Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to Latin America immediately follows the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Both are chasing investment and energy deals, although with different strategies.
The fashion of the Jazz Age seems to be everywhere, from the popularity of the clothing in movies like the 2013 film 'The Great Gatsby' to real-life parties where people don pearl necklaces and homburg hats.
Japan could become the world's third-largest gambling market if lawmakers pass a bill legalizing casinos. A drive to boost tourism – especially before the 2020 Olympics – is behind the move, but opponents worry about addiction and social ills.