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7-year-old girl missing in Chiba Prefecture

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Police in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on Sunday issued an appeal to the public for any information concerning a seven-year-old girl who went missing on Friday. According to police, Saya Minami and her mother were planning to go to a nearby park, Kyodo News reported. Saya left the house a few… Read

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Japan reports 46,788 new coronavirus cases

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Japan on Sunday reported 46,788 new coronavirus cases. The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 5,621 new cases, up 766 from Saturday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 16, up one from Saturday, health officials said. The nationwide number is 239, up one from Saturday. Other… Read

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Japan coast guard confirms death of sunken tourist boat captain

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A body discovered a week ago on the beach near Japan's scenic Shiretoko Peninsula was confirmed to be that of the captain of a tourist boat that sank nearby in April, leaving more than 10 people dead, the coast guard said Saturday. The 19-ton Kazu I, carrying 24 passengers and… Read

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Event marking Japan-China 50th diplomatic anniversary opens in Beijing

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A two-day event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China diplomatic relations next week kicked off Saturday in Beijing, with organizers hoping to attract Chinese people unfamiliar with Japanese culture through programs featuring food, music and animation, among others. As part of measures to prevent the spread of… Read

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Typhoon lashes central Japan, killing two

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A typhoon lashed central Japan on Saturday with torrential rain and fierce winds, killing two and leaving tens of thousands of households without power. Shizuoka city, southwest of Tokyo, was hit especially hard, seeing a record 417 mm of precipitation since the rain started on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency… Read

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Japan reports 39,218 new coronavirus cases

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Japan on Saturday reported 39,218 new coronavirus cases. The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 4,855 new cases down 2,704 from Friday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 15, down one from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide number is 238, down 24 from Friday. Other… Read

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Young women in Japan want only one child or none at all: survey

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Most young women in Japan who are hoping to get married want only one child or none at all, the first time in postwar history that the average number of desired births has fallen below two, according to a survey, adding to concern about the country's rapidly graying population. The… Read

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Japan to launch domestic travel subsidy program on Oct 11

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Japan will launch a new subsidy program to boost domestic tourism on Oct 11, the same day it plans to remove its daily cap for overseas arrivals as part of easing COVID-19 border control measures. The National Travel Discount, which Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Thursday in New York, will… Read

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Japanese police to try system for sending video during emergency calls

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Japanese police will start in October a trial system that allows emergency callers to send videos and images using their smartphones when reporting an incident, the National Police Agency said. The system, expected to be used for accidents, natural disasters and other incidents, aims to facilitate a faster initial response… Read

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Micronesia denounces Japan's plan to release Fukushima water into Pacific

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The president of the Pacific island state of Micronesia denounced at the United Nations on Thursday Japan's decision to discharge what he called nuclear-contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station into the Pacific Ocean. In an address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, David Panuelo said… Read

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