Japan PM candidates differ on same-sex, women rights issues

TOKYO (Reuters) – Candidates to become Japan’s next prime minister all said they would have better policies to fight the pandemic and reduce the income gap during television debates on Friday, but they were split on diversity issues from same-sex marriage to married couples having separate surnames. Whoever wins the Liberal Democratic Party presidency on […]

US climate envoy Kerry visits Japan, China for talks on emissions

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. climate envoy John Kerry arrived in Tokyo for talks on Tuesday with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on cooperation on carbon emissions and cutting support for fossil fuels, especially coal, before heading to China tonight. Talks in the two Asian economic powerhouses will be “to engage with international counterparts on efforts […]

Fukushima operators to build undersea tunnel to release treated water

Operators of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant unveiled plans Wednesday to construct an undersea tunnel to release more than a million tonnes of treated water from the site into the ocean. Plans for the one-kilometre (0.6-mile) tunnel were announced after the Japanese government decided in April to release the accumulated water in two years’ time. […]

Tokyo weighs use of Olympic venues as temporary medical facilities

TOKYO (Reuters) – Authorities in the Japanese capital are considering plans to convert some of the city’s Olympics and Paralympics venues into temporary medical facilities as they combat soaring COVID-19 infections that have piled pressure on the healthcare system. Japan’s fifth wave of infections, which is being driven by the highly infectious Delta variant, has […]

Ship snaps in two off Japan coast, crew safe

A cargo ship ran aground and broke into two off northern Japan, the coastguard said Thursday, with the crew of the Panama-flagged vessel taken to safety. Aerial images showed the separated stern of the Crimson Polaris tipped upwards and the other part of the stricken boat listing into the sea. A fuel leak from the […]

6.7-magnitude quake hits Philippines: USGS

A strong earthquake shook the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but it was deep, and local authorities said they did not expect damage. The 6.7-magnitude quake struck off the main island of Luzon at 4:48 am (2048 GMT) at a depth of 112 kilometres (70 miles), USGS said. It was followed a […]

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Olympics: First COVID case found at athletes’ village, stoking fears ahead of Games

TOKYO (Reuters) -Tokyo Olympics organisers said on Saturday a person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the athletes’ village, the first case at a site where most competitors will be staying, raising new doubts over promises of a “safe and secure” Games. The organisers confirmed that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising […]

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Tokyo takes most of Olympic torch relay off roads due to pandemic

Daily life in Tokyo – Pedestrians holding umbrellas walk past the Olympic Rings in Tokyo’s historic Nihonbashi district. The Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH) has opened a cultural hub “Olympic Agora”, a collection of art installations, exhibitions, and digital attractions to experience the spirit of the Olympics from 1 July to 15 August. […]

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John Oliver explains why the only thing safe about the Olympics in COVID-ravaged Japan is the free condoms

Japan is being crushed under the weight of the COVID-19 virus as the D variant spread and vaccinations were slow to start. While Japan has taken every step possible to protect Olympic athletes, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver noted that things don’t appear to be all that safe. Protesters have been in opposition to […]

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Tokyo scraps Olympics public viewing sites

Tokyo will cancel all public Olympics viewing events in an effort to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, the city governor said Saturday. Having postponed the Games for a year because of the pandemic, Japan has already banned overseas spectators — in an Olympics first — while reducing the number of participants, volunteers and guests. […]

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Top Republican thinks China is going to harvest DNA of American Olympians to create super soldiers

The make-up Olympics are headed to Japan this year, but next year Beijing will have the winter Olympic games and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is very concerned that the Chinese government will harvest American Olympian DNA to create super soldiers. In a letter that Cotton sent to President Joe Biden demanding to know what precautions […]

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G7 showed that post-Trump, the world has shifted

What a difference a year makes in international diplomacy. A year ago, then-US President Donald Trump was obliged to abandon his plans for a G7 summit at the presidential retreat of Camp David outside Washington. Various excuses were advanced by participants, including the inadvisability of travelling across the world in the midst of a pandemic. […]

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Japan leans toward holding the Games with local spectators

By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan is leaning towards allowing domestic spectators at the Tokyo Olympics despite the COVID-19 pandemic, media reported on Wednesday, with organisers planning to monitor the movements of foreign media to prevent spread of the virus. More Japanese government officials and 2020 Tokyo Olympics organisers are in favour of holding the […]

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French investigators interrogate Carlos Ghosn in Beirut

Carlos Ghosn – Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference. A team of French investigative judges on Monday started questioning former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn in Beirut over suspicions of financial misconduct, a judicial source said. – Marwan Naamani/dpa A team of French investigative judges on Monday started questioning former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn in […]

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Olympics-Japan considers asking Olympic fans for negative COVID tests, vaccinations – Yomiuri

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan is considering requiring negative COVID-19 test results or vaccination records from fans attending the Tokyo Olympics, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday, as a new poll showed public opposition to the Games remained strong. With the opening of the Games less than two months away, public confidence has been shaken by a […]

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