The heads of Japan's Sanitary Equipment Industry association say the standardized symbols were needed to help the millions of tourists expected to visit the Olympic games in Japan in three years.
The issue of "comfort women" has long been a contentious one for Japan. The country occupied the Philippines during World War II but today it is a big supplier of aid and financial support.
North Korea has altered its time zone to that of South Korea, as a step towards unity. The presence of two clocks at previous talks between North and South had apparently made Kim Jong Un feel sad.
Rights activists have condemned a recent visit to North Korea by the Olympic Committee president as a sign that the international community is willing to overlook human rights abuses for the sake of dialogue.
Seven cities from three continents have put themselves forward to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. First-time bidders Turkey are among the nations to have expressed an interest in following Beijing 2022.
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