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Japanese experimental nuclear fusion reactor inaugurated


The world's biggest experimental nuclear fusion reactor in operation was inaugurated in Japan on Friday, a technology in its infancy but billed by some as the answer to humanity's future energy needs. Fusion differs from fission, the technique currently used in nuclear power plants, by fusing two atomic nuclei instead… Read


Johnny's successor company starts compensating sexual abuse victims


Smile-Up Inc, the successor company to Johnny & Associates Inc, said Friday it has started compensating victims of sexual abuse by the Japanese talent agency's late founder Johnny Kitagawa, with 23 of the more than 800 people seeking redress receiving payments. The company said on Nov. 22 that its panel… Read


Man arrested for stabbing neighbor in Saitama Prefecture


Police in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 53-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed the 85-year-old woman who lives nextdoor to him. According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:20 p.m. Friday, Kyodo News reported. Police said Shigeru Ino entered the home of his… Read


Min Woo Lee, Rikuya Hoshino share lead after contrasting 3rd rounds at Australian Open


Min Woo Lee made a dramatic birdie on the 18th hole to keep his bid of winning back-to-back titles on track despite a challenging day in the third round of the Australia Open on Saturday. Lee produced a trademark dazzling chip from the bunker and then rolled in for birdie… Read


On COP28 sidelines, philanthropies invest $450 million to help tackle methane


Nearly a dozen deep-pocketed philanthropies announced on Saturday they will invest $450 million over the next three years to help countries launch national actions to tackle methane, the second-most prominent greenhouse gas, which has become a new focus of global climate negotiations. The philanthropies, which include the Bezos Earth Fund,… Read


Philippine troops kill 11 Islamic militants in one of bloodiest anti-insurgency offensives this year


Philippine troops, backed by airstrikes and artillery fire, killed 11 suspected Islamic militants near a hinterland village in the country’s south, authorities said Saturday, in one of the military’s bloodiest anti-insurgency offensives this year. The military launched the offensive Friday after receiving intelligence about the whereabouts of suspected leaders and… Read


Five senators ask Biden to impose China travel ban after respiratory illness cases


Five Republican senators led by Marco Rubio on Friday asked President Joe Biden's administration to ban travel between the United States and China after a spike in Chinese respiratory illness cases. "We should immediately restrict travel between the United States and (China) until we know more about the dangers posed… Read


Kishida pledges at climate summit to phase out coal-fired power


Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Friday to take necessary measures to reduce Japan's reliance on coal-fired power generation, aiming to achieve its commitment to realizing carbon neutrality by 2050. In a speech at a U.N. meeting on climate change in the United Arab Emirates, Kishida added Japan plans to enhance… Read


Japan hopes for early easing of tensions in Gaza, Kishida tells Israel president


Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told Israeli President Isaac Herzog Friday that he hopes tensions in Gaza would ease as soon as possible, the Japanese government said. During their talks on the sidelines of a U.N. conference on climate change in the United Arab Emirates, Kishida was also quoted as… Read


Seven still missing after U.S. Osprey crash off Japan


Japan's coast guard said a major search operation failed again Friday to locate the main wreckage of an Osprey U.S. military aircraft or the seven airmen still missing. The tilt-rotor CV-22B Osprey crashed on Wednesday off the island of Yakushima with eight crew on board, in the latest mishap involving… Read

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