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 2022-01-06 09:37 

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With assist from Japan, S. Korea gets taxes from J.League players | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A regional tax bureau seized about 30 million yen ($259,000) from the salaries and assets of two Brazilian soccer players in the J.League to cover the tax payments they owed in South Korea, sources said....

 2022-01-06 09:21 

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FIGURE SKATING/ Top U.S. pairs skaters withdraw from nations due to COVID-19 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Defending champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday night when he tested positive for COVID-19....

 2022-01-06 08:28 

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EDITORIAL: Time Abe came clean on party scandal that still dogs him at Diet | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political integrity is still at stake over his use of official Cabinet events for self-serving purposes and his repeated obfuscations to related questions at the Diet over the course of nearly a year....

 2022-01-06 07:37 

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VOX POPULI: Inertia on SOFA leads to unsafe, absurd situation in Okinawa | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The U.S. military in Japan is out of the reach of the Japanese government as well as local administrative entities....

 2022-01-06 07:06 

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U.S., Germany support Lithuania in spat with China over Taiwan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--The United States and Germany on Wednesday backed Lithuania in its spat with China, saying the pressure exerted by Beijing against the tiny Baltic nation was unwarranted,...

 2022-01-06 07:05 

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Map helps Chinese man reunite with his family after decades | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Since he was a child, Li Jingwei did not know his real name. He did not know where he was born, or for certain how old he was--until he found his biological family last month with the help of a long-remembered map....

 2022-01-06 03:05 

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OLYMPICS/ IOC assures teams Winter Games in Beijing will go ahead | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

GENEVA--A day after Switzerland's team leader asked for talks about possibly postponing the Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, the IOC promised officials worldwide on Wednesday the Winter Games will go ahead as planned....

 2022-01-06 03:00 

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Big stars signed for ‘Kamen Rider Black Sun’ series in 2022 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Actors Hidetoshi Nishijima and Tomoya Nakamura will star in "Kamen Rider Black Sun," a "tokusatsu" live-action special effects series streaming later this year....

 2022-01-06 02:50 

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N. Korea says Jan. 5 launch was hypersonic missile | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korea test fired a...

 2022-01-06 02:35 

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China reports major drop in virus cases in locked-down Xi’an | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

China on Wednesday reported a major drop in COVID-19 infections in the northern city of Xi'an, which has been under a tight lockdown for the past two weeks that has sharply disrupted the lives of its 13 million residents....

 2022-01-06 02:30 

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S. Korea military apologizes for defector’s border crossing | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea's military apologized Wednesday for causing public concern about its security readiness, days after it failed to stop a suspected North Korean defector who crossed the heavily fortified border to return to the North....

 2022-01-06 02:00 

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Railway-linked hotels turn to train buffs to get back on track | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Railroad fans may think they're dreaming when they wake up in rooms looking like train cars and adorned with replicas of driver seats and other train-related goodies....

 2022-01-06 02:00 

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Visitors to 2025 Expo in Osaka can take ride on ‘spacecraft’ train | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--A futuristic-looking subway train featuring an exterior that resembles a spacecraft will provide a wow factor for the 2025 Osaka Kansai Expo....

 2022-01-05 14:09 

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Woman remains anonymous after giving birth in Kumamoto | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KUMAMOTO—An underage woman appears to have given the first "confidential birth" under Jikei Hospital's system that allows women with unplanned pregnancies to remain anonymous....

 2022-01-05 14:07 

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No record price at tuna auction as top bidders eye different fish | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Sushi magnate Kiyoshi Kimura stunned foodies around the world in 2019 when he paid a record-high 333.6 million yen ($2.9 million) for a single bluefin tuna at the first auction of the year....

 2022-01-05 14:03 

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New COVID-19 cases in Tokyo soar; Osaka fears 6th wave | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Fresh novel coronavirus cases in Tokyo soared to close to 400 on Jan. 5, while authorities in Osaka braced for more than 200 in what they said they suspect marks the start of a sixth wave of infections....

 2022-01-05 13:43 

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Toyota dethrones GM as U.S. sales leader after nearly a century on top | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. outsold General Motors Co. in the United States in 2021, marking the first time the Detroit automaker has not led U.S. auto sales for a full year since 1931....

 2022-01-05 13:41 

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Thousands held on Hong Kong cruise ship for COVID testing | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--Thousands of passengers were being held Wednesday on a cruise ship in Hong Kong for coronavirus testing after health authorities said nine passengers were linked to a recent omicron cluster and ordered the ship to turn back....

 2022-01-05 13:40 

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Asian shares mostly fall as tech stocks slump on Wall Street | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Asian benchmarks mostly slipped Wednesday as technology shares in the region echoed a similar drop in the sector on Wall Street....

 2022-01-05 12:52 

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Traffic accident fatalities down for the 5th straight year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Traffic fatalities across Japan last year claimed 2,636 lives, the lowest figure for the fifth straight year, the National Police Agency announced Jan. 4....

 2022-01-05 11:54 

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A plea for action by the nuclear powers, not more words | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Atomic bomb survivors and experts were generally receptive to a Jan. 3 joint statement by the five established nuclear powers on reducing the threat of nuclear war, but called for action, not just words....

 2022-01-05 11:27 

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EDITORIAL: Network of ties fundamental to ‘new form of capitalism’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

With his cutting-edge knowledge of quantum theory, Italian theoretical physicist and bestselling author Carlo Rovelli argues in his 2020 book "Helgoland" the importance of perceiving the world as an "interactive network of relationships," ...

 2022-01-05 10:00 

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South Korea to appeal court order exempting private schools from vaccine passes | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--The South Korean government said on Wednesday it will appeal against a court order to exclude private education facilities from a COVID-19 vaccine pass mandate, the first major legal tussle over vaccinations that have been widely accepted....

 2022-01-05 08:53 

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Okinawa eyeing pre-emergency measures to halt Omicron variant | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAHA--Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki said he is considering asking the central government to declare pre-emergency measures to stem the latest surge in novel coronavirus infections in the prefecture....

 2022-01-05 08:50 

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Japan, U.S. ministers to hold ‘two-plus-two’ talks on Friday | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's foreign and defense ministers will hold talks with their U.S. counterparts in a "two-plus-two4; format on Friday to discuss security issues, Japan's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday....

 2022-01-05 08:49 

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North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea on Wednesday, the South Korean and Japanese militaries said, its first public weapons launch in about two months and a signal that Pyongyang isn't interested in rejoining denucleariza...

 2022-01-05 08:40 

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Sony teases details of next-gen VR headset | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Sony Group Corp. on Wednesday teased details of its next-generation virtual reality headset for its PlayStation 5 console, as the Japanese conglomerate seeks to secure a lead in the nascent sector amid growing attention from tech giants....

 2022-01-05 08:30 

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Life of brother of N. Korea founder shows ferocity in family battles | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A once top-level North Korean official, whose decades-long disappearance from the radar of overseas intelligence agencies underscored the ruthless power struggles within the Kim regime, has reportedly died....

 2022-01-05 07:33 

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VOX POPULI: Only diplomacy can spare the world from war | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

"I would like to make just one wish," wrote author Yaeko Nogami (1885-1985) at the start of 1937 in her contribution to The Tokyo Asahi Shimbun....

 2022-01-05 07:00 

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Troubled Chinese developer told to demolish resort | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--A troubled Chinese real estate developer that is struggling with $310 billion in debt announced Tuesday it has been ordered to demolish a 39-building resort complex in a new blow to its finances....

 2022-01-05 06:40 

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Tesla showroom in China’s Xinjiang region blasted by rights groups  | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHANGHAI--U.S. human rights and trade groups on Tuesday blasted Tesla's New Year's Eve announcement that it opened a showroom in Xinjiang, the latest foreign firm caught up in tensions related to the far-western Chinese region where detention camp...

 2022-01-05 05:00 

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GOHAN LAB/ Sweet simmered black soybeans: Keep liquid from boiling over to get plump, shiny ‘kuromame’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Editor's note: The theme of Gohan Lab is to help people make simple, tasty "gohan" (meals)....

 2022-01-05 04:45 

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David Bowie’s extensive music catalog is sold to Warner | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NEW YORK--The extensive music catalog of David Bowie, stretching from the late 1960s to just before his death in 2016, has been sold to Warner Chappell Music....

 2022-01-05 04:35 

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North Korea fires apparent ballistic missile, Japan says | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

(Adds Japan PM quote in par 3, background on stalled talks, previous tests)...

 2022-01-05 03:00 

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Hoodie improved for both cats and their dedicated gaming masters | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HIGASHI-OSAKA, Osaka Prefecture--A company here said it has leveled up its hoodie that allows gamers to continue playing without being interrupted by their attention-seeking pet cats....

 2022-01-04 14:10 

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Hong Kong's Lam: Media closures unrelated to press freedom | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said the recent closure of two media outlets in the city does not indicate a decline in press freedom as the decisions were made by the outlets themselves....

 2022-01-04 13:50 

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Tokyo reports 151 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since October | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo reported 151 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 4, up 105 from a week ago and surpassing the 150 mark for the first time since October, according to metropolitan health officials....

 2022-01-04 13:35 

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TV station in Fukui pulls school’s anti-nuclear play from broadcast | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

FUKUI—A local cable television station quietly dropped a high school drama club's anti-nuclear play from its annual broadcast of a theater festival after deciding the content was too sensitive to air....

 2022-01-04 13:25 

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Tamaki declares ‘milestone year’ for Okinawa on bases issue | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAHA--Governor Denny Tamaki referred to 2022 as being a "milestone year" as Okinawa gears up to mark the 50th anniversary in May of the return of the prefecture's sovereignty to Japan....

 2022-01-04 13:15 

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Kishida: Virus measures focus on treating Omicron cases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ISE, Mie Prefecture—Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the focus of measures to battle the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus will shift from strengthening border controls to halting community spreads of the strain....

 2022-01-04 12:45 

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Okinawa reports 225 local COVID-19 cases, 164 at bases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAHA--Okinawa continued reporting more daily COVID-19 cases than any other prefecture on Jan. 4....

 2022-01-04 12:20 

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Activists urge Tesla to close new Xinjiang showroom | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--American-based activists are appealing to Tesla Inc. to close a new showroom in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, where officials are accused of abuses against mostly Muslim ethnic minorities....

 2022-01-04 12:15 

The Asahi Shimbun

Research: Open windows lower CO2 level on packed trains | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Opening windows on packed trains can reduce the carbon dioxide level by about 15 percent, according to a study that could be used to determine proper ventilation in buildings to reduce the risk of COVID-19....

 2022-01-04 11:55 

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Famed riverside BBQ space in Tokyo doubles as drone zone | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A spacious riverside spot in Tokyo's Kita Ward traditionally set aside for barbecue parties is temporarily being taken over as a practice zone for drone operators as part of a social experiment to explore new ways of using the space....

 2022-01-04 11:30 

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Workers pack Kanda Myojin shrine to pray for good business | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Company employees, many wearing suits, flocked to Kanda Myojin shrine in central Tokyo to offer traditional prayers for "good business" on Jan. 4, the first working day of the year for many people....

 2022-01-04 11:10 

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Early retirement a new worry for Japan’s loyal workforce | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The economic impact of the global health crisis is pushing Japan Inc. into a corner, and its only recourse, for now at least, is to shed payrolls as it reconfigures manpower strategies....

 2022-01-04 10:20 

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‘Evergrande return our money!’ Investors protest at office of Chinese developer | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

GUANGZHOU, China-- Investors in financial products issued by China Evergrande Group protested outside the cash-strapped company's offices in Guangzhou on Tuesday, with many worried that their returns would be sacrificed to keep real estate projects af...

 2022-01-04 10:10 

The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Rapid growth in defense spending a hard sell to the public | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Ramping up defense spending is never an easy sell to the public despite the obvious need to be able to respond to an increasingly volatile security environment and ever more sophisticated military technology....

 2022-01-04 10:05 

The Asahi Shimbun

NPA seeks bigger role in global actions against cybercrimes | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The National Police Agency will establish a cyber department in spring that will enhance Japan's role in joint international operations against cybercriminals....

 2022-01-04 09:20 

The Asahi Shimbun

Magnitude-6.1 earthquake jolts the Ogasawara island chain | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.1 struck off the coast of Chichijima island, part of the Ogasawara archipelago south of Tokyo, at 6:08 a.m. on Jan. 4, the Japan Meteorological Agency said....

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