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 2022-04-30 11:39 

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Stiffer safety steps to govern operators of sightseeing boats | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The transport ministry is eyeing stricter rules and stiffer penalties for companies operating sightseeing boats and floating restaurants in the aftermath of a disaster in far northern Japan that is feared to have claimed 26 lives....

 2022-04-30 08:45 

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Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KYIV--Ukrainian forces fought to hold off Russian attempts to advance in the south and east, where the Kremlin is seeking to capture the country's industrial Donbas region, and a senior U.S. defense official said Moscow's offensive is going much s...

 2022-04-30 08:30 

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VOX POPULI: There’s much to be said for taking a trip without any purpose | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

"I have no business to attend to in Osaka, but I think I'll just go there (anyway) by train," author Hyakken Uchida (1889-1971) penned in one of his travel writings titled "Tokubetsu Aho Ressha" shortly after the end of World War II....

 2022-04-30 07:20 

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Japan, Indonesia urge immediate halt to war in Ukraine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

JAKARTA--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged a rapid halt to fighting in Ukraine on Friday and said they will work together to improve humanitarian conditions there....

 2022-04-30 05:30 

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Educational facilities look to younger children for new students | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Yaruki Switch Group runs a branch of Kids Duo International near a station along the Yokohama city subway line, which caters to parents wanting a...

 2022-04-30 04:30 

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New organizer seeks to get Awa Odori festival back in step | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TOKUSHIMA--After stumbling over finances amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the famed Awa Odori has a new entity to help the dance festival gets its groove back....

 2022-04-29 13:38 

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New COVID-19 cases in Tokyo fall for 18th straight day | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Fresh COVID-19 cases in Tokyo continued to fall on April 29 at the start of the Golden Week holidays as metropolitan government officials confirmed 3,893 cases....

 2022-04-29 13:30 

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Man accused of holding BBQ party at A-bomb altar in Nagasaki | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAGASAKI--A local man was arrested on April 29 on suspicion of committing a "sacrilegious act" by barbecuing meat at an altar for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, police said....

 2022-04-29 13:14 

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Bones, shoes found where girl went missing in Yamanashi | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Human bones and a pair of children's shoes have been discovered in a mountain forest in Doshi, Yamanashi Prefecture, where a young girl went missing from a nearby campsite in 2019 and was never found, despite an extensive search....

 2022-04-29 13:00 

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Okinawa ordered to allow design changes for Henoko project | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The land minister has ordered the Okinawa prefectural government to reverse course and approve a design change for highly contentious work to relocate a U.S. military base to the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture....

 2022-04-29 12:25 

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Golden Week starts with travel rebounding after long pandemic | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

For the first time in three years, long lines of travelers were again the norm at the start of the Golden Week holidays on April 29....

 2022-04-29 12:12 

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TEPCO net profit slides 96.9%; cost for Fukushima well out of reach | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s dismal financial results have compounded the difficulties facing the company in compensating victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and covering the cleanup and decommissioning costs....

 2022-04-29 11:08 

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EDITORIAL: Lax safety led to tragic tourist boat sinking off Hokkaido | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The president of the company that operated the tourist boat that went missing off the coast of Hokkaido in northern Japan held a news conference on April 27, speaking in public for the first time since the deadly accident....

 2022-04-29 09:51 

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Consumers, small businesses feeling the bite of weaker yen | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The plummeting yen is exacerbating the already-heightened burden on consumers and small businesses--and the situation will likely get worse, at least one expert said....

 2022-04-29 09:37 

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Kazu I tour boat found on seabed; 3 more bodies recovered | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The sunken sightseeing boat Kazu I was found off the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido on April 29 after three more bodies were recovered and another one was spotted by a Russian patrol vessel, sources said....

 2022-04-29 08:44 

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N. Korea’s Kim calls for stronger military as nuclear test work ‘well underway’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called on the country's military to...

 2022-04-29 08:32 

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S. Korea lifts outdoor face mask mandate | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea said on Friday it will lift an outdoor face mask mandate next week in the country's latest step to ease COVID-19 restrictions, despite opposition from the incoming government which labelled the decision...

 2022-04-29 08:27 

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VOX POPULI: Unbelievable thinking behind boat tragedy in Hokkaido | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Would an airline company ever think along these lines?...

 2022-04-29 07:05 

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Explosions rock Kyiv during a visit by U.N. head | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KYIV--Russia pounded targets from practically one end of Ukraine to the other Thursday, including Kyiv, bombarding the city while the head of the United Nations was visiting in the boldest attack on the capital since Moscow's forces retreated weeks ag...

 2022-04-29 04:40 

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Ukraine, China in focus for Kishida on Southeast Asia visit | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sets off on Friday for an extended visit to Southeast Asia, aiming to marshal regional responses to the Ukraine crisis as well as counter China's growing assertiveness in the region....

 2022-04-29 03:40 

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BOJ bolsters commitment to ultra-easy policy, triggers yen sell-off | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Bank of Japan on Thursday strengthened its commitment to keep interest rates ultra-low by vowing to buy unlimited amounts of bonds daily to defend its yield target, triggering a fresh sell-off in the yen and sending government bonds rallying....

 2022-04-29 03:00 

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

hospice garden--a nightingale song lengthens ... his life a few more days...

 2022-04-29 02:40 

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Scholz says Germany seeks closer ties with Indo-Pacific | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in Tokyo on Thursday that his country wants to strengthen ties with countries in the Indo-Pacific region that share the same values, and work together to end Russia's aggression in Ukraine....

 2022-04-29 02:00 

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Survey: People in their 30s feel most lonely, isolated in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

People in their 30s feel the most lonely and isolated of all age groups in Japan, while those in their 70s are the least likely to feel that way, a government survey showed....

 2022-04-29 02:00 

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SDF faces ‘high hurdles’ on missile defense system training | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's Self-Defense Forces is waging a battle of public opinion here at home to keep its missile defense system ready to deploy to defend the nation from a sudden attack....

 2022-04-28 14:12 

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Tokyo lowers alert level as COVID-19 cases continue to fall | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Tokyo metropolitan government lowered its COVID-19 status alert from its highest Level 4 to Level 3 on April 28 for the first time in three and a half months as new cases the same day continued on a downward trend....

 2022-04-28 13:30 

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COVID-19 panel fails to reach consensus ahead of holidays | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

After failing to reach a consensus, experts offered four options for responding to a possible spike in infections after the upcoming Golden Week national holidays....

 2022-04-28 12:40 

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TEPCO pushes back timeline for storage tanks at Fukushima plant | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the tanks that store treated but still contaminated water at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will reach full capacity later than expected....

 2022-04-28 12:32 

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Missing vessel in Hokkaido built to sail in calmer Seto Inland Sea | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The sightseeing boat that went missing with 26 people on board in the stormy seas off the coast of Shiretoko Peninsula in Shari, Hokkaido, was designed for inland waters with gentle waves....

 2022-04-28 12:26 

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Electricity prices in June to hit highest level in 5 years | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Electricity rates in June will jump about 10 to 20 percent from the previous year, Japan's 10 major utility companies announced on April 27....

 2022-04-28 12:06 

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Japan slams Russia for tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan reacted with fury to Russia's announcement it was expelling eight Japanese diplomats from Moscow in a tit-for-tat move over expulsions by Tokyo for the invasion of Ukraine and mass killings of civilians there....

 2022-04-28 12:04 

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Pleasure boat boss admits he erred in letting craft go out | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The president of a pleasure boat company embroiled in a tragedy at sea off eastern Hokkaido admitted that in hindsight it was a mistake to have allowed one of its boats to embark on a cruise off the Shiretoko Peninsula last weekend with 26 people on board...

 2022-04-28 11:49 

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11 passengers from doomed pleasure boat identified by kin | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Foul weather hampered search efforts April 28 for possible survivors of a pleasure boat that sank in stormy seas off the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido last weekend. Fifteen people remain missing....

 2022-04-28 11:42 

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Ministry set to review safety steps for small passenger craft | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The transport ministry moved April 28 to review safety measures for small passenger craft in the aftermath of a pleasure boat disaster that left 11 people dead and 15 others missing off the scenic Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido, far northern Japa...

 2022-04-28 11:36 

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Grieving town blasts Hokkaido tour operator’s handling of tragedy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHARI, Hokkaido--Grieving relatives of those lost in a pleasure boat tragedy here reacted angrily after the president of the operating company finally emerged April 27 and got down on his hands and knees at a news conference to apologize....

 2022-04-28 11:31 

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Domestic car production in Japan drops for 3rd straight year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Shortages of auto parts and semiconductors amid the novel coronavirus pandemic are blamed for the decline in domestic car production in fiscal 2021 for the third consecutive year....

 2022-04-28 11:02 

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EDITORIAL: Soaring prices inevitably require sacrifices across the board | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government has come up with an emergency package of measures to ease the economic impact of rising prices accelerated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The awakening of inflation requires serious policy responses, but the massive spending plan is a...

 2022-04-28 10:12 

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LDP panel hands Kishida proposal for counterattack capability | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Liberal Democratic Party's Research Commission on Security formally submitted recommendations to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on April 27 that Japan should possess so-called "counterattack capabilities" against a potential foe....

 2022-04-28 10:00 

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Yen whacked to 20-year low of 130/dollar as stocks steady | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SINGAPORE--Global stocks steadied on Thursday, taking comfort from company earnings, while a collapse in the yen after Japan doubled down on anchoring bond yields drove the dollar toward its highest levels in decades....

 2022-04-28 09:20 

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Taylor Ward’s slam sends Angels past Guardians | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Taylor Ward finished a single shy of hitting for the cycle, helping lift the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-5 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif....

 2022-04-28 09:15 

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Biden going to South Korea, Japan in May to discuss China, North Korea | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--President Joe Biden will travel next month to South Korea and Japan, his first trip to Asia since taking office last year, to consult with allies on growing threats from China and North Korea....

 2022-04-28 08:20 

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Some North Koreans find ways around government smartphone controls, report says | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Despite North Korea intensifying efforts to stop citizens from seeing information coming from outside the country, a few tech savvy individuals are managing to circumvent tight government controls on smart phones, a U.S. based group said in a repor...

 2022-04-28 08:20 

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NYC’s first-ever Japanese heritage parade set for next month | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NEW YORK--People of Japanese descent are gearing up for their first-ever parade in New York City, taking their place among the lineup of groups that celebrate their heritage with marches through the United States' most populous city....

 2022-04-28 08:20 

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Britain’s Truss tells China its rise depends on playing by the rules | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

LONDON--British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned China that failure to play by global rules would cut short its rise as a superpower and said the West should ensure that Taiwan can defend itself....

 2022-04-28 08:20 

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Bill to help Taiwan regain WHO status passes Congress, sent to Biden for signature | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation on Wednesday calling on the State Department to submit a plan to help Taiwan regain its observer status at the World Health Organization, seeking to boost the island as it faces ...

 2022-04-28 08:20 

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BOJ maintains stimulus, vows to continue unlimited bond buying | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus on Thursday and pledged to continue buying unlimited amounts of 10-year government bonds to defend its implicit 0.25 percent cap, signaling its resolve to focus on supporting a fragile economy....

 2022-04-28 08:20 

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Young South Koreans dread revival of work dinners as pandemic eases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--When South Korea announced its decision to lift most COVID-19 restrictions earlier this month, 29-year-old office worker Jang was more concerned than happy....

 2022-04-28 07:32 

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VOX POPULI: The Ukraine war confirms the timelessness of anti-war anthem | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...
 2022-04-28 03:00 

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TASTE OF LIFE/ Sweet and sour fish: Chef cooks her father’s favorite dish in ‘fish paradise’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Editor's note: In the Taste of Life series, cooking experts, chefs and others involved in the field of food introduce their special recipes intertwined with their paths in life....

 2022-04-28 02:00 

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PR video of ninja training in Nabari a hit with foreigners | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NABARI, Mie Prefecture--A promotional video aimed at foreign nationals keen to learn ninja skills at the famed Akame 48 Waterfalls here is creating quite a buzz overseas....

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