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 2023-01-20 08:00 

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Train station’s opening in Bangkok ushers in new travel era | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--Thailand ushered in a new age of train travel on Thursday as Southeast Asia's biggest railway station officially began operations. The government says the huge, modern development on the edge of central Bangkok will bolster the country's ...

 2023-01-20 08:00 

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BOJ bullishness on wages suggests days of super-low rates are numbered | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) rejected market pressure this week, maintaining ultra-low interest rates, but its bullish views on wages and growing strains from its policy suggest it may still end its expansionist experiment this year....

 2023-01-20 08:00 

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Lunar New Year tourism hopes fizzle as Chinese stay home | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--A hoped-for boom in Chinese tourism in Asia over next week's Lunar New Year holidays looks set to be more of a blip as most travelers opt to stay inside China if they go anywhere....

 2023-01-20 02:00 

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Tokyo Station perfect backdrop for pre-wedding photos | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Even though it was a weekday, couples thronged Gyoko-dori street in early December when the area surrounding Tokyo Station was lit up for Christmas....

 2023-01-20 02:00 

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

I've never pulled out the eyes of a stuffed rabbit--Moldovan Mircea (Jibou, Romania)...

 2023-01-20 01:30 

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INTERVIEW/ Ex-interpreter for Kim Il Sung: North Korea will likely continue as East Asia’s major troublemaker | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

North Korea will likely continue to dominate headlines in the year ahead, and there are signs its leader, Kim Jong Un, is "nervous" about how world events will play out....

 2023-01-19 17:00 

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‘Yodo-chan’ the dead whale on final journey to Kii Channel | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--Ten days after the whale dubbed...

 2023-01-19 13:50 

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Electric scooters will not require a license for use starting in July | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Electric kick scooters will become more widely accessible once they are reclassified under the law this summer so they will no longer require a driver's license....

 2023-01-19 12:39 

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Discussions kick off for bold steps to address falling birthrate woes | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has ordered bold and unprecedented measures to be laid out to deal with a low birthrate that has plagued the nation for decades....

 2023-01-19 12:36 

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Japan's trade deficit in 2022 hits record high as imports surge | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan reported a record annual trade deficit of 19.97 trillion yen ($155.9 billion) in 2022 as imports soared due to a weaker yen and higher costs of natural resources following Russia's invasion of Ukraine....

 2023-01-19 12:21 

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Three arrested in 1.4-billion-yen electricity bill fraud scheme | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo police arrested three Chinese nationals they believe amassed nearly 1.4 billion yen ($10 million) through a deceptive electricity billing scheme that they repeated on different targets for several years....

 2023-01-19 12:17 

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Classified data leaked by MSDF captain covered Chinese ships | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

State secrets allegedly leaked by a former Maritime Self-Defense Force captain contained information on military satellite images that captured the movements of Chinese naval vessels, government sources said....

 2023-01-19 12:03 

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BOJ policy loses effectiveness as end of Kuroda’s term nears | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Bank of Japan's decision to maintain its ultra-loose monetary policy stunned investors and sent the yen plunging against foreign currencies....

 2023-01-19 11:17 

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Coach of top prep baseball club benched after abuse reported | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A former professional baseball player who was managing one of the top high school clubs in Japan has stepped aside after being accused of physical abuse toward one of his players, according to sources....

 2023-01-19 10:32 

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Third inquiry into Unification Church focuses on money flow | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The education ministry has sent an inquiry document to the Unification Church concerning its money, including donation collected and overseas money transfers, a subject considered the heart of the investigation into the religious group....

 2023-01-19 10:20 

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China races to make COVID drugs as Xi fears rural outbreaks | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Chinese drugmakers rushed to make anti-fever medicines and other treatments for COVID-19 on Thursday, after President Xi Jinping said he was worried about an influx of holiday travelers to rural areas ill-equipped to deal with sudden outbreaks....

 2023-01-19 10:15 

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Australia says it’s ‘troubled’ by delays in writer’s espionage trial verdict in China | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SYDNEY--A verdict in the espionage trial of Australian writer Yang Hengjun, detained by China since his arrest there four years ago, has been delayed until April, the seventh such delay, his supporters said on Thursday....

 2023-01-19 09:50 

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COVID-19 could be reclassified this spring to a lower category | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government will consider downgrading COVID-19 to a less-severe category 5, the same as seasonal influenza, of the five-tier system under the infectious disease prevention law....

 2023-01-19 09:15 

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Hong Kong to scrap isolation rule for new COVID-19 cases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--Hong Kong will scrap its mandatory isolation rule for people infected with COVID-19 from Jan. 30 as part of its strategy to return the southern Chinese city to normalcy, the city's leader said on Thursday....

 2023-01-19 08:50 

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Ex-boyfriend arrested over stabbing death in Fukuoka | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

FUKUOKA—Police on Jan. 18 arrested a man who is believed to have stalked his former girlfriend before stabbing her to death in front of JR Hakata Station here....

 2023-01-19 08:12 

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EDITORIAL: BOJ urged to make nimble, flexible responses to price increases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Bank of Japan has revised its inflation forecasts upward, predicting that prices will rise close to its target of 2 percent despite uncertainties about the economic outlook....

 2023-01-19 07:49 

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VOX POPULI: Psychiatrist Kaga challenged society to face up to mortality | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Thirty years ago, the University of Tokyo's entrance exam in Japanese contained a reading comprehension question that began as follows:...

 2023-01-19 07:35 

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North Korea calls for normalizing factories, economy after COVID ‘upheaval’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korea's parliament has outlined plans to normalize industrial production and meet its economic goals this year, despite the "worst-ever upheaval" amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2022, state media said on Thursday....

 2023-01-19 07:30 

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South Korea envoy in Iran summoned over Yoon’s ‘enemy’ remarks--media | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Iran's foreign ministry summoned South Korea's ambassador to protest against South Koran President Yoon Suk-yeol's comment that the Islamic republic is the enemy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iranian state media reported....

 2023-01-19 06:55 

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Most Japan firms heed PM Kishida’s call to raise wages this year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

More than half of Japanese companies are planning to raise wages this year, according to a Reuters monthly poll, meeting a key request from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to help workers cope with surging consumer prices....

 2023-01-19 06:40 

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As South Korean government proposes flexible overtime rules, some fear workers may suffer | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--The administration of South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol wants to allow people to work up to 69 hours a week--up from the current 52--and bank overtime hours in exchange for time off, a plan it hopes will promote family growth alongside productiv...

 2023-01-19 06:40 

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Yellen, China’s Liu agree to enhance communication after ‘frank exchange’--U.S. Treasury | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ZURICH--U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen agreed with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He to enhance communication about macroeconomic and financial issues during a "candid, substantive, and constructive" meeting in Zurich on Wednesday, the Treasury sa...

 2023-01-19 06:35 

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Jacinda Ardern shocks New Zealand, says she is stepping down as prime minister | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WELLINGTON--New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday made a shock announcement she had "no more in the tank" to continue leading the country and would step down no later than early February and not seek re-election....

 2023-01-19 06:35 

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Japan Inc. is finally giving raises, just not to everyone | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's top companies are gearing up to offer their biggest wage increases in decades, but there's no way Hideki Kawada can afford raises for the 18 employees at his printing firm....

 2023-01-19 02:00 

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Warlord plotted bloodthirsty revenge for U.S. ‘Black Ships’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KURASHIKI, Okayama Prefecture--A feudal warlord was so incensed by the temerity of the United States in the 19th century to dispatch warships to Japan and demand the isolated country open its ports to foreign trade that he plotted to seize one of the vess...

 2023-01-19 02:00 

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‘Bento full of fish’ from Tsugaru wins best boxed meal | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

AOMORI--A bento boxed lunch crammed with fish offerings snared the top award at the Ekiben Grand Prix 2022 contest last month....

 2023-01-18 13:51 

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Emperor’s poem inspired by life during pandemic for third year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Emperor Naruhito touched on the COVID-19 pandemic in the poem he wrote for the New Year Poetry Reading at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Jan. 18, as he had the past two years....

 2023-01-18 13:32 

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International travelers top 1 million for 1st time since 2020 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Visitors to Japan soared to 1.37 million in December, topping the 1-million mark for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in February 2020, the Japan National Tourism Organization announced on Jan. 18....

 2023-01-18 13:12 

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‘Yodo-chan’ the dead whale towed to shore for burial at sea | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--As onlookers said goodbye, a 15-meter dead sperm whale affectionally called...

 2023-01-18 13:10 

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Suga starts to make waves in possible move against Kishida | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Excluded from the current "troika politics," former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appears to have made his first move at a comeback with an attack against his successor, Fumio Kishida....

 2023-01-18 13:00 

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BOJ defies market bets for policy tweaks, sending yen tumbling | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Bank of Japan on Wednesday maintained ultra-low interest rates, including a bond yield cap it was struggling to defend, defying market expectations it would phase out its massive stimulus program amid mounting inflationary pressure....

 2023-01-18 12:32 

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North Korean workers in China near 3rd year stuck there | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

DANDONG, China--It has been nearly three years since North Korean workers found themselves suddenly trapped in China due to pandemic border restrictions, and they still have no idea when they can return home....

 2023-01-18 12:30 

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3 ex-TEPCO execs again cleared of negligence for nuclear disaster | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Three former high-ranking Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives were absolved of criminal responsibility by the Tokyo High Court on Jan. 18 for the 2011 nuclear disaster....

 2023-01-18 11:54 

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JR East’s new Fukushima hotel offers self-service check-in only | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Guests checking into a new hotel run by East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) that opened near Iwaki Station here on Jan. 15 may find there is no soul in sight....

 2023-01-18 11:53 

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COVID-19 cases fall while deaths remain high, expert panel says | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

New COVID-19 cases are falling for the first time in two and a half months, though reports of deaths remain high, an expert panel to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said on Jan. 17....

 2023-01-18 10:18 

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Aso falsely states there have been ‘no fatalities’ at nuclear facilities | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The chief Cabinet secretary rebutted a statement made by Taro Aso, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, who had claimed there have been no fatal accidents at nuclear power facilities in Japan....

 2023-01-18 10:04 

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Ambulance crashes after paramedics work 17 hours straight | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An ambulance that hit a center divider and overturned last month was driven by a paramedic who became drowsy after working for around 17 hours straight, the Tokyo Fire Department said on Jan. 17....

 2023-01-18 09:45 

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Macao jails Suncity founder 18 years over illegal gambling | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MACAO--The founder of Macao's once-biggest casino junket organizer was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in jail after being convicted of operating illegal gaming activities, running a criminal organization and numerous other charges....

 2023-01-18 09:45 

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Nobel laureate Ressa cleared in Philippine tax case, cheers win for justice | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MANILA--Philippine Nobel laureate Maria Ressa and her news site Rappler were acquitted by a court of tax evasion charges on Wednesday, in a ruling that media watchdogs and human rights groups described as a win for press freedom and rule of law....

 2023-01-18 09:10 

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U.S.-China officials to meet on economy, aim to ease tension | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ZURICH--U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sits down with her Chinese counterpart Wednesday in the highest-ranking contact between the two countries since their presidents agreed to look for ways to improve relations that have grown increasingly straine...

 2023-01-18 09:10 

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Millions of Chinese workers on the move ahead of Friday travel peak | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Millions of urban workers were on the move across China on Wednesday ahead of the expected Friday peak of its Lunar New Year mass migration, as China's leaders looked to get its COVID-battered economy moving....

 2023-01-18 08:41 

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Former ADK chief expected to admit to Olympic bribe charge | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Shinichi Ueno, former president of advertising agency ADK Holdings Inc., has changed his tune and is now expected to admit to charges of bribing a Tokyo Olympic official, sources said....

 2023-01-18 08:02 

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VOX POPULI: Unusually long dry spell in Tokyo rekindles danger of fires | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Of the many major fires during the Edo Period (1603-1867) in the old capital of Edo, perhaps the best known is the Great Fire of Meireki in 1657, popularly referred to as the "Furisode Fire."...

 2023-01-18 08:00 

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EDITORIAL: China needs urgent structural reforms to meet dip in population | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

China's population declined last year for the first time in 61 years, according to an announcement made on Jan. 17 by the National Bureau of Statistics of China....

 2023-01-18 06:35 

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Pacific islands urge Japan to delay release of Fukushima waste over contamination fears | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SYDNEY--Pacific island nations are urging Japan to delay the release of water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant over fears fisheries will be contaminated, the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) said on Wednesday....

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