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Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue

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Japan plans to make clear it will maintain an apology to its neighbors over past aggressions, as part of efforts to improve its ties with South Korea, if Seoul finalizes a solution to a wartime labor issue, a government source said Saturday. Tokyo is considering showing its remorse based on… Read

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Philippines willing to deport alleged robbery ringleader 'Luffy' to Japan

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The Philippines is willing to deport Yuki Watanabe, alias "Luffy," a suspected mastermind behind a string of robberies in Japan who is now in detention in the Southeast Asian country, once a local case against him is cleared, officials said. A Philippine government source had earlier told Kyodo News that… Read

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Japan reports 44,729 new coronavirus cases

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Japan on Sunday reported 44,729 new coronavirus cases, down 10,053 from Saturday. Tokyo reported 3,427 new cases, down 1,088 from Saturday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 30, down three from Saturday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 522, down 11 from Saturday.… Read

Crime

Nitori furniture store guard arrested for shoplifting from Nitori furniture store

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Nitori is a major home furnishings chain in Japan with hundreds of stores across the country. They even expanded to North America for about a decade under the brand Aki-Home, with both names deriving from the founder Akio Nitori. However, as a company gets as large as Nitori, it can be difficult… Read

World

Bus in Pakistan falls into ravine, killing 40

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A passenger bus fell into a ravine and caught fire killing 40 people in southern Pakistan on Sunday, a government official said. The bus was carrying 44 passengers from Quetta in Balochistan province to Karachi in neighboring Sindh province. The accident was near the town of Bela, in Lasbela district.… Read

TENNIS

Czech pair beat Japanese duo to win Australian Open doubles for 7th major title

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Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova have extended their Grand Slam winning streak to 24 matches with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Japan's Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara to win the Australian Open women's doubles title on Sunday. It was the seventh Grand Slam doubles title by the Czech pair, who… Read

World

New Zealand roiled by flash floods, landslides for third day

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New Zealand's death toll from heavy rain rose to four on Sunday as flash floods and landslides on the north island continued for a third day. Battered since Friday, Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, remained under a state of emergency. The nation's weather forecaster, MetService, warned of more severe weather… Read

World

North Korea calls U.S. pledge of tanks to Ukraine 'unethical crime'

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North Korea on Sunday criticized for a second day a U.S. decision to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine, calling it an "unethical crime" aimed at perpetuating an unstable international situation. Washington's allegations that North Korea has provided arms to Russia are a "groundless rumor" to justify its own military aid… Read

National

Activists fight Tokyo gov't over historic Jingu Stadium demolition

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Activists seeking to preserve two historic sports venues and an iconic tree-lined avenue are locked in a battle with the Tokyo government over the redevelopment of one of the city's greenest neighborhoods. Tokyo is now in the final stages of initiating a plan to demolish and replace Jingu Stadium, the… Read

Crime

'Luffy'Japan robberies head suspected to be behind Manila fraud ring

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The suspected "Luffy" mastermind and three others believed to be behind a string of Japan robberies and now in detention in the Philippines appear to be senior members of a fraud group from which 36 members were detained in the country in 2019, an investigative source said Saturday. Police have… Read

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