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 2023-01-23 12:03 

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TENNIS/ Wheelchair great Shingo Kunieda hangs up racket as world No. 1 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

After winning the Paralympic singles gold medal three times and the Lifetime Golden Slam, wheelchair tennis great Shingo Kunieda decided that he had no further worlds to conquer....

 2023-01-23 11:10 

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EDITORIAL: Realistic means needed for Japan to stably boost defense spending | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A special committee of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has started exploring non-tax options to finance the proposed sharp increase in defense spending....

 2023-01-23 10:31 

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At least 4 tenants killed in fire at Kobe apartments for the needy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KOBE--An apartment building that provided a safe haven for elderly individuals with no other recourse turned deadly in an early morning fire on Jan. 22 that killed four men....

 2023-01-23 09:30 

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Yellen in Zambia to discuss debt to China, public health | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

LUSAKA, Zambia--U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is in Zambia on the second leg of her African tour, a stop aimed at promoting American investment and ties while she's in a capital city that is visibly dominated by Chinese dollars....

 2023-01-23 09:30 

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Japan finance minister warns of severe finances as BOJ struggles to contain yields | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's finances are becoming increasingly precarious, Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki warned on Monday, just as markets test whether the central bank can keep interest rates ultra-low, allowing the government to service its debt....

 2023-01-23 09:30 

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Russian warship armed with hypersonic missiles to join drills with China, South Africa | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A Russian warship armed with new-generation hypersonic cruise weapons will participate in joint exercises with the navies of China and South Africa in February, the Russian state agency, TASS, said on Monday....

 2023-01-23 09:30 

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Australia to speed up purchase of sea mines to shore up maritime defense | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SYDNEY--Australia said on Monday it would accelerate plans to buy advanced sea mines to protect its maritime routes and ports from "potential aggressors" amid China's plans to increase its influence in the Pacific region....

 2023-01-23 08:54 

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VOX POPULI: Teens praise the words of others that deeply inspired them | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

What do the teenage years taste like? Sweet and sour? Bittersweet?...

 2023-01-23 07:40 

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Minister: Germany won’t block Poland giving Ukraine tanks | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KYIV--The German government will not object if Poland decides to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, Germany's top diplomat said Sunday, indicating movement on supplying weapons that Kyiv has described as essential to its ability to fend off an in...

 2023-01-23 07:35 

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Bali welcomes back 1st flight from China as COVID rules ease | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

DENPASAR, Indonesia--A direct flight from China landed in Indonesia's resort island of Bali for the first time in nearly three years on Sunday after the route was suspended due to the pandemic....

 2023-01-23 03:00 

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Tokugawa clan’s place in history assured, says new family head | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Tokugawa clan, which produced successive shogun rulers throughout the Edo Period (1603-1867), will hold a ceremony Jan. 29 to formally anoint its first new head in more than half a century....

 2023-01-23 02:10 

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Warlord’s letter of thanks for war services triggers funding drive | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

CHIKUMA, Nagano Prefecture--A newly discovered letter written by feudal warlord Takeda Shingen during famous 16th-century battles against rival Uesugi Kenshin prompted a museum here to mount a fund-raising campaign to acquire it....

 2023-01-23 02:00 

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Actor Ikematsu seizes chance for role in Chinese film ‘Yanagawa’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Sosuke Ikematsu was intrigued to be offered a role in a Chinese film set in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, his mother's hometown famed for its network of canals....

 2023-01-22 14:04 

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SUMO/ Takakeisho clinches his third championship in fight to finish | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Ozeki Takakeisho chalked up his third career title at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 22 by defeating his rival on the final day. His victory came more than two years after he grabbed his previous championship....

 2023-01-22 13:00 

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Text address of murder victim on phone connected to another attack | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The address of a Tokyo murder victim was found in a message of a cellphone seized in connection with a separate incident in the capital, reinforcing a belief among police that criminal gangs are operating in a coordinated manner, investigative sources sai...

 2023-01-22 11:18 

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COVID-19 panel chief decries decisions that bypassed experts | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The head of an expert panel advising the government on policy responses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic griped that all three administrations he worked with were prone at times to drawing up antivirus measures without consulting specialists of co...

 2023-01-22 10:05 

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Chinese pray for health in Lunar New Year as COVID death toll rises | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with its people praying for health after three years of stress and financial hardship under the pandemic, as officials reported almost 13,000 new deaths caused by the virus between January 13 and 19....

 2023-01-22 09:35 

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China rings in Lunar New Year with most COVID rules lifted | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began...

 2023-01-22 02:10 

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Tag of Japanese soldier killed on Iwojima sent home from U.S. | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KANUMA, Tochigi Prefecture--A shipping tag addressed to a Japanese soldier killed in the Battle of Iwojima was returned to a bereaved family member 77 years after World War II....

 2023-01-22 02:00 

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Perry descendant travels to Tokyo isle with kin’s pocket watch | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A descendant of Commodore Matthew C. Perry of "Black Ships" fame visited a distant island south of Tokyo carrying a pocket watch that the U.S. naval officer had with him when he dropped anchor there nearly 170 years ago....

 2023-01-21 12:31 

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Import, sale ban on alien species wreaking havoc on ecosystems | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Two creatures beloved by schoolchildren across Japan will no longer be imported, sold or allowed to be released into the wild from June....

 2023-01-21 11:12 

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Going maskless in Japan not an easy option for most of the public | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A government move to further relax rules regarding face masks was bound to stir a spirited reaction among the public given that wearing facial coverings on trains as well as outdoors was customary long before COVID-19 hit, mainly as a courtesy to others d...

 2023-01-21 09:49 

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Job site link to Komae murder, string of crimes in Kanto region | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A brutal murder in Komae, western Tokyo, is being linked to a spate of robberies and other crimes organized through a smartphone network that advertises "jobs" available for various criminal enterprises working in the Kanto region, police say....

 2023-01-21 09:41 

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EDITORIAL: Give health system a tweak before COVID-19 downgrade | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government has announced plans to downgrade the legal status of COVID-19 and phase out a range of steps backed by law....

 2023-01-21 09:35 

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Baseball: Mike Trout excited about possible WBC duel with Ohtani | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

As Los Angeles Angels teammates Mike Trout has had a front row seat to appreciate Shohei Ohtani's Babe Ruthian skills....

 2023-01-21 08:06 

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VOX POPULI: Peace to all is our fervent prayer on the eve of the Lunar New Year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Lunar New Year, arguably the most important holiday in China, falls on Jan. 22 this year....

 2023-01-21 07:00 

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Chris Hipkins to be New Zealand's next prime minister | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Education Minister Chris Hipkins is set to become New Zealand's next prime minister after he was the only candidate to enter the contest Saturday to replace Jacinda Ardern....

 2023-01-21 06:55 

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Japan refiles request to list divisive gold mine on UNESCO | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan has formally resubmitted documents seeking to obtain UNESCO World Heritage recognition for a controversial former gold mine that has added to diplomatic frictions with South Korea over Japanese colonization of the Korean Peninsula and its wartime ac...

 2023-01-21 06:55 

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Interview: Envoy says Taiwan learns from Ukraine war | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON — Taiwan has learned important lessons from Ukraine's war that would help it deter any attack by China or defend itself if invaded, the self-ruled island's top envoy to the U.S. said in an interview Friday with The Associated Pres...

 2023-01-21 06:55 

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IAEA: Fukushima water release is in line with safety standards | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The head of a U.N. task force assessing the safety of Japan's plan to release treated radioactive water into the sea from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant complex said Friday that Japanese regulators have shown their commitment to comply wit...

 2023-01-21 03:00 

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Japan reports its inflation hit 4%, a 41-year high in December | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's consumer inflation rate hit a 41-year high of 4 percent in December, as prices for everything from burgers to gas surged....

 2023-01-21 02:00 

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Japanese parts found in Russian drones used to attack Ukraine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KYIV, Ukraine--Drones used by Russia's military to attack Ukraine's essential infrastructure contain components made by Japanese companies, according to an analysis by Ukraine's military intelligence agency....

 2023-01-21 02:00 

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In rehab at 90, skier Miura sets sights on Mount Fuji, Argentina | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Yuichiro Miura, an adventure skier who has reached the peak of Mount Everest three times as a senior citizen, refuses to retire from the slopes even after his 90th birthday and a debilitating condition....

 2023-01-20 14:04 

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Teacher shortage can only worsen as fewer eye a classroom career | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Reports of long hours with no overtime pay continue to take a toll on the teaching industry with even fewer college students than last year sitting for the exam to teach at public schools....

 2023-01-20 14:03 

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Kishida seeks ‘normalcy’ with lowering COVID-19 classification | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Jan. 20 that the government will seek to downgrade COVID-19 to a less-severe Category 5 of the five-tier system under the infectious disease prevention law....

 2023-01-20 13:55 

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Interview: Saudi minister calls ‘sportswashing’ claims ‘naive’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

DAVOS, Switzerland--Saudi Arabia's state minister for foreign affairs is hitting back at criticisms his country is pouring massive amounts of money into sports to conceal its human rights violations and other inconvenient facts....

 2023-01-20 13:37 

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Suicides increase for first time in two years to 21,584 in 2022 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The number of suicides in Japan increased for the first time in two years in 2022, led by a surge in older men taking their lives, the health ministry said Jan. 20....

 2023-01-20 13:35 

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Expert: Packed station during bullet train delay grew ‘dangerous’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Less than two months after a crowd crush in Itaewon in Seoul killed 159 people, terrified passengers at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo feared a similar occurrence was about to take place....

 2023-01-20 13:19 

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Sendai throws a party after local son Sato wins Akutagawa Prize | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SENDAI--The quiet environment where Atsushi Sato works as a bookstore clerk was turned upsidedown after he won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for his novel "Arechi no Kazoku" (A family in the wasteland)....

 2023-01-20 13:18 

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Coast Guard: Whale spotted in Tokyo Bay not a threat to boats | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

YOKOHAMA--The Yokohama Coast Guard Office on Jan. 19 witnessed the unusual sight of a whale spouting water and then submerging into Tokyo Bay near the Tokyo Wan Aqua-Line Expressway....

 2023-01-20 12:15 

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In Yamaguchi, picking someone to take Abe’s seat proves difficult | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Liberal Democratic Party is facing difficulties selecting a candidate to run in the by-election for the Lower House seat that had long been held by Shinzo Abe....

 2023-01-20 11:56 

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2 universities in Tokyo that plan merger settle on new name | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Two of Japan's top-ranked universities will be called the Institute of Science Tokyo after their planned merger in fiscal 2024, the two institutions announced on Jan. 19....

 2023-01-20 11:05 

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Asian markets rise after Wall St losses amid recession fears | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Asian stock markets rose Friday after Wall Street losses deepened as worries grow that the U.S. economy is headed for recession....

 2023-01-20 10:15 

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EDITORIAL: Don’t let TEPCO off the hook with acquittals of former execs | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Questions concerning accountability for the unprecedented accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, characterized by a Diet fact-finding committee as a "man-made disaster," remain unanswered....

 2023-01-20 09:55 

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VOX POPULI: Is it really safe to lift COVID-19 restrictions as early as spring? | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

In the late Edo Period (1603-1867), cholera was commonly called in Japanese "teppo" (gun), "kenkyu" (must be seen quickly), "obyo" (unexpected illness) and "mikka korori" (dead in three days)....

 2023-01-20 09:30 

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Woman, 90, killed in home robbery in western Tokyo | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A 90-year-old woman whose face was bleeding and whose hands were bound was found dead at her house in Komae, western Tokyo, on Jan. 19 in what investigators suspect was a murder-robbery....

 2023-01-20 08:30 

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South Korea to lift indoor mask mandate this month | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea will drop a face mask mandate for most indoor public places later this month, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said on Friday, though coverings will still be required on transport and in medical facilities....

 2023-01-20 08:30 

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FBI chief says he’s ‘deeply concerned’ by China’s AI program | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that he was "deeply concerned" about the Chinese government's artificial intelligence program, asserting that it was "not constrained by the rule of law."...

 2023-01-20 08:25 

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China’s video game makers come in from the cold as crackdown eases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--China's end to a sweeping crackdown on its video games market is expected to breathe life back into the battered industry this year, but remaining restrictions on some content and economic headwinds will limit the extent of the recovery....

 2023-01-20 08:00 

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Hundreds flee after fire spreads through Seoul neighborhood | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--A fire spread through a neighborhood of densely packed, makeshift homes in South Korea's capital Friday morning, destroying at least 60 and forcing about 500 residents to flee....

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