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 2021-11-01 11:44 

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Kishida ready to govern, Edano won’t resign after election | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida breathed a sigh of relief while opposition leader Yukio Edano was left scratching his head for answers after the results of the Lower House election came in....

 2021-11-01 10:00 

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China’s giant state-owned companies struggle to align climate rhetoric with reality | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHANGHAI--Ambitious pledges from China's leaders to cut emissions have put its giant, carbon-intensive state corporations under pressure to respond, but they are at risk of falling short amid confused policy signals and other constraints....

 2021-11-01 10:00 

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Pentagon rattled by Chinese military push on multiple fronts | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--China9;s growing military muscle and its drive to end America predominance in the Asia-Pacific is rattling the U.S. defense establishment. American officials see trouble quickly accumulating on multiple fronts — Beijing's expandin...

 2021-11-01 09:55 

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South Korea eases social distancing to soften economic blow | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea on Monday began to allow larger social gatherings and lifted business-hour restrictions on restaurants in what officials described as the first step toward attempting to restore some pre-pandemic normalcy....

 2021-11-01 09:41 

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Unified election strategy fails to pay off for opposition bloc | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The strategy of opposition parties to throw their support behind single candidates in the Lower House election had a success rate of just 29 percent in single-seat constituencies....

 2021-11-01 08:29 

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EDITORIAL: It’s time for new Lower House to restore Diet’s watchdog role | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, secured a solid majority in the Lower House in the Oct. 31 Lower House election, held for the first time in four years....

 2021-11-01 08:15 

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Wall Street rally, Japan election drive Asian shares higher | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Stocks advanced in Asia on Monday, with Tokyo's benchmark up 2.2 percent after the ruling Liberal Democrats won a stronger than expected majority in an election Sunday....

 2021-11-01 07:43 

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VOX POPULI: Is Kishida’s kind ‘spring breeze’ just for those he owes a favor to? | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

On Oct. 31, it stopped raining in central Tokyo after nightfall....

 2021-11-01 06:25 

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Hooked on coal for power, Japan aims for ammonia fix | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HEKINAN--Japan is stepping up efforts to extend the lifespan of its coal-fired power plants in an ambitious project to add low-carbon ammonia to its fuel mix, targeting both stable energy supply and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in one stroke....

 2021-11-01 06:25 

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China says U.S. COVID origins report is without credibility | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHANGHAI--A declassified U.S. intelligence report saying it was plausible that the COVID-19 pandemic originated in a laboratory is unscientific and has no credibility, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a statement on Sunday....

 2021-11-01 06:25 

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Biden says Russia, China ‘didn’t show up’ on climate needs | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ROME--U.S. President Joe Biden says it's "disappointing" that Russia and China "basically didn't show up" with commitments to address the scourge of climate change ahead of this week's United Nations climate conference....

 2021-11-01 06:15 

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Thais launch campaign for repeal of royal defamation law | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Pro-democracy activists in Thailand on Sunday announced a campaign to gather 1 million signatures to support the abolition of the law that makes defaming the monarchy a crime....

 2021-11-01 03:00 

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Crowd-funding drive saved lathe used for battleship Yamato | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KURE, Hiroshima Prefecture--A massive lathe believed to have been used to fashion the main guns of Japan's mighty World War II battleship Yamato was in danger of becoming a rusting relic until a crowdfunding raised the initial target of 100 million ye...

 2021-11-01 02:00 

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12 directors join film omnibus to counter anxiety during pandemic | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Zombies, fantasy and coming-of-age are part of the mix in a 12-director film project aimed at reversing the difficulties facing society in the COVID-19 pandemic....

 2021-10-31 20:40 

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Election gives LDP’s Kishida a secure base to govern | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in office barely a month, won a mandate of four more years in office after his ruling Liberal Democratic Party captured an outright majority in the Oct. 31 Lower House election....

 2021-10-31 20:00 

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Voter turnout hit 55%, higher than in election 4 years ago | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Voter turnout in single-seat districts of the Lower House election on Oct. 31 reached 55.33 percent, compared with 53.68 percent four years ago, according to figures compiled by The Asahi Shimbun....

 2021-10-31 19:00 

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Exit poll: LDP also scored well among neutral voters | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party's strong showing in the Lower House election was due to the outcome of voting in the proportional representation constituency segment of balloting....

 2021-10-31 18:50 

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G-20 make commitments on climate neutrality, coal financing | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ROME--Leaders of the world's biggest economies made a compromise commitment Sunday to reach carbon neutrality "by or around mid-century" as they wrapped up a two-day summit that was laying the groundwork for the U.N. climate conference in Glas...

 2021-10-31 18:35 

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10 injured in stabbing, fire in Keio train in Tokyo’s Chofu | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An elderly man fell unconscious after being stabbed and several other passengers were injured on a Keio Corp. train in Chofu, western Tokyo, on Oct. 31, police said....

 2021-10-31 17:30 

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Coalition retains seat once held by disgraced LDP lawmaker | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

There were the usual election upsets and some surprises as voting in the Oct. 31 Lower House election pointed to a major victory for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party....

 2021-10-31 15:50 

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LDP on its way to an outright majority, Japan exit polls show | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is on course to gain an outright majority in the Lower House election held Oct. 31, a clear sign that stability was much on the minds of voters in giving new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida a four-year mandate to govern....

 2021-10-31 13:55 

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Blinken raises concerns about Taiwan with China | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ROME--U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as part of the Group of 20 summit on Sunday--an outreach designed to ensure that the intensely competitive relationship between the world's two largest economies do...

 2021-10-31 13:45 

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U.S., EU reach agreement to settle rift over Trump-era tariffs | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ROME--The U.S. and European Union have reached an agreement to settle their diplomatic rift over Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs, the White House announced Saturday, as President Joe Biden is in Rome attending the Group of 20 summit....

 2021-10-31 13:40 

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Back in Europe, Biden tries to show allies U.S. is with them | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ROME--Nearly five months after President Joe Biden declared "America is back" on his first presidential visit abroad, the president's challenge now that he's back in Europe is convincing the world that America is here to stay....

 2021-10-31 13:35 

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Japan voter turnout slightly higher than 4 years ago | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Voting got off to a sluggish start in the Oct. 31 Lower House election but began to pick up a bit as the day progressed....

 2021-10-31 13:20 

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G-20 leaders turn to climate change on last day of summit | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ROME--Leaders of the world's biggest economies were set to tackle climate change Sunday, the final day of a weekend summit in Rome that is widely expected to set the tone for a major conference on the same issue taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, over...

 2021-10-31 13:05 

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G-20 leaders endorse tax deal, pledge more vaccines for the poor | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ROME--Leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies endorsed on Saturday a global minimum tax aimed at stopping big business from hiding profits in tax havens, and also agreed to get more COVID vaccines to poorer nations....

 2021-10-31 11:00 

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EXPLAINER: How the election system can help both politicians and voters | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The two-part voting system for Lower House elections has long been in place in Japan, but many are still confused by the mechanism and how it benefits politicians or the public....

 2021-10-31 08:00 

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LDP voices test Kishida’s ‘ability to listen’ to the public in election | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

FUKUSHIMA--Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has credited himself with the "ability to listen" to the public. But ahead of the Lower House election, he appears more intent on listening to certain elements of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party....

 2021-10-31 06:30 

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Japan votes in national election, 1st key test for Kishida | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese voters are casting ballots in national elections Sunday, a first big test for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to determine if he has a large enough mandate to tackle a coronavirus-battered economy, a fast-aging and dwindling population and security ...

 2021-10-31 02:10 

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Drone delivery service catering to remote islets takes to the skies | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MITOYO, Kagawa Prefecture--Drones are taking parcel deliveries to new heights on a remote island where demand is high through a new service touted as the first of its kind in Japan....

 2021-10-31 02:00 

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Young woman explains why she makes no secret of IVF birth | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OTSU--Maron Matsumoto has never shied away from speaking in public about the fact that she was born through in vitro fertilization....

 2021-10-30 13:40 

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A timely call to protect those who feel suicide is only option | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SAKAI, Fukui Prefecture--Yukio Shige has a simple message for politicians, especially those contesting the Oct. 31 Lower House election: "Listen to the screams of the 744 people."...

 2021-10-30 13:10 

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Mother-to-be won't reveal her identity to hospital treating her | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KUMAMOTO--A hospital here behind a pioneering system that allows mothers to anonymously drop off unwanted newborns through a special "baby hatch" called "cradle of storks" is taking another step into legally uncharted territory....

 2021-10-30 11:30 

The Asahi Shimbun

A much smaller field, smallest ratio of young candidates | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese voters in the Lower House election to be held Oct. 31 will have a greater say in who they want to be in control of the government....

 2021-10-30 10:25 

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S. Koreans send off former President Roh in small funeral | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Dozens of relatives and dignitaries gathered in South Korea's capital on Saturday to pay their final respects to former President Roh Tae-woo, a key participant in a 1979 military coup who later won a landmark democratic election before his pol...

 2021-10-30 10:00 

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Court rejects injunction against hostile takeover defense strategy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Tokyo District Court just made hostile takeover bids more difficult by rejecting a temporary injunction against a defense mechanism put in place by a targeted company....

 2021-10-30 08:55 

The Asahi Shimbun

UK’s Johnson warns on climate, recalls fall of Roman Empire ahead of G20 summit | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ROME--Global leaders must step up the fight against climate change, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Friday, saying world civilization could collapse as swiftly as the ancient Roman empire unless more is done....

 2021-10-30 08:30 

The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: COP26 the ‘last opportunity’ to avert climate catastrophe? | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

World leaders and negotiators meeting for a key climate conference in the Scottish city of Glasgow this weekend face a challenge with crucial implications for the health of our planet. Their task is to hammer out an agreement to sharply step up internatio...

 2021-10-30 07:40 

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China's new local COVID-19 cases hit six-week high | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHANGHAI--Mainland China recorded its highest number of daily local new COVID-19 infections in more than six weeks on Friday, as the country battles an outbreak concentrated mainly in its northern provinces....

 2021-10-30 07:00 

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VOX POPULI: Ancient Rome, architects of old Edo masters of water supply | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Ruins of massive Roman aqueducts, built to supply water to cities from distant sources, still stand today in countries across Europe that were once territories of the Roman Empire....

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