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 2022-06-22 13:59 

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Fukuoka passes bylaw to protect politicians, staff from harassment | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

FUKUOKA--The first prefectural ordinance in Japan designed to prevent harassment against assembly members committed by their colleagues passed by a majority vote in the Fukuoka prefectural assembly on June 21....

 2022-06-22 13:47 

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Utilities to offer points programs for those who conserve power | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Gas and electric utilities will offer points programs to households that conserve power this summer when supply shortages are expected....

 2022-06-22 13:45 

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki mayors speak at 1st nuke ban treaty forum | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

VIENNA--The mayor of Hiroshima underscored the urgency of making the U.N. nuclear ban treaty a reality in light of Russian President Vladimir Putin's repeated threat to use nuclear arms since Russia's invasion of Ukraine....

 2022-06-22 13:45 

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Tokyo Olympic committee lauds its own efforts to host Games | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games released an official report on June 21 on hosting the 2020 Games, patting itself on the back as one of its final acts before it disbands....

 2022-06-22 13:34 

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Sumitomo Mitsui to strengthen its collaboration with SBI Group | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. will take a stake in SBI Holdings Inc., the holding company of SBI Group, sources revealed on June 21....

 2022-06-22 13:30 

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Campaigning gets under way for July 10 Upper House election | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Campaigning kicked off June 22 for the Upper House election that will give voters their first opportunity to assess the Kishida administration's performance since it took power eight months ago, with skyrocketing increases in consumer prices and fuel ...

 2022-06-22 12:55 

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Son of LDP bigwig bows out of politics, won’t run in July poll | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Yoshimi Watanabe, the former head of the now-defunct Your Party and a former Cabinet minister, announced on June 21 that he will not run in the upcoming Upper House election and will retire from politics....

 2022-06-22 12:50 

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Fear of possible use of nuclear arms heard at TPNW meeting | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

VIENNA--Russia's threat to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine cast a dark shadow over the opening day on June 21 of the first meeting of the U.N. nuclear ban treaty here....

 2022-06-22 11:56 

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Public urged to remove masks outdoors to avoid heatstroke | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's health ministry is urging the public to remove face masks when they are outdoors, especially during summer when there is an increased risk of heatstroke....

 2022-06-22 10:45 

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South China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Major flooding has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in southern China, with more rain expected....

 2022-06-22 08:35 

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EDITORIAL: A high voter turnout is an absolute must in July 22 election | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Campaigning for the July 10 Upper House election kicks off June 22....

 2022-06-22 08:21 

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VOX POPULI: Half-baked look at government’s COVID response led to bad report | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

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 2022-06-22 07:30 

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South Korea launches first satellite with homegrown rocket | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea conducted its first successful satellite launch using a domestically developed rocket on Tuesday, officials said, boosting its growing aerospace ambitions and demonstrating it has key technologies needed to launch spy satellites and bui...

 2022-06-22 06:55 

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Taiwan scrambles jets to warn away Chinese planes in its air defense zone | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TAIPEI--Taiwan scrambled jets on Tuesday to warn away 29 Chinese aircraft in its air defense zone, including bombers that flew south of the island and into the Pacific, in the latest uptick in tensions and largest incursion since late May....

 2022-06-22 06:55 

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South Korea reports first suspected monkeypox cases, tests underway | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea on Wednesday said the first two suspected cases of monkeypox virus have been reported in the country, adding that diagnostic tests were being conducted and health authorities will hold a briefing once the tests were completed....

 2022-06-22 06:55 

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North Korean leader convenes military meeting amid tensions | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is meeting with his senior military officials to discuss national defense policies and continuing his arms buildup following a highly provocative run in ballistic missile testing this year that revived tensions with ...

 2022-06-22 06:50 

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MLB/ Yu Darvish pitches Manny Machado-less Padres past D-backs | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Yu Darvish allowed one run over seven innings, substitute third baseman Ha-Seong Kim had a tiebreaking, two-run single and the San Diego Padres defeated the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Monday....

 2022-06-22 02:30 

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Early bird hiking tour with breakfast offers best of Hiroshima | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HIROSHIMA--Risa Mimura likes nothing better than to be up bright and early guiding trekkers to a secluded spot in the mountains overlooking this city when the buildings below are sparkling in the morning sun....

 2022-06-22 02:00 

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Tailor remakes kimono left by the deceased into family keepsakes | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

IZUMO, Shimane Prefecture--For those memory-filled kimono that the deceased leave behind, a clothing designer here is offering to remake them into bags, stuffed toys and other daily accessories....

 2022-06-22 02:00 

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L.A.-style food truck serves up tacos, builds cultural bridges | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HIDAKA, Kochi Prefecture--The village of Hidaka, centrally located in Kochi Prefecture in southern Japan, reminds Masahiro Tsuzuki of Los Angeles, which he called home for about two decades....

 2022-06-21 13:53 

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Newer parties to wage fierce fight for Tokyo seats in July 10 poll | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo is shaping up as a fierce battleground for the upcoming Upper House election this summer, according to political insiders, as newer political parties take on established incumbents....

 2022-06-21 13:30 

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Japan a no-show as 1st meeting of U.N. nuclear ban treaty opens | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

VIENNA--Japan, the only country that experienced an atomic bombing, was notably absent as the first meeting of parties to the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened here on June 21....

 2022-06-21 13:16 

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Business titans mixed on issue of energy imports from Russia | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An Asahi Shimbun survey found that 31 of 100 major companies across Japan support steps to suspend or curtail imports of resources from Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, while a plurality of firms avoided stating a position....

 2022-06-21 12:51 

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Experts warn Ishikawa quakes likely to continue for months | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Seismic experts warned that earthquakes are likely to plague Ishikawa Prefecture for months to come after an emergency meeting of a government committee convened to assess two temblors that occurred in rapid succession in the region facing the Sea of Japa...

 2022-06-21 11:58 

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Record number of women pass the government employees exam | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A record 573 women passed the current fiscal year's exams for central government bureaucrats on a career track, according to the National Personnel Authority....

 2022-06-21 11:38 

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The Kitano in Manhattan to be rebranded as Prince Hotel | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Seibu Prince Hotels Worldwide Inc. has announced that it will take over operations of the Kitano Hotel New York from spring 2023 and will change its name....

 2022-06-21 11:34 

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Osaka court rules same-sex marriage ban is constitutional | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--Same-sex couples were left stunned by a June 20 court ruling that took the opposite position to a landmark decision last year that said the central government's failure to recognize marriages between those of the same sex was unconstitutional a...

 2022-06-21 11:32 

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Cool Japan Fund may be merged, eliminated if it does not improve | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Almost a decade after its founding, Cool Japan Fund Inc. may be merged with other investment funds or eliminated if it cannot turn around its losses soon....

 2022-06-21 11:15 

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Tokyo closes books on costly, pandemic-delayed Olympics | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TOKYO--Organizers of last year's COVID-delayed Tokyo Olympics were expected to place the final cost of the Games at 1.42 trillion yen, about twice what was forecast when the IOC awarded them in 2013....

 2022-06-21 11:10 

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Japan Airlines eyes replacement of 767s, regional jets--executive | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

DOHA--Japan Airlines (JAL) plans to make a decision in a year or two on the replacement of its ageing fleet of Boeing Co 767s and Embraer SA regional jets, a senior executive said on Tuesday....

 2022-06-21 10:27 

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EDITORIAL: As the guardian of free trade, WTO has a duty to fix itself | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization adopted joint statements on a package of trade initiatives, the first in six and a half years, to address pressing concerns about the way global trade is increasingly being divided into rival blocs....

 2022-06-21 09:42 

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Survey: 60% of major firms say Japan’s economy is expanding | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A new survey found that more than half of major firms in Japan believe that the nation's economy is expanding, although an overwhelming number fear the impact of rising prices....

 2022-06-21 07:33 

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VOX POPULI: The great closure of bookstores nationwide bodes ill for humanity | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

I once had a dream in which I was looking for something in a little bookstore in my hometown....

 2022-06-21 06:45 

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‘It always wins’: North Korea may declare COVID-19 victory | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--It's only been a month since North Korea acknowledged having an COVID-19 outbreak, after steadfastly denying any cases for more than two years. But already it may be preparing to declare victory....

 2022-06-21 06:45 

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For K-pop supergroup BTS, questions remain about its future | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL-- The surprise announcement by BTS last week that they were taking a break to focus on members' solo projects stunned their global fanbase, shaking their label's stock price and leaving many questions about the K-pop supergroup's future....

 2022-06-21 06:40 

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi celebrates birthday with cake in court | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Although detained by Myanmar's military government on a slew of charges, ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was able to hold a small birthday celebration during a court appearance Monday, a legal official said....

 2022-06-21 06:40 

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Cambodian catches world’s largest recorded freshwater fish | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--The world's largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States....

 2022-06-21 06:35 

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Lawyers call on intl court to investigate Uighur treatment | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

THE HAGUE, Netherlands--Lawyers on Monday renewed calls for the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into China's treatment of Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim groups in China's Xinjiang region as they presented a dossier of...

 2022-06-21 06:35 

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China’s 1st Horn of Africa envoy offers to mediate in region | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAIROBI, Kenya--China's first special envoy to the Horn of Africa on Monday offered to mediate in disputes in the region as Beijing seeks to strengthen its influence and protect its investments from conflict....

 2022-06-21 03:00 

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Autonomous robot delivers the goods to homes in Tsukuba | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--A self-driving wheeled robot can now deliver groceries and daily necessities to about 1,000 households in central Tsukuba....

 2022-06-21 02:00 

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Swine fever puts meats from Italy, Germany off menus in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Fears of African swine fever (ASF) are keeping raw ham from Italy, along with sausages made in Germany and other renowned meat products from Europe, off Japanese tables....

 2022-06-21 02:00 

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Lisa’s Wanderings Around Japan/Ise Jingu: Finding divine grace along with hospitality at a grand shrine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...
 2022-06-20 14:05 

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7,000 holdouts have yet to give back their COVID subsidies | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A staggering 22,500 people who received government subsidies for struggling small businesses during the pandemic vowed to voluntarily return the funds, yet about a third have not done so....

 2022-06-20 14:01 

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Japan’s NTT to begin phasing in remote work as the ‘new normal’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) will adopt remote working as its standard work style, in principle, from July 1, with employees no longer being required to reside within commuting distance of the office....

 2022-06-20 14:01 

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ICAN leader blasts Japan for skipping TPNW meeting | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

VIENNA--Japan cannot possibly hope to serve as a bridge between the nuclear powers and nonnuclear states if it chooses not to attend the first U.N. nuclear ban treaty meeting as an observer, the chief of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapo...

 2022-06-20 13:52 

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Musician Yuzo Kayama to retire from the stage after 61 years | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Popular singer Yuzo Kayama plans to bring the curtain down on a career spanning more than 60 years with a concert in September, giving his legion of fans one last performance....

 2022-06-20 13:49 

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Kishida leaning toward budget austerity ahead of election | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida showed support for budget austerity at the launch of a council on June 19 tasked with proposing to the government sustainable public finance and social welfare systems....

 2022-06-20 13:40 

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Big aftershock hits Ishikawa after quake that injured 6 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 struck the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture in central Japan on June 20, a day after an even stronger temblor hit that left at least six people injured....

 2022-06-20 13:28 

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Survivor of Battle of Okinawa sees parallels with war in Ukraine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAHA--Every time Yasuko Onaga catches TV footage of Ukrainian civilians emerging from underground shelters after Russian bombing attacks, she is reminded of her own hellish experiences during the bloody Battle of Okinawa 77 years ago....

 2022-06-20 13:16 

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INTERVIEW/ TPNW signatories meeting chair: Reminding world of threat as nuke danger ‘gravest’ in decades | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

VIENNA--Reminding the world of the "humanitarian consequences and risks" of nuclear arms will be crucial at the upcoming first meeting of signatories to the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)....

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