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 2022-11-12 09:36 

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No limits on eating, drinking out under 8th wave of COVID | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

New government guidelines to tackle an expected eighth wave in COVID-19 cases this winter will have none of the rigorous restrictions that put a crimp on eating and drinking out a year ago....

 2022-11-12 07:48 

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VOX POPULI: We all owe a debt to Meiji Era pioneers of the art of translation | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Akira Yanabu (1928-2018), an expert on the history of translation and author of "Honyaku towa Nanika" (What is translation?) and other works, once noted cryptically, "Translation, after all, is misunderstanding.4;...

 2022-11-12 03:55 

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Softbank returns to profit as investments rebound | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japanese technology investor Softbank Group Corp. reported on Friday a 3 trillion yen ($21 billion) profit for the July-September quarter, a sharp reversal from its loss a year ago....

 2022-11-12 03:55 

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Russian ambassador blames Japan for strained relations | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Russia's ambassador to Tokyo blamed Japan on Friday for straining relations between the countries by imposing sanctions on Moscow over its war with Ukraine....

 2022-11-12 03:50 

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Japanese music stars form band ‘to make the world rock’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Four of Japan's biggest rock stars formed a new band, The Last Rockstars, in a race against time to preserve the spirit of rock music....

 2022-11-12 02:10 

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Manga shows sexism through the eyes of girls around world | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A manga comic that shows "silent gender discrimination" as seen by 10-year-old girls in different countries and cultures has sold so well that a third print run was ordered....

 2022-11-12 02:00 

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Interpreter from Vietnam calls for end to ‘flawed’ trainee program | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

TOYONAKA, Osaka Prefecture—Tran Thi Hien's skills are in heavy demand these days, much to her chagrin....

 2022-11-11 13:37 

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Kishida dumps justice minister for remarks on death penalty | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reversed course and sacked his embattled justice minister, Yasuhiro Hanashi, only hours after denying he had any intention of firing him....

 2022-11-11 12:51 

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Japan again recognized for poor record on fossil fuels | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt--Japan has again won a "fossil award" in recognition of its reluctance to tackle global warming, the Climate Action Network (CAN) announced here on Nov. 9....

 2022-11-11 12:36 

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Gender-identity harassment case recognized as work accident | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A labor standards inspection office in Kanagawa Prefecture has recognized a worker's depression as an industrial accident because it was caused by a manager's persistent harassment over sexual identity....

 2022-11-11 12:13 

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Baseball hall of famer ‘Sunday Choji’ Murata dies in fire | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Former baseball star Choji Murata died in a fire at his home in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward early on Nov. 11, police said....

 2022-11-11 11:15 

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Seoul court approves extradition of New Zealand suspect | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--A South Korean court has approved the extradition of a 42-year-old woman facing murder charges in New Zealand over her possible connection to the bodies of two long-dead children found abandoned in suitcases in August....

 2022-11-11 11:15 

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U.S. blocks more than 1,000 solar shipments over Chinese slave labor concerns | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

More than 1,000 shipments of solar energy components worth hundreds of millions of dollars have piled up at U.S. ports since June under a new law banning imports from China's Xinjiang region over concerns about slave labor, according to federal custom...

 2022-11-11 11:10 

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Asian stocks surge after lower US inflation eases rate fears | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Asian stock markets surged Friday after U.S. inflation eased by more than expected, spurring hopes the Federal Reserve might scale down plans for more interest rate hikes....

 2022-11-11 10:58 

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Minister declares intent for inquiry into Unification Church dealings | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Education minister Keiko Nagaoka said on Nov. 11 her ministry will question the Unification Church and open an investigation into the religious organization's shady activities....

 2022-11-11 10:56 

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Japan and 8 big firms pool funds for advanced chip production | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The central government and eight major Japanese companies are joining forces to bankroll a new company expected to become the domestic production source for next-generation semiconductors....

 2022-11-11 09:47 

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EDITORIAL: Midterms give mixed signals about future of U.S. democracy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The U.S. midterm elections have provided many reasons to feel concerned about the future of the nation's democracy....

 2022-11-11 08:10 

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Japan, U.S. hold joint arms drills amid China, North Korea worry | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan and the United States began a major joint military exercise Thursday in southern Japan as the allies aim to step up readiness in the face of China's increasing assertiveness and North Korea's intensifying missile launches....

 2022-11-11 08:05 

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China’s muted Singles’ Day shopping fest expects slow growth | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--China's biggest online shopping festival, known as Singles' Day, is typically an extravagant affair as Chinese e-commerce firms like Alibaba and JD.com ramp up marketing campaigns and engage top livestreamers to hawk everything from lip...

 2022-11-11 07:45 

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ASEAN summit begins with Myanmar likely to dominate agenda; ‘little progress expected’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

PHNOM PENH--Leaders of Southeast Asian nations began an annual summit on Friday that is likely to be dominated by Myanmar's escalating violence and political gridlock, with increasingly frustrated members of the group struggling to get the country'...

 2022-11-11 07:45 

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Australian PM wants to ask China’s Xi to lift trade barriers | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

CANBERRA--Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Friday he'd ask Chinese President Xi Jinping to lift billions of dollars in trade barriers if the two leaders hold their first bilateral meeting this month....

 2022-11-11 07:45 

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U.S. in talks to buy South Korean ammunition for Ukraine, official says | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL/WASHINGTON--Washington wants to buy South Korean artillery shells to send to Ukraine, a U.S. official said on Friday, even as Seoul insisted that the United States must be the ammunition's end user and that its policy against lethal aid for Ukra...

 2022-11-11 07:37 

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VOX POPULI: Hanashi should be thrown out for his callous words on death penalty | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

British author George Orwell (1903-1950) served as a police officer in Burma during the British colonial era....

 2022-11-11 07:35 

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Japan’s Seven & i Holdings to sell Sogo & Seibu unit to Fortress--sources | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's Seven & i Holdings Co Ltd has decided to sell its Sogo & Seibu department store unit to U.S. fund Fortress Investment Group, people familiar with the matter said on Friday....

 2022-11-11 06:52 

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Japanese volunteer soldier confirmed dead in Ukraine | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A Japanese man in his 20s who volunteered to fight for Ukraine against Russia died on Nov. 9, the first Japanese fatality in the war, government sources confirmed Nov. 11....

 2022-11-11 02:00 

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‘One Piece’ show breathes new life into traditional puppet theater | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

YAMATO, Kumamoto Prefecture--A traditional puppeteering style passed down for 170 years in mountainous Yamato has adopted the "One Piece" manga as a new form entertainment....

 2022-11-11 02:00 

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Survey: 48% of sexual minority teens considered suicide past year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Teenage sexual minorities in Japan are at high risk of suicide, loneliness and social isolation even though they have gained some social recognition, according to an online survey....

 2022-11-11 02:00 

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10th Biwako Biennale art festival now running in Shiga | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

OMI-HACHIMAN, Shiga Prefecture--Works created by 69 artists from home and overseas are showcased at the 10th Biwako Biennale being held here and in neighboring Hikone through Nov. 27....

 2022-11-10 12:42 

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Century-old producer of Sakuma candies to close down | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Japanese maker of the vibrant, fruit-flavored hard candies famously depicted in the celebrated anti-war anime "Grave of the Fireflies" is putting an end to its 114 years of history....

 2022-11-10 12:33 

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Man arrested for selling pirated version of ‘Dragon Ball’ | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KANAZAWA--Ishikawa prefectural police here Nov. 9 announced the arrest of a man for selling a pirated version of a comic magazine that carries the first story of the hugely popular manga "Dragon Ball" in breach of the Copyright Law....

 2022-11-10 12:14 

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Ukraine boosts Southeast Asia ties with peace accord | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia--Ukraine signed a peace accord Thursday with Southeast Asian nations, a largely symbolic act that comes as Kyiv seeks to shore up international support in isolating Russia....

 2022-11-10 12:08 

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Trading houses record net profits on the back of interests abroad | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Trading and other companies outside the manufacturing sector benefitted enormously from the steep fall in the value of the Japanese currency in recent months, whereas the performance of manufacturers was patchy due to a surge in prices of materials caused...

 2022-11-10 11:49 

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Justice minister reprimanded for remark about death penalty | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Justice Minister Yasuhiro Hanashi is walking back a comment he made about capital punishment that some Liberal Democratic Party insiders said could end up costing him his job....

 2022-11-10 11:37 

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Private school agrees to pay staff member OT for club activities | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NAGASAKI--A private high school operator here agreed to pay 1.85 million yen ($12,650) to a staff member for the long hours she spent coaching students at an extracurricular sports club, her lawyer said Nov. 9....

 2022-11-10 11:03 

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South Korea leader criticized for banning broadcaster from plane | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--Journalist organizations say South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol attacked press freedoms when his office banned a TV broadcaster's crew from the press pool traveling on his presidential plane this week for allegedly biased reporting....

 2022-11-10 11:03 

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Virus lockdowns hit China economic powerhouse Guangzhou | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--A surge in COVID-19 cases has spurred lockdowns in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou, adding to financial pressure that has disrupted global supply chains and sharply slowed growth in the world's second-largest economy....

 2022-11-10 11:02 

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Russia claims pullout from occupied city; Ukraine skeptical | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

KYIV--Russia's military said Wednesday it will withdraw from the only Ukrainian regional capital it captured, but Kyiv was skeptical and an analyst warned this could be a ruse to lure the country's forces into a deadly trap. A forced pullout from ...

 2022-11-10 10:13 

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Ministry: Church meets standards for questioning in investigation | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The education ministry has concluded that it can exercise the right to question the Unification Church and open an investigation into the religious organization's dubious activities....

 2022-11-10 10:12 

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4 die in accident on Tomei Expressway in Kanagawa | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

ATSUGI, Kanagawa Prefectuure--Four people were killed in a multivehicle accident on the outbound lanes of the Tomei Expressway here early on Nov. 10, police said....

 2022-11-10 09:35 

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Former Tokyo Games executive indicted 4th time in bribery case | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Prosecutors filed fresh charges against a former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee official over a widening bribery scandal that cast a deep shadow over the Games held in the Japanese capital just over a year ago....

 2022-11-10 09:32 

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Facebook parent Meta cuts 11,000 jobs, 13% of workforce | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Facebook parent Meta is laying off 11,000 people, about 13 percent of its workforce, as it contends with faltering revenue and broader tech industry woes, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a letter to employees Wednesday....

 2022-11-10 09:01 

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Motegi: Criminal charges might apply in law on donations | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Religious corporations that engage in "heinous soliciting" could face criminal charges under legislation to be submitted to the current Diet session, officials said....

 2022-11-10 08:48 

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U.S. midterm elections: A stunning draw as Democrats hold their own | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--Facing tremendous headwinds and weighty history, Democrats fought Republicans to a stunning midterm draw....

 2022-11-10 08:47 

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Biden to discuss N. Korea nuclear threat with Japan, S. Korea leaders | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--President Joe Biden will meet Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol during an upcoming trip to Asia to discuss how to stem North Korea's nuclear program, a White House official said on Wednesday....

 2022-11-10 08:38 

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EDITORIAL: Audit on wasted COVID-19 relief funds offers valuable lessons | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's audit watchdog reported that huge sums of taxpayer money were wasted or obtained fraudulently through government programs to tackle the COVID-19 crisis....

 2022-11-10 07:48 

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VOX POPULI: U.S. midterms show the glaring divisions still rife in the nation | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

"Bei-O Kairan Jikki" ("The Iwakura Embassy, 1871-1873: A True Account of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary's Journey of Observation through the United States and Europe") contains the following observation on American de...

 2022-11-10 07:09 

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Germany blocks Chinese-owned firm’s chip factory deal | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BERLIN--The German government on Wednesday blocked the sale of a chip factory to a Swedish subsidiary of a Chinese company, a decision that comes as Berlin grapples with its future approach to Beijing....

 2022-11-10 07:06 

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China willing to contribute to climate damage compensation | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt--China would be willing to contribute to a mechanism for compensating poorer countries for losses and damage caused by climate change, its climate envoy Xie Zhenhua said on Wednesday at the United Nations COP27 climate summit in Egy...

 2022-11-10 04:15 

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Cryptocurrencies plunge as Binance scraps deal for rival FTX | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

NEW YORK--Cryptocurrency prices plunged for a second-straight day after crypto exchange Binance said it was pulling out of a deal to purchase failing rival FTX Trading....

 2022-11-10 03:40 

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U.N. experts urge stringent rules to stop net zero greenwash | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt--Companies pledging to get their emissions down to net zero better make sure they've got a credible plan and aren't just making false promises, U.N. experts said in a report Tuesday urging tough standards on emissions cuttin...

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