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 2021-12-22 13:15 

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Police: Arson suspect blocked victims’ escape, fixed fire hydrant | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA—A man believed to have set a deadly fire at a clinic here blocked people who were desperately fleeing the flames and apparently tampered with firefighting equipment beforehand, investigative sources said....

 2021-12-22 13:10 

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Toyota to start service so drivers can keep cars longer | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Toyota Motor Corp. will introduce a service next year that allows customers to keep their vehicles "up to date" with parts and software so they don't have to replace them with new models so often....

 2021-12-22 13:05 

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Tokyo logs 40 new COVID-19 cases; highest since Oct. 16 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo confirmed 40 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 22, the highest daily tally in the capital since Oct. 16 when there were 65....

 2021-12-22 12:55 

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Osaka reports first Omicron community infections | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA—Three people in Osaka Prefecture who were confirmed infected with the Omicron variant represent Japan's first community transmission of that strain of the novel coronavirus strain, Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said on Dec. 22....

 2021-12-22 12:45 

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Landslide in Myanmar mining area leaves dozens missing | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--A landslide at a remote jade mine in northern Myanmar's Kachin state killed one person and left at least 70 missing Wednesday and a search and rescue operation was underway, rescue officials said....

 2021-12-22 12:30 

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Chip shortage sours Christmas mood for seekers of game consoles | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Santa's sleigh may be lighter this year, much to the disappointment of children and adults who put game consoles at the top of their Christmas wish lists....

 2021-12-22 12:10 

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Potato crisis: McDonald’s Japan to offer only S-size fries | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

French fry junkies will get the short end of the stick at McDonald's Japan outlets starting on Dec. 24, with medium and large-size packets of its fries off the menu for a week....

 2021-12-22 12:05 

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EDITORIAL: Diet will have its hands full after the year-end break | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The extraordinary session of the Diet that wound up Dec. 21 provided the first opportunity for the ruling and opposition parties to lock horns since the Lower House election in October....

 2021-12-22 12:00 

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Review launched into rules governing facial recognition data | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A government panel is considering whether stricter rules are needed for companies that handle facial recognition data....

 2021-12-22 11:00 

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DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS: Polish leader Walesa praised Japan in talks with Kaifu | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

In newly declassified diplomatic documents, Polish labor union leader Lech Walesa expressed the hope that his country could become "another Japan" in talks with then Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu in January 1990....

 2021-12-22 10:40 

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South Korean Olympic champion suspended over text messages | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Two-time Olympic short-track champion Shim Suk-hee has been suspended for two months over her text messages that authorities say "marred the dignity of athletes," a decision that could bar her from attending the Beijing Winter Olympics....

 2021-12-22 10:30 

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Hong Kong’s Lam in Beijing to report on ‘patriots only’ poll | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam was meeting with top leaders in Beijing on Wednesday to report to them on the territory's first legislative elections held under new laws ensuring that only "patriots" loyal to the ruling Chinese Comm...

 2021-12-22 10:20 

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Japan drops term ‘sympathy budget’ for host nation spending | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government decided to no longer use the term "sympathy budget" when referring to the hundreds of billions of yen it commits each year in host nation support (HNS) for U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan....

 2021-12-22 10:15 

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New agency for children and families to be set up in fiscal 2023 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government has decided to create a new agency for children and families starting in fiscal 2023 to bring related issues under one entity, but still faces numerous challenges including finding funding for its operation....

 2021-12-22 09:00 

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DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS: Nakasone spoke bluntly in private with Hussein during Gulf crisis | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

When former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone visited Iraq during the Persian Gulf crisis in 1990, he spoke frankly with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, urging him to pull out of Kuwait within a month or risk U.S. military involvement....

 2021-12-22 08:55 

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Tamaki eyes U.S. base ‘lockdown’ due to cluster wave | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAHA--Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki called for the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Hansen base to effectively "lock down" following revelations that a widening on-base COVID-19 cluster outbreak now totaled 207 cases....

 2021-12-22 08:20 

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VOX POPULI: The more I learn about the body, the more I want to look after mine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Taking my temperature has been my daily ritual since almost two years ago....

 2021-12-22 07:45 

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SOCCER/ Japan’s 54-year-old ‘King Kazu’ says eight clubs out to sign him  | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Evergreen Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura, now 54, has no intention of hanging up his boots and said that as many as eight Japanese clubs are after his signature for next season, Kyodo News agency reported on Tuesday....

 2021-12-22 07:30 

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Philippine supertyphoon Rai ‘exceeded all predictions’--forecaster | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SINGAPORE--The rapid intensification that turned this week's Typhoon Rai into the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year surpassed all predictions, forecasters said, leaving nearly 400 people dead and almost a million displaced....

 2021-12-22 07:15 

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‘Summer of Soul,’ ‘Drive My Car’ make Oscars shortlist | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Documentaries about Julia Child, "Black Woodstock," the pandemic and The Velvet Underground and acclaimed international films like Japan's "Drive My Car," Iran's "A Hero" and Norway's "The Worst Person in the World&...

 2021-12-22 07:10 

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Thailand reimposes quarantine as concerns grow over Omicron variant | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Thailand on Tuesday decided to immediately reimpose a mandatory quarantine for visitors and suspend a "test-and-go"; scheme for fully vaccinated arrivals as concerns grow over the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the gover...

 2021-12-22 07:00 

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Lithuanian PM discusses China pressure with top U.S. diplomat Blinken | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

VILNIUS--Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte on Tuesday discussed U.S. support for Lithuania in response to Chinese economic pressure with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, her office said....

 2021-12-22 06:55 

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NHL to withdraw from Olympics after COVID surge | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The NHL will withdraw from the Winter Olympics after the regular-season schedule was disrupted by coronavirus outbreaks, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday....

 2021-12-22 06:45 

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Harvard professor found guilty of hiding ties to China | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BOSTON--A Harvard University professor charged with hiding his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program was found guilty on all counts Tuesday....

 2021-12-22 05:00 

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DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS: Kaifu tells Bush he won’t release state oil reserves during Gulf crisis | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu flatly refused U.S. President George H.W. Bush's request to release his nation's state oil reserves amid the Persian Gulf crisis at their summit in 1990....

 2021-12-22 04:20 

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Japan entry controls to stay until more known about omicron | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan will keep in place its recently reimposed strict border controls, which ban most foreign entrants, until more information is known about the omicron variant of the coronavirus, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday....

 2021-12-22 02:30 

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The missionary of peace who led the attack on Pearl Harbor | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A chance encounter with the writings of a former sworn enemy transformed the Japanese "hero" of the attack on Pearl Harbor into a Christian missionary of peace in the United States....

 2021-12-22 02:00 

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GOHAN LAB/ Spiedini of seafood and vegetables: Prior parboiling lets ingredients retain their color when cooked | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Editor's note: The theme of Gohan Lab is to help people make simple, tasty "gohan" (meals)....

 2021-12-21 14:10 

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Former cook’s 6-year battle to finally win workers’ comp | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A cook who developed a brain hemorrhage that left him partially paralyzed because of his grueling work hours finally won workers' compensation in spite of an earlier decision by labor authorities to deny benefits because his overtime fell slightly shy...

 2021-12-21 14:05 

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3 death row inmates hanged; 1st executions in 2 years | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan carried out its first executions in two years on Dec. 21 by hanging three death row inmates, one of them a mass murderer, in Tokyo and Osaka Prefecture....

 2021-12-21 14:00 

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Survey: More voters against diplomatic boycott of Games | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Forty-three percent of voters believe Japan should not stage a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, compared with 35 percent who favored such a move, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed....

 2021-12-21 13:50 

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Survey: Kishida Cabinet approval rate rises to 49% on virus moves | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The approval rating for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Cabinet rose to 49 percent as its handling of the COVID-19 situation continued to receive the highest marks since the pandemic started, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed....

 2021-12-21 13:40 

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Megaquake could kill up to 199,000 people, estimates suggest | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Estimates prepared for the Cabinet project that if a massive magnitude-9 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast from Hokkaido to Tohoku, it would generate a tsunami and kill up to 199,000 people under the worst-case scenario....

 2021-12-21 13:25 

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Tokyo logs 38 new COVID-19 cases, most in 2 months | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo confirmed 38 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 21, its highest figure in two months....

 2021-12-21 12:55 

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Studies confirm soil from Ryugu contains organic substances | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Soil samples collected from the asteroid Ryugu by Japan's Hayabusa 2 space probe contain organic substances, a discovery that will likely provide clues to the origin of life on Earth, according to researchers' preliminary analysis....

 2021-12-21 12:55 

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Japan’s Tepco to build underwater tunnel for Fukushima water release | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant intends to build an underwater tunnel to release water from the plant into the sea, it said on Tuesday, as part of a project to treat and dispose of contaminated water....

 2021-12-21 12:15 

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Musashino assembly rejects proposal to let foreigners vote | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Musashino municipal assembly in western Tokyo on Dec. 21 rejected the city's proposal to allow foreign nationals, including short-term residents, to vote in local referendums....

 2021-12-21 11:50 

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FIGURE SKATING/ World number three Kihira to miss Beijing Olympics--reports | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese figure skater Rika Kihira will miss the Beijing Olympics after being forced to pull out of the national championships with an ankle injury, local media reported on Tuesday....

 2021-12-21 11:05 

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Philippine governor warns of looting without typhoon aid | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MANILA--The governor of a central Philippine province devastated by Typhoon Rai last week pleaded on radio Tuesday for the government to quickly send food and other aid, warning that without outside help, army troops and police forces would have to be dep...

 2021-12-21 10:45 

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Russia fires cruise missile from Sea of Japan in test exercise--media | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MOSCOW--A submerged Russian submarine has successfully launched a Kalibr cruise missile from the Sea of Japan at a target more than 1,000 kilometers away, located at a Russian training ground onshore, the RIA news agency said on Tuesday....

 2021-12-21 10:45 

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Police: Osaka fire suspect may have copied Kyoto arsonist | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA—The suspect behind the fire at a clinic here that has now killed 25 people appears to have taken an interest in the deadly arson attack in Kyoto in 2019, investigative sources said....

 2021-12-21 09:20 

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Omicron sweeps across nation, now 73% of U.S. COVID-19 cases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NEW YORK--Omicron has raced ahead of other variants and is now the dominant version of the coronavirus in the U.S., accounting for 73 percent of new infections last week, federal health officials said Monday....

 2021-12-21 08:45 

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Giant artwork for Year of Tiger roars to life in Ibaraki park | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HITACHINAKA, Ibaraki Prefecture--A park here used pine tree branches, pine cones and other natural materials to create a massive rendition of a tiger, the animal in the Chinese zodiac for 2022....

 2021-12-21 08:20 

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EDITORIAL: U.S. bases in Japan a huge hole in border control system | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The spread of COVID-19 at U.S. military bases in Japan represents a serious hole in the nation's border control system to combat the pandemic, and as such, the government needs to take immediate action....

 2021-12-21 07:35 

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Asian markets bounce back from omicron sell-offs | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday after a worldwide slump for financial markets spurred by worries about how badly the Omicron variant, inflation and other forces will hit the world economy....

 2021-12-21 07:15 

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VOX POPULI: Use of taxpayer money to ‘buy off’ trial a bad sign for democracy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

I wrote about the 2009 Greek debt crisis just the other day. Today, I would like to go back in time to ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy....

 2021-12-21 07:00 

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Adopted U.S. moguls skier eyes return to China as Olympian | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

DENVER--The jade necklace was a present. These days, it serves as a reminder, and maybe even a symbol of more good things to come....

 2021-12-21 06:45 

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U.S. names Under Secretary Zeya as special coordinator for Tibet | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The United States on Monday named Under Secretary of State Uzra Zeya as special coordinator for Tibetan issues, saying she would lead U.S. efforts to preserve the Chinese-ruled territory's religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage in the face of hu...

 2021-12-21 06:40 

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U.S. files action to return $150 Million in alleged embezzled funds to Sony | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The United States filed a civil forfeiture complaint on Monday to return more than $154 million in funds that were allegedly stolen from a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corp. and then seized by law enforcement during the FBI's investigati...

 2021-12-21 03:00 

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Glass ceiling intact at one-third of Japan’s top corporations | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

One-third of companies listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange still have no female executives, prompting the government to publicly shame them by listing their names on a website....

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