BEAR ALERT IN
WATCH out for bears, especially if you are hiking or climbing mountains in Japan.
Since last month, Asiatic black bears and brown bears have been making their presence felt across the country.
In separate incidents on May 21 and 22, two men were found dead in Akita Prefecture after going into the mountains. They were believed to be victims of bear attacks.
There were also bear sightings in Iwate, Yamagata, Nagano and other prefectures, plus reports of injuries due to bear attacks.
With mountaineering season about to begin in Japan, the authorities are calling for people to take precautions.
THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN
NEW FLOWER CITY
BLOOMS IN HAIKOU
A BOUGAINVILLEA 3D amusement park is set to flower next year in China.
It would be part of the second Hainan International Tourism Island Bougainvillea Exhibition.
It is slated to run from Jan 20 to April 15, 2017 in Haikou city, the executive committee of the exhibition announced this week.
Besides the theme park, the exhibition - titled New Flower City, New Haikou - aims to attract visitors with specially designed bougainvillea-themed cultural products and photography contests.
THAI AIRPORT CABBIES
GO BACK TO SCHOOL
TOURISTS often get a rude shock when they hail a taxi
at Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports in Thailand, which are notorious for poor service.
Passengers at these airports are known to face various problems, ranging from drivers refusing to turn on their meter, to overcharging and cheating.
But things may be looking up, now that taxi drivers can apply to undergo a special test and earn a professional licence.
Last year, 106 of 122 applicants passed the test and received a professional certificate. This year, 404 taxi drivers applied and 375 got certificates. As many as 1,000 drivers are expected to pass the test next year.
Pet Chancharoen, director of Don Mueang Airport, said some 400 drivers from the company that operates taxis at the airport had completed the training. "We have received good feedback from passengers," he added.