297 - The Train that Runs on Virtual Tracks!

June 23, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on what could be the future of rail transport in the 21st Century – track-less trains! A company in China has launched a prototype this week that creates the possibility of a train travelling from place to place without a human driver or any rail tracks to travel on. So how will this train operate? When will it go operational? How much will it cost?

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June 23, 2017
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296 - What Next for the Chrysanthemum Throne?

June 16, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast looks at remarkable news from Japan where the government has enacted a one-off law that will allow the current Emperor to abdicate. This is the first time since the beginning of the 19th Century that a Japanese Emperor is willingly abdicating. The current emperor, Akihito, has been on the Chrysanthemum Throne since 1989 and announced his desire to abdicate last year. When will happen?

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June 16, 2017
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295 - The World is Drinking Less...

June 09, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on some surprising news about the drinking habits of people around the world. A new report has just been published concludes that from Europe to the Americas and from Asia to Africa...people are drinking less alcohol, specifically beers, lagers and ciders. Why has this trend developed? Is it predicted to continue? Are any types of alcoholic being drunk more?

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June 09, 2017
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294 - Japan’s Tattoo Dilemma

June 02, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on a dilemma facing the Japanese Government...How to accommodate foreign visitors who have tattoos. This potential problem is a reflection on cultural sensitivities in Japan that associate tattooing with organised crime. This means that tattooed people are banned from places such as public baths and hot springs. Yet with Japan set to host two massive sporting events the dilemma is - what to do with these tattooed visitors? How will this problem be solved?

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June 02, 2017
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293 - A Red Hot Chilli Pepper!

May 26, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on a type of food that might just be the hottest, spiciest and most dangerous that you can eat! A Welsh fruit-grower has accidently developed the world's hottest chilli pepper – the Dragon's Breath. The new chilli pepper would overtake the current hottest pepper the Carolina Reaper created in 2003. But how was the Dragon's Breath created? What happens if you eat one?

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