Why Japan’s smoking laws are stuck ‘in the last century’

Why Japan’s smoking laws are stuck ‘in the last century’

By North Asia Correspondent Jake Sturmer and Yumi Asada in Tokyo Updated March 18, 2018 14:11:31 Video: There are no national laws to prevent smoking indoors in Japan. (ABC News) It’s a scene almost unimaginable in Australia these days. Inside a dimly-lit izakaya, or small bar, chefs expertly slice, grill …

Gladstone families stuck in a one-time real estate hotspot where most homes now sell for a loss

Gladstone families stuck in a one-time real estate hotspot where most homes now sell for a loss

Updated March 21, 2018 13:10:06 Photo: This family’s newly built house has lost at least $200,000 in value and they cannot afford to sell it. (ABC News: Emilia Terzon) Less than a decade ago this coastal Queensland town was on property investors’ wish lists, but today 80 per cent of …