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 2022-07-23 12:30 

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Kishida wanted rationale for holding state funeral for Abe | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida moved quickly to lay the groundwork for a state funeral for Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister gunned down July 8 while giving a campaign speech in Nara....

 2022-07-23 11:31 

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EDITORIAL: Diplomacy must be a vital key in strengthening Japan’s security | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

This year's defense white paper stresses that the security environment surrounding Japan is now more fraught than ever. The annual report on security challenges facing the nation, published July 22, cites Russia's aggression against Ukraine and ex...

 2022-07-23 11:20 

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TRACK AND FIELD/ McLaughlin smashes world record; Kitaguchi lands a bronze medal | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

EUGENE, Ore.--American Sydney McLaughlin shattered her own 400 meters hurdles world record to clinch her first individual World Championships gold, while compatriot Michael Norman claimed the men's 400m crown and Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the w...

 2022-07-23 11:15 

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SKorea to lift ban on NKorea TV, newspapers despite tensions | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea plans to lift its decadeslong ban on public access to North Korean television, newspapers and other publications as part of its efforts to promote mutual understanding between the rivals, officials said Friday, despite animosities over ...

 2022-07-23 11:15 

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MLB/ Feeble much of night, Braves erupt for 8-1 win over Ohtani | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ATLANTA--Shohei Ohtani looked unhittable....

 2022-07-23 08:54 

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Suspect in Abe slaying ordered to undergo psychiatric tests | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The suspect in the slaying of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination expected to take several months to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial....

 2022-07-23 08:37 

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VOX POPULI: Living in a world where inflation will be with us for years to come | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The United Nations last week revised its World Population Prospects for the first time in three years....

 2022-07-23 03:30 

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Owner closes 115-year-old ‘soba’ shop because his kids are allergic | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Takayuki Omori was shocked when he found bumps on the arms of his eldest son after letting him hold dumplings made from "soba" buckwheat flour three years ago....

 2022-07-23 03:20 

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Ukraine and Russia seal grain deal as U.S. pledges more military aid | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ISTANBUL/KYIV--Russia and Ukraine signed a landmark deal on Friday to unblock grain exports from Black Sea ports and ease an international food crisis while the United States pledged more military support five months into the invasion....

 2022-07-23 02:00 

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Comic C'moA digital manga site set to build market abroad | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Comic C'moA (pronounced...

 2022-07-22 13:54 

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Daily COVID-19 records shattered again in Tokyo and elsewhere | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan saw another alarming record-shattering day for the daily number of new COVID-19 cases on July 22....

 2022-07-22 13:01 

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North Korea warns of security instability over U.S.-South Korea drills | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korea has warned that the United States and South Korea will face "unprecedented" security challenges if they don't stop their hostile military pressure campaign against the North, including joint military drills....

 2022-07-22 13:00 

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U.N. court to rule on jurisdiction in Rohingya genocide case | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

THE HAGUE, Netherlands--The United Nations' highest court is ruling Friday on whether to proceed with a landmark case that accuses Myanmar's rulers of genocide against the country's mainly Muslim Rohingya minority....

 2022-07-22 12:59 

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BASKETBALL/ Aspiring female Yao: 6'10...

NEW YORK--Han Xu understandably grew up idolizing Yao Ming, mesmerized by the giant shadow the 7-foot-6 Hall of Famer cast each time he stepped onto an NBA court....

 2022-07-22 12:52 

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Defense white paper warns of Russia-China cooperation | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

This year's defense white paper shines a spotlight on the greater cooperation between Russia and China, while adding a new chapter addressing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and doubling the pages devoted to Taiwan....

 2022-07-22 12:22 

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Quarantine for COVID patient close contacts to drop to 5 days | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government is preparing to shorten the self-quarantine period for people who came in close contact with those infected with the novel coronavirus to five days, according to sources....

 2022-07-22 12:02 

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EDITORIAL: Politicians’ ties to Unification Church should be made public | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A series of revelations have emerged to shed light on the motives and background that led up to the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....

 2022-07-22 11:47 

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Asian shares mostly higher after further gains on Wall Street | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Asian shares were mostly higher on Friday after another day of gains on Wall Street amid a deluge of news about the economy, interest rates and corporate profits....

 2022-07-22 11:39 

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Abe murder suspect fell into debt making homemade guns | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The man suspected of killing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was struggling financially under mounting debts and the steep costs of manufacturing his arsenal of homemade guns, according to police sources....

 2022-07-22 11:16 

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International peace forum to be livestreamed in English for free | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Free livestreaming in English will be offered for a symposium on the abolition of nuclear weapons jointly sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun, the Nagasaki city government and the Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace....

 2022-07-22 11:14 

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Taiwan high court allows same-sex marriage of citizen, Japanese | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TAIPEI--The Taipei High Administrative Court ruled on July 21 that the marriage of a Japan-Taiwan same-sex couple should be legally recognized in Taiwan, even if it is not legal in Japan....

 2022-07-22 10:43 

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Experts warn COVID surge not about to subside anytime soon | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Public health experts are warning that new COVID-19 cases will likely continue to set record highs across Japan amid the current surge in infections....

 2022-07-22 10:20 

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VOX POPULI: When it comes to fruit, bees are the unsung heroes worth protecting | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

I received feedback from a dear reader after writing in this column in July a few years ago: "The rising mercury spells the arrival of a seasonal hiatus in the blooming of flowering trees and shrubs."...

 2022-07-22 09:06 

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Tornado kills 1 in eastern China as country faces high temps | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--A tornado blew through 11 villages in a farming region of eastern China, damaging homes, killing at least one person and injuring 25 others, while swaths of the country face extreme heat....

 2022-07-22 09:05 

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Sri Lankan forces make arrests, clear main protest site | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

COLOMBO--Sri Lankan security forces arrested several people by early Friday and cleared the main camp protesters have occupied for more than three months while demanding the nation's leaders resign over an unprecedented economic collapse....

 2022-07-22 09:03 

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Myanmar’s economy fragile as fighting, inflation hit poor | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Army-ruled Myanmar's economy remains fragile as civil strife, inflation and onerous policy decisions add to troubles facing farmers and businesses, reports by the World Bank and other experts said Thursday....

 2022-07-22 09:03 

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Feds: 1st cryptocurrency insider trading case snares 3 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NEW YORK--A former Coinbase product manager and his brother, along with a Houston man, were charged Thursday in what federal authorities described as the U.S. government's first cryptocurrency insider trading case....

 2022-07-22 08:34 

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Okinawa invokes special state of emergency for medical system | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAHA--With Okinawa reporting record COVID-19 cases and hospital beds for patients filling up, Governor Denny Tamaki declared a special state of emergency for his prefecture's medical care system on July 21....

 2022-07-22 07:40 

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Cabinet approves state funeral date for slain ex-PM Abe | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Japanese government said on Friday it would hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 27, amid street and social media protests that the state shouldn't fund ceremonies for Japan's longest-serving, but divisive, prime ...

 2022-07-22 05:35 

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Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has 'very mild symptoms' | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and went into isolation with mild symptoms. White House officials went all-out to show that the 79-year-old U.S. leader could power through the virus and keep working because he was ...

 2022-07-22 04:20 

The Asahi Shimbun

Japan failing to eliminate human trafficking in intern program | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--Japan has once again scored poorly on its efforts to stop human trafficking and forced labor in a U.S. State Department report released this week, failing to move up in the international rankings....

 2022-07-22 03:15 

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China's BYD to start selling EVs in Japan next year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD will start selling battery electric cars in Japan next year, marking its entry into Japan's passenger car market, the company said in a statement on Thursday....

 2022-07-22 03:05 

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Microsoft Teams back up for most users after global outage | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Microsoft Corp's MS Teams was back up for most users, the company said on Thursday, after an hours-long outage that disrupted the chat application for tens of thousands of customers globally....

 2022-07-22 03:00 

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Kyoto’s bonfire festival to be held in full for the 1st time in 3 years | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KYOTO--Organizers of one of Kyoto's most eagerly anticipated summer festivals announced that the tradition of bonfires on city mountainsides will be held in full next month for the first time in three years....

 2022-07-22 02:45 

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Europe's central bank backs larger-than-expected rate hike | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

FRANKFURT, Germany--The European Central Bank raised interest rates Thursday for the first time in 11 years by a larger-than-expected amount, joining steps already taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve and other major central banks to target stubbornly high i...

 2022-07-22 02:35 

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BOJ retains easy policy, Kuroda shuns chance of near-term rate hike | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Bank of Japan projected inflation would exceed its target this year in fresh forecasts issued on Thursday, but maintained ultra-low interest rates and signaled its resolve to remain an outlier in a wave of global central banks'policy tightening....

 2022-07-22 02:00 

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Stockholders seek more female directors among Japanese firms | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

At a recent shareholders' gathering of consumer loan provider Acom Co., an institutional investor from Europe proposed that its "articles of incorporation be revised to have at least one female director."...

 2022-07-22 02:00 

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IT worker combines music instruments with prosthetic arms | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Seeking a sense of "cool" and inspired by the "Fullmetal Alchemist" anime series, an engineer has created musical instruments that can be worn like prosthetic arms....

 2022-07-21 14:01 

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Tokyo declares ‘red alert’ as it tallies 31,878 patients in a day | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Facing a staggering record-high of 31,878 fresh infections, the Tokyo metropolitan government on July 21 decided to declare a "red alert" to fight the latest COVID-19 explosion....

 2022-07-21 13:51 

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Panel again does not approve Shionogi’s pill to treat COVID-19 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An expert panel advising the health ministry on measures to tackle the novel coronavirus decided on July 20 not to approve for now Shionogi & Co.'s oral COVID-19 pill under the ministry's "urgent approval" system....

 2022-07-21 13:04 

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State denies failure to offer late Sri Lankan medical care | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAGOYA--The government defended immigration authorities' response to the deteriorating health of a Sri Lankan woman who died while in detention during the second court hearing here in a damages suit over her death....

 2022-07-21 12:57 

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Shiori Ito: Voices of sexual assault victims are being heard at last | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Journalist Shiori Ito said the voices of those who have suffered sexual abuse are finally resonating, after the Supreme Court ordered a former TV reporter to pay her damages for sexually assaulting her....

 2022-07-21 12:53 

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Insurance policy offered to cover costs for elderly who die alone | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A leading insurance company has begun selling a policy for apartment association boards that will pay for costs that occur when elderly occupants die alone with no relatives located....

 2022-07-21 12:48 

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Head of facility for disabled kids arrested for confining boy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Police have arrested the head of a support organization for children with developmental disabilities on suspicion he unlawfully confined a 14-year-old junior high school student....

 2022-07-21 12:44 

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H.I.S. mulls sale of Huis Ten Bosch park to Hong Kong firm | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Major travel company H.I.S. Co. is considering selling its Dutch theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture to secure more funds, sources said....

 2022-07-21 12:25 

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China’s Didi Global fined $1.2 billion for data violations | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--China's internet watchdog on Thursday fined ride-hailing firm Didi Global more than 8 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) following an investigation into the company's cybersecurity practices....

 2022-07-21 12:00 

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Tokyo Olympic organizing exec snared in bribery allegations | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Authorities are investigating a former board member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee over suspicions of bribery, according to sources....

 2022-07-21 10:35 

The Asahi Shimbun

Japan trade deficit grows as oil prices surge, yen drops | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's trade deficit for the first half of this year totaled nearly 8 trillion yen ($58 billion), because of surging oil prices and a sinking yen, brought on partly by the war in Ukraine, and weaker global demand....

 2022-07-21 10:20 

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Tokyo Olympic aftermath still being untangled a year later | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Tokyo Olympics survived the COVID-19 postponement, soaring expenses and some public opposition. A year later, the costs and benefits remain as difficult to untangle as the Games were to pull off....

 2022-07-21 10:10 

The Asahi Shimbun

Russia restarts major gas pipeline, expands Ukraine war goals | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Russia is resuming supplies of gas via a major pipeline running through Ukraine to Europe on Thursday, the pipeline operator said, amid concerns Moscow would use its vast energy exports to push back against Western pressure over its invasion of Ukraine....

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