have also discussed the current trade war with China and North Korea's recent missile tests, topics to which the two leaders seem to have different approaches. Read more at Reuters. Shivani Ishwar

June 10, 2016

Eating in the buff is all the rage right now, and Tokyo is about to hop aboard the dining-in-the-nude craze with pop-up restaurant Amrita. Donning nothing more than paper underwear, diners will pay between $112 and $563 for a meal and entertainment, all while being served by "men with the world's most beautiful bodies" who are wearing nothing but G-strings.

However, the restaurant's entrance policies might further raise eyebrows — and tempers. Diners will only be allowed into Amrita if they don't have any tattoos, are between the ages of 18 and 60, and do not weigh more than 15 kilograms — or about 33 pounds — above "average."

"Diners who don't appear to be within the desired weight range upon arrival will be weighed at the door and if they are found to be overweight, they will be denied access with no refunds," Rocket News reports.

As Eater points out, the whole thing is especially strange as "the company is using a painting by Peter Paul Rubens in its promotional materials. Rubens, of course, is famous for his portrayal of curvy and voluptuous men and women." Jeva Lange

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