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 2022-12-03 09:51 

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G-7 joins EU on $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The Group of Seven nations and Australia joined the European Union on Friday in adopting a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve Preside...

 2022-12-03 08:34 

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Seoul arrests ex-top security official over border killing | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea's former national security director was arrested Saturday over a suspected cover-up surrounding North Korea's killing of a South Korean fisheries official near the rivals' sea boundary in 2020....

 2022-12-03 08:22 

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EDITORIAL: Kishida’s support of Sugita raises doubts about his diversity stance | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Mio Sugita, the parliamentary vice minister for internal affairs and communications, has apologized for uttering discriminatory remarks in the past and retracted some of them. But she only did so at the behest of her boss. It is hard to believe she truly ...

 2022-12-03 07:21 

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VOX POPULI: Tour-de-force World Cup win over Spain hung on a thread | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

"A little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God," so goes a much bandied around quote by Argentine soccer superstar Diego Maradona (1960-2020) following a still controversial World Cup match....

 2022-12-03 03:25 

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WHO pleased to see China ease harsh zero COVID policies | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

LONDON--A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. agency was "pleased" to see China loosening some of its coronavirus restrictions, saying "it's really important that governments listen to their people when the people a...

 2022-12-03 03:10 

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Japan OKs 29 trillion yen extra budget to counter impact of inflation | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's parliament approved a hefty 29 trillion yen ($216 billion) supplementary budget Friday aimed at countering the blow to household finances from rising food and utility costs and the weaker yen....

 2022-12-03 03:00 

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To help men with end-of-life plans, bookstore chain buys their porn | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MAEBASHI--An adult bookstore chain is helping elderly men take their dirty secrets to the grave by privately disposing of their porn collections....

 2022-12-03 02:00 

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Director Shinkai helps teens relive 3/11 disasters with latest anime | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai's first feature film in three years follows in the footsteps of his previous two hit films to portray the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami....

 2022-12-02 13:47 

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LDP’s Sugita retracts some, but not all, of her offensive words | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Mio Sugita, parliamentary vice minister for internal affairs and communications who has a history of uttering derogatory comments, said she will apologize to sexual and other minorities she may have offended....

 2022-12-02 13:36 

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YouTube takes down 200 videos discriminating against ‘buraku’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Google LLC said it has removed about 200 videos from its YouTube site that violate the company's hate-speech policies for promoting discrimination against "buraku" people....

 2022-12-02 13:09 

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‘Chonmage’ fan thanked for cleaning stands at World Cup | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese soccer fan Hirokazu Tsunoda admitted he was nervous when he was asked by volunteer workers to not leave the stands following a World Cup victory by the Samurai Blue over Germany on Nov. 23....

 2022-12-02 12:37 

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Japan’s ruling party policy chief to visit Taiwan from Dec. 10 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

In a rare move, Koichi Hagiuda, policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, will visit Taiwan from Dec. 10 to 12, the first such visit in nearly 20 years....

 2022-12-02 12:28 

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Japan marks 50,000 deaths from COVID-19 amid new wave | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan passed the grim benchmark of 50,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Dec. 1 amid a grim warning that more fatalities could be coming during the eighth wave of infections this winter....

 2022-12-02 11:46 

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‘Banzai’ cheers unite Samurai Blue fans half a world away | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese supporters at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, were relatively subdued in the first half of the match against Spain. The Spaniards had taken a 1-0 lead and appeared in complete control of the game....

 2022-12-02 11:45 

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Arctic data cable linking Europe to Japan secures first investment | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HELSINKI--A plan to build the first fiber-optic cable across the Arctic has secured its first investment, the consortium behind the 1.1 billion euro ($1.15 billion) scheme said on Friday....

 2022-12-02 11:45 

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China fines former NBA star Lin over quarantine comments | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Former NBA star Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan ($1,400) for "inappropriate remarks" on social media about quarantine facilities ahead of a game, China's professional league announced Friday, as the gov...

 2022-12-02 10:33 

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Top-down view confirms Japan’s go-ahead goal against Spain | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan defeated Spain at the World Cup in Qatar by a matter of millimeters....

 2022-12-02 10:29 

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Trade watchdog to fine 3 electric utilities over cartel behavior | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Fair Trade Commission notified three regional utilities that it plans to slap them with a surcharge of about 100 billion yen ($737 million) over suspicions they formed cartels that ended competition for lucrative corporate customers....

 2022-12-02 10:19 

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Super-substitute Doan says Japan’s success is no miracle | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's particular run through Group E to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup seems to have surprised everyone—but not super-sub Ritsu Doan....

 2022-12-02 09:53 

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Cabinet approves bill offering help to victims of unjust donations | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Kishida Cabinet approved a bill on Dec. 1 designed to help those whose lives have been adversely affected due to making huge donations to any organization....

 2022-12-02 09:50 

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EDITORIAL: Japan must not rush to gut its purely defensive security policy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

If Japan decides to acquire the military capability to strike bases and other targets within enemy territory, it will effectively make a radical departure from its strictly defensive security policy principle for the postwar period....

 2022-12-02 08:20 

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Scattered easing of COVID curbs across China after week of unrest | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules in a marked shift in virus policies after widespread protests across the country....

 2022-12-02 08:17 

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VOX POPULI: 10 years on from deadly tunnel collapse, sorrow returns in waves | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The passengers in the van were six men and women in their 20s who shared a residence....

 2022-12-02 07:45 

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Japan will use G7, U.N. roles to pressure Russia on Ukraine--foreign minister | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan will use its turn next year in leadership roles at the Group of Seven and the United Nations to pressure Russia to halt its war in Ukraine, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi said at the Reuters NEXT conference....

 2022-12-02 07:40 

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China’s Xi urges Ukraine talks in meeting with EU’s Michel | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged negotiations on a political solution to the Ukraine conflict in talks with visiting European Council President Charles Michel in Beijing Thursday, state broadcaster CCTV said....

 2022-12-02 07:40 

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Myanmar democracy leader says 2,000 dead fighting junta, urges military aid | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--At least 2,000 pro-democracy fighters have been killed in Myanmar battling a military junta that seized power last year, the head of a parallel civilian government said in an interview aired on Thursday, urging allies to provide military aid....

 2022-12-02 07:35 

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Seoul places new sanctions on North Korea over arms buildup | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...
 2022-12-02 07:35 

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China security forces are well-prepared for quashing dissent | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--When it comes to ensuring the security of their regime, China's Communist Party rulers don't skimp....

 2022-12-02 07:35 

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Hawaii eruption brings tourism boon during slow season | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HILO, Hawaii--The spectacle of incandescent lava spewing from Hawaii's Mauna Loa has drawn thousands of visitors and is turning into a tourism boon for this Big Island town near the world's largest volcano....

 2022-12-02 03:00 

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Sumitomo plans VR game to help kids improve poor eyesight | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A major trading house is developing an app for children to improve their vision just by playing virtual-reality games with specialized goggles....

 2022-12-02 02:00 

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Nepalese man shares joys, woes of life in Japan at speech contest | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

When Upadhyay Ukesh came to Japan at age 14 from Nepal, he could not understand Japanese, and he worked without going to school....

 2022-12-02 02:00 

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

while kids need shipments of sunflower oil to survive--Helen Buckingham (Wells, Somerset, U.K.)...

 2022-12-02 01:10 

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SOCCER/Japan roar back again to beat Spain | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

DOHA -- Japan staged their second stunning turnaround of the World Cup when they beat 2010 champions Spain 2-1 on Thursday with two quick-fire goals and advanced to the last 16 along with their beaten opponents....

 2022-12-01 14:08 

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Princess Aiko turns 21, enjoys her studies, pets and volleyball | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Princess Aiko, the daughter and only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, turned 21 on Dec. 1....

 2022-12-01 14:04 

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Cinderella or choker? Japan braces for match against Spain | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

DOHA, Qatar—Japan heads into the final match of Group E here with more at stake than just a berth in the knockout stage of the World Cup....

 2022-12-01 14:02 

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Jiang leaves mixed legacy of economic gains, wide disparity | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

While Jiang Zemin gave the impression of being a grim politician in public, behind the scenes, he showed a more friendly side in meeting with reporters....

 2022-12-01 13:37 

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Ruling coalition agrees to give Japan upgraded strike capability | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Junior coalition partner Komeito ended its long reluctance and agreed with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that Japan needs to possess the capability to strike enemy bases that are preparing to attack....

 2022-12-01 12:55 

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Rallies held in Tokyo to support ‘zero-corona’ protests in China | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Many protesters who appeared to hail from China held a rally in Tokyo on Nov. 30 to show support for widespread protests in China regarding the nation's strict "zero-corona"; policy....

 2022-12-01 12:40 

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Freed Japan-China friendship group head says charges false | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The former head of a Japan-China friendship group who recently returned to Japan from six years in a Beijing prison for what he said were false spying charges said he still hopes to see China become a global leader but with better treatment of human right...

 2022-12-01 12:23 

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High school ordered to pay student ‘expelled’ for dating | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Tokyo District Court ordered a celebrity-producing high school to pay about 980,000 yen ($7,200) in compensation to a former student who was effectively expelled because of her relationship with another student there....

 2022-12-01 11:56 

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COVID-19 bed occupancy rates hit 50% or more in 18 prefectures | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

As the coronavirus resurges across Japan, hospital beds set aside for patients with COVID-19 have reached occupancy rates of 50 percent or more in 18 prefectures, mainly in eastern Japan....

 2022-12-01 11:50 

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Black newspapers, piles of bouquets as China mourns late leader Jiang Zemin | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Chinese newspapers turned their front pages black on Thursday and flags were put at half-mast in mourning for the death of former president Jiang Zemin, while well-wishers laid piles of bouquets outside his childhood home....

 2022-12-01 11:40 

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Dollar sinks to 3-month low vs yen as Powell says Fed to go slow | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The dollar tumbled to a three-month low versus the yen on Thursday as traders keyed on comments by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell that interest rate hikes could be scaled back "as soon as December."...

 2022-12-01 11:30 

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Gay couples dissatisfied with ruling on same-sex marriage | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Gay couples fighting for the right to marry are expressing disappointment with the latest Tokyo court ruling that upheld the ban on gay marriage as constitutional....

 2022-12-01 11:10 

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Hong Kong publisher’s national security trial postponed | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--The trial of a Hong Kong newspaper publisher who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer....

 2022-12-01 08:31 

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EDITORIAL: Kishida should address concerns before building next-gen reactors | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

In a major policy shift, the Kishida administration is setting out on a program to build new nuclear power reactors to replace aging ones....

 2022-12-01 07:40 

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U.S. preparing more sanctions on North Korea, Sullivan says | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--The United States is working a new round of sanctions against North Korea, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Thursday, as Pyongyang forges ahead with banned missile development and signals a possible new nuclear test....

 2022-12-01 07:40 

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North Korea’s Kim calls for meeting to review state affairs | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for a major political conference before year's end where he's expected to address his increasingly tense relations with Washington and Seoul over the expansion of his nuclear and missile programs....

 2022-12-01 07:37 

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VOX POPULI: Remembering Jiang Zemin’s gift of friendship of 2 ‘toki’ birds | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

"Toki-iro" (pale gentle pink) is named after the color of the beautiful wings of the "toki" Japanese crested ibis....

 2022-12-01 06:35 

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Russian, Chinese bombers fly joint patrols over Pacific | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MOSCOW--Russian and Chinese strategic bombers on Wednesday flew a joint patrol over the western Pacific in a show of increasingly close defense ties between the two countries....

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