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 2022-05-29 03:05 

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UN human rights chief asks China to rethink Uyghur policies | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING — The top U.N. human rights official said Saturday that she raised concerns with Chinese officials about the impact of the broad application of counterterrorism and deradicalization measures on the rights of Uyghurs and other predominantly M...

 2022-05-29 02:00 

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Public schools in Japan suffering from record teacher shortage | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A teacher in her 50s at a ward-run elementary school in Tokyo heard the school's principal utter something surprising at a staff meeting in early April....

 2022-05-29 02:00 

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1st foreigner under new visa setup can bring family to Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KAKAMIGAHARA, Gifu Prefecture--Construction company employee Weng Fei has worked in Japan for nearly a decade but still faced the hardship that non-Japanese working in the country struggle with: having to leave his family behind....

 2022-05-28 13:27 

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Fukushima reactor sitting on shaky base raises quake concerns | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Alarm bells are sounding over signs the heavily damaged structure of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant may be too flimsy to withstand another major earthquake....

 2022-05-28 12:15 

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China signs deal with Samoa as Australia vows Pacific Islands plan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SYDNEY--China's foreign minister signed a deal with Samoa on Saturday to strengthen diplomatic relations, while Australia's new leader said he had a...

 2022-05-28 11:30 

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U.S. issues sanctions targeting N. Korean weapons of mass destruction program | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on two Russian banks, a North Korean company and a person it accused of supporting North Korea's weapons of mass destruction program, increasing pressure on Pyongyang over its renewed ballistic...

 2022-05-28 11:30 

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G-7 pledges to phase out coal power but without fixing date | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BERLIN--Ministers from the world's richest democracies agreed on Friday to work to phase out coal-powered energy, although they failed to set a date for doing so, and said the energy crunch brought on by Russia-Ukraine war should not derail efforts to...

 2022-05-28 11:19 

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Coast Guard obtains warrant to seize sunken pleasure boat | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ABASHIRI, Hokkaido--The Japan Coast Guard took the unusual step of obtaining a warrant to take possession of the just-salvaged Kazu I pleasure boat as part of its investigation into the April 23 sinking off the Shiretoko Peninsula that is thought to have ...

 2022-05-28 11:15 

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Director Kore-eda returns to Cannes with film about baby box | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

CANNES, France--"Shoplifters" director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns to the Cannes Film Festival with "Broker," another tale of misfits from society's margins....

 2022-05-28 10:17 

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More questions over ministry responses to statistics scandal | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The infrastructure ministry appears to have learned little from a scandal over its longstanding practice of sloppy statistics gathering that put gross domestic product (GDP) and other important economic data out of kilter....

 2022-05-28 08:21 

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EDITORIAL: Hosoda clearly not qualified to stay on as Lower House speaker | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Lower House Speaker Hiroyuki Hosoda has repeatedly made remarks that belittle what is stipulated in law despite his position as head of the legislature....

 2022-05-28 08:12 

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Former head of Japanese Red Army now free and apologetic | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Fusako Shigenobu, founder of the Japanese Red Army group that staged a series of terrorist attacks a half century ago, was released from prison May 28 after serving a 20-year sentence....

 2022-05-28 07:01 

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VOX POPULI: Another school shooting in U.S. When will this madness end? | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The state of a society is reflected in the causes of death of its members....

 2022-05-28 02:10 

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Okinawan with American father finally finds her own identity | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OKINAWA, Okinawa Prefecture--One day in April, a fruit-and-vegetable man spoke to a shopper in broken English at a farmer's market here because he assumed she was a foreigner....

 2022-05-28 02:00 

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Photojournalist recalls a subdued Okinawa on its return to Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Bunyo Ishikawa scrambled to get from one place to another capturing scenes across Okinawa's main island on the historic day on May 15, 1972, from the early hours until late in the evening....

 2022-05-27 14:04 

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Russia, Belarus not invited to services marking atomic bombing | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Hiroshima and Nagasaki officials have decided not to invite representatives from Russia to their annual ceremonies marking the atomic bombing of the cities in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine....

 2022-05-27 13:50 

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Tokyo reports 2,630 new cases and 8 deaths from COVID-19 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo marked its 14th straight day of a week-on-week decline in COVID-19 cases with 2,630 new infections confirmed on May 27, 943 fewer than a week ago....

 2022-05-27 13:36 

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U.S. Marine gets 4.5-year jail term for sexual assault attempt in Naha | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAHA--The Naha District Court has sentenced a U.S. Marine to four years and six months in prison for a violent sexual assault attempt on a local woman that resulted in injury....

 2022-05-27 13:34 

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Artists from Russia, Ukraine put on anti-war exhibit in Tokyo | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Artists from Ukraine and Russia have teamed to host an anti-war art exhibition in Tokyo to voice their collective opposition to Russia's devastating invasion of Ukraine, which has gone on for months now....

 2022-05-27 13:01 

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Ministry takes some of the blame for sinking of tour bout | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the central government bore some responsibility for the deadly sinking of a tour boat off Hokkaido in late April with 26 passengers and crew on board....

 2022-05-27 12:20 

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Leader of Japanese Red Army to leave prison May 28 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Fusako Shigenobu, leader of the Japanese Red Army terrorist group that went on an international hijacking and kidnapping spree about a half century ago, will be released from prison on May 28....

 2022-05-27 12:18 

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Kazu I finally pulled out of the sea after 1st attempt failed | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Kazu I tour boat that sank off Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido was successfully hoisted aboard a barge in the early hours of May 27, after a previous attempt to retrieve it was unsuccessful....

 2022-05-27 12:10 

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Widespread disbelief over North Korea’s tiny COVID death rate | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--According to North Korea, its fight against COVID-19 has been impressive: About 3.3 million people have been reported sick with fevers, but only 69 have died....

 2022-05-27 11:37 

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Study: Lingering cough, fatigue more common in Omicron patients | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Patients suffering from COVID-19 aftereffects were more likely to have persistent coughs and fatigue if they were infected with the Omicron variant instead of the Delta or other strains, a survey showed....

 2022-05-27 11:10 

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Asian shares’ rise broadly cheered by U.S. earnings, rally | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Asian shares gained Friday as investors cheered a strong set of earnings from retailers that has sent U.S. shares higher....

 2022-05-27 10:50 

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Kishida: Foreign tourist ban ends June 10; number remains limited | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The two-year ban on foreign tourists entering Japan will be lifted on June 10, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on May 26, but certain restrictions to counter COVID-19 will remain in place....

 2022-05-27 10:19 

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Mieko Kawakami fails to win 2022 International Booker Prize | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Mieko Kawakami failed to collect this year's International Booker Prize hosted in Britain after becoming the first Japanese author to be shortlisted for the prestigious award in two years....

 2022-05-27 08:41 

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EDITORIAL: New study shows urgent need to prepare for ‘Big One’ in Tokyo | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A powerful earthquake striking right under Tokyo could kill more than 6,000 people in the capital alone and result in some 194,000 houses and buildings being destroyed or burned down in the worst-case scenario....

 2022-05-27 08:40 

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Thai leader: Asia is gaining strategic, economic importance | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thursday that a new U.S.-backed economic pact is further proof of how important and relevant Asia is today....

 2022-05-27 08:35 

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RUGBY/ Coach Robbie Deans upbeat ahead of Japan League One final | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's new rugby competition will have its first final on Sunday, ushering in a new era with a contest between teams whose feats echo through the history of professional rugby in the country....

 2022-05-27 08:00 

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Security Council split spells end of an era for U.S.-led sanctions on North Korea | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A decision by China and Russia to veto new United Nations sanctions on North Korea pushed by the United States shattered any veneer of global cooperation, straining efforts to pressure Pyongyang as it prepares to conduct a new nuclear test....

 2022-05-27 08:00 

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Biden to host K-pop stars BTS, discuss anti-Asian hate crimes | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--K-pop superstars BTS will head to the White House next week to address hate crimes targeting Asians and people of Asian descent with U.S. President Joe Biden, the White House said in a statement on Thursday....

 2022-05-27 07:43 

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VOX POPULI: Top court ruling long time coming for expatriates around the world | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Noritoshi Kanai long campaigned to allow Japanese expatriates around the world to cast ballots in elections from their countries of residence....

 2022-05-27 07:00 

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China’s FM visits Kiribati, where fishing ground is at stake | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WELLINGTON--China9;s foreign minister was due Friday to visit the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake....

 2022-05-27 07:00 

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Japan says aims to cut ratio of coal power generation as much as possible | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's industry minister Koichi Hagiuda reiterated on Friday the country's policy is to reduce the ratio of coal-fired power generation in the electricity mix as much as possible, with plans to phase out inefficient coal power plants "toward&...

 2022-05-27 05:00 

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Tokushima helps raise awareness among students of ethical goods | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TOKUSHIMA--A high school here created a special Awa Ai team that began taking lessons in fiscal 2010 from artisans who use an indigo dyeing method that is on the verge of extinction....

 2022-05-27 04:20 

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China and Russia veto new UN sanctions on North Korea | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

UNITED NATIONS--China and Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution sponsored by the United States on Thursday that would have imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea for its spate of intercontinental ballistic missile launches that can be used to deliver nuclea...

 2022-05-27 03:55 

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China strategy is about rules-based order, not ‘new Cold War,’ Blinken says | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The United States will not block China from growing its economy, but wants it to adhere to international rules, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday in a long-awaited speech on U.S. strategy to address China's rise as a great...

 2022-05-27 02:30 

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‘Demon Slayer’ attraction opens on Awajishima island | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

AWAJI, Hyogo Prefecture--A "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" collaboration attraction has opened in the Hyogo Prefectural Awaji Island Anime Park "Nijigen no Mori," where visitors can immerse themselves in the world of the massively popular...

 2022-05-27 02:10 

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Sparks fly after Itochu publishes the birthrate of its employees | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Itochu Corp. published a birthrate among its employees as an index for promoting women's participation and advancement in the workplace, stirring controversy within the company and on social media....

 2022-05-26 14:00 

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Health ministry mulls legalizing marijuana for medical use | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The health ministry is seeking to legalize marijuana for medical use in Japan while considering introducing a new legal provision to criminalize its usage for recreational purposes....

 2022-05-26 12:16 

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Major companies ignored shoddy testing practices for decades | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. is not the only major Japanese manufacturer that has been fabricating its product testing for years....

 2022-05-26 12:15 

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Diet Speaker Hosoda denies claims of sexual harassment | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Lower House Speaker Hiroyuki Hosoda is denying allegations he made "sexually harassing comments" to female reporters and asked one of them to come to his home late at night....

 2022-05-26 11:49 

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Tokyo quake scenario warns of 4.5 million not able to go home | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A new megaquake scenario for Tokyo warns that more than 4.5 million people would be unable to return home in its aftermath, temporary shelters would quickly fill and residents of high-rise buildings would face particular challenges....

 2022-05-26 11:38 

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ASEAN nations pick China over Japan as most crucial partner | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

China overtook Japan as a country most ASEAN nations think to be an "important partner in the future" among the Group of 20 members, according to a Foreign Ministry survey....

 2022-05-26 10:38 

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EDITORIAL: Quick fix needed to give voters overseas access to justice review | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A Supreme Court ruling has delivered a scathing rebuke to the government and the Diet, which have denied the people, who have the sovereign power, a constitutional right without good reason for many years....

 2022-05-26 10:35 

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What’s at stake for China on South Pacific visit? | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing's growing military and diplomatic presence in the region....

 2022-05-26 10:30 

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Japan PM urges BOJ to strive to achieve 2% inflation goal | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida urged on Thursday for the Bank of Japan to work toward achieving its 2% inflation target "sustainably and stably."...

 2022-05-26 10:30 

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Hemmed in by COVID curbs, Beijingers seek respite in urban outdoors | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--On a hot, sunny day, children and adults splashed in the cool run-off of the Yongding River in a park on the western outskirts of Beijing, a city under near-lockdown in China's head-on battle with COVID-19....

 2022-05-26 10:28 

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Foreigners on test tour land in Japan; more arrivals expected | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan was preparing to allow more foreign tourists to enter the country in June after it accepted a first group from overseas on an experimental basis, sources said....

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