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 2022-05-10 07:00 

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Taiwan says ‘very difficult’ to get WHO invite, but trying hard | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TAIPEI/BEIJING--It will be "very difficult" for Taiwan to get an invite to a major World Health Organization meeting this month, but efforts are continuing, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Monday....

 2022-05-10 07:00 

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Japan to decide Russia oil embargo timing while weighing impact on economy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan will decide the timing and method of a Russian oil embargo while considering the possible economic impact, its industry minister said on Tuesday, after Tokyo agreed on a ban with other Group of Seven nations over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine....

 2022-05-10 06:50 

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Marcos Jr. won Philippine presidency, unofficial count shows | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MANILA--The namesake son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos appeared to have been elected Philippine president by a landslide in an astonishing reversal of the 1986 "People Power" pro-democracy revolt that booted his father into global i...

 2022-05-10 06:35 

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Laos reopens to visitors after 2-year closure to fight virus | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--The landlocked Southeast Asian nation of Laos reopened to tourists and other visitors on Monday, more than two years after it imposed tight restrictions to fight the coronavirus....

 2022-05-10 06:35 

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New South Korean president takes office, briefed on North Korea | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Conservative Yoon Suk Yeol took office as South Korea's president on Tuesday, facing a tougher mix of foreign policy and domestic challenges than other recent South Korean leaders encountered at the start of their presidencies....

 2022-05-10 06:30 

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As Putin marks Victory Day, his troops make little war gains | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine--Russian President Vladimir Putin marked his country's biggest patriotic holiday Monday without a major new battlefield success in Ukraine to boast of, as the war ground on through its 11th week with the Kremlin's forces maki...

 2022-05-10 03:00 

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It’s a brave new world with Hello Kitty serving as a robotic guide | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Hello Kitty, the global marketing phenomenon that features a fictional Japanese bobtail cat with a red bow and no mouth, is about to take on a new role ... as a talking android....

 2022-05-10 02:10 

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Nationality not the only issue at exclusive golf clubs in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Despite being a naturalized Japanese, a man born to ethnic Korean parents was refused membership to an exclusive golf club in Gifu Prefecture on grounds its quota for non-Japanese was full....

 2022-05-10 02:00 

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Lisa’s Wanderings Around Japan/ Dogo hot spring: Take a dip in bathhouses that are the stuff of legend | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

What a welcoming name, "Do go!" As suggested, I went....

 2022-05-09 14:09 

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4 residents die in early a.m. house fire in western Tokyo | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Four residents died in a raging house fire that broke out in the early hours of May 9 in western Tokyo, according to the Metropolitan Police Department....

 2022-05-09 14:04 

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Many visitors lay flowers, pray for victims of tour boat accident | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHARI, Hokkaido--Nearly 60 people from all over Japan visited a gymnasium here on May 8, the last day of the Golden Week holidays, to pay their respects to the victims of a deadly tour boat sinking....

 2022-05-09 13:17 

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Tokyo logs week-on-week rise in new cases for 3rd day in a row | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo reported 3,011 new COVID-19 cases on May 9, 608 more than the previous Monday, marking the third consecutive day of a week-on-week increase....

 2022-05-09 13:03 

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New images show sunken tour boat lying tilted to the right | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan Coast Guard officials released two new images showing a sunken sightseeing boat off eastern Hokkaido tilting to the right on the seabed but offering no further hint to the whereabouts of those still missing....

 2022-05-09 12:51 

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Ticket error ends free Shinkansen rides for former Diet member | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAGOYA--A slip-up at a train station led to the arrest of a former lawmaker who is suspected of fraudulently obtaining Shinkansen tickets by pretending he was still a Diet member, police said May 8....

 2022-05-09 12:11 

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‘Guardian of Constitution’ has no records of first-strike plan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Cabinet Legislation Bureau confirmed it has not produced a document on whether Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's proposal to give Japan first-strike capabilities against enemy bases is compatible with the pacifist Constitution....

 2022-05-09 12:09 

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Musk tweet on Japan doomed by low birthrate provokes anger--but not just at him | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

An Elon Musk tweet saying Japan would...

 2022-05-09 11:04 

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EDITORIAL: Caution advised as Diet weighs prison time for criminal insult | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee is considering a government-drafted bill to revise the Penal Code to make "bujokuzai" (the crime of insults) punishable by imprisonment....

 2022-05-09 11:02 

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China trade weakens after cities shut down to fight virus | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--China's export growth tumbled in April after Shanghai and other major industrial cities were shut down to fight virus outbreaks....

 2022-05-09 10:23 

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Yoshinoya refused foreign student entry to recruiting event | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Japanese beef bowl restaurant chain Yoshinoya Co. rejected a job-seeking university student from participating in a company recruitment event on the assumption that they were a foreign national....

 2022-05-09 10:10 

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Many Japanese companies in Shanghai still idling factories | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHANGHAI--Some 60 percent of Japanese companies with factories here continue to pause production more than a month since the COVID-19 lockdown began, a recent poll has found....

 2022-05-09 09:14 

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S. Korea’s Moon calls for peace with North in farewell speech | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea's departing liberal president defended his policy of engaging North Korea, saying in his farewell speech Monday that he hopes efforts to restore peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula will continue....

 2022-05-09 09:00 

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Putin to mark Victory Day as Russia presses Ukraine assault | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine--^Russian forces pushed forward Monday in their assault on Ukraine, seeking to capture the crucial southern port city of Mariupol as Moscow prepared to celebrate its national Victory Day holiday....

 2022-05-09 08:28 

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VOX POPULI: Take time to appreciate every moment possible with your mother | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

People we admired while we were junior or senior high school students looked much older to us. Later, however, we realized the age difference was not that great....

 2022-05-09 08:16 

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Japan to take time phasing out Russian oil imports, Kishida says | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan will take time to phase out Russian oil imports after agreeing on a ban with other Group of Seven (G-7) nations to counter Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday....

 2022-05-09 06:59 

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MLB/ Shohei Ohtani, Angels rally in ninth to edge Nationals | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Anthony Rendon's two-out RBI single drove in Shohei Ohtani from second base to cap a three-run, ninth-inning rally and lift the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday in Anaheim, Calif....

 2022-05-09 06:58 

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Dictator’s son a front-runner as Filipinos elect next leader | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MANILA--Filipinos were voting for a new president Monday, with the son of an ousted dictator and a champion of reforms and human rights as top contenders in a tenuous moment in a deeply divided Asian democracy....

 2022-05-09 06:58 

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BOJ official who oversaw policy review promoted as executive director | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Seichi Shimizu, who oversaw the Bank of Japan's 2021 policy review and its monetary easing during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been promoted as one of the central bank's six executive directors, the institution said on Monday....

 2022-05-09 06:57 

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From would-be pastor to ‘fighting cock,’ South Korean president Yoon carves own route to the top | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Yoon Suk-yeol seals his surge to the summit of South Korean politics on Tuesday when the man who once dreamt of becoming a pastor but was nicknamed the 'fighting cock' for his tenacity as a prosecutor, is sworn in as president....

 2022-05-09 06:30 

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Office furniture companies profit off desire for better workplace | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Office furniture makers are doing brisk business despite fewer people going to their companies in the age of teleworking....

 2022-05-09 03:35 

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G-7 leaders vow to cut Russian oil imports | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

LONDON--Leaders from the Group of Seven developed democracies pledged Sunday to phasing out or banning the import of Russian oil, as they met with Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for online talks to stress their support and to display unity ...

 2022-05-09 03:00 

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Osaka exhibition taps into the genius of director Hideaki Anno | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OSAKA--A special exhibition that delves into the creative mind and formative influences of renowned "Evangelion" anime director Hideaki Anno is drawing huge crowds here....

 2022-05-09 02:00 

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Nagoya designer ‘upcycles’ trash into everyday chic products | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAGOYA--Being forced to stay at home during the pandemic made Yuki Murakami realize how much trash and waste he was producing in the environment in his daily life....

 2022-05-08 13:48 

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Submersible used for 1st time in search for boat victims | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHARI, Hokkaido--Rescuers deployed a remotely operated submersible for the first time May 8 to search the interior of a sunken sightseeing boat as efforts continued to locate people still missing two weeks after the disaster off eastern Hokkaido....

 2022-05-08 13:22 

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Tokyo posts 4,711 new cases, up 1,550 week on week | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo on May 8 confirmed 4,711 fresh COVID-19 cases, 1,550 more than a week ago and the second straight day for the daily count to post a week-on-week increase....

 2022-05-08 12:56 

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Tamaki unveils his vision for Okinawa ahead of anniversary | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAHA--Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki is issuing a four-point policy call to mark the 50th anniversary of the prefecture's return to Japanese sovereignty that includes a renewed plea to the central government to significantly slash the island's disp...

 2022-05-08 11:35 

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Beijing outbreak proves stubborn, mass tests now routine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING/SHANGHAI--Millions of Beijing residents lined up for another round of COVID-19 tests on Sunday, in what is becoming a daily routine as the Chinese capital races to contain a small but stubborn outbreak--and avoid a Shanghai-type prolonged "loc...

 2022-05-08 11:05 

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Beijing loyalist John Lee elected as Hong Kong’s next leader | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--John Lee was elected as Hong Kong's next leader Sunday, after winning over 99% of votes cast by a largely pro-Beijing election committee....

 2022-05-08 09:31 

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With no travel curbs in place, crowds swell during holidays | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Crowds at major train stations across the country swelled as much as four-fold compared with a year earlier during the Golden Week holidays in the absence of travel restrictions for the first time since the pandemic hit in early 2020....

 2022-05-08 08:10 

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‘This has to end’: Jill Biden sees Ukraine moms’ heartbreak | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BUCHAREST--Jill Biden heard heartbreaking stories Saturday from Ukrainian women and children who fled Russia's war and found safe haven in Romania, with one mother telling the U.S. first lady of a harrowing escape after being holed up in a cramped, co...

 2022-05-08 08:05 

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Last women and children evacuated from Ukrainian steel mill | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine--Russian forces kept up their barrage of southern Ukraine, hitting the major Black Sea port of Odesa with cruise missiles and bombarding the steelworks up the coast in Mariupol, where Ukrainian fighters remained trapped underground a...

 2022-05-08 08:00 

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Japan to send FM to S. Korean president’s inauguration | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan announced Friday that its foreign minister will attend new South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's inauguration ceremony next week as part of an effort to bring the countries' strained relations back to normal....

 2022-05-08 07:55 

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Afghanistan’s Taliban order women to cover up head to toe | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KABUL--Afghanistan's Taliban rulers on Saturday ordered all Afghan women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public — a sharp, hard-line pivot that confirmed the worst fears of rights activists and was bound to further complicate Taliban dealings wi...

 2022-05-08 07:40 

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S Korea’s next leader faces escalating N Korean nuke threat | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--During his election campaign, South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol had tough words for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he would teach his rival some manners and sternly deal with his provocative missile tests with a strengthened allia...

 2022-05-08 02:30 

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Tourists flock to ‘Japan’s Aegean Sea’ despite health crisis | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

YURA, Wakayama Prefecture--A coast here is attracting hordes of visitors with a view so magnificent that it's been nicknamed "Japan's Aegean Sea."...

 2022-05-08 02:00 

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Famed ‘sakura tunnel’ in Fukushima at risk of dying out | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TOMIOKA, Fukushima Prefecture--The entire "sakura tunnel" formed by cherry trees here was open to visitors for the first time since the nuclear disaster unfolded nearby in 2011....

 2022-05-07 13:55 

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Tokyo sees first week-on-week rise in COVID-19 in 26 days | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Tokyo on May 7 reported its first week-on-week increase in 26 days of fresh COVID-19 cases, an early indication that the Golden Week holiday period now drawing to a close could result in a sharp upswing in figures in the days to come....

 2022-05-07 12:20 

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Trainee from Vietnam reaches settlement over physical abuse | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A Vietnamese technical intern who endured two years of physical abuse while working at an Okayama-based construction company reached a settlement with his former bosses as well as the supervising organization that arranged the placement....

 2022-05-07 11:35 

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Japan detects 4 more suspected acute child hepatitis cases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The health ministry on May 6 confirmed four new cases of a mysterious form of acute child hepatitis that has afflicted 12 nations to date....

 2022-05-07 11:15 

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North Korea tests missile apparently fired from submarine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile designed to be launched from a submarine on Saturday, South Korea's military said, apparently continuing a provocative streak in weapons demonstrations that may culminate with a nuclear test in th...

 2022-05-07 10:32 

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4-day week catching on among big firms in changing Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

More of Japan's biggest corporate names are moving toward introducing a four-day workweek, a notion that was once unthinkable in a country whose postwar prosperity was built on a work force willing to sacrifice home life for the good of the company....

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