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 2023-01-31 03:00 

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JR Tokai riders can play special ‘Momotaro Dentetsu’ game | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAGOYA--Fans of the popular "Momotaro Dentetsu" (Momotaro electric railway) video game series, where players compete for the most points by traveling by train across Japan, can now enjoy the same fun in real life....

 2023-01-31 02:45 

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Toyota defends title as world's top-selling automaker in 2022 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Toyota Motor Corp. sold 10.5 million vehicles in 2022, it said on Monday, defending its title as the world's top-selling automaker for a third straight year....

 2023-01-31 02:35 

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Ex-GSDF member sues government, colleagues over sexual abuse | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A former member of the Ground Self-Defense Force who reported being sexually abused by her colleagues said Monday she has filed a damage suit against five perpetrators and the government because she feels their earlier apologies were empty....

 2023-01-31 02:00 

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IT firm, lawyer team create site to help foreign workers in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An information technology provider and a lawyer are offering a free website for technical trainees from Vietnam and elsewhere to learn about life in Japan....

 2023-01-31 02:00 

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Taxi industry accelerating shift toward fleets of electric vehicles | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Taxi operators are replacing their gas-powered vehicles with electric models to prepare for the government's shift toward decarbonization and possible tighter environmental regulations....

 2023-01-30 14:13 

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Source: ‘Luffy’ held in center where bribes buy comfort, phones | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Reports that a suspected criminal ringleader was incarcerated in the Philippines when he gave instructions for burglaries in Japan may have baffled people following the news about the violent crimes....

 2023-01-30 14:10 

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Automakers Renault, Nissan make cross-shareholdings equal | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Nissan and Renault have changed their mutual cross-shareholdings equal at 15%, ironing out a source of conflict in the Japan-French auto alliance, both sides said Monday....

 2023-01-30 14:03 

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1.5 trillion yen more needed to get expressways up to speed | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A new national safety assessment has shown that an additional 1.5 trillion yen ($11.54 billion) is needed to repair Japan's aging expressways....

 2023-01-30 13:53 

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Frozen pipes in Ishikawa burst, sparking water shortage woes | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KAHOKU, Ishikawa Prefecture--Around 8,700 households in two cities and two towns here were left without water as of the evening of Jan. 29 as water pipes froze and burst amid the frigid cold weather....

 2023-01-30 13:31 

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Kishida blasted for idea parents could ‘retrain’ on child care leave | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is drawing heavy fire for suggesting the government could help parents to acquire professional skills or an academic degree during child care leave....

 2023-01-30 13:11 

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Japan’s monthly COVID-19 deaths surpass 10,000 for 1st time | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

For the first time ever, the number of COVID-19-related deaths across Japan has topped 10,000 in a single month, according to a compilation of prefectural government data....

 2023-01-30 11:55 

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Test-event bid winners were guaranteed more Games contracts | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee specified in documents that successful test-event bidders would be awarded contracts to operate the Summer Games, according to sources close to Tokyo prosecutors....

 2023-01-30 11:11 

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Avalanche in Nagano leaves 2 foreign nationals unconscious | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OTARI, Nagano Prefecture--Two foreign nationals were found in a state of cardiac arrest on Jan. 30 after being caught in an avalanche in an unpatrolled area near a ski resort here, prefectural police said....

 2023-01-30 10:10 

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Rio Tinto apologizes for loss of tiny radioactive capsule in Australian outback | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MELBOURNE--Rio Tinto Ltd. apologized on Monday for the loss of a tiny radioactive capsule that has sparked a radiation alert across parts of the vast state of Western Australia....

 2023-01-30 10:05 

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Australia prepares for thousands of Chinese students to return as relations improve | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SYDNEY--Australia is preparing for the arrival of thousands of Chinese students, the education minister said on Monday, days after China's education ministry warned students enrolled overseas that online learning would no longer be recognized....

 2023-01-30 10:05 

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Russian embassy says North Korea lifted lockdown in capital | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Russia's embassy in North Korea says the country has eased stringent epidemic controls in capital Pyongyang that were placed during the past five days to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses....

 2023-01-30 09:10 

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China’s 2022 smartphone sales plunge to lowest level in a decade | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHANGHAI--China's smartphone sales endured a record fall in 2022, tumbling 13% to their lowest level in a decade as COVID controls and a slowing economy sapped consumer appetite, data from third-party research firms showed....

 2023-01-30 08:32 

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EDITORIAL: Caution urged in deploying ‘active defense’ against cyberattacks | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Cyberattacks on government institutions and key infrastructure facilities represent a serious threat to national security and people's livelihoods....

 2023-01-30 07:49 

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VOX POPULI: ‘Right-winger’ Suzuki warned about dangers of patriotic fervor | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Author Yukio Mishima contributed an opinion piece to The Asahi Shimbun in January 1968, about three years before he committed suicide at the Self-Defense Forces' camp in Tokyo's Ichigaya district....

 2023-01-30 07:10 

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Odds ‘very high’ of U.S. military conflict with China, top Republican says | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--A top Republican in the U.S. Congress on Sunday said the odds of conflict with China over Taiwan "are very high," after a U.S. general caused consternation with a memo that warned that the United States would fight China in the next tw...

 2023-01-30 07:10 

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Japan gives priority review status to Alzheimer’s drug developed by Eisai, Biogen | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese drugmaker Eisai Co Ltd and U.S. biotech firm Biogen Inc said in a joint statement that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has granted priority review status to their Alzheimer's disease treatment....

 2023-01-30 07:10 

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Eileen Gu takes a bad crash in practice, misses Winter X | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ASPEN, Colo.--Olympic freestyle skiing champion Eileen Gu crashed during practice for the Winter X Games and said she suffered a bad ligament strain in her knee that forced her to miss the contest....

 2023-01-30 07:05 

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NATO’s Stoltenberg in South Korea to deepen ties in Asia | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in South Korea on Sunday, the first stop on a trip that will include Japan and is aimed at strengthening ties with the U.S. allies in the face of the war in Ukraine and rising competition with China....

 2023-01-30 02:30 

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Buddhist sect offers immersive CGI imagery of the Pure Land | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TSU--For a glimpse of nirvana, the head temple of the Takada school of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhism sect is offering visitors the chance to experience the Pure Land blooming with lotus flowers....

 2023-01-30 02:00 

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Endangered Japanese eels thriving in river in central Osaka | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--Endangered Japanese eels are thriving in a seemingly unlikely spot, the Dotonborigawa river that runs through the city's busy Minami entertainment district....

 2023-01-30 02:00 

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Scientists study whether animals get gum disease from humans | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Researchers are planning a nationwide study into how animals kept at zoos and aquariums contract bacteria that causes gum disease when wild animals are rarely found with any....

 2023-01-29 14:00 

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ENDING 3-WEEK SUSPENSION China announces resumption of visas for Japanese | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

China announced it was resuming issuing visas for Japanese travelers beginning Sunday, ending its nearly three-week suspension in an apparent protest of Tokyo's tougher COVID-19 entry requirements for tourists from China....

 2023-01-29 13:51 

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Russia rules out talks with Japan on fishing near disputed islands | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Russia said on Sunday it will not hold annual talks with Japan on renewing a pact that allows Japanese fishermen to operate near disputed islands, saying Japan has taken anti-Russian measures....

 2023-01-29 13:00 

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Dentsu officials admit to rigging bids for Tokyo Olympic events | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Officials at advertising behemoth Dentsu Inc. admitted they colluded to rig bids for Tokyo Olympic test events, investigative sources said....

 2023-01-29 12:40 

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Passenger bus in Pakistan crashes, catches fire killing 40 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

QUETTA, Pakistan--A passenger bus fell into a ravine and caught fire killing 40 people in southern Pakistan on Sunday, a government official said....

 2023-01-29 10:05 

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Policy calls for new reactors at plants where shelf life is issue | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government is backtracking on the issue of where to build new nuclear reactors....

 2023-01-29 08:57 

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Foreign arrivals in 2022 surged 12-fold as COVID curbs relaxed | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The number of foreign nationals entering Japan in 2022 surged nearly 12-fold over the previous year to 4.2 million, buoyed by the lifting in October of most novel coronavirus border control measures, according to the Immigration Services Agency....

 2023-01-29 03:00 

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Free Wi-Fi disappearing from local trains in Tokyo area | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

More railway operators in the Tokyo metropolitan area have ended their free onboard Wi-Fi services as tourist numbers remain below pre-pandemic levels and the companies seek to reduce costs....

 2023-01-29 02:00 

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Study: Omicron variant particles last longer in air in larger numbers | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The saliva of patients infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 virus contains a larger number of novel coronavirus particles in a state that is more prone to transmission, a team of Japanese scientists discovered....

 2023-01-29 00:00 

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Yokozuna great Hakuho vows to foster champions from his stable | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Hakuho, one of the all-time yokozuna greats, formally retired from the ring on Jan. 28 with a ceremony that involved the ritual cutting of his topknot....

 2023-01-28 12:47 

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Metaverse is where it’s all happening on the Japan job front | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The days of Japanese college students turning up at job fairs in staid dark business suits may be swiftly coming to an end....

 2023-01-28 12:30 

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‘Luffy’ criminal mastermind to be deported from the Philippines | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MANILA--The alleged mastermind behind a string of violent robberies and a shocking murder in Japan is expected to be deported after Philippine law enforcement authorities complete their own investigations into crimes they say he committed on their home tu...

 2023-01-28 11:10 

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U.S. reportedly lands deal on China chip export restrictions | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The United States has secured a deal with the Netherlands and Japan to restrict exports of some advanced chip-making machinery to China in talks that concluded on Friday, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter....

 2023-01-28 10:45 

The Asahi Shimbun

North Korea slams U.S. over decision to send tanks to Ukraine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korea condemned the decision by the United States to supply Ukraine with advanced battle tanks to help fight off Russia's invasion, saying Washington is escalating a sinister "proxy war" aimed at destroying Moscow....

 2023-01-28 10:41 

The Asahi Shimbun

Abortion pill gets green light from health ministry expert panel | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's health ministry is leaning toward approving an abortion pill that will provide women with an alternative to a surgical procedure after an expert panel endorsed the move on Jan. 27....

 2023-01-28 10:00 

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EDITORIAL: Whether to still mask up an issue that requires broad debate | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government has decided to downgrade the legal status of COVID-19 to a Class V contagious disease like seasonal flu, starting May 8....

 2023-01-28 07:00 

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Tyre Nichols' brutal beating by police shown on video | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MEMPHIS, Tenn -- Memphis authorities released video footage Friday showing Tyre Nichols being beaten by police officers who held the Black motorist down and repeatedly struck him with their fists, boots and batons as he screamed for his mother and pleaded...

 2023-01-28 06:59 

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VOX POPULI: Kishida’s son crossed line by using official car for souvenir gifts | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A story headlined "Gifts and Japanese," which appeared in the Dec. 18, 1977, issue of The Asahi Shimbun, summarized the results of a study by anthropologist Harumi Befu (1930-2022)....

 2023-01-28 06:10 

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Palestinian gunman kills 7 near Jerusalem synagogue | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

JERUSALEM --A Palestinian gunman opened fire outside an east Jerusalem synagogue Friday night, killing seven people, including a 70-year-old woman, and wounding three others before he was shot and killed by police, officials said. It was the deadliest att...

 2023-01-28 05:50 

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2 dead, 2 missing as rain pounds New Zealand’s biggest city | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WELLINGTON--Police said Saturday that two people had died and two more were missing as torrential rain and flooding continued to cause widespread disruption to New Zealand's largest city....

 2023-01-28 02:00 

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Once addicted, essayist warns of becoming captive to smartphones | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A third-year senior high school student living in the Kansai region spends 19 hours a day online and sleeps holding her smartphone....

 2023-01-28 02:00 

The Asahi Shimbun

Abuse at senior home shines light on pressures facing staff | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The floor manager of a special nursing home for the elderly in the western Tokyo city of Ome was assisting a 93-year-old resident in the toilet one afternoon when he noticed a bruise near her elbow....

 2023-01-27 14:15 

The Asahi Shimbun

Prices for new condos in Tokyo area at record high for 2nd year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

New condominiums in the Tokyo metropolitan area fetched their highest prices ever in 2022, breaking records for a second year straight on the back of low mortgage rates and telecommuters seeking out larger apartments....

 2023-01-27 13:30 

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Toyoda’s new marching orders: Lift Japan Inc. to a higher plateau | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Toyota Motor Corp. Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada served as the "trigger" in the decision by Akio Toyoda to step down as company president and hand over the baton to a much younger executive....

 2023-01-27 13:30 

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‘Luffy,’ suspected ringleader of burglary group, held in Manila | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--"Luffy," the suspected mastermind behind a string of robberies in Japan, including Tokyo, has been detained at an Immigration Bureau facility in Manila, authorities in the Philippines said Jan. 27....

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