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NACA Chinese New Year Gala Organized by National Association of Chinese Americans Date: Saturday, Feb 4, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm Venue: Canton House For more info: www.naca-atlanta.org Chinese New Year Celebration Organized by Chinese Community Center Date: Friday, Feb 10, 2017 Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Venue: Westin Atlanta Perimeter North For more info: Fu Tai Lu 770.355.0409 “Jews & Indians Strengthening Ties - Celebrating 25 Years of India-Israel Relations” Organized by Indian Professional Network Date: Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 Time: 6:00 pm Venue: Ashiana Indian Restaurant-Global Mall, 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross GA 30071 Dinner: $15; $20 door Registration: www.ajcatlanta.org/jewsandindians2017

Lunar New Year Spring Reception Organized by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York Date: Thursday, Feb 16, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Venue: The High Museum of Arts By invitation only.

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“One Belt, One Road” - Challenges & Opportunities for U.S. Companies Organized by The Carter Center-China Program, Hong Kong Association of Atlanta Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 Time: 10:00 am -1:30 pm Venue: The Carter Center Admission: $50 per person; $500 (table 10) Register online: http://goo.gl/LtgNST

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METRO ASIAN NEWS Gov. Deal announces opening of new I-75 South Metro express lanes Atlanta, Jan 26, 2017 — Gov. Nathan Deal, along with State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) Executive Director Chris Tomlinson and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry, announced the opening of the new I-75 South Metro express lanes.

NYC’s famous The Halal Guys opened its first Georgia restaurant in Chamblee Chamblee, Jan 28, 2017 — New York’s popular ‘chicken-and-rice cart host a grand opening of its first brickand-mortar Georgia location in the northeast Atlanta suburb of Chamblee. No first-timer trip to New York is complete without waiting in a massive line to get to the front of the cart line or front door for a taste of The Halal Guys, and that’s the same hype that the new location on Buford Highway is set to service. Known for their famous beef gyro sandwiches, chicken-andrice platters and “secret” white sauce, The Halal Guys’ menu offers a mix of various American Halal food. “After a longer than expected construction process, I’m excited to finally open our red and yellow doors to the public,” said Moynul Chowdhury, operating franchisee of the Chamblee location. “It’s been amazing to see and hear the excitement from so many people—both in person and on our social media channels—as soon as our signs and signature colors went up on the corner of Clairmont Road and Buford Highway. We couldn’t have picked a more eclectic part of town to open our first location —- it fits us perfectly.” Chowdhury is also eyeing several more stores in the coming six months. ”We’re possibly targeting Gwinnett and

Midtown areas for our next couple of stores in metro Atlanta.” To reward those with the most anticipation of chowing down on a Halal Guys platter or sandwich, the first 50 fans received a free entree platter and fountain drink of their choice; the next 200 customers also received a Halal Guys T-Shirt. On opening day, diners enjoyed live entertainment from local artists and a raffle featuring various prizes from The Halal Guys and other partners supporting the restaurant’s opening. The Halal Guys’ Chamblee location is just steps away from the City Market Supermarket. The location will also offer free WiFi and parking. The Halal Guys franchises now has a global footprint with locations in Canada, Philippines and Indonesia. With over 200 restaurants in development the brand is leaving their mark on the world of halal food. The Halal Guys 4929 Buford Highway Chamblee, GA 30341 Business Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The new express lanes are reversible, barrier-separated lanes along I-75 South and I-675 South in Henry and Clayton counties and will officially open to motorists on Saturday, Jan. 28. Gov. Deal also announced that the first 14 days of operation will be tollfree for motorists with a Peach Pass to encourage commuters to utilize the express lanes. “The I-75 South Metro express lanes will provide much-needed congestion relief for motorists who commute through one of Metro Atlanta’s most heavily-traveled corridors,” said Deal. “This is the first of several express lane projects under construction or design for the next decade, and these investments will significantly improve the transportation network for Georgians. I look forward to working with SRTA and GDOT to make the commute of our citizens quicker and safer while reinforcing our position as the No. 1 state in which to do business.”

“We know that it may take some time for motorists to try this mobility option but we also know that there will be early adopters and an immediate benefit to Xpress Bus riders. Georgia has more Express Lanes under development across the metro area to help provide consistent travel choices for those who chose to use them. It is very exciting to have the I-75 South Metro system opening this weekend.” The toll rates for the I-75 South Metro express lanes are set by the SRTA Board and will range from $0.10 to $0.90 per mile, with a minimum toll charge of no less than $0.50 per trip. Toll prices automatically adjust based on demand and traffic conditions in the corridor in order to maintain free- flow travel trips through the lanes. “The dynamic pricing model has proven to be an effective method of making sure that the lanes perform at the level customers expect,” said Tomlinson. “The toll prices will help to ensure that the customers who choose the Express Lanes will have a reliable trip option when they need it to get where they need to go on time.”

The I-75 South Metro express lanes include approximately 12 miles of added capacity, with reversible lanes extending from SR 155/McDonough Road to SR 138/Stockbridge Highway.

Vehicles with no more than two axles or up to six wheels may use the express lanes with a valid Peach Pass or a prepaid toll account in Florida or North Carolina.

The two lanes are barrier-separated from the general purpose lanes and will ease congestion to and from Atlanta during the heaviest traffic hours.

Public transit buses, registered vanpools and emergency response vehicles may use the lanes toll-free with a valid Peach Pass.

“This weekend, motorists in the corridor will have their first chance to try the brand new Express Lanes, and we hope that many will use this as an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the system,” said McMurry.

All other vehicles, including motorcycles and electric vehicles, are required to pay a toll to use the express lanes.


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‘Dumb deal’ drags Australia-U.S. ties to new low after tense Trump call Sydney, Feb 2, 2017 — U.S. President Donald Trump labeled a refugee swap deal with Australia “dumb” on Thursday after a Washington Post report of an acrimonious telephone call with Australia’s prime minister threatened a rare rift in ties between the two staunch allies.

U.S. Senate confirms Tillerson as secretary of state Washington DC, Feb 2, 2017 — The U.S. Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state on Wednesday, filling a key spot on the Republican’s national security team despite concerns about the former Exxon Mobil Corp chief executive officer’s ties to Russia. The vote, mostly along party lines, was by far the closest in at least half a century. Fifty-six senators backed Tillerson, and 43 voted no. Every Republican favored Tillerson, along with four members of the Democratic caucus, Senators Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin and Mark Warner as well as Angus King, an independent. Democratic Senator Chris Coons did not vote. Tillerson’s predecessor in the position, John Kerry, was confirmed by 94 to 3. Condoleezza Rice, the last secretary of state nominated by a Republican, was confirmed by 85-13. Senate Democrats had tried, but failed, to delay the vote on Tillerson because of Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries and temporarily halting the entry of refugees. They said they wanted to ask Tillerson more questions about the issue after Trump signed the order on

Friday, prompting protests and chaos at airports across the country and uncertainty and disruption for travelers around the world. But Republicans hold a majority of 52 seats in the 100-member Senate, and so far have confirmed all of the six Trump nominees who have come up for votes. Senators had also expressed concerns over Tillerson’s ties to Russia after the executive spent years there working for the oil company. Some faulted him for failing to promise to recuse himself from matters related to Exxon Mobil businesses for his entire term as secretary of state rather than only the one year required by law.

The Post reported that Trump described the resettlement plan as “the worst deal ever” and accused Australia of trying to export the “next Boston bombers”. It said the call had been scheduled to last an hour but Trump cut it short after 25 minutes when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tried to turn to subjects such as Syria. Turnbull told reporters the call with Trump at the weekend had been frank and candid but refused to give further details. “I do stand up for Australia. My job is to defend Australian interests,” Turnbull said in Melbourne. Turnbull refused to confirm the Post report that Trump, who had earlier spoken to world leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, had angrily told him that the call was “the worst so far”. Political analysts said such acrimony was unprecedented, surpassing even the difficult relations between former U.S. President Richard Nixon and then Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who pulled Australian troops out of the Vietnam War.

Tillerson, 64, retired as chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil at the end of 2016 after a four-decade career at the company.

“Even that was always done in the language of foreign policy niceties,” said Harry Phillips, a political analyst of 40 years experience at Edith Cowan and Curtin universities in Perth.

Republicans and other Tillerson supporters said they thought he would be a strong leader as the country’s top diplomat, citing his experience running a giant corporation operating on six continents. They also said it was important to finalize Trump’s national security team quickly, to address international crises and reassure allies wondering about the new president’s “America First” foreign policy. - Reuters

As reports of the conversation hit headlines on both sides of the world, Trump tweeted shortly before midnight in Washington: “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal.” That threw more confusion over the status of the controversial deal Australia agreed with former President Barack Obama late last year for the United States to resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers held in offshore processing camps on Pacific islands in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. In return, Australia would resettle

refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. REPERCUSSIONS The swap deal is at odds with Trump’s executive order last week that suspended the U.S. refugee program and restricted entry to the United States for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Many of those being held in the Australian detention centers, which have drawn harsh criticism from the United Nations and rights groups, have fled violence in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. White House spokesman Sean Spicer and the U.S. Embassy in Australia have both said Trump would honor the deal. In several media appearances after Trump’s tweet, Turnbull reiterated that he believed the deal stood. “He is saying that this is not a deal he would have made, but the question is will he honor that commitment? He has already given it,” Turnbull said. “I make Australia’s case frankly, powerfully, forthrightly and hopefully persuasively when I deal with other leaders.” The apparent breakdown between Washington and Canberra that has developed over the resettlement deal could have serious repercussions. Australia and the United States are among the five nations that make up the Five Eyes group, the world’s leading intelligence-sharing network. The United States also plans to send extra military aircraft to Australia’s tropical north this year as part of a U.S. Marines deployment that will bolster its military presence close to the disputed South China Sea. Australia is also one of 10 U.S. allies purchasing Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet program. The Post quoted unidentified senior U.S. officials briefed on the conversation between Trump and Turnbull. It also quoted the official read-out from the call, which emphasized “the enduring strength and closeness of the U.S.-Australia relationship that is critical for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and

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Asian TPP nations pledge to salvage trade accord after US exit Wellington, Jan 24, 2017 — Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they hope to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian nations to join the trade pact after US President Donald Trump kept his promise to pull out of the accord. The TPP, which the United States had signed but not ratified, was a pillar of former US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has touted it as an engine of economic reform, as well as a counter-weight to a rising China, which is not a TPP member. Fulfilling a campaign pledge Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office on Monday pulling the United States out of the 2015 TPP agreement and distancing the United States from its Asian allies. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had held discussions with Abe, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong overnight about the possibility of proceeding with the TPP without the United States. “Losing the United States from the TPP is a big loss, there is no question about that,” Turnbull told reporters in

Canberra on Tuesday. “But we are not about to walk away … certainly there is potential for China to join the TPP.” Obama framed TPP without China in an effort to write Asia’s trade rules before Beijing could, establishing US economic leadership in the region as part of his “pivot to Asia”. China has proposed a counter pact, the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP) and has championed the Southeast Asian-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Meeting planned The TTP, which has been five years in the making, requires ratification by at least six countries accounting for 85 percent of the combined gross domestic product of the member nations. Australia help open the possibility of China, the world’s top exporter, joining a revised deal. “The original architecture was to enable other countries to join,” Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday.

“Certainly I know that Indonesia has expressed interest and there would be scope for China if we are able to reformulate it.” Japan has led the push for the partnership, which also includes Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam. “There is no change to our view that free trade is the source of economic growth,” Japanese Economy Minister Nobuteru Ishihara told reporters. When asked whether Japan would be open to negotiating a bilateral trade pact with the United States, Ishihara said it was still uncertain whether US trade officials would start negotiating for such deals. Trump took office as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an “American carnage” of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry. He vowed to bring jobs back by renegotiating what he called bad multilateral trade deals in favor of bilateral deals, with his first move scrapping the TPP. The US president made comments

critical of Japan’s auto exports to the United States and the dearth of US auto exports to Japan, which poses a threat to Japan’s influential car industry. “We have no tariffs on US cars,” Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Tuesday. “In addition, we do not take any other discriminatory measures against US car imports.” Australia’s Turnbull said there was still a possibility “that US policy could change over time on this, as it has done on other trade deals,” noting some Republican Party members of congress have been “strong supporters.” New Zealand trade minister Todd McClay said he had talked with a number of TPP-member ministers when he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos last week and he expected they would meet over the coming months. “The agreement still has value as a FTA (Free Trade Agreement) with the other countries involved,” McClay said in an emailed statement to Reuters. – Reuters


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Japan eyes U.S. job, investment initiative ahead of Abe-Trump summit Tokyo, Jan 31, 2017 — Japan is hammering out plans to show U.S. President Donald Trump its firms are ready to create U.S. jobs, according to a document whose contents were revealed to Reuters, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares for a summit where automotive trade will be high on the agenda. Abe will visit Washington on Feb. 10 for the talks at which Trump is expected to seek quick progress toward a two-way trade deal. An early draft of the document, called “U.S.-Japan Growth and Employment Initiative”, listed five areas including infrastructure. The document, which was read to Reuters, did not mention automotive trade, which Trump has targeted as “unfair” in an echo of complaints by Washington decades ago. The document left blanks for the numbers of jobs to be created and the scope of investment but a government source said several hundred thousand jobs could result. It also referred to the idea of buying dollar-denominated “infrastructure bonds”, a proposal that has been floated as a way Japan could take part in Trump’s promised upgrade of U.S. infrastructure.

Japanese officials said they were still trying to assess just what Trump wants from Japan. In addition to singling out cars, he has also lumped Japan with China and Mexico as big contributors to America’s trade deficit. However, Japan’s share of the U.S. global trade gap has shrunk to 9 percent from more than half in the early 1990s. Automobiles and car parts account for about three-fourths of the overall U.S.-Japan trade gap, making it an easy target. BUY AMERICAN In a phone call with Abe on Saturday, Trump reiterated his pledge to create jobs in the United States and asked that the Japanese auto industry contribute, the Nikkei business daily reported, quoting unidentified Japanese government officials. Abe is expected to meet Toyoto Motor Corp CEO Akio Toyoda this week, possibly on Friday. “Mr. Trump has made a promise to ‘Buy American, Hire American’,” said one former Japanese diplomat. ”Symbolically, autos are a very big player.” The renewed focus on the automotive trade has some Japanese officials

and media reminiscing - and not happily - about heated U.S.-Japan auto talks more than 20 years ago. A last-minute deal in June 1995 averted U.S. tariffs on Japanese luxury cars when Japan’s automakers crafted “voluntary plans” to boost purchases of American auto parts and expand U.S. production. That allowed the Japanese government to maintain its opposition to setting official numerical trade targets while letting U.S. negotiators also claim a win. Yoshihiro Sakamoto, the top Japanese trade bureaucrat in those talks two decades ago, said such plans drafted behind the scenes by the auto industry and trade ministry - could be a model for addressing the situation now. Some experts pointed out, however, the ministry’s clout had waned since those days. “What America wants is investment,” Sakamoto told Reuters. U.S. CAR INVESTMENTS Toyota has come under fire from Trump for plans, announced in 2015, to shift production of its Corolla sedan from Canada to Mexico. Earlier this month, Japan’s top automaker said it would invest $10 billion in the United States over the next five years, the

same as the previous five years. On Monday, Honda Motor Co Ltd and General Motors Co said they would jointly produce pollution-free hydrogen fuel cell power systems in the United States from around 2020. The companies said they would invest $85 million to add a production line at a GM battery plant in Brownstown, Michigan, and create 100 jobs. Boosting output in the United States, however, could force Japanese car makers to make tough decisions about reducing production - and jobs - back home. Central Japan Railway Company, or JR Tokai, has given the government estimates of how many jobs would be created by proposed high-speed Shinkansen railways in California and Texas and a high-tech “maglev” railway along the U.S. east coast, a JR Tokai spokeswoman said. She declined to release the figures. Abe, who is close to JR Tokai Chairman emeritus Yoshiyuki Kasai, has touted maglev or magnetic levitation as a “dream technology” that could link New York and Washington in under an hour. - Reuters


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FOCUS Trump fired acting attorney general who defied immigration order Washington DC, Jan 31, 2017 — U.S. President Donald Trump fired top federal government lawyer Sally Yates on Monday after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and refused to defend new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations. It was another dramatic twist in the unusually raucous roll-out of Trump’s directive that put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Friday night ban prompted protests and chaos at airports on the weekend as customs officials struggled to put the order into practice, and the fallout spread to U.S. markets on Monday, where stocks suffered their biggest drop of 2017 and companies affected by the change spoke out against it. Yates said late on Monday that the Justice Department would not defend the order against court challenges, saying that she did not believe it would be “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.” Hours later, she was fired. The White House said Yates “has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States” and portrayed her actions as political. Trump has argued tougher vetting of immigrants is needed to protect America from terror attacks but critics complain that his order unfairly singles out Muslims and defiles America’s historic reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants. Yates, an appointee of former Democratic President Barack Obama, was days away from being replaced by Trump’s pick for the top spot at the Justice Department, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, who is awaiting Senate confirmation.

and my family in as refugees,” he said in a YouTube video of his remarks. TECH BACKING FOR COURT CHALLENGES

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the White House said in a statement. The White House said that Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was sworn in at 9 p.m. ET and would be acting U.S. attorney general until Sessions is approved. Boente said in an interview with the Washington Post that he would enforce the immigration order.

Federal judges blocked deportation of those detained under the order through the weekend, and more lawsuits were filed on Monday. White House spokesman Sean Spicer dismissed the memo. “These career bureaucrats have a problem with it? I think that they should either get with the program or they can go,” he told reporters at his daily briefing.

There have been only a handful of instances in U.S. history of top Justice Department officials publicly breaking with the White House.

An internal Department of Homeland Security document seen by Reuters showed 348 visa holders were kept from boarding U.S.-bound flights this week, and more than 200 people came to the United States but were denied entry.

The most famous example was in 1973, when then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy resigned rather than obey President Richard Nixon’s order to fire a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.

More than 735 people were pulled aside for questioning by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at airports, including 394 green card holders, who are legal permanent residents of the United States, the document said.

The incident, which became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre,” was a public relations disaster and is seen as a turning point in Nixon’s administration.

Trump’s administration is granting waivers from the refugee ban to allow 872 people into the country this week refugees that had already been cleared for resettlement in the United States and were in transit when the order came out.

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The drama at the Justice Department is another sign of how hastily Trump’s immigration order was developed and how little it was reviewed by the agencies now grappling to implement it. The White House said key government officials were briefed before Trump signed the order on Friday, but there was little coordination or consultation, resulting in confusion. Most State Department officials found out about it from media reports. Officials from the State Department circulated a draft memo of dissent on Monday, saying Trump’s move would hurt America’s image abroad and inflame anti-American sentiment.

Tens of thousands of people protested Trump’s order in major American cities and at airports on the weekend. Obama took the rare step of weighing in, saying through a spokesman that he was heartened by the political activism on the issue. Employees of Alphabet Inc’s Google in San Francisco, Mountain View, Seattle and other cities held protests. Backed by a sign that said “We are a nation of immigrants,” Sergei Brin, president of Alphabet, said he was outraged by the order. “The U.S. had the courage to take me

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country’s biggest Muslim advocacy group, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 people. Washington state filed a lawsuit, arguing that Trump’s order violates the equal protection clause and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Several other Democratic state attorneys general have said they are considering legal action. “It is an insult and a danger to all of the people of the state of Washington, of all faiths,” Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, told reporters. Amazon.com Inc and Expedia Inc, both of which are based in Washington state’s Seattle area, are supporting the state’s suit. Amazon scrapped a business trip for a senior company lawyer who was born in Libya but has UK citizenship, according to a declaration filed in support of the lawsuit. Forty-nine of its employees were born in one of the banned countries, and seven new hires may need to be placed in offices outside the United States, it said. A declaration from Expedia said the order could impact the travel itineraries of at least 1,000 customers, costing it refunds as well as expenses to monitor how the order is applied and who exactly is affected. The U.S. technology industry, a major employer of foreign workers, has been the most vocal corporate opponent to Trump’s order. A group of top companies plans to meet on Tuesday to discuss how best to support legal challenges. - Reuters


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Trump Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch seen in the mold of Scalia Washington DC, Feb 1, 2017 — Federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court pick of President Donald Trump, is a conservative intellectual known for backing religious rights and seen as very much in the mold of Antonin Scalia, the justice he was chosen to replace. Gorsuch, who has not shied away from needling liberals on occasion, is 49 and could influence the high court for decades to come in the lifetime post, if confirmed by the Republican-led Senate. He is the youngest Supreme Court nominee since Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991 picked Clarence Thomas, who was 43 at the time. He currently serves as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, the city where he was born. He was appointed to that post in 2006 by Republican President George W. Bush. Gorsuch, who is white, adds little diversity to the court compared with the justices appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama, both of whom were women, one becoming the first Latina justice. But he offers geographical diversity to a court dominated by justices from the east and west coasts. As an Episcopalian, he would be the only Protestant on the court, which has three Jewish justices and five Catholics. Gorsuch is seen by analysts as a jurist similar to Scalia, who died on Feb. 13, 2016. Scalia, praised by Gorsuch as “a lion of the law,” was known not only for his hard-line conservatism but for interpreting the U.S. Constitution based on what he considered its original meaning, and laws as written by legislators. Like Scalia, Gorsuch is known for sharp writing skills. “It is the role of judges to apply, not

alter, the work of the people’s representatives,” Gorsuch said on Tuesday at the White House event announcing the nomination in remarks that echoed Scalia’s views. Trump, a Republican, had the chance to nominate Gorsuch because the Republican-led U.S. Senate last year refused to consider Obama’s nominee, appeals court judge Merrick Garland. Democrats, angered by the treatment of Garland, and opposing Gorsuch’s conservative views, may seek to block his nomination. Trump may have favored Gorsuch for the job in hopes of a smoother confirmation process than for other potential candidates such as appeals court judge William Pryor, who has called the 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion “the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history.”

casts a deciding vote in close decisions. If confirmed, he would become the first clerk to join a former boss on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch also served as a clerk for Justice Byron White, a John F. Kennedy appointee, who retired from the court in 1993. Gorsuch has strong, Ivy League academic qualifications: attending Columbia University and, like several of the other justices on the court, Harvard Law School, graduating the same year as Obama. He completed a doctorate in legal philosophy at Oxford University, spent several years in private practice and worked in George W. Bush’s Justice Department.

FAMILIAR GROUND The federal government is familiar territory for Gorsuch, who is the son of Anne Burford, the first woman to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She served as Republican President Ronald Reagan’s top environmental official but resigned in 1983, just 22 months into the job, amid a fight with Congress over documents on the EPA’s use of a fund created to clean up toxic waste dumps nationwide. She was criticized by environmentalists for cutting the agency’s enforcement efforts against polluters and slowing payments for cleaning up toxic waste. The high court is also familiar ground for Gorsuch, who served as a clerk for two justices including a current member of the court, Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who often

CRITIC OF LIBERALS In a 2005 article in the conservative National Review magazine, Gorsuch criticized American liberals’ “overweening addiction to the courtroom” to implement a social agenda “on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide.” In his Senate confirmation hearing for his appellate court judgeship, he said the point of the article could be applied to groups across the political spectrum. In 2013, Gorsuch played a role in a high-profile ruling involving arts-andcrafts retailer Hobby Lobby, allowing owners of private companies to object on religious grounds to an Obamacare provision requiring employers to provide health insurance covering birth control for women.

The decision, later upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, said the provision violated a federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In a concurrence, Gorsuch expressed sympathy for the choice faced by the evangelical Christian owners of the company “between exercising their faith or saving their business.” Gorsuch also criticized an important legal doctrine that directs courts to defer to federal agencies’ interpretation of statutes. Last August, in a case over immigration rules, Gorsuch called the doctrine the “elephant in the room” that concentrates federal power “in a way that seems more than a little difficult to square with the Constitution.” He has written extensively on the topic of assisted suicide and euthanasia, arguing against legalization. In written questions related to his Senate confirmation hearings, he was asked whether his writings would make him biased in any case on the matter before him. He said his personal views would play no role in his decisions as a judge. Gorsuch is married with two teenage daughters, and lives outside of Boulder, Colorado. Friends and former clerks said he was a lover of the outdoors, describing him as an excellent skier, a fly fisherman and a runner. “We used to joke that he should be the face of Colorado tourism,” former Gorsuch clerk Jane Nitze said. - Reuters


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India’s Republic Day Celebration, Jan 26, 2017 Consulate General of India

Tet New Year ~ Vietnamese American Community of Georgia, Jan 28, 2017


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LIFESTYLE

Women regret one-night stands more than men Oslo, Jan 24, 2017 – After a previous US study found that women more often regret agreeing to a one-night stand than men, whereas men regret passing up the chance more than women, a team of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Psychology along with the University of Texas at Austin, wanted to see if the same held true in Norway, a supposedly more sexually liberal and egalitarian country. For their research the team recruited 263 male and female students aged 19 to 37 years who had all experienced at least one one-night stand. The team found the same pattern in Norway as in the US, with around 35 percent of women and only 20 percent of men regretting the experience to some degree. Women were also more likely to feel unhappier about the experience, with just 30 percent of women reporting

that they were happy about their most recent casual sex experience — compared to over 50 percent of the men. The results also showed that when it came to turning down the offer of a one night stand, nearly 80 percent of women were happy that they had said no, however only 43 percent of men felt the same. When explaining possible reasons for the differences, the team suggested that it could be that women worry more and are less likely to partake in risky behavior that men. However this theory doesn’t explain the differences in reactions after the event. Further questioning ruled out the idea that women feel more regretful because they do not get as much sexual pleasure out of a one-night stand as men do, with the team also suggesting that pregnancy concerns, STD infections and getting a bad reputation

could instead help explain the patterns. Evolutionary psychology could also be a reason. Dr. Buss, one of the co-authors on the study, explained that, “Women and men differ fundamentally in their sexual psychology. A key limitation on men’s reproductive success, historically, has been sexual access to fertile women. These evolutionary selection pressures have created a male sexual mind that is attentive to sexual opportunities.” So for men, continued researcher Professor Kennear, it’s a case of quantity not quality so he can improve his reproductive success by having as many fertile mates as possible. Because women are restricted in how many children they can have, they instead go for quality over quantity to pass good genes on to their children and produce a good environment in which to raise them.

And although society, culture, and attitudes change, our basic biological function does not, with Dr. Buss adding that, “Many social scientists expect that in sexually egalitarian cultures such as Norway, these sex differences would disappear. They do not. This fact makes the findings on sex differences in sexual regret in modern Norwegian people so fascinating scientifically.” The results can be found online published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology. – Reuters


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SPORTS

Federer outfights Nadal to win fifth Australian Open Melbourne, Jan 29, 2017 — Roger Federer prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 after a roller coaster ride of a 35th chapter of his rivalry with Rafa Nadal to win his fifth Australian Open and clinch a first grand slam title in four and a half years on Sunday. The 35-year-old capped his triumphant return from knee surgery with a record-extending 18th major title after a vintage battle with his Spanish rival, who had won all three of their previous meetings at Melbourne Park. Left hander Nadal, also returning from injury this year, showed sustained periods of his best from the baseline but was just unable to stay with his rival in the gut-wrenching drama of the deciding set. Federer was forced to endure a nervous wait for his victory after Nadal unsuccessfully challenged the line call on the second championship point. But he was finally able to celebrate with tears in his eyes after coming out on top after three hours and 38 minutes of enthralling tennis to become the first man to win five or more titles

at three different grand slams. “There are no draws in tennis but I would have been happy to share one with Rafa tonight,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. I hope to see you next year and if not it’s been a wonderful run here.” Nadal, the 2009 champion, was typically gracious after losing his third Melbourne final and coming up short in his bid for a 15th grand slam title. “Congrats to Roger, just amazing the way he’s playing after so long away from the tour,” the 30-year-old said. “It’s been a great month for me; I worked a lot to get where I am today. It was a great match and I think Roger probably deserved it a little more than me. I will keep on fighting.”

first break point of the match with a forehand winner to go 5-4 up. That was enough to take the opening set but Nadal was all over his opponent’s serve at the start of the second with two Federer backhands into the net giving the Spaniard a 2-0 lead. Federer had two break points in the next game but Nadal fought them off and then broke again as his rival struggled for accuracy under the Spanish onslaught. Four big forehands gave the Swiss a break back but Nadal held firm to serve out the set and Federer needed three aces to save three break points in a 10-minute game at the start of the third.

Federer made the slower start to the contest with Nadal drawing him into lengthy rallies and targeting his backhand.

The momentum had swung, though, and Federer stepped up a gear with some brilliant shot-making allowing him to rattle off the next two games and Nadal left scrambling to fend off a second break in a marathon fourth game.

It was the Swiss who made the first breakthrough, though, converting the

He was unable to repeat the feat in the sixth game and Federer, his cross-

court backhand causing Nadal all sorts of problems, saved a couple of break points to secure a two sets to one lead with a drop volley. The pendulum had not finished swinging yet, however, and Nadal broke for 3-1 in the fourth when Federer netted a backhand volley and held under unrelenting pressure in the next game with a brilliant crosscourt forehand winner at full stretch. Nadal again closed out the set and Federer took a medical timeout before the start of the decider, returning to court only to give up his first service game. Federer was not prepared to give up on his first grand slam since the 2012 Wimbledon tournament easily and put the set back on serve at 3-3 when Nadal sent a rasping forehand centimeters wide on his sixth break point. He needed another five break points on Nadal’s next service game before the Spaniard finally cracked and Nadal was still battling away when Federer finally sealed the deal. – Reuters


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Serena sinks Venus to win magic 23rd slam Melbourne, Jan 28, 2017 — Serena Williams reigned supreme in tennis’s great sibling rivalry, edging an emotion-charged clash with sister Venus to claim her seventh Australian Open on Saturday and a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era. Beset by nerves early in the tense family affair, the American needed all her firepower and famed mental strength to fend off Venus, who scrapped hard to the end before going down 6-4 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena. Fourteen years after beating Venus for her maiden title at Melbourne Park, Serena’s seventh crown was sealed with a heady charge to the net that forced a desperate backhand from Venus to float wide.

Serena, cradling the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup. “There’s no way I would have anything without her. “My first grand slam started here, and getting to 23 here, but playing Venus, it’s stuff that legends are made of. I couldn’t have written a better story.” The win moved Serena past Steffi Graf on the list of all-time grand slam champions. Only Margaret Court, who watched the match from the terraces, is ahead of her on 24. Serena arrived in Melbourne with only two matches under her belt, having cut short her season to recover from injury after the U.S. Open.

Eyes ablaze in joyous disbelief, Serena slumped to the court and threw her hands in the air, the world number one ranking also re-captured from Angelique Kerber.

But she roared through the tournament without losing a set and, at the age of 35, the relentless pursuit of grand slam silverware will go on, and with sister in tow.

She paid tribute to Venus, her longtime doubles partner and enduring inspiration.

“We’re both, like I say, 30-fun,” said Serena of their longevity.

“She’s an amazing person, there’s no way I would be at 23 without her,” said

“Now I just feel like I’m satisfied with where I am, although I always want to win.”

Venus, 36, had already proved an inspiration by reaching her first final since her loss to Serena at Wimbledon in 2009. It made her the oldest woman to do so at Melbourne Park since tennis went professional in 1968. BATTLING HARD She lost her seventh of nine grand slam title deciders to her younger sister but won over the Rod Laver Arena crowd by battling hard to the finish. “Congratulations Serena on number 23, I’ve been right there with you, some of them I’ve lost right there with you,” said the seven-times grand slam champion, raising a laugh from the crowd. “Your win has always been my win, you know that.” The sisters’ combined ages added up to the ‘oldest’ grand slam final in the professional era but they ran like the teenagers they were in 1998, when they played each other for the first time in a tour match at the same tournament. Nerves weighed heavier, however, and in a tense start, both dropped serve twice in the opening four games.

Serena was the worst afflicted, and she smashed her racket in a rage in the third game, having slipped behind the baseline when chasing down a ball. The game’s greatest server double-faulted three times to be broken a second time, causing a gasp from the crowd. But she soon settled to forge a 5-3 lead before sealing the set with a thumping pair of aces. Venus was quickly under siege, with Serena feasting readily on her modest second serve. Serena pounced in the seventh game, breaking her in the seventh game with a searing backhand return and she served out to love to come within a game of the title. Venus pushed hard to break back at 5-4 but flung her racket away in despair after hammering a forehand into the net to give up match point. It was all Serena needed and after a furious exchange of shots, she charged in to the net swinging to claim yet another major title. – Reuters


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HEALTH Prostate biopsies could be avoidable with MRIs Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could also reduce the number of men over-diagnosed with the disease by five percent, they detailed in a study published in The Lancet. The new approach is potentially a game-changer, experts commenting on the study said. In the case of prostate cancer, “over-diagnosed” includes relatively benign cancers that do not cause any harm during a man’s lifetime. “Prostate cancer has aggressive and harmless forms,” noted lead author Hashim Ahmed, a surgeon at University College London’s faculty of medicine.

involves using a biopsy needle to draw a tissue sample through a small cut made between the anus and scrotum. The needle goes in “blind,” and can thus bypass a cancerous mass. “Our current biopsy test can be inaccurate because the tissue samples are taken at random,” Ahmed said in a statement. “It can miss aggressive cancers that are actually there.” And if the biopsy does finds cancer cells, it cannot reliably determine whether they are malignant. As a result, some men are given a false diagnosis and prescribed treatments with nasty side effects.

Typically, men undergo a prostate biopsy if they experience certain symptoms or show high levels of a protein in their blood, as detected by a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.

Ahmed and his team wanted to find out if a MRI scan could be used as a “triage” test to determine which men with elevated protein counts might safely avoid a biopsy.

Each year, over a million prostate biopsies are done in Europe alone.

A multi-parametric MRI (MP-MRI) can provide information about a cancer’s size, density, and proximity to the bloodstream.

The procedure — which can cause bleeding, pain and serious infections —

Second trial under way All of these elements help distinguish between aggressive and benign forms of the disease. In the study, 576 men spread across 11 public hospitals in Britain and suspected of having prostate cancer were given a MP-MRI scan, followed by two types of biopsy. One was the type commonly used to detect cancer, and the other was designed to compare the standard biopsy’s accuracy in detecting malignancy against the MRI scans. Forty percent of the men turned out to have had aggressive cancer. The scan correctly diagnosed almost all of them (93 percent), whereas the standard biopsy identified only half. “Our results show that MP-MRI should be used before biopsy” to identify men who have harmless cancers and do not need a biopsy immediately, Ahmed said.

This group however should continue to be monitored by their doctors. Only those whose scan results point to an aggressive cancer should have a biopsy, to confirm. Using the two tests in this fashion “could reduce over-diagnosis of harmless cancers by five percent… and improve the detection of aggressive cancers from 48 to 93 percent,” Ahmed concluded. Reaction from other experts was positive. “This has the potential to change clinical practice,” said Arnauld Villers, head of the urology department at the Regional University Hospital in Lille, France. “These results represent a solid basis for a new pathway of diagnosis for prostate cancer detection, leading to fewer biopsies.” A second clinical trial overseen by Cancer Research UK, currently recruiting volunteers, will seek to validate the study results.

Stop smoking may ease symptoms of depression Carried out by researchers at Kings College London and the Charles University in Prague, together the team looked at 3775 patients attending a stop smoking clinic in the Czech Republic. They found that smokers who received the clinic’s specialist behavioral support and medication, 835 participants in total, were more likely to remain smoke-free for a year if they went back for repeat visits. In addition, successful quitters also showed a large improvement in their depression, with two-thirds (66.3 percent) of those who had moderate or severe depression when smoking

describing no or minimal symptoms of the condition during a one-year follow up. Smoking rates among people with mental health conditions are more than double those of the general population in the UK — around 40% vs. 20% — with around three million of the 9.6 million adult smokers in the UK living with a mental health condition. Smoking is also the single biggest factor contributing to a lower life expectancy in those with a mental health condition — whose life expectancy is around 10-20 years lower than the general population.

However the team also noted that those with depression are less likely to quit successfully than those without the condition. The team emphasizes that the findings highlight the importance of how the same support can benefit different groups to different extents, and that those with mental health problems may need some extra help to successfully quit. Dr Leonie Brose, a Cancer Research UK fellow based at King’s College London and senior author of the publication, also commented that, “While there’s been an overall fall in smoking rates in recent decades, there hasn’t been the same decline among people

with mental health problems.” “The findings also suggest that giving up smoking may improve depressive symptoms, improving mental as well as physical health.” The results can be found published online in the journal Annals of Behavioural Medicine.


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Misc Asia

Nip, tuck, lift and shape: Cosmetic surgery thrives The global market grew by 8.3 percent in 2016 to an estimated value of 8.5 billion euros (US$8.9 billion) — the GDP of the Bahamas, according to data released Friday at the IMCAS aesthetic industry conference in Paris. In 2017, people are projected to spend 9.2 billion euros on face and body upgrades, growing to nearly 12 billion euros in 2020.

like Europeans or Americans,” said Laurent Brones, and industry expert. IMCAS data shows the Asia Pacific region will be the fastest grower, at 12 percent in the coming four years — overtaking Europe for the first time in 2020 to represent a quarter of the global market at over three billion euros. Machines overtaking scalpels

“There’s a general acceptance that doing, whether it’s surgery or less invasive procedures… to make you feel better, look better, it’s much more accepted,” said Nolan Karp, a New York surgeon and board member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Demand in Asia is exploding, practitioners say, driven by a rapidly growing middle class and a quest for more Caucasian features. Behind the United States and Brazil, South Korea was the third biggest market for aesthetic treatments in 2015, with 1.2 million procedures out of a global total of 21.7 million, according to data from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). While breast augmentation and liposuction are the most popular procedures in America, Brazil, Mexico and most of Europe, demand in South Korea is for eye, nose, cheek and chin resculpting. “They (clients) will be treating areas of the face that will make them look

Less-invasive procedures such as laser treatments to tighten or “rejuvenate” skin, toxin injections to paralyse face muscles and ease frown lines, chemical peels, and freezing and killing unwanted fat, are fast overtaking traditional surgery. More and more clients opt for procedures that require no anaesthesia, less recovery time, and present fewer risks. “The growth of non-surgicals is pretty much exponential,” said ISAPS president Renato Saltz . “The technology, the money invested in research and development, is just mind boggling. If you look at the industry, they don’t make money with a scalpel, but they do make money with machines.” In 2015, Botox injections were the most popular procedure with 4.6 million performed by plastic surgeons, followed by hyaluronic acid injections (2.9 million) to iron out wrinkles and plump up lips.

Surgical breast augmentation was in third place with 1.5 million procedures, followed by liposuction with 1.4 million and operations to lift and shape eyelids at 1.3 million.

improved and there is a drug that promises to boost growth — but these are expensive and take a long time — leaving a huge gap for a “miracle” hair drug.

Some foresee that more and more men, who make up about a tenth of clients today, will be drawn in.

Genital resculpting is another wide open field.

Slowing or reversing hair loss, for example, “is a huge potential market,” said Bernard Mole, a Paris-based plastic surgeon. Balding can be very distressing for many men, he said. Hair implantation technology has

“The demand is not there yet, but 10/15 years ago there was also no demand for female genital rejuvenation,” said Mole. Today it is among the most popular procedures, “and I believe that in five to ten years we will see the same trend in men.”


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Misc Asia

Red vs black – Thai Chinese face New Year fashion dilemma Bangkok, Jan 24, 2017 — Bright red garments, gold embroidery and colourful accessories would normally have been the mode du jour for Thailand’s ethnic Chinese celebrating Lunar New Year on Saturday.

succeeded by his son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, in December.

Striking colors, especially red, are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune.

“Most of the people understand this is for Chinese New Year, that we have to wear bright auspicious colors to bring luck into our lives,” the 60-yearold said.

But this year, donning colorful clothes could be seen as disrespectful in a country where many are still wearing black, white or grey as a sign of mourning for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Oct. 13 last year. The traditional mourning period of 100 days ended last Friday, but the transition back to color has been slow. The year-long mourning for government officials is not mandatory for all Thais, but most people shopping for new clothes in Bangkok are still in monochrome. Bangkok resident Suvannee Suttilertkun said she would be wearing a black traditional dress with gold embroidery for Lunar New Year. “It is because we still have to show respect that we are mourning King Rama IX,” she said, referring to King Bhumibol by his formal title. King Bhumibol was the world’s longest-reigning monarch after seven decades on the throne and was revered as semi-divine by many Thais. He was

Some Thais, like Tanagrit Leartskritanapa, have chosen to stick with bright red for Lunar New Year.

“At the same time, deep in our hearts, we feel sorrow and we don’t forget our king, because he’s still living in our hearts.” Many shopkeepers in Chinatown said there had been a drop in sales of red clothes, but they have offered more alternatives in gold, silver and black. Ethnic Chinese number more than 9.3 million in Thailand, making up about 11 percent of the population, according to 2012 data quoted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, an international body based in Berlin. But the numbers exclude those of partial ethnic Chinese ancestry, who also consider themselves to be Thai Chinese and celebrate Lunar New Year. S.P. Somtow, a Thai-American author and social critic, said most Thai Chinese speak Thai and are well-integrated in society. He did not think wearing red would cause tension during the festive season.

K-Pop star Rain to ring modest wedding bells Seoul, Jan 17, 2017 — South Korean pop icon Rain announced his engagement to top actress Kim Tae-Hee in a handwritten letter to fans Tuesday — but said their wedding would be lowkey given the country’s economic and political woes. “I am going to be a good husband and man as a head of a family,” the 34-year-old said in the letter, posted on his Instagram feed. “She has always been by my side through the hard times and the good times,” he said, referring to the actress two years his senior, who has a massive following in Asia. The celebrity couple first met while shooting a TV commercial in 2011 and began dating a year later. Rain, whose real name is Jung JiHoon, is one of the biggest names in the world of Kpop, which commands a huge following in South Korea, across much of Asia and beyond. He has also starred in several South Korean TV dramas and Hollywood action pictures including the Wachowski brothers’ “Ninja Assassin” and “Speed Racer”.

“Regarding the time and the wedding ceremony, we plan to keep it as quiet and holy as possible during the current unstable national mood and economically difficult times,” he said. The couple are expected to wed at a Catholic church in Seoul on Thursday with family members in attendance as the bride-to-be is a devout Catholic, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said citing industry insiders. The singer was confined to barracks for a week in January 2013 for sneaking out to meet Kim while performing his mandatory military service.


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TRAVEL

Tickets for Ferrari Land in Spain to go on sale next week Portaventura, Spain, Jan 28 — New details have emerged for the Ferrari theme park set to open in Spain this spring, which will be home to the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Europe. Car enthusiasts and thrill seekers may want to bookmark January 31 on their calendar, the day tickets to Ferrari Land at PortAventura, located about an hour and a half outside Barcelona, go on sale. Designed for both race car lovers and adrenaline junkies alike, the park allows visitors to get up close and personal with the luxury Italian car brand and experience the heart-pumping sensations of driving a Formula 1 race car. The scene-stealing star of the show? A vertical accelerator that rockets riders up 112 meters at speeds of up to 180 km/hr in just five seconds.

Other attractions include Ferrari Land Gallery, an interactive exhibit that takes visitors through the history of the legendary Italian car maker, racetrack, free fall tower and bounceback tower, F1 simulators, pit stop, and speedway for kids. Visitors will also be entertained by three different shows. Spread across 70,000 square meters at a price tag of €$100 million, Ferrari Land is the younger sister to Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi which opened in 2010. At 86,000 square meters, Ferrari World can fit seven football fields. A Ferrari theme park is also set to open in China, while a fourth is being eyed for North America. Spain’s Ferrari Land opens April 7 and adult ticket prices start at €60.

Ghibli Museum celebrates 10 millionth visitor Tokyo, Jan 23 — The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo hit a major milestone last week.

Ghibli creations like the Catbus from My Neighbour Totoro and the robot from Castle in the Sky.

The popular attraction that is dedicated to bringing the works of Studio Ghibli to life has welcomed 10 million visitors through its doors.

The museum also screens different Ghibli-animated shorts.

The museum originally opened in October 2001, and sees about 650,000 visitors a year. According to Rocket News 24, the museum marked the occasion with a special ceremony on Saturday. The museum’s director, Kiyofumi Nakajima, said during the ceremony that Studio Ghibli founder and anime icon, Hayao Miyazaki, said he was “delighted” by the news. The Ghibli Museum is located in Mitaka in west Tokyo, and boasts interactive exhibits and replicas of iconic

Tickets to the museum must be purchased in advance, because only a select number of tickets are available for each day.

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Georgia Asian Times cover the multicultural Asian community in metro Atlanta and Georgia.

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