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 2022-01-24 02:00 

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60-meter slide to add thrill, fun to regain tourists to Osaka landmark | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--The landmark Tsutenkaku Tower already boasts stunning views of this city from its observation deck....

 2022-01-24 01:30 

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DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS: Bush, Kaifu sought China’s positive change on human rights in 1990 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Talks between U.S. and Japanese leaders in 1990 following the Tiananmen Square crackdown show that even 30 years ago Western nations were concerned with China's human rights problems, according to recently declassified documents....

 2022-01-23 17:23 

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Nago mayor re-elected; Tokyo can rest easy on U.S. base project | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Incumbent Mayor Taketoyo Toguchi is certain to clinch a second term in a race centered on the pros and cons of a contentious U.S. military base project here....

 2022-01-23 14:03 

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COVID-19 cases dip in Tokyo but Kanagawa, Chiba set records | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo reported slightly fewer cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 23 compared with the day before, but the 9,468 figure was still a record for a Sunday and about 2.3 times that of the previous week, metropolitan health officials said....

 2022-01-23 13:58 

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SUMO/ Mitakeumi wins 3rd career title, overpowering Terunofuji | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Sekiwake Mitakeumi clinched his third career championship with a 13-2 record by defeating yokozuna Terunofuji in a showdown of the last day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Jan. 23....

 2022-01-23 12:25 

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Tonga struggles with ash, psychological trauma after eruption, tsunami | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Families have stopped children playing outside as Tonga struggles to deal with ash and the psychological fallout of last week's volcanic eruption and tsunami, aid workers and residents said....

 2022-01-23 11:45 

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New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern cancels her wedding amid new Omicron restrictions | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SYDNEY--New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has canceled her wedding as the nation imposes new restrictions to slow the community spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, she told reporters on Sunday....

 2022-01-23 11:27 

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Call for Japan to join nuclear ban treaty on 1st anniversary | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Supporters of a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons gathered Jan. 22 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to mark the first anniversary of the pact going into force, stepping up their calls on Japan to sign it....

 2022-01-23 11:10 

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S. Korea reports second-highest COVID count ahead of holiday | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL-- South Korea posted its second-highest daily number of coronavirus cases on Sunday, despite extended COVID-19 curbs and a high vaccination rate, raising concerns of further spread during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday....

 2022-01-23 11:10 

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Beijing orders more COVID tests as cases mount before Olympics | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--The local government in China's capital ordered more COVID-19 tests on Sunday as the city continued to report new local cases, less than two weeks before the start of the Winter Olympic Games....

 2022-01-23 09:47 

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Experts: Kyushu temblor unlikely to trigger Nankai megaquake | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A strong earthquake that struck southwestern Japan early Jan. 22 without causing major damage was deemed unlikely to trigger a long-feared offshore megaquake in the Nankai Trough facing the heavily populated Pacific coastline....

 2022-01-23 03:50 

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FIGURE SKATING/ Mai Mihara wins 2nd Four Continents title | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TALLINN, Estonia--Mai Mihara won her second career Four Continents figure skating title on Saturday in a strong recovery from missing out on the Japanese team for the Winter Olympics....

 2022-01-23 03:50 

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Some money services reopen in Tonga, drinking water the priority | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tongans queued for limited money services that were restored in the Pacific island's capital on Saturday, as the clean-up continued a week after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami....

 2022-01-23 02:10 

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Koshien ace pitcher goes to bat for women’s baseball in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Throughout her young career as a standout pitcher, Ayuri Shimano has sought to take giant steps for female baseball players in Japan....

 2022-01-23 02:00 

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Closed hotel in Yokohama offers combat zone for airsoft players | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

YOKOHAMA--A hotel that was shut down during the novel coronavirus crisis has become a battleground....

 2022-01-22 13:50 

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COVID-19 steps revised, but young people still in lurch | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A draft of recommendations to protect medical services from collapse due to rapidly surging COVID-19 cases represented such a fundamental change in policy direction that it created pushback from government officials at all levels....

 2022-01-22 13:40 

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Ex-Malaysia PM Mahathir, 96, hospitalized at heart institute | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KUALA LUMPUR--Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 96, was hospitalized for the third time in just over a month, his spokesperson said Saturday, sparking concerns over his health....

 2022-01-22 13:20 

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COVID-19 sets records across nation; Tokyo, Osaka reeling | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Fresh cases of COVID-19 in Tokyo soared past the 10,000-level for the first time on Jan. 22 as preliminary figures on a nationwide basis went past the 50,000 mark, also a record....

 2022-01-22 11:25 

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Rengo’s anger at JCP reflected in rare election policy flip | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The nation's largest trade union group announced it would not support a specific political party in the Upper House poll this summer, a decision that will have a huge impact on the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan's elector...

 2022-01-22 10:40 

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‘Wuhan, I Am Here’: Film follows volunteers in sealed city | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--The homeless, the sick, the elderly: For people who fell through the cracks of the official system, the then-unprecedented decision to isolate the central Chinese city of Wuhan and its 13 million people was a matter of life or death....

 2022-01-22 10:30 

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Diplomat says Tongan survival story fits with events | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WELLINGTON, New Zealand--The incredible story of a retired carpenter who survived overnight in the ocean after the Tonga tsunami swept him out to sea appeared to fit with events at the time, a New Zealand diplomat said Friday....

 2022-01-22 09:40 

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EDITORIAL: Kishida is way too defensive as he tries to avoid missteps | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's answers to questions in the Diet about his policy speech were couched in polite terms but mostly came across as empty and without substance. Kishida will risk being accused of shying away from taking political responsibi...

 2022-01-22 08:50 

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Strong quake hits eastern Kyushu, causing minor injuries | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A strong offshore earthquake struck Oita and Miyazaki prefectures in southern Japan early Jan. 22, causing minor injuries among startled residents but no major damage other than burst water mains....

 2022-01-22 07:25 

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VOX POPULI: Downing Street scandal begs question: Is party over? | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

When David Cameron was Britain's prime minister in 2016, he came under fire from the media over a matter that had nothing to do with money or sex....

 2022-01-22 03:40 

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TENNIS/ Anisimova upsets defending champion Osaka at Australian Open | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MELBOURNE, Australia--Within an hour of her third-round loss at the Australian Open, defending champion Naomi Osaka had consigned it to the past....

 2022-01-22 03:30 

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Biden, Kishida agree to boost security, economic cooperation | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON/ TOKYO--President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about China's growing military assertiveness that's causing increasing disquiet in the Pacific and agree...

 2022-01-22 03:00 

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From the jaws of defeat, eels can escape through predators’ gills | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Humans are not alone in finding it difficult to catch eels, as new research reveals the elusive creatures can sometimes give underwater predators the slip even after they have been swallowed whole....

 2022-01-22 02:30 

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Fed study on digital currency leans toward role for banks | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The Federal Reserve on Thursday released a highly anticipated report on central bank digital currencies that suggested it is leaning toward having banks and other financial firms, rather than the Fed itself, manage digital accounts for custome...

 2022-01-22 02:00 

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Trucking firm’s green project converts ramen soup into biofuel | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHINGU, Fukuoka Prefecture--While ramen has its legion of devotees across the world, Masumi Nishida has more of a craving for the...

 2022-01-21 13:50 

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Panel: Tokyo on pace for 18,000 new COVID-19 cases next week | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo will confirm about 18,000 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 27 if the novel coronavirus continues to spread at its current pace, health experts advising the Tokyo metropolitan government said on Jan. 20....

 2022-01-21 13:30 

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Tokyo, Osaka again set daily COVID-19 record | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

For the third consecutive day, Tokyo logged a new record of COVID-19 cases on Jan. 21 with the surging number nearing 10,000, while Osaka Prefecture also announced a record number....

 2022-01-21 13:00 

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Suicides dip for 1st time in two years but remain above 20,000 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The number of suicides in Japan in 2021 dropped only slightly from the previous year to 20,830, after seeing the figure increase in 2020 for the first time in 11 years amid the COVID-19 pandemic....

 2022-01-21 12:40 

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Japan approves use of COVID-19 vaccines for children 5 to 11 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The health ministry announced on Jan. 21 that it has approved the domestic manufacture and sale of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine designed for children aged 5 to 11....

 2022-01-21 12:35 

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China mandates 3-day Olympic torch relay amid virus concerns | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--China is limiting the torch relay for the Winter Olympic Games to just three days amid coronavirus worries, organizers said Friday....

 2022-01-21 12:30 

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Evacuees spend 1st night at home in Futaba since nuclear disaster | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--More than a decade after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident, evacuees such as Yoichi Yatsuda were finally allowed to stay overnight in their homes here again....

 2022-01-21 12:20 

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EDITORIAL: 1 year in, Biden is failing to heal the divide left by his predecessor | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Many people may have almost forgotten the sense of relief and hope they felt when Joe Biden a year ago replaced the president who seriously undermined many of the values that the United States stands for through his reckless and arrogant actions....

 2022-01-21 12:15 

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10 officials disciplined for shady compiling of economic stats | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Ten high-ranking infrastructure ministry bureaucrats received penalties and other disciplinary measures for the years of inflated construction contract figures used in key economic statistics....

 2022-01-21 11:55 

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Britain warns Putin and Xi: West will stand up to ‘dictatorship’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SYDNEY--Britain on Friday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping that its allies would stand together to fight for democracy against dictatorships that it said were more emboldened than at any time since the Cold War....

 2022-01-21 11:30 

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Experts: Fewer tests, looser measures needed in Omicron wave | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

In a drastic policy shift to protect medical services, health experts said that young people with COVID-19 symptoms should be considered infected with the novel coronavirus without taking tests for confirmation....

 2022-01-21 10:45 

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United Nations chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

UNITED NATIONS--As he starts his second term as U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have spar...

 2022-01-21 10:40 

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Website owner not guilty over nonconsensual bitcoin mining | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A four-year legal battle ended in victory for a web designer as the Supreme Court absolved him of using cryptocurrency mining software on unsuspecting visitors to his website....

 2022-01-21 10:00 

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Tongan on Kamaishi rugby team seeks help for home country | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture—Tuvi Mahe was so busy preparing for the Kamaishi Seawaves' season opener that he may have been the last person on the rugby team to learn about a disaster that hit his home country....

 2022-01-21 09:10 

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China puts 4 million barrels of Iranian oil into state reserves--source, Vortexa | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SINGAPORE--China has offloaded nearly four million barrels of Iranian crude oil into state reserve tanks in the southern port city of Zhanjiang over the past few weeks, a trade source and ship tracking specialist Vortexa Analytics said on Thursday....

 2022-01-21 08:40 

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VOX POPULI: Amid Omicron surge, social responsibility must come first | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

"Noko sesshokusha" is the Japanese term for an individual who has been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19....

 2022-01-21 07:20 

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U.S. drops case against MIT professor accused of ties to China | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The Justice Department dropped charges Thursday against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused of concealing ties to the Chinese government, a further setback to a federal initiative that was set up to prevent economic espio...

 2022-01-21 07:10 

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French energy giant Total joins push for Myanmar sanctions | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

PARIS--French energy conglomerate TotalEnergies has asked the American and French governments to support targeted sanctions against Myanmar's oil and gas funds, the largest single source of income for the country's military leaders....

 2022-01-21 06:55 

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Myanmar junta backs Telenor unit sale after buyer M1 pairs with local firm--sources | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Lebanon';s M1 Group will partner with a Myanmar firm to take over Norwegian telco Telenor's business in the Southeast Asian country after its military junta sought a local buyer, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters....

 2022-01-21 06:45 

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Security cooperation, China to dominate Biden’s talks with Japan’s Kishida | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TOKYO/WASHINGTON--The leaders of the United States and Japan will contend with China's growing might, North Korea's missiles and Russia's aims in Ukraine when they hold their first substantial talks since Fumio Kishida became Japanese prime mi...

 2022-01-21 06:10 

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Toyota production in Japan hit by parts crunch from COVID-19 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The shortage of parts caused by the coronavirus pandemic is further denting production at Toyota, Japan's top automaker....

 2022-01-21 02:30 

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Insect farming is booming amid demand for more sustainable food | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Crickets are scurrying over the surface of paper egg cartons in plastic containers set on the shelves of a temperature-controlled greenhouse in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture....

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