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 2021-10-22 08:10 

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VOX POPULI: Banner harvest met with bad omens for future of rice farming | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The season of new rice is here, and supermarket shelves are stacked with bags of freshly harvested rice from various regions, marketed under brand names such as Shinnosuke, Seiten-no-hekireki and Yumepirika....

 2021-10-22 08:00 

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Rocket failure mars U.S. hypersonic weapon test as others succeed | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The Pentagon's hypersonic weapon programs suffered a setback on Thursday when a booster rocket carrying a hypersonic weapon failed, people briefed on the test result said....

 2021-10-22 07:50 

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Report: Struggling Chinese developer makes bond payment | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--A troubled Chinese developer whose struggle to avoid a multibillion-dollar debt default has rattled global financial markets wired $83.5 million on Friday to make an overdue payment to foreign bondholders, a government newspaper reported....

 2021-10-22 07:50 

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43 countries criticize China at U.N. for repression of Uighurs | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

UNITED NATIONS — More than 40 mainly Western countries criticized China at a U.N. meeting on Thursday for the reported torture and repression of Uyghurs and other religious and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, keeping a spotlight on the region where f...

 2021-10-22 07:00 

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After Kanter’s Tibet comments, Celtics blacked out in China | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Chinese broadcaster and NBA partner Tencent is not showing current or archived Boston Celtics games on its platforms, in apparent response to comments that Celtics center Enes Kanter made to advocate Tibetan independence....

 2021-10-22 06:40 

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Biden says United States would come to Taiwan’s defense | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BALTIMORE--U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday the United States would come to Taiwan's defense and had a commitment to defend the island China claims as its own territory....

 2021-10-22 06:40 

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SOCCER/ U.S. women tie South Korea 0-0, snap 22-match home win streak | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KANSAS CITY, Kan.--The U.S. women's national team had its 22-match winning streak on home soil snapped Thursday night in a scoreless draw against a surprisingly resilient South Korean team....

 2021-10-22 05:30 

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University of Tokyo to set up 100 billion yen fund, hike female ratio | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The University of Tokyo is planning to establish a new fund worth 100 billion yen ($890 million) for far more flexible use, along with seeking to increase the female student enrollment, according to the school's new president....

 2021-10-22 02:20 

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AUTHORS ALIVE!: Murakami adds voice to his work in reading with Yoko Ogawa | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Editor's Note: This article is part of a series on "Authors Alive!" book-reading and other events to mark the opening of the Waseda International House of Literature known as the Haruki Murakami Library....

 2021-10-22 02:10 

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‘Nio’ guardian statues at Naha temple restored to former glory | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAHA—A pair of "Nio" Buddhist deity statues that stood guard at Enkakuji temple here from the 15th century until their destruction in World War II have been restored in a six-year project....

 2021-10-22 02:00 

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Thomas the Tank Engine parked at Kyoto museum until Jan. 10 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KYOTO--Thomas the Tank Engine from the globally popular British book and TV series has chugged his way to the Kyoto Railway Museum, making his first entry into a railway roundhouse in Japan....

 2021-10-21 14:30 

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Hokkaido town’s plan to host nuke waste on ballot in mayoral race   | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SUTTSU, Hokkaido--The mayor's plan here to host a nuclear waste storage site to boost town coffers will be the foremost issue when residents go to the polls in the Suttsu town mayoral election on Oct. 26....

 2021-10-21 14:00 

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Kyohei Sorita places 2nd at prestigious Chopin Piano Competition | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WARSAW--More than a half century after Mitsuko Uchida's feat in 1970, Japan-born pianist Kyohei Sorita seemed unable to comprehend when he heard his name called out at the 18th International Chopin Competition here on Oct. 21....

 2021-10-21 13:49 

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Kishida mum on vote-buying scandal during Hiroshima trip | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited his home prefecture of Hiroshima for the first time since taking office but remained silent about a divisive issue the opposition is using there to hammer away at the ruling coalition....

 2021-10-21 13:30 

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Tokyo logs 36 new COVID-19 cases, down 26 from a week ago | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases on Oct. 21, according to metropolitan government officials....

 2021-10-21 13:28 

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Experts warn the resumption of nightlife could halt drop in cases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Experts are warning that a recent rise in nighttime foot traffic could halt the steady downward trend in new COVID-19 cases....

 2021-10-21 12:46 

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Survey: LDP support rises for LGBT bill, dual surnames | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Support for measures to help sexual minorities and allow dual surnames in marriages has increased among ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidates, but the largest group remains undecided on the issues, a survey showed....

 2021-10-21 12:12 

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Big spending, ‘big government’ pushed by most candidates | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

With the COVID-19 pandemic hammering the economy, 77 percent of candidates in the Lower House election favor increased fiscal spending, double the ratio of 38 percent in the previous election in 2017, according to a survey....

 2021-10-21 11:45 

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Japan’s Shionogi starts Phase II/III clinical trial for new COVID-19 vaccine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's Shionogi & Co. Ltd. said on Wednesday it had started a Phase II/III clinical trial for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate....

 2021-10-21 11:41 

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Kawai drops appeal, accepts prison sentence for vote-buying | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai dropped his appeal on Oct. 21 of a Tokyo District Court ruling that sentenced him to three years in prison for vote-buying in the 2019 Upper House election....

 2021-10-21 11:31 

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Who should lead the government? 46% pick LDP, 22% favor CDP | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has maintained a comfortable lead as the preferred party among voters to lead the government after the Oct. 31 Lower House election, an Asahi Shimbun survey found....

 2021-10-21 10:25 

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EDITORIAL: Parties need to offer clear vision for foreign and security policy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

One crucial foreign and security policy challenge facing Japan is protecting peace and stability at home and in the region through efforts based on the pacifist principles of the Constitution amid a fierce confrontation between the United States and China...

 2021-10-21 09:30 

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VOX POPULI: Column has had the scoop on how Japan’s women feel for 70 years | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

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 2021-10-21 08:45 

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Struggling Chinese developer calls off $2.6 billion asset sale | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--A major Chinese real estate developer whose struggle to avoid defaulting on billions of dollars of debt rattled financial markets says it has called off the sale of a $2.6 billion stake in a subsidiary and has made no progress in selling other as...

 2021-10-21 06:55 

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In South Korea, an army of retail investors flocks to YouTube for stock trading advice | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Millions of South Koreans have jumped into stock market trading over the past year with their enthusiasm feeding off a new market force--popular investment channels on YouTube....

 2021-10-21 06:55 

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FBI: Cash, shredded papers seen at couple’s home in spy case | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The FBI found a trash bag of shredded documents, thousands of dollars in cash, latex gloves and a "go-bag" when they searched the home of a Maryland couple accused of trying to sell information about nuclear-powered warships to a forei...

 2021-10-21 06:40 

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Canadian wins 18th Chopin international piano competition | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WARSAW--Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu of Canada was named early Thursday as the winner of the 40,000-euro ($45,000) first prize in the 18th Frederic Chopin international piano competition, a prestigious event that launches pianists' world careers....

 2021-10-21 06:20 

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What lies beneath? Hidden debt fears feed China’s property woes | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHANGHAI/LONDON--Numbers don't lie, you just need to be looking at the right ones....

 2021-10-21 06:20 

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Ambassador pick emphasizes U.S. strengths in countering China | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--President Joe Biden's pick for ambassador to Beijing told lawmakers considering his nomination on Wednesday that Americans should "have confidence in our strength" when dealing with the rise of China, a nation he said the U.S. and ...

 2021-10-21 04:20 

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US and EU ambassadors: Enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

UNITED NATIONS--The United States and several European countries on Wednesday condemned North Korea's recent missile tests and said Pyongyang's technical advances demonstrate the urgent need to ramp up implementation of U.N. sanctions on its nucle...

 2021-10-21 04:15 

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Jailed Russian opposition leader Navalny wins top EU prize | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BRUSSELS--Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who narrowly survived a poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin, was awarded the European Union's top human rights prize Wednesday in a clear slap at President Vladimir Putin....

 2021-10-21 04:15 

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Biden’s Japan envoy pick vows to make Nissan executive case a priority | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--Rahm Emanuel, nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Tokyo, vowed at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday to prioritize the case of an American former Nissan Motor executive who is facing a possible prison term in Japan....

 2021-10-21 03:00 

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Sweets shop in Mie offers ‘cute’ microorganism-shaped cookies | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KUWANA, Mie Prefecture--A sweets shop here is selling microorganism-shaped cookies, challenging conventions of what constitutes good taste, in the hopes that people who consume them will be kinder toward one another....

 2021-10-21 02:30 

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JR East estimate: Arakawa river flooding to affect 11 lines in Tokyo | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

If the Arakawa river in eastern Tokyo tops its banks in a flood, no less than 11 major lines of East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) would wind up under water in a disaster, according to an estimate by the company....

 2021-10-21 02:00 

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‘Attack 25’ quiz show ends, with no answers for younger market | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Unable to attract younger viewers, the "Panel Quiz Attack 25" TV show ended its 46-year run in September....

 2021-10-20 14:00 

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Empress Emerita Michiko turns 87, sad at departure of Princess Mako | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Empress Emerita Michiko celebrated her 87th birthday on Oct. 20 with sadness at the impending departure of Princess Mako, who will leave the imperial family after her marriage on Oct. 26, according to her close aide....

 2021-10-20 13:39 

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Only My Number card accepted to get smartphone vaccine passport | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Applicants for smartphone-based COVID-19 "vaccine passports" will have to present their My Number identification cards to confirm their identity, the Digital Agency said on Oct. 19, with no other forms of I.D. accepted....

 2021-10-20 13:24 

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Unions shift political support over nuclear energy policies | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Labor unions are moving away from their normal political allies in the current Lower House election over policy disagreements about how the nation should proceed with nuclear power generation....

 2021-10-20 12:52 

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Dice-K throws last strike, bids farewell to game that is ‘my life’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Daisuke Matsuzaka's pitch sailed out of the strike zone, giving the batter a free trip to first base....

 2021-10-20 12:45 

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88 more Afghans arrive in Japan on evacuation flight via Qatar | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--Eighty-eight Afghans with ties to Japan, evacuated from Afghanistan where the Taliban have seized power, arrived at Narita Airport on Oct. 19....

 2021-10-20 12:28 

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CDP presses Okinawa base issue, LDP targets recovery | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OKINAWA, Okinawa Prefecture—Candidates in the Lower House election here were split on how far they should highlight an issue that has long dominated politics in Okinawa Prefecture: construction of a U.S. military base....

 2021-10-20 12:10 

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Mother of Taiwan slay victim blasts Hong Kong authorities | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--The Hong Kong mother whose daughter was killed in Taiwan in 2018 on Wednesday lambasted authorities in the Chinese city for letting the man who confessed to the crime walk free, while Hong Kong blamed self-ruled Taiwan for "political manipu...

 2021-10-20 11:50 

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Taiwan says odds of war with China in next year ‘very low’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TAIPEI--The odds of war with China in the next year are "very low," a top Taiwanese security official told lawmakers on Wednesday, amid heightened tensions between Taipei and Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the island....

 2021-10-20 11:44 

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Officials aware of Atami landslide risk a year before they had said | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Officials from the Shizuoka prefectural government and the Atami city government knew about the risk of collapse posed by an inappropriately constructed landfill on a steep mountainside one year earlier than previously stated....

 2021-10-20 10:27 

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Cooperation gives opposition a fighting chance in election | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Opposition parties have literally gotten their act together and are growing increasingly confident about ousting the Liberal Democratic Party from power in the Oct. 31 Lower House election....

 2021-10-20 09:20 

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Beijing lights Olympic flame, to be first city to host summer, winter games | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--China lit its Olympic flame in Beijing on Wednesday after the ceremonial torch arrived from Athens, ahead of the Chinese capital's hosting of the 2022 Winter Games in February....

 2021-10-20 09:17 

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Mt. Aso erupts, sending volcanic smoke to 3,500 meters in sky | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture erupted shortly before noon on Oct. 20, sending a massive plume of dark volcanic smoke up to 3,500 meters high....

 2021-10-20 09:09 

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Vote disparity gap widens again ahead of Lower House election | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Votes cast in 31 of the 289 single-seat constituencies in the upcoming Lower House election will be worth less than half the weight of one cast in the electoral district with the least number of voters, according to a new analysis of government data....

 2021-10-20 08:10 

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EDITORIAL: Government’s new pandemic measures need fleshing out | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

In preparation for the next wave of novel coronavirus infections, the government has come up with the basic outline of its new pandemic response policy....

 2021-10-20 07:37 

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VOX POPULI: Remembering Colin Powell, a statesman of conscience | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A few years ago, I saw the U.S. drama film...

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