Asia-Pacific

April 27, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>"Cat cafes" are popping up all over Tokyo, giving patrons the company of a cat -- without the burden of actually owning one. There are at least seven cat cafes in Tokyo.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
April 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This 12-part video series from <em>Vice</em> gives a gritty look at the Texas-sized patch of plastic flotsam that has formed in the Pacific Ocean -- and the global environmental and health hazards it presents.</p>
VBS
April 18, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>These two videos show the downside of high public transit ridership.</p>
Chilloutzone.de, YouTube
March 13, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>South Korea's new president has proposed the engineering and construction of a huge cross-country canal -- a plan he hopes will revive much of the country's depressed villages and offer an attractive venue for tourists and shipping companies.</p>
The New York Times
March 5, 2008, 6am PST
<p>As commuters face delays and frustrations with aging infrastructure, the government in Auckland, New Zealand has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in its regional rail system.</p>
The New Zealand Herald
January 26, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Young people in New Zealand aren't taking up careers in planning, which is causing problems for many cities, and has developers upset about slow processing times.</p>
Scoop Independent News
January 25, 2008, 2pm PST
<p>A woman in Russia returned home form vacation recently to an empty plot of land. Her home was mistakenly demolished as developers readied a site for new construction.</p>
Associated Press
December 27, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>The Pentagon and an international consortium are investigating the feasibility of 'beaming back' solar energy from a network of space-based satellites and Pacific island-based antennae that could begin operating as early as 2012.</p>
AP via San Francisco Chronicle
December 17, 2007, 6am PST
<p><em>Vice Magazine</em> presents this photo essay on a cemetery in Manila that is heavily populated with both the living and the dead. More than 10,000 families make this graveyard their home.</p>
Vice Magazine
December 6, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Smaller cities in rural areas of Japan are being gutted out, as big box centers continue to sprout up outside cities.</p>
International Herald Tribune
December 3, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Many Japanese cities are in decline, and people there are counting on the new prime minister to put a stop to it.</p>
Der Spiegel
November 22, 2007, 9am PST
<p>A vortex of winds has concentrated garbage and plastic flotsam into a huge island of garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean -- an unintentionally man-made mass that is growing at a rapid pace.</p>
The Tyee
November 14, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Road designers in Japan have created a system of specialized grooves on highway pavement that produce melodies when cars drive over them at certain speeds.</p>
The Guardian
October 19, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>This post from <em>Salon</em> shows a video of a train that travels right through a market in Bangkok.</p>
Salon
October 11, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Rapid building and public works projects are destroying much of the natural environment in Japan, a country that lays 25 to 30 times more concrete than the U.S.</p>
NPR
October 3, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>A $7 billion new town is being planned in Vietnam, across the Red River from capital city Hanoi. And though the creation of thousands of new houses is welcomed, many are concerned about development along the sensitive riverfront.</p>
VietNamNet Bridge
September 27, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Japan's population is aging, and could drop by more than one-quarter of its size within 50 years. Many are calling on the government to plan for the diminishing population, and for how it will affect many of the country's cities and suburbs.</p>
The Washington Post
September 10, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Japan's leech invasion may be an unintended consequence of successful reforestation efforts combined with rural population declines.</p>
Salon
August 3, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>In New Zealand, its not so much people, but methane-producing livestock that's the problem. A revived government proposal would tax farmers for their animal's gas emissions.</p>
Stuff.co.nz
July 27, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>The landfill on the island of Pulau Semakau is designed to store the waste from the city-state of Singapore while preserving the ecological health of the surrounding environment.</p>
CNN