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 2022-08-19 12:20 

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Japanese utilities to ink LNG deals with Sakhalin-2, keep same terms | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Some Japanese electricity and gas companies are ready to soon sign fresh contracts with the new Russian operator of the Sakhalin-2 gas and oil extraction project....

 2022-08-19 12:09 

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Seoul drafted radar guidelines in 2019 targeting only SDF aircraft | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A retired South Korean Army general has confirmed that his nation's military compiled guidelines that specifically targeted Self-Defense Forces aircraft considered to be flying too close to South Korean naval vessels....

 2022-08-19 12:06 

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New panel will start effort to help Unification Church victims | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A new liaison committee to assist potential victims of the Unification Church will embark on a month-long, cross-sectional effort to do so starting from early September by hearing their stories....

 2022-08-19 10:48 

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Infections drop, but COVID-19 deaths on pace to hit record | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Although the latest spread of the novel coronavirus appears to be slowing down, COVID-19-related deaths are expected to continue climbing and hit record levels....

 2022-08-19 09:23 

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VOX POPULI: Safety must come first as many flock to the sea to escape the heat | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Although Japan is an island nation, swimming in the sea did not become a popular activity until the Meiji Era (1868-1912)....

 2022-08-19 09:22 

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Unification Church protest in S. Korea targets Japanese media | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL—Thousands of Unification Church members held a protest rally here on Aug. 18, denouncing Japanese media coverage of their organization in connection with the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....

 2022-08-19 08:10 

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China’s response to Pelosi visit a sign of future intentions | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--China's response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan was anything but subtle--dispatching warships and military aircraft to all sides of the self-governing island democracy and firing ballistic missiles into the waters ne...

 2022-08-19 07:54 

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How one villager diffused tensions over captured WWII B-29 crew | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Older residents of what is now Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, still vividly remember the horrific warplane crash there and the dramatic events that ensued in the waning days of World War II....

 2022-08-19 07:45 

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Australia upset at Indonesia reducing Bali bomber’s sentence | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

CANBERRA--Australia's leader said Friday that it's upsetting Indonesia has further reduced the prison sentence of the bombmaker in the Bali terror attack that killed 202 people--meaning the terrorist could be freed within days if he's granted ...

 2022-08-19 06:35 

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Taiwan envoy calls on Germany to up visits, military cooperation | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BERLIN--Taiwan's de facto ambassador to Berlin praised what he said was the start of a shift by Germany towards a more assertive stance on China and urged the government to further enhance relations with Taipei....

 2022-08-19 06:30 

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North Korea dismisses Seoul’s aid-for-disarmament offer | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said her country will never accept South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's "foolish" offer of economic benefits in exchange for denuclearization steps, accusing Seoul of recycling proposals P...

 2022-08-19 06:30 

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Japan inflation could pile pressure on yen, BOJ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Inflation figures from Japan, which could put the central bank's ultra-loose monetary policy under even more intense scrutiny, and a smattering of Chinese earnings are the juiciest morsels for investors in Asia to get their teeth into on Friday....

 2022-08-19 02:10 

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WWII veteran in U.S. returns prized sword to Japanese family | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NICHINAN, Miyazaki Prefecture—At the age of 99, Joseph Cursor, a former U.S. soldier who lives in Chicago, was running out of time to fulfill a long-held promise....

 2022-08-19 02:00 

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ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ David McMurray | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

today the sun on the horizon never seems to set--Angela Giordano (Avigliano, Italy)...

 2022-08-19 01:30 

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Gloves created to increase hand strength without any training | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KATSURAGI, Nara Prefecture--Nara Medical University has teamed with socks maker and seller Mikasa Inc. to develop gloves designed for patients with Parkinson's disease and athletes to strengthen the muscles of their fingers....

 2022-08-18 14:08 

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Japan sets new record in daily COVID-19 cases at 251,626 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The daily number of new COVID-19 cases hit 251,626 nationwide as of 6 p.m. on Aug. 18, topping the previous high of 250,347 marked on Aug. 10....

 2022-08-18 14:06 

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Weak yen lures foreign investors seeking bargain properties | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A 40-something Chinese investor recently agreed to purchase a one-bedroom apartment in Tokyo at a...

 2022-08-18 13:29 

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Foreign tourists shun Japan over COVID-19 rules, rising infections | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's eased border restrictions have resulted in a relative trickle of international tourists entering the country, a disappointing but unsurprising development in the long-struggling travel and hospitality industry....

 2022-08-18 13:00 

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Japan protests firing of five missiles into its EEZ by China | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The head of the National Security Secretariat protested the launch of five ballistic missiles that landed within Japan's exclusive economic zone during military exercises China conducted in the waters around Taiwan....

 2022-08-18 12:26 

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Japan set to approve online sales of rapid antigen test kits | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The health ministry can start the process to officially approve online sales of rapid antigen test kits, after its expert panel on COVID-19 response green-lit the move on Aug. 17....

 2022-08-18 11:57 

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Auto breakdowns surge in summer heat as shops try to meet demand | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Not only people, but the intense summer heat is taking a toll on automobiles as well, with repair requests pouring in but a shortage of mechanics is leading to delays in getting cars back on the road....

 2022-08-18 11:55 

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Performing arts plunged into crisis by 7th wave of infections | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The latest COVID-19 wave has caused so much physical and financial damage to performing arts in Japan that some insiders fear the industry may cease to exist....

 2022-08-18 11:40 

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16 dead, 18 missing in flash flood in western China | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--At least 16 people died and 18 others were missing after a sudden rainstorm in western China triggered a landslide that diverted a river and caused flash flooding in populated areas, Chinese state media said Thursday....

 2022-08-18 11:30 

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A look at the world’s skinniest skyscraper: Steinway Tower | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NEW YORK--One skyscraper stands out from the rest in the Manhattan skyline. It's not the tallest, but it is the skinniest--the world's skinniest, in fact....

 2022-08-18 09:40 

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U.N. expert concludes ‘forced labor’ has taken place in Xinjiang  | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--It is "reasonable to conclude" that forced labor of members of minority groups has taken place in China's western Xinjiang region, the U.N.'s top expert on slavery said in a report released this week, prompting a fierce response f...

 2022-08-18 08:47 

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9-year-old boy to become youngest pro go player ever in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--Another child go prodigy has burst onto the scene, with elementary school third-grader Reo Fujita to become the youngest player ever in the professional ranks in Japan at 9 years and 4 months....

 2022-08-18 08:39 

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EDITORIAL: Latest Olympic bribery scandal mars legacy of the costly event | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee board member arrested on bribery allegations may have committed the shameless act of using the celebration of peace to feather his own nest....

 2022-08-18 07:45 

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VOX POPULI: Appointing Mio Sugita to Cabinet shows diversity is not valued | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

In early modern Western paintings, an object that seems to fit perfectly and naturally into the composition may have been placed there deliberately to carry a message....

 2022-08-18 07:37 

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Pioneer Japanese fashion designer Hanae Mori dies at 96 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Hanae Mori, a fashion designer who won international accolades as a pioneer in the postwar Japanese fashion industry, died at her home in Tokyo on Aug. 11. She was 96....

 2022-08-18 07:25 

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U.S. to hold trade talks with Taiwan in new show of support | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--The U.S. government has announced talks with Taiwan on a trade treaty in a new sign of support for the self-ruled island democracy claimed by China's ruling Communist Party as part of its territory....

 2022-08-18 06:50 

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Mariners overcome Ohtani’s 4 hits, sweep Angels 11-7 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ANAHEIM, Calif.--Shohei Ohtani's latest one-man show for the Los Angeles Angels included a two-run homer, a run-scoring triple, four hits and four RBIs....

 2022-08-18 06:50 

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U.N. envoy tells Myanmar general: End violence, seek democracy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, met Wednesday with the head of its military-installed government and called on him to urgently halt all violence, support a political path back to civilian rule and democracy, and allow the coun...

 2022-08-18 06:50 

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Pot-smoking tourists not welcome in Thailand, says health minister | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Thailand9;s health minister on Wednesday discouraged tourists from visiting the country only to smoke weed, just two months after new laws were passed that have largely decriminalized the drug....

 2022-08-18 06:45 

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China and U.S. spar over climate on Twitter | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--The world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases are sparring on Twitter over climate policy, with China questioning whether the U.S. can deliver on the landmark climate legislation signed into law by President Joe Biden this week....

 2022-08-18 03:00 

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Many prominent figures turn up in trove of letters to Mori Ogai | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TSUWANO, Shimane Prefecture--A newly discovered trove of 400-odd letters addressed to Mori Ogai offers a valuable insight into the broad company the famed author kept, according to officials of a museum here in the writer's native town....

 2022-08-18 02:00 

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‘Least-appealing’ Ibaraki now a popular home base for workers | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

With a push from the pandemic, Ibaraki is moving to shed its image as the least-attractive prefecture in Japan....

 2022-08-18 02:00 

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Hokkaido town sets record for largest croquette with local potato | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ASSABU, Hokkaido--To create the largest croquette ever made, local residents here used 600 kilograms of potatoes, 50 kg of ground meat, 200 eggs and other ingredients....

 2022-08-17 14:12 

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Olympic exec arrested in bribe scandal for sponsorship deal | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee board member has been arrested over allegations he was bribed to secure a company a sponsorship contract and grant it approval to sell official Games goods....

 2022-08-17 13:50 

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Yoon vows to find solution to Korean wartime labor issue | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Aug. 17 pledged to find an equitable solution to the thorny issue of compensation for wartime Korean laborers that will be agreeable to all parties, including Japan....

 2022-08-17 13:40 

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About 18,000 COVID-19 cases in Chiba included in Tokyo’s tally | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Around 18,000 COVID-19 cases in Chiba Prefecture have been included in Tokyo's total for new infections since July 23, the Tokyo metropolitan government said on Aug. 16....

 2022-08-17 13:39 

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Fewer trees to be cut down in Meiji Jingu Gaien project | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

More than 400 trees in the Meiji Jingu Gaien complex might be spared the ax under a redevelopment project that includes the construction of two high-rises, after the plan drew an objection from a UNESCO entity....

 2022-08-17 13:19 

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Who will care for ancestor graves? Kyoto residents team for a way | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NANTAN, Kyoto Prefecture--Instead of bowing their heads at ancestral graves, about 50 people offered prayers in front of a single large stone structure enshrining the deceased of Butsumoyoji temple's 70 patron families here on Aug. 12....

 2022-08-17 13:03 

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International arrivals up only slightly after tourist ban lifted | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

While Japan eased its travel restrictions on international arrivals in June hoping to attract more overseas visitors, new data shows the move barely even moved the needle....

 2022-08-17 13:02 

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Mizuho Bank hit with negative rate on deposits to BOJ account | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

For the first time ever, Mizuho Bank was charged negative interest rates on deposits made to its Bank of Japan account--something expected to cost the megabank 75 million yen ($560,000)....

 2022-08-17 12:55 

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North Korea fires two cruise missiles from west coast town of Onchon | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korea fired two cruise missiles from the west coast town of Onchon early on Wednesday, a South Korean military source said....

 2022-08-17 11:57 

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Victims of virus, heatstroke overwhelming rescue workers | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Rescue workers in Tokyo say they are on the brink of collapse as they struggle to keep pace with the emergency calls made during the seventh wave of COVID-19 cases and the scorching heat....

 2022-08-17 11:42 

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Bonds between LDP, Unification Church date back half a century | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Since the suspect in the slaying of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed a grudge against the Unification Church, the relationship between the organization and the ruling Liberal Democrat Party is increasingly coming to light....

 2022-08-17 11:09 

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EDITORIAL: TEPCO must be candid on plan to discharge tainted water into ocean | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Radiation-contaminated water is still being discharged from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co....

 2022-08-17 10:36 

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Hagiuda speech held at facility with Unification Church ties | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Koichi Hagiuda, the new policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, gave a speech at a facility tied to the Unification Church just before the Upper House election campaign kicked off in June....

 2022-08-17 10:25 

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Chinese factories close as drought hurts hydropower | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Factories in China's southwest have shut down after reservoirs used to generate hydropower ran low in a worsening drought, adding to economic strains at a time when President Xi Jinping is trying to extend his position in power....

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