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Breaking coin, presidential style

Updated: 2014-02-28
By THE WEEK (chinadaily.com.cn)
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Using your head
This week, Japan's hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come out with the possibility of altering Japan's constitution to allow arms to be exported for sale. The controversial move may not happen at all but one thing is definite, it's totally ticking off Japan's neighbors. But, a slight change in Abe's plan might be better. Abe could look to export more masters of Karate, especially masters as talented as 22 year-old Japanese Actress Rina Takeda. Takeda, known for her martial arts ability is a black belt in Ryu Kyu Shorin-Ryu karate. Best known for appearing in films such as High Kick Girl!, Takeda's recent commercial for Japan's Saison credit card where she breaks a stack of roofing tiles has made Takeda into an internet sensation.

Mo' money mo' problems
Tokyo based Mt.Gox Bitcoin exchange once traded the anonymous digital currency for around $1,000, has gone dark Monday. Mt.Gox's disappearance has brought turmoil to the trade of digital currency leading to a major fall in value. As of this writing, Bitcoin prices plummeted from around $800 to a price of around $500 according to Vircurex, one of the many Bitcoin trackers online. The reason behind Mt.Gox's unusual closure is unknown but it's expected that about 300-400 million dollars worth of Bitcoin have gone missing.

I'm going down to Nanluogu Xiang
President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping was spotted taking a stroll through Beijing's historic Nanluogu Xiang. President Xi who is currently busy with foreign state visits, an upcoming meeting of the Chinese government, and overall running the country, took time off from his busy schedule to take a look at one of Beijing's trendiest neighborhoods. While on his stroll, President Xi was spotted by locals and a mad dash to photograph the president was on. Luckily for President Xi, he was used to it, as any public outing by the president, even as innocuous as eating baozi have whipped up a frenzy for the people's president.

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