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Asia's 50 best restaurants 2015
Victory for Indian chef's eatery in Bangkok marks second year of success for Thai capital in San Pellegrino Asia's 50 Best Restaurant Awards

Japanese Music

World music: It's Okinawa's turn

World music: It's Okinawa's turn

Unique melodies float from every doorway along Naha's Kokusai-dori, Okinawa's main entertainment drag
Plastics fantastic: Tokyo punks all loved up

Plastics fantastic: Tokyo punks all loved up

Hajime Tachibana, guitarist and founder of the Plastics, describes how the band has evolved from a bunch of 'superficial, stupid punks' to a group that knows 'real love'
Kana Nishino: The gyaru's favorite new singer

Kana Nishino: The gyaru's favorite new singer

Sony finally jumps on the Avex bandwagon and produces a young female singer who has an audience beyond the 50 year-old aging hipsters at Sony