Prince William has begun a four-day visit to Japan by taking part in a traditional tea ceremony in Tokyo.
The Duke of Cambridge spent about 40 minutes taking part in the ritual at Hama Rikyu Gardens.
He is on a week-long trip to China and Japan where he will undertake engagements to promote UK relations with both countries.
In his first visit to Japan, Prince William also took a speedboat ride to Tokyo Bay, which will host much of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The last time a major member of British royal family visited Japan was in 2008, when Prince Charles came with his wife Camilla.
Hundreds of students and school children waving British and Japanese flags waited in the rain to greet him.
Kate Middleton is not with Prince William as she is due to give birth to their second child in April.
On the first day of his tour Prince William visited the Nakajima tea house, built 350 years ago in Japan’s Edo period, in the middle of a small lake within the Hama-Rikyu gardens.
As he entered the tea house, Prince William removed his shoes like the other guests, which included Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe.
Dr. Genshitsu Sen, who is 92 and the 15th generation of his family to hold a senior role in the spiritual art of tea making, performed the traditional ceremony.
He also made tea for Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, when they visited Kyoto in 1986. Close to 100,000 people flocked to a parade in Tokyo at the time, as so-called “Diana Fever” swept the nation.
A number of gifts were given to Prince William, including a box of crackers, a book about the tea ceremony and a modern tea bowl decorated with a horse design in celebration of Prince George.
On February 27, Prince William is due to meet fellow royals Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace.
In this his first visit to Japan, Prince William will also be taken to the areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami and meet survivors.
In Shanghai, Prince William will launch the three-day Great Festival of Creativity at the city’s Long Museum on March 2.
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A Chinese man launched an anti-Valentine’s Day campaign by buying up odd-numbered seats at a cinema in Shanghai to stop couples sitting together.
Others joined his online campaign and now there are no two seats together for the main showing of Beijing Love Story.
The man who started it all said it was just a joke and hoped couples would understand.
The campaign focused on a cinema in Shanghai’s fashionable Xintiandi district, an older part of the city full of shops, restaurants and bars.
The unnamed man started buying up odd-numbered seats at a cinema in Shanghai to stop couples sitting together
It was orchestrated by a man who split up with his girlfriend last year and decided to get his revenge on couples by targeting the prime-time showing of Beijing Love Story.
He bought odd-numbered seats and, within hours, others followed his lead.
The story was picked up by a number of Chinese newspapers, which showed a graphic of the cinema’s seating plan with no room for couples to cuddle up together.
The man behind the campaign said he hoped people watching the Valentine’s Day show at the cinema on Friday might find themselves sitting next to someone they do not know, sparking new relationships.
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Johnson & Johnson has become the latest foreign pharmaceutical company to be accused of misconduct in China.
A ruling by a Shanghai court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $85,000 to a local distributor for violating anti-monopoly laws.
Two subsidiaries of the company were accused of setting a minimum price for the sale of surgical instruments.
Multinationals have faced increased scrutiny from the Chinese authorities.
Last month, two foreign milk suppliers announced price cuts after the government launched an investigation into possible price-fixing.
Johnson & Johnson has become the latest foreign pharmaceutical company to be accused of misconduct in China
Four Chinese executives from the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline have also been detained after being accused of paying bribes.
The Chinese authorities are sensitive to consumer prices as the cost of living continues to surge.
Some business analysts say that foreign companies are being targeted to shore up the market share for their Chinese competitors.
The Shanghai court overturned a judgment by a lower court that cleared the Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries.
The judge said the ruling was intended to protect consumers and the public interest.
He said the $85,000 damages were intended to compensate the distributor, Rainbow Medical, for lost sales.
It was denied access to further products by the suppliers after being told it was selling medical equipment too cheaply.
Rainbow Medical brought the case to court with a demand for $2.2 million compensation.
It expressed disappointment at the size of the award.
Shanghai poultry markets have been temporary closed by authorities due to the H7N9 bird flu outbreak.
A spokesman for the city authorities said the decision was taken on grounds of public safety.
Shanghai has already begun a mass slaughter of poultry after the virus was discovered in pigeons at a market.
Six people have died in this latest outbreak. The H7N9 virus is a form of avian flu not before seen in humans.
Shanghai poultry markets have been temporary closed by authorities due to the H7N9 bird flu outbreak
It is not yet known how people are catching the disease, although the World Health Organization says there is currently no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
Four of the bird flu fatalities in China have been recorded in Shanghai.
The Chinese city is also monitoring another person who was in close contact with one of those who died after showing flu-like symptoms.
Shanghai health official, Wu Fan, was quoted by AFP news agency as saying that the person tested negative for H7N9.
“There is no possibility of spreading the infection overseas,” Wu Fan also told a press conference.
Officials ordered the slaughter of at least 20,000 birds starting late on Thursday after the virus was detected in pigeons sold in Huhuai market.
Entrances to poultry markets were sealed and police stood watch as workers disinfected the areas, reports say.
There have been 14 confirmed infections of the new bird flu virus so far in eastern China, including in Shanghai and Zhejiang province.
The latest fatality was a farmer, 64, who died in Zhejiang, state-run media say.
This is the shocking moment a 33-ton glass shark tank at the Shanghai Orient shopping centre in China suddenly burst leaving 15 people injured by flying shards of broken glass and a torrent of water.
The tank was an attraction at the entrance to the Shanghai Orient shopping centre in China’s second city when it shattered without warning on December 19.
Eight of those hurt were customers and the rest were shop assistants and security staff. They mostly suffered deep cuts and bruises from sheets of broken glass.
A police spokesman said: “There were lots of injuries caused by flying glass, some of them serious because the glass was so thick. We are investigating what caused this.”
Three lemon sharks and dozens of turtles and smaller fish, which were housed in the aquarium, were also victims of the accident that was caught on CCTV.
A 33-ton glass shark tank at the Shanghai Orient shopping centre suddenly burst leaving 15 people injured by flying shards of broken glass and a torrent of water
Shoppers fled in panic as shards of 15 cm thick acrylic glass gave way, flooding the entrance of the shopping centre.
While no official reason has been given for the accident, customers said that they believe a sudden drop in temperature may have caused the burst, as the weather apparently grew much colder in Shanghai last week.
The aquarium was reportedly very popular when it first opened before the National Day holiday two years ago, but there have been problems with the tank before, as in June a ruptured water pipe led to the death of two sharks and the removal of several turtles.
Chen Yongping, an official with the shopping centre management, said that they are not going to “build an aquarium again in the future”.