Jeremy Lin announcement: Jeremy Lin will join the New Taipei Kings in Taiwan, teaming up with his brother Joseph. After considering retirement due to a head injury, Lin's return — especially alongside his sibling — has fans eagerly awaiting the next season.
Japan’s insane average life expectancy: Japan now boasts a record 92,139 individuals aged 100 or older, known as centenarians. Women represent 88.5% of this count. This increase marks the 53rd consecutive year of growth in this age group. Among them, Fusa Tatsumi from Osaka stands out at 116 years old. Due to advancements in healthcare, by 2022, the average Japanese woman had a life expectancy of 87.09 years, while men averaged 81.05 years.
Japanese referee makes history: Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan will be one of the first women to referee at the men's Asian Cup in Qatar next year. The Asian Football Confederation's selection of female referees is a nod toward greater gender inclusivity in sports. Previously, Yamashita broke barriers by officiating at the men's World Cup. The Asian Cup, originally slated for China, was relocated to Qatar because of COVID-19.
Pokémon news: The Pokémon Company and Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum are teaming up. A teaser features Pikachu and Eevee in scenes reminiscent of Van Gogh's style, with Sunflora portrayed as a Van Gogh artwork. Details of the collaboration, speculated to be an art exhibit, will be announced Sept. 28. The partnership echoes Pokémon's previous art collaborations, such as one with Tokyo's Metropolitan Art Museum.
Korean “Flower Monk”: South Korea's Hwaeomsa temple's night tour sold out quickly, largely because of a tea session with the temple's well-known monk, Venerable Beomjeong, or “Flower Monk.” With more than 27,000 Instagram followers, Beomjeong's nickname reflects a cultural term for a man with refined features. His rising popularity supports Hwaeomsa's push to engage younger audiences.
Takashi Mursakami comes to SF: Japanese artist Takashi Murakami debuts his solo exhibition, “Takashi Murakami: Unfamiliar People—Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego,” at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum today. The five-year project includes more than 75 monster-themed artworks. Drawing inspiration from childhood memories and modern digital influences, Murakami's exhibit runs through Feb. 12, 2024, and bridges traditional and modern art.
Stolen artifacts returned to Cambodia: The family of the late U.S. billionaire George Lindemann is returning 33 stolen Khmer antiquities to Cambodia, some of which date back more than 1,000 years. The artifacts, valued at around $20 million, include significant pieces from historic sites like Angkor Wat. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said the return supports a memorandum between the U.S. and Cambodia. The discovery of these relics in photos of a San Francisco mansion sparked the repatriation effort. Cambodia's Ministry of Culture lauded the move.
Burglar pleads guilty for targeting Asian American businesses: James Hurt, 47, of New York, pleaded guilty to a multi-state burglary scheme specifically targeting Asian American business owners' residences in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger confirmed Hurt's plea for conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property. Between December 2016 and March 2019, Hurt and seven others stole significant cash, jewelry and valuables, transporting them across state lines. Authorities traced the group following a dropped cell phone, leading to charges in May 2021. Hurt faces up to five years in prison and a potential $250,000 fine. His sentencing is slated for Feb. 20, 2024.