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Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-aging compound in plant

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In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific grounds. A natural substance in the plant appears to induce a key process that helps remove the "cellular garbage" that can build… Read

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Ghosn's new lawyer takes aim at Nissan and prosecutors

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Carlos Ghosn's new lawyer took aim at Nissan, prosecutors and courts on Wednesday, dismissing the charges against the ousted chairman as an internal company matter and saying Japan was out of step with international norms by keeping his client in jail. "This should have been dealt with as an internal… Read

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Number of foreign visitors to Japan rises 7.5% to 2.69 mil in January

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The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in January increased 7.5 percent from a year earlier to 2,689,400, an all-time high for the month, supported by the relaxation of visa rules for Chinese tourists, official data showed Wednesday. By country and region, visitors from South Korea were the most… Read

Crime

Man gets 12-year prison term in appeal trial for confining girl

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The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for abducting a teenage girl and keeping her in captivity for two years from 2014, annulling the lower court ruling that gave him a nine-year jail term. Prosecutors had said the earlier decision in March last… Read

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Bangladesh building fire kills at least 56

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The death toll from a fire in a centuries-old area of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, jumped dramatically to 56 people on Thursday, a fire official said, and could keep climbing as fire fighters combed the wreckage of the destroyed building. "So far, 56 bodies have been recovered. The number could… Read

World

IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship

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A British teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2015 said Wednesday she was shocked by a government decision to revoke her citizenship. Shamima Begum, who now wants to return home after giving birth in a refugee camp in Syria last weekend, said the order was "unjust".… Read

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'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett charged with faking racist attack

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Actor Jussie Smollett was charged on Wednesday with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, Chicago police said on Wednesday as they sought his arrest. Smollett, a 36-year-old black, openly gay actor on the hip-hop TV drama… Read

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House Democrats' measure blocking Trump emergency will come Friday

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House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution's separation of powers. Though the effort seems almost… Read

Entertainment

Five reasons why 'Queer Eye' is such a big hit on Netflix in Japan

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It’s no secret that Japan is playing catch-up with a lot of the Western world in regards to LGBTQ issues. However, one group that appears to be giving the country a nudge in the right direction is the “Fabulous Five” from the Netflix smash hit show "Queer Eye." After airing two popular… Read

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Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary: Putin

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Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. In Washington, the U.S. State Department dismissed Putin's comments as "propaganda designed to… Read

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