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Mass vaccination site to fill vacant slots with police, other officials

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A state-run mass coronavirus vaccination site in Tokyo will start giving shots to police and other officials in charge of crisis management in addition to elderly people nationwide to fill vacant slots, the Japanese government said Monday. The move comes as many slots remain vacant at the Tokyo venue and… Read

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Gov't considering quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics

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The Japanese government is considering placing Tokyo under a quasi-state of emergency during the Olympics, given that a number of health experts have expressed concern over a potential spike in COVID-19 cases, officials said Monday. The Olympics are due to begin on July 23, but public fears persist about a… Read

Crime

Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name

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Fugitive former car executive Carlos Ghosn said on Monday he was prepared for a lengthy process to clear his name with French authorities, and vowed to challenge an Interpol warrant that is barring him from travel outside of Lebanon. The architect of the Renault-Nissan auto alliance has been fighting multiple… Read

Politics

Suga cabinet to face no-confidence motion from opposition parties

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's cabinet will face a no-confidence motion from opposition parties over its refusal to extend the current Diet session, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday, though it is very unlikely to succeed. The opposition parties plan to submit the motion on Tuesday, Kyodo said, citing… Read

World

Biden promises to lay down 'red lines' to Putin; NATO addresses China challenge

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U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday he would lay down "red lines" to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at their upcoming meeting, after rallying NATO allies to face up to challenges from Moscow and Beijing. Speaking after his first NATO summit since being elected, Biden insisted: "I'm not looking for… Read

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Japan to secure COVID vaccines for 20,000 more Olympic workers, media

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Japan is expected to secure additional COVID-19 vaccine doses for about 20,000 people who will work at this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to improve the safety of the global sporting events, several officials familiar with the plan said Monday. The vaccine, set to be offered to some volunteers and… Read

TENNIS

Djokovic, Federer, Nadal: Who's the greatest of them all?

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Novak Djokovic's French Open triumph, which made him only the third man to win all four majors twice and took him halfway to a rare calendar Grand Slam, has reignited the debate over who is the greatest male player of all time. The 34-year-old Serb wrapped up his second Roland… Read

Politics

85 plaintiffs appeal S Korean court ruling dismissing wartime labor case

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Most of the more than 80 plaintiffs in a damages suit against 16 Japanese companies over wartime labor on Monday appealed a recent South Korean district court ruling that dismissed their case. Some of the plaintiffs and their supporters also held a gathering outside the Seoul court the same day… Read

Tech

Bitcoin jumps after Musk says Tesla could use it again

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Bitcoin hit a two-week peak just shy of $40,000 on Monday, after another weekend reacting to tweets from Tesla boss Elon Musk, who fended off criticism over his market influence and said Tesla sold Bitcoin but may resume transactions using it. Bitcoin has gyrated to Musk's views for months since… Read

Crime

Police officer arrested for sexually molesting high school girl

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Hyogo prefectural police have arrested a 20-year-old police officer on suspicion of sexually molesting a high school girl as she walked along a street in Kakogawa City. According to police, Takuma Fujimoto, an officer from Shikama Police Station, started talking to the girl near JR Kakogawa Station at around 10… Read

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