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Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea | Fukushima News

Government pledges to make water safe before release, but plan is likely to raise concern. Japan plans to release more…

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Africa

Tokyo tightening virus measures nearly 100 days before Olympics | Olympics News

Pandemic-delayed Summer Games are due to open on July 23 in Tokyo, but a surge in cases in parts of…

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Asia

Japan Airlines to retire 777 planes with Pratt & Whitney engines | Aviation News

Japan Airlines’ move comes a year earlier than planned and on the heels of incidents on some flights. Japan Airlines…

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Asia

North Korea drops out of Tokyo Olympics over COVID fears | Coronavirus pandemic News

North Korea has announced it will not attend the Tokyo Olympic Games because of coronavirus concerns, dashing South Korean hopes…

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Middle East

Osaka’s Olympic torch relay in peril as COVID forces restrictions | Coronavirus pandemic News

Japan’s government says it will impose emergency measures, such as shorter business hours and asking people to work from home…

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Africa

Japan’s famed cherry blossoms bloom early as climate warms | Japan News

Japan’s cherry trees are reaching full bloom in record time this year, the national weather agency has said, linking the…

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Asia

Nissan whistle-blower questions integrity of Ghosn probe: Report | Automotive Industry News

Nissan Motor Co.’s former top lawyer, who led an internal investigation into alleged financial misconduct by Carlos Ghosn, said he endured…

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Latin America

12 defence chiefs condemn Myanmar army after day of ‘mass murder’ | Australia News

The defence chiefs of 12 countries have condemned the Myanmar military for its deadly crackdown on demonstrators, as people across…

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Middle East

Hope for ‘momentum’ as Olympic torch relay kicks off in Japan | Coronavirus pandemic News

Tokyo, Japan – The Olympic torch relay has kicked off in Japan amid continued public opposition, a year after authorities…

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Europe

North Korea launches suspected ballistic missiles into sea | Military News

South Korea, Japan and US confirm Thursday morning launch with Japanese saying at least two banned ballistic missiles were fired.…

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Africa

COVID-19 takes spring out of Japan’s ‘hanami’ season | Arts and Culture News

Tokyo, Japan – Cherry blossom viewing, called “hanami” in the Japanese language, is one of the most iconic and beloved…

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Middle East

Can the Olympic Games succeed without overseas fans?

Organisers of postponed Tokyo Games ban foreign spectators in a bid to reduce coronavirus risks. Credit

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Europe

Overseas fans banned from Tokyo Olympics over COVID fears | Coronavirus pandemic News

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed last year to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Overseas fans will be…

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Latin America

Tokyo 2020 official quits in ‘Olympig’ jibe at female comedian | Olympics News

The creative director for Tokyo’s Olympic ceremonies resigned on Thursday for suggesting a female comedian appear as a pig, just…

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Middle East

Japan court makes landmark ruling on same-sex marriage | LGBTQ News

Court says not allowing same sex marriage is ‘unconstitutional’ in major victory for LGBTQ community. A Japanese district court on…

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Asia

US focuses on ‘denuclearisation’ of North Korea as ICBMs loom | Japan News

White House, top diplomat Blinken, focus on diplomacy and denuclearisation to address ‘core security concern’ North Korea. North Korea might…

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Africa

US vows to work with allies on North Korea denuclearisation | Business and Economy News

Secretary of State Antony Blinken tells his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi that his visit was meant to reaffirm US-Japan ties.…

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Middle East

China, North Korea top agenda as Blinken begins first Asian tour | Military News

Seoul, South Korea – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will make their first overseas…

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Middle East

Can the Quad effectively counter China’s influence?

Australia, India, Japan and the United States held a summit to discuss Beijing’s rising power. Credit

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Latin America

‘Quad’ leaders pledge new cooperation on China, COVID-19, climate | Business and Economy News

US, India, Japan and Australia plot vaccine drive for Indo-Pacific, seek to counter China’s influence, and plan an in-person summit.…

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Middle East

Quad goals: US, Indo-Pacific allies to up India’s vaccine output | Business and Economy News

United States President Joe Biden and fellow leaders of the Indo-Pacific group known as the Quad have announced a plan…

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Asia

Japan PM Suga to visit US in April for summit with Biden | Joe Biden News

Yoshihide Suga is expected to be the first foreign leader to meet with Joe Biden at the White House in…

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Africa

What to watch as Indo-Pacific ‘Quad’ leaders meet for first time | Asia Pacific News

United States President Joe Biden on Friday will take part, virtually, in the first-ever meeting of leaders of the so-called…

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Africa

Japan honours victims of 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster | Fukishima News

Japan is paying tribute to the nearly 20,000 victims of a powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast of…

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Europe

Devastated communities, an unseen fear: Japan’s 2011 tsunami | Japan News

I’ll never forget the moment we arrived in the city of Natori. Our crew had driven overnight from Tokyo following…

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Africa

US secretaries of state, defence to visit South Korea, Japan | Joe Biden News

The first in-person trip is seen as part of a wider campaign to combat China’s influence in the region. United…

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Latin America

US to join Australia, India, Japan in first-ever Quad summit | Asia Pacific News

The ‘Quad’ meeting comes as the US has stressed working with allies in the Indo-Pacific to counter Beijing’s growing might.…

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Asia

In Pictures: Tsunami scars linger a decade later in Japan | Japan News

Dazed survivors walk beneath huge sea tankers deposited amid an expanse of rubble and twisted metal that was once a…

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Latin America

How the 2011 tsunami destroyed Japan’s trust in nuclear power | Environment News

Ten years after a tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, controversy and doubts over its clean-up…

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Africa

Japan’s economy expanded slower than expected in December quarter | Business and Economy News

A sharp contraction in capital expenditure, stock piling of raw materials, ready goods by firms led to slower growth. Japan’s…

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Africa

‘We don’t know when it will end’: 10 years after Fukushima | Earthquakes News

The effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident will be felt for decades into the future, say local and international activists…

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Africa

Japan’s dilemma: Should it use nuclear to achieve climate goals? | Business and Economy News

About once a month, the same group of two dozen Japanese government officials, company executives and professors file into a bland white…

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Africa

Body of woman missing in Japan 2011 tsunami finally identified | Tsunami News

The woman’s skeletal remains were found on a beach in northeastern Japan, which was devastated by the giant wave. The…

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Latin America

‘Game theory’ paper reopens wounds of S Korea’s ‘comfort women’ | Women News

Seoul, South Korea – Lee Young-soo was 14 years old in 1942, when she was dragged away from her home…

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Africa

Japan’s Yusaku Maezawa seeks artists for voyage around the Moon | Space News

It is the sort of chance that comes along just once in a blue Moon: A Japanese billionaire is throwing…

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Asia

Japan steps up COVID testing, but some say more effort needed | Coronavirus pandemic News

Over the course of pandemic, Japan performed about 60 tests per 1,000 people, compared with 130 in S Korea and…

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Africa

Ghosn escape: Two wanted Americans handed to Japanese authorities | Business and Economy News

An American father-son duo wanted by Japan for aiding former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from the country…

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Latin America

S Korean tech firms use mobile game to grab Japan’s manga readers | Business and Economy News

Two South Korean technology companies are borrowing from mobile gaming to shake up – and dominate – Japan’s storied manga…

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Africa

US aviation body orders urgent probes of some Boeing 777 engines | Aviation News

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it is ordering immediate inspections of Boeing 777 planes fitted with Pratt…

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Asia

US to probe certain Boeing 777s as Japan grounds some of the jets | Aviation News

US orders extra scrutiny of Boeing 777s with same type of engine that failed on United Airlines flight forcing return…

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Europe

At Biden’s G7 debut, leaders focus on COVID recovery | Coronavirus pandemic News

Group of Seven leaders sought to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic towards rebuilding their battered economies. Group of Seven leaders,…

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Sports

Seiko Hashimoto takes over as Tokyo 2020 chief after sexism scandal | Japan News

Olympics minister replaces 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, who resigned last week after making sexist comments about women. Japan’s Olympics Minister Seiko…

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Asia

Japan, US extend agreement on military base payments | Donald Trump News

Japan will pay 1.9bn in coming year for the 55,000 US troops based there after Trump sought to quadruple payment.…

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Africa

Japan kicks off COVID vaccine drive with healthcare workers | Coronavirus pandemic News

Japan has launched its COVID-19 inoculation drive, giving the Pfizer vaccine to healthcare workers from selected hospitals across the country…

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