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Monocle: Asia Pac Unwrapped #12

July 2015

Anchored by Monocle’s unrivalled team of editors and correspondents, and produced out of our bureaux in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, Asia Pac Unwrapped is an unmissable weekly briefing from the world’s most dynamic region.

July 20:

This week we're pouring ourselves a glass of Cachaça, we ponder a bizarre Australian law preventing importation of the spirit. Then we check-in with our Tokyo bureau to sample some of the rotating array of desserts on offer at the city’s convenience stores. Plus we look at efforts by Singapore to boost its national identity with beautifully designed souvenirs, and what to do with 24 hours in Hong Kong.

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An old law in Australia prevents the importation of cachaça, the base ingredient to the popular caipirinha cocktail

Program Content


    Online grocery shopping in India with Rahul Bedi


    End to Australia’s ban on Cachaca imports could spark new market with Stephen A. Russell


    Convenience store desserts in Tokyo  with Kenji Hall


    Well design souvenirs in Singapore with Nolan Giles


    Hong Kong with Kurt Lin


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