Asia-Pacific

July 21, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>MarketWatch reports on the rise of contactless smart cards in public transit and banking, and speculates that the time is ripe to put the two uses on the same card.</p>
Marketwatch
July 15, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>In Kamikatsu, Japan, waste is not a problem -- mainly because new policies practically forbid it. But citizens have adapted to their new zero-waste lifestyle.</p>
BBC
June 19, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A Taiwanese inventor is proposing a rail system that never stops for passengers, virtually eliminating delays. Follow the full story link to see the video.</p>
boingboing.net
May 30, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Will laser-projected pedestrians make crossing the street safer in South Korea?</p>
Streetsblog
May 20, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>American-style malls are cropping up in Siberia, and gobbling up land, to enable once-isolated Russians to consume in ways that might have been unimaginable a generation ago.</p>
The New York Times
May 5, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>In the mid-1980s New Zealand sold its national rail assets to private industry in hopes of developing a profitable, efficient rail network. With deteriorating infrastructure and a desire for greener transit, the government has decided to buy it back.</p>
The New Zealand Herald
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