In Japan, New Year's Eve is traditional celebrated with family. Just as in any holiday season, roads, trains and planes are full with travellers. On top of that, this year Japan's revellers have to negotiate extra security measures.
Visitors to the tiny Pacific nation of Palau are being made to sign a promise to respect the environment, in an innovative move that authorities hope will curb ecological damage caused by booming numbers of tourists.
Japanese police are investigating eight men who have turned up on Japan's northern coast. The men are said to be from North Korea and appear to be fishermen whose vessel ran into trouble, rather than defectors.
Ahead of the Bauhaus centenary in 2019, an ambitious global exhibition titled "Bauhaus Imaginista" looks at the impact of the famed design school. Curator Marion von Osten spoke to DW about the aims of the show.
Heated toilets that spray users clean, train seats that revolve so passengers can admire the scenery: welcome to Japan, where hospitality and customer service form part of the country's DNA.
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