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 2021-12-24 13:10 

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Tokyo confirms first community transmission of Omicron variant | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo's first community spread of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus was confirmed on Christmas Eve, Governor Yuriko Koike said at a news conference....

 2021-12-24 12:55 

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Japan to cover HPV vaccine for women never told to get it | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan will cover the costs of getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) for women born between fiscal 1997 and fiscal 2005 who were not encouraged to receive the shots....

 2021-12-24 12:50 

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Japan decides against sending top officials to Beijing Games | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan will not send Cabinet members or high-level officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics, joining a diplomatic boycott that will likely strain ties between the two Asian neighbors....

 2021-12-24 12:45 

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K-pop group BTS takes honor of top-selling artist in Japan for 2021 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The K-pop group BTS conquered the Japanese music world in 2021, topping Japan's annual music sales rankings to become the first artist from overseas to do so since the chart started in 1968....

 2021-12-24 11:37 

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Asian stock markets follow Wall St. up as Omicron fears ease | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Asian stock markets rose Friday after Wall Street hit a new high as fears of the coronavirus's Omicron variant eased....

 2021-12-24 11:36 

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Myanmar army airstrikes send hundreds fleeing into Thailand | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Myanmar';s military unleashed airstrikes and heavy artillery on a small town controlled by ethnic guerrillas, sending hundreds of people fleeing across a river into Thailand, local officials and residents said Friday....

 2021-12-24 11:19 

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EDITORIAL: Tokyo Olympics report lacking vital rigorous assessment | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee's report on the Olympics and Paralympic Games held this summer fails to offer a truly rigorous and instructive review of the events, which were plagued by a raft of problems and scandals....

 2021-12-24 10:30 

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DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS: Diplomatic secret mission sounded out Soviet’s move in Gulf crisis | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

As former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone headed on a high-profile mission to Iraq in early November 1990 seeking the release of Japanese hostages, a secret diplomatic mission was also starting....

 2021-12-24 10:25 

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VOX POPULI: ‘Tis the season to mark Christmas with a tradition from Britain | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

My memories of Christmas as a university student are that it always made me miserable....

 2021-12-24 10:10 

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Taiwan, Japan eye ‘all round cooperation’ on chips | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TAIPEI--Taiwan and Japan's ruling parties agreed on Friday to have "all round cooperation" on semiconductors and to hold regular talks between each other, Taiwanese lawmakers said, after what are de facto discussions between the two government...

 2021-12-24 10:05 

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Solomon Islands says China to send police advisers after riots | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SYDNEY--China will send police officers to the Solomon Islands to help train its police force, the Pacific island nation said on Thursday, after rioting last month sparked by the country's 2019 switch of diplomatic relations to Beijing from Taiwan....

 2021-12-24 10:00 

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Two more Tiananmen monuments removed from Hong Kong university campuses | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--Two more Hong Kong universities on Friday removed public monuments to the 1989 Tiananmen protests in Beijing, following on the heels of the dismantling of a sculpture marking victims of the crackdown at another university earlier this week....

 2021-12-24 09:55 

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COVID-19 shots to be offered to children from March | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Following similar recommendations and successful campaigns overseas, children between the ages of 5 and 11 in Japan can begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations from next March....

 2021-12-24 09:25 

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Japan to provide free COVID-19 tests in Osaka, Kyoto, Okinawa | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government has promised to provide free COVID-19 tests in Osaka, Kyoto and Okinawa, the three prefectures in Japan where infections of the Omicron variant have raised alarm....

 2021-12-24 07:05 

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Biden Omicron measures too little, too late for fast-moving virus--experts | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--U.S. President Joe Biden's steps to backstop hospitals and distribute coronavirus test kits, however welcome, are too little too late to stem a surge of Omicron-related coronavirus cases over Christmas and New Year, health experts said....

 2021-12-24 06:40 

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South Korea ex-President Park, jailed for corruption, is pardoned | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea said Friday it will grant a special pardon to former President Park Geun-hye, who is serving a lengthy prison term for bribery and other crimes....

 2021-12-24 03:00 

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Sapporo Snow Festival to return in February on a reduced scale | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SAPPORO--The internationally popular Sapporo Snow Festival will be held in February but with fewer and smaller ice sculptures, no sales vendors and zero stage events, the executive committee said....

 2021-12-24 02:55 

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Biden signs bills on forced labor in China, ALS research | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--President Joe Biden signed a bill into law Thursday to block imports from China's Xinjiang region unless businesses can prove the items were made without forced labor, the latest in a series of intensifying U.S. penalties against the Asian...

 2021-12-24 02:40 

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U.S. adds Merck pill as 2nd easy-to-use drug against COVID-19 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--U.S. health regulators on Thursday authorized the second pill against COVID-19, providing another easy-to-use medication to battle the rising tide of omicron infections....

 2021-12-24 02:30 

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360-DEGREE LIVES: African wild dogs skilled predators in sharp decline | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

African wild dogs, which have a 70-percent success rate in their predatory kills, are touted as the world's most efficient hunters in the animal kingdom....

 2021-12-24 02:25 

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Nippon Steel sues Mitsui & Co. for patent infringement--Nikkei | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Nippon Steel Corp. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against trading house Mitsui & Co. at the Tokyo District Court, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday....

 2021-12-24 02:10 

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FIGURE SKATING/ Hanyu in Japan, Russian ladies chasing Winter Olympic berths | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The attention of the figure skating world rests squarely on the Eastern Hemisphere this week....

 2021-12-24 02:00 

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Kyushu banks on anime-, manga-related sites to revive tourism | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tamachi Sugawara Tenmangu in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, is a small Shinto shrine with the main hall measuring only about two meters in width....

 2021-12-23 14:17 

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Okinawa cluster reveals ‘loophole’ in Japan’s strict border controls | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A recent cluster infection in Okinawa Prefecture among members and employees of U.S. military bases is casting a spotlight on the limitations of Japan's strict border control measures....

 2021-12-23 14:08 

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Budget cut for Okinawa called an anti-Tamaki ‘message’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government is slashing the budget to promote development of Okinawa Prefecture in an apparent attempt to oust Denny Tamaki, the prefectural governor who opposes Tokyo's plans to build a new U.S. military base....

 2021-12-23 13:59 

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Panel: More data needed to assess efficacy of new dementia drug | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A health ministry expert panel deferred approving the use of aducanumab as a treatment for Alzheimer's-type dementia, citing a need for more data on the drug's efficacy through a clinical trial that will take years....

 2021-12-23 13:50 

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Panel skirts succession issue, proposes key changes | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An expert government panel recommended that female members of the imperial household retain their royal status regardless of marriage but avoided the key question of succession....

 2021-12-23 13:23 

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Akihito turns 88, longest-living among Japanese emperors | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Emperor Emeritus Akihito turned 88 on Dec. 23, a milestone birthday, making him the longest living emperor in recorded history in Japan....

 2021-12-23 13:21 

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Hitachi Astemo admits to falsifying data on brake testing | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A Hitachi Ltd. subsidiary that makes automotive parts has acknowledged it was involved in misconduct dating back 20 years....

 2021-12-23 13:18 

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12 Mitsubishi Electric officials disciplined over testing scandal | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Officials at Mitsubishi Electric Corp. admitted to more cases of faulty inspection data from its domestic plants on Dec. 23 as it announced disciplinary measures against 12 current and former executives....

 2021-12-23 13:03 

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Police: Arson suspect set fire to emergency exit, carried knife | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA—Police revealed more details about how a suspected arsonist trapped people inside a burning clinic here, including setting fire to the only emergency exit at the site....

 2021-12-23 12:58 

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Kyoto reports first community infection by Omicron variant | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KYOTO--A woman in her 20s has been confirmed with the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus here, which is believed to be the first such community infection in the prefecture, Kyoto Governor Takatoshi Nishiwaki reported on Dec. 23....

 2021-12-23 11:50 

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South Korea marks deadliest day of pandemic as Omicron looms | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea set a new record for COVID-19 deaths on Thursday as officials warned that the highly transmissible Omicron variant could soon become the dominant strain....

 2021-12-23 11:50 

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Intel apologizes for asking suppliers to avoid Xinjiang | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Intel Corp. apologized Thursday for asking suppliers to avoid sourcing goods from Xinjiang after the chipmaker became the latest foreign brand to face the fury of state media regarding the region, where the ruling Communist Party is accused of wi...

 2021-12-23 11:43 

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DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS: Hefty host nation payments legacy of ’90 Persian Gulf crisis | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The billions of dollars that Japan now commits annually in host nation support for the U.S. military seems to have its roots in a bilateral summit meeting three decades ago when the Persian Gulf crisis was raging....

 2021-12-23 10:45 

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Community spread of variant spurs calls for stricter measures | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Central and local government officials were heightening their anti-infection efforts after Japan's first community infection of the Omicron variant was confirmed in Osaka and other untraceable COVID-19 cases emerged....

 2021-12-23 10:25 

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EDITORIAL: Host-nation deal raises prospect of funding in other guises | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan reached agreement with the United States to ramp up its annual host-nation support for U.S. forces stationed in Japan, which will require close monitoring as it could have serious ramifications for Tokyo's defense spending and the bilateral secu...

 2021-12-23 09:30 

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VOX POPULI: Kishida seemed a ray of light, but our eyes are starting to adjust | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

When you enter a pitch-dark movie theater, you can't see a thing at first. You need to proceed cautiously, lest you bump into someone....

 2021-12-23 09:03 

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Japan irked at U.S. military’s failure to test for COVID-19 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan expressed its annoyance that the U.S. military did not promptly test its service personnel for COVID-19 upon departure and arrival, a situation it blames for a growing cluster outbreak at the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Hansen in Okinawa Prefecture....

 2021-12-23 07:45 

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Myanmar fighting forces 4,200 people to flee into Thailand | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Fighting between Myanmar government forces and ethnic guerrillas has sent about 4,200 villagers fleeing across the border into Thailand over the past week, a Thai army officer said Wednesday....

 2021-12-23 07:30 

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DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS: Tokyo told not to overhype Peru leader Fujimori’s visit in 1990 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A top Japanese diplomat advised his government not to go overboard in welcoming new Peruvian leader Alberto Fujimori when he was planning to visit Japan in 1990 after winning the vote to become the country's first president of Japanese descent....

 2021-12-23 06:55 

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Omicron less likely to put you in the hospital, studies say | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Two new British studies provide some early hints that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus may be milder than the delta version....

 2021-12-23 06:30 

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Small business owners rally in Seoul to protest virus curbs | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Hundreds of small business owners rallied in South Korea's capital on Wednesday, calling for the withdrawal of a curfew and tough coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, cafes, gyms and other facilities....

 2021-12-23 06:30 

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North Korea’s Kim praises ‘fresh heyday’ in China relations as longtime envoy departs | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised outgoing Chinese Ambassador Li Jinjun for helping to improve relations between Pyongyang and Beijing, state media reported on Thursday, as the envoy left office after seven years in the post....

 2021-12-23 06:30 

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China orders lockdown of up to 13 million people in Xi’an | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--China ordered the lockdown of as many as 13 million people in neighborhoods and workplaces in the northern city of Xi'an following a spike in coronavirus cases, setting off panic buying just weeks before the country hosts the Winter Olympic G...

 2021-12-23 06:25 

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Hong Kong university removes Tiananmen massacre statue | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--A monument at a Hong Kong university that commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre was removed by workers early Thursday over the objections of its creator from Denmark....

 2021-12-23 05:00 

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Sales of premium toothpaste rise as mask-wearers fight bad breath | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Facial masks are not only giving people with bad breath a taste of their own medicine, they are also helping to lift sales of premium toothpaste products....

 2021-12-23 02:10 

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Daughter, son of crew of ‘Tragic Wings’ wartime flight reunited | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KAKAMIGAHARA, Gifu Prefecture--The children of the pilot and flight engineer of the A-26 aircraft that went missing en route to Germany during the Pacific War have reunited for the first time in 76 years....

 2021-12-23 02:00 

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Hula dance film cry from heart for recovery of Fukushima | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

"Hula Fulla Dance," an original anime film from the director of "Fullmetal Alchemist" and "Mobile Suit Gundam 00," is now showing at theaters nationwide....

 2021-12-22 13:20 

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20 major firms to invest in Osaka casino resort project | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--The Osaka prefectural and city governments on Dec. 21 announced a plan for developing a casino-centered integrated resort expected to open in 2029 that will be backed by 20 major companies....

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