This summer, Japan unveiled plans for a digital tourist-assistance system that mimics the concept omotenashi: anticipating guests' needs and exceeding their expectations to the point of it being eerily predictive.
We're serializing season two of our HBO show, starting with the premiere, in which Ben Anderson reported on Brazil's effort to clean up crime before the World Cup and Olympics. We checked in with Ben to get his thoughts now that the World Cup is over.
Shane Smith travels to Kabul to follow the trail of American money disappearing into the Afghan reconstruction, and Ben Anderson heads to Rio de Janeiro, where Brazil has taken extreme measures to clean up the city.
I viewed the Sochi Olympics in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, so I could eat lamb dumplings and drink Czech lager. I ended up hanging out with members of Putin's Youth, young people in support of Putin's aspirations for a unified, powerful Russia. They are not…
I come to the ruins of the winners' podium. "This is where skiers were presented with their medals after winning events in the 1984 Olympics," Tanya tells me. "It was also the exact spot where the Bosnian army executed many prisoners during the war years
Sochi is now infamous for the myriad of snafus and PR disasters that have permeated the Winter Olympics. Back in 2007, the year the Games were awarded to Russia, it wasn't much better. It was still totally corrupt and totally insane.
Islamist extremists could start to target easier-to-hit cities around Russia during the 2014 Winter Games. VICE News sent Simon Ostrovsky to the most dangerous region in Europe to find out how serious the threat is.
Flying over Sochi, we saw a beautiful panorama of the region. The Olympic Games here have been a pet project of Vladimir Putin's since their proposal, and the Russian government has done its all to make the venues and surrounding countryside some of the m…
The 2014 Winter Games have cost Russia about $50 billion, making them the most expensive in history. There's more money to be made than ever before—especially if you're a friend of President Putin. We went to Sochi to investigate the claims of corruption
With just two months of their sentence left, Pussy Riot was freed in a general amnesty by the Russian government. Simon Ostrovsky met up with the band members in Moscow just a couple weeks after they were released to find out what they're doing with their…
Russian activist Evgeny Vitishko faces three years in a labor camp for vandalizing a fence near Sochi. The severe punishment is almost certainly an attempt to silence a vocal critic of the environmental costs of this year's Olympics.