As part of their campaign to reduce plastic pollution, South Koreans are trying to abandon plastic straws and use rice straws in their stead.
Japan has adopted a more nationalist stance in recent years. Now, a copy of an old German map could help Tokyo legitimize its claims in a dispute with South Korea over geography and terminology. Julian Ryall reports.
South Korea's pop industry has been shaken by a scandal involving sex videos and prostitution, tarnishing the reputations of some of the nation's top stars and questioning the way South Koreans see women.
Not even Son Heung-min could save South Korea in their attempt to win the Asian Cup. Another shock followed when Australia were beaten by tournament hosts United Arab Emirates.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are sitting down in Hanoi for their second meeting. Denuclearization, sanctions relief and a potential end to the Korean War are all on the table.
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