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 2022-08-03 10:20 

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Stopping Myanmar violence tops meeting of Asian diplomats | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

PHNOM PENH--Top Southeast Asian diplomats meeting in Cambodia's capital intensified efforts Wednesday to stop the escalating violence in Myanmar, and to address other pressing--and often divisive--regional issues....

 2022-08-03 10:10 

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South Korean garlic video ad roasted over purported obscenity | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--A rural South Korean town is getting roasted over its video ad on garlic that some farmers say stinks of obscenity and has even sexually objectified the agricultural product....

 2022-08-03 08:52 

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EDITORIAL: Latest proposed increase in the minimum wage far from enough | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A labor ministry advisory panel set a guideline for raising the minimum wage for the current fiscal year, representing the largest year-on-year increase on record....

 2022-08-03 07:46 

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VOX POPULI: ‘Lt. Nyota Uhura’ went where no Black woman had gone before | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

There are many examples in the United States of Black people being remembered and honored for being pioneers in their fields....

 2022-08-03 07:00 

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Attacks on Taiwan websites likely work of Chinese ‘hacktivists’ - researchers | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TAIPEI/WASHINGTON--Digital attacks against Taiwanese government websites ahead of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's arrival in Tapei on Tuesday were likely launched by Chinese activist hackers, or "hacktivists,4; a cybersecur...

 2022-08-03 06:35 

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Review: ‘Bullet Train’ goes off the rails, but Pitt doesn’t | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Aboard the speeding locomotive of "Bullet Train" ride at least five assassins, one venomous reptile (a snake on the train), countless glib Guy Ritchie-esque slo-mo action sequences, and one bucket-hat wearing Brad Pitt....

 2022-08-03 06:35 

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U.S. ambassador to Japan warns of Chinese economic coercion | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The United States is working with Japan and other likeminded countries to counter China's efforts to use its economic might to force political change around the world, the U.S. ambassador to Japan said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press...

 2022-08-03 06:30 

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Why Pelosi went to Taiwan, and why China’s angry | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew into Taiwan on an Air Force passenger jet Tuesday, she became the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled island. China announced military maneuvers in retaliation, even as Tai...

 2022-08-03 05:30 

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Japan’s used car exports to Russia rise threefold despite sanctions | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

In late June, Vladivostok Port in Russia's Far East was packed with new and used cars transported from Japan and South Korea, many of which were SUVs, minivans and large luxury models....

 2022-08-03 02:40 

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Atomic-bombed violin traces family’s story of survival | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Editor's note: This is the second installment in a five-part series on the "atomic-bombed violin." The stringed instrument, once owned by a Russian, survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. It was restored a decade ago and its...

 2022-08-03 02:00 

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Magnificent wooden canopy to be symbol of 2025 Osaka Expo | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--A ring-shaped wooden roof with a circumference of 2 kilometers will be erected using traditional techniques at the 2025 Osaka Kansai Expo....

 2022-08-03 01:30 

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Splash Mountain offers extra-wet summer version at Disneyland | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Oriental Land Co., which operates Tokyo Disney Resorts, is offering a summer-only version of Disneyland's mainstay attraction, Splash Mountain, to help park visitors beat the heat....

 2022-08-02 22:05 

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US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TAIPEI--U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late Tuesday, becoming the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled island claimed by China, which quickly announced that it would conduct military maneuvers in retalia...

 2022-08-02 14:24 

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Tokyo records 30,842 COVID-19 cases in a day, slightly down | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo on Aug. 2 confirmed 30,842 fresh cases of COVID-19, down 751 from the previous Tuesday....

 2022-08-02 14:21 

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Eulogy for Abe in Diet postponed over the choice of speaker | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has decided to postpone a speech at the Diet to eulogize slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe until this fall following criticism over the choice of the person to deliver it....

 2022-08-02 14:10 

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Festivals that planned to return now face tough calls as cases rise | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

With the seventh wave of novel coronavirus infections showing no signs it will subside anytime soon, organizers of Japan's popular summer festivals are being forced to make tough decisions on whether to cancel their events....

 2022-08-02 13:44 

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Senior Kishida aide contracts COVID-19 during visit to U.S. | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Another secretary for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida contracted the novel coronavirus during an official visit to the United States, the government announced Aug. 2....

 2022-08-02 13:34 

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Hino Motors’ data falsification reaches back to 2003, panel finds | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An investigative panel reported Aug. 2 that Hino Motors Ltd. has been tampering with exhaust emission and fuel economy figures on a wide range of its models since as far back as 2003, widening the scope of a scandal enveloping the leading truck maker....

 2022-08-02 13:19 

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Famed anti-nuke warrior blasts Kishida over speech at U.N. | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NEW YORK--A highly respected atomic bomb survivor who campaigned on behalf of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was blistering in her criticism of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for not mentioning that accord during a speech he gave he...

 2022-08-02 12:53 

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Panel: Ex-KEPCO execs have case to answer over pay scandal | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--A citizens' prosecution inquest panel has found that three former executives of Kansai Electric Power Co. should be indicted over a major gift and pay scandal, even though prosecutors had dropped their case against them....

 2022-08-02 12:52 

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U.S. Navy deploys four warships east of Taiwan as Pelosi heads to Taipei | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--As U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi headed to Taipei on Tuesday amid intensifying warnings from China, four U.S. warships, including an aircraft carrier, were positioned in waters east of the island on "routine" deploy...

 2022-08-02 12:42 

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EDITORIAL: Stating case for clear, consistent messages about COVID-19 policy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Daily counts of fresh COVID-19 cases across Japan continue to cause alarm. The number of serious and fatal cases is also on the rise, and experts are warning that deaths from the latest, seventh wave of the pandemic could surpass the record high registere...

 2022-08-02 12:26 

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Minimum wage to hit 961 yen under largest hike yet offered | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A labor ministry advisory panel recommended raising the minimum hourly wage by 31 yen (24 U.S. cents) to 961 yen for the largest increase on record....

 2022-08-02 11:59 

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Veiled reference to Russia in calls by Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki announced the outline of peace declarations they will deliver at peace memorial ceremonies in the days ahead to mark the 77th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of their cities....

 2022-08-02 11:48 

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Myanmar violence, Ukraine war loom over ASEAN meetings | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia--Southeast Asian foreign ministers are gathering in the Cambodian capital for meetings addressing persisting violence in Myanmar and other issues, joined by top diplomats from the United States, China, Russia and other world powers am...

 2022-08-02 11:48 

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From subway stations to shopping malls, Taiwan prepares its air-raid shelters | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TAIPEI--Taiwan is preparing its air-raid shelters as rising tension with China and Russia's invasion of Ukraine raise new fears about the possibility of a Chinese attack on the democratic island....

 2022-08-02 11:47 

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Sri Lankans bide time as leaders seek fix for economic woes | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

COLOMBO--Sri Lankans who have endured months of fuel and food shortages are bracing for more pain as a newly installed government scrambles to find solutions to the Indian Ocean nation's economic emergency....

 2022-08-02 11:25 

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VOX POPULI: Bribery scandal yet another stain on the business of the Olympics | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Where people gather, so, too, do business opportunities....

 2022-08-02 10:48 

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Kishida: Japan will continue to serve as ‘guardian’ of NPT | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NEW YORK--Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged that Japan would act as the "guardian" of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty when he unveiled what he called his Hiroshima Action Plan here on Aug. 1....

 2022-08-02 08:57 

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K-pop’s BTS may still be able to perform while doing military service--minister | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--K-pop boy band BTS might still be able to perform oversees while serving in the military, South Korea's defence minister said on Monday, as the country debates shortening mandatory military service for K-pop stars to three weeks from about two ...

 2022-08-02 08:57 

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Alibaba striving to maintain U.S. listing amid delisting fears | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba said Monday that it wants to keep its shares listed in both New York and Hong Kong, days after U.S. regulators included it in a list of companies that may be delisted for not complying with auditing requirements....

 2022-08-02 07:04 

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White House decries China rhetoric over Pelosi Taiwan visit | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The White House on Monday decried Beijing's rhetoric over an expected visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, vowing the United States "will not take the bait or engage in saber rattling" and has no interest in increasing te...

 2022-08-02 03:15 

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U.N. chief warns world is one step from ‘nuclear annihilation’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

UNITED NATIONS--The United Nations chief warned Monday that "humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation," citing the war in Ukraine, nuclear threats in Asia and the Middle East and many other factors....

 2022-08-02 03:05 

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Boeing to establish R&D facility on SAF, electrification in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Boeing Co. said on Monday it plans to establish a research and development (R&D) facility in Japan to further development in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and to advance electric and hydrogen aircraft technology....

 2022-08-02 03:00 

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JR Tokai runs its first hybrid train for tourists to Takayama | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAGOYA--Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) has started commercial operations of its first diesel-battery hybrid train and said it aims to replace its current stock of trains with the new model....

 2022-08-02 02:50 

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ANA, JAL stay hopeful on year helped by strong demand | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ANA Holdings and Japan Airline (JAL) maintained their positive earnings outlooks for the year on Monday as airlines see a strong recovery in demand while grappling with the challenges of COVID-19 and high fuel prices....

 2022-08-02 02:00 

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Insurance firms unveil heatstroke policies amid hotter summers | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese insurance firms are looking to cash in on a nationwide heat wave by rolling out a series of new offerings related to heatstroke....

 2022-08-02 01:30 

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Push to build local skate park a lesson for youth, city alike | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SUSAKI, Kochi Prefecture--In late May, four young skateboarders were pulling off tricks in a parking lot, cheering whenever they successfully landed one....

 2022-08-01 14:15 

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Russian’s violin that survived the A-bomb touches Ukrainians’ souls | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A violin that was owned by a Russian and miraculously survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima has been given a second life as a memento of the atrocity and a symbol of a desire for peace....

 2022-08-01 14:00 

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Kishida calls on LDP lawmakers to explain ties to religious group | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is urging members of his Cabinet and lawmakers in his Liberal Democratic Party who admitted to having dealings with the former Unification Church to provide fuller explanations of their interactions....

 2022-08-01 13:48 

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Kishida pushed against his inner circle to attend NPT meeting | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will become the first Japanese leader ever to attend the review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons....

 2022-08-01 13:20 

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Shenzhen accelerates China’s driverless car dreams | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHENZHEN, China--On a busy downtown street three delivery bikes suddenly dart over the pedestrian crossing ahead of the car. On the car's dashboard they look like small 3D blue blocks from a 1990s video game....

 2022-08-01 13:07 

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Survey: Prices of over 6,300 food items expected to rise in October | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prices for 6,305 food products will go up in October following soaring raw material costs and the recent weakening of the yen, a survey by research company Teikoku Databank Ltd. showed....

 2022-08-01 12:55 

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1st ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odesa | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ANKARA--The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain has set off from the port of Odesa, Turkey's defense ministry said Monday....

 2022-08-01 12:38 

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Olympic exec allegedly took a cut from Aoki’s sponsorship fees | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

New allegations have emerged that a board member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee siphoned 230 million yen ($1.74 million) from Aoki Holdings Inc.'s payment for its Olympic sponsorship contract, on top of consulting fees....

 2022-08-01 12:04 

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Japanese man in his 20s detained in Myanmar as he filmed protest | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A Japanese man who was filming a protest is being held in Myanmar after being detained by authorities on July 30....

 2022-08-01 11:45 

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Kishida hints he may reclassify COVID-19 into a lower category | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on July 31 suggested he would consider reclassifying COVID-19 to a lower category under a law after the seventh wave of infections subsides....

 2022-08-01 09:40 

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Pelosi lands in Singapore to kick off Asia tour | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Singapore early Monday, kicking off her Asian tour as questions swirled over a possible stop in Taiwan that has fueled tension with Beijing....

 2022-08-01 09:35 

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No reported damage in Philippines from Chinese rocket debris | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MANILA--There was no reported damage in a western Philippine region where debris from a rocket that boosted part of China's new space station reportedly fell, a Filipino official said Monday....

 2022-08-01 08:45 

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VOX POPULI: Politicians’ ties with Unification Church need to be scrutinized | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The three-way relationship among politics, government and business was once likened to a rock-paper-scissors game, in which each one has the upper hand over another....

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