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JAL offers discounted coronavirus tests to travelers

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Japan Airlines Co began offering discounted coronavirus tests to travelers Friday after teaming up with a medical institution in Tokyo, in a bid to ease concerns about infections and encourage customers to travel amid the pandemic. Travelers booked on tour packages with the airline can take a polymerase chain reaction,… Read

Politics

Abe says he didn’t want to cosplay as Mario at 2016 Olympics

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One of the biggest surprises of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics didn’t come on the field, in the pool, or in an arena, but during the closing ceremony when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe popped out of a pipe dressed as video game legend Super Mario, as part of the baton… Read

World

France surpasses 1 million confirmed virus cases

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French health authorities say France has recorded over 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach that number of known infections. The national health agency released new figures showing that tests had confirmed at least 1,041,075… Read

World

Trump promises pandemic will end soon after Biden blasts his handling of crisis

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President Donald Trump on Friday promised supporters at a rally in Florida that the coronavirus pandemic would end soon and accused Democratic rival Joe Biden of overstating the health crisis to scare Americans into voting for him. The pandemic, which has killed more than 223,000 people in the United States… Read

World

Pelosi, Trump trade blame on COVID-19 stimulus talks; Senate Republicans on sidelines

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday it still was possible to get another round of COVID-19 aid before the Nov 3 election, but that it was up to President Donald Trump to act, including bringing along reluctant Senate Republicans. Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin countered that Pelosi… Read

BASEBALL

MLB players extend streak of no COVID positives to 54 days

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Major League Baseball’s postseason bubble succeeded as a defense against the novel coronavirus. MLB players extended their streak of consecutive days with no new COVID-19 tests to 54 through Thursday during a time of rising cases in which of the United States. Players did not have positive tests in 62… Read

Politics

Scholars decry Suga's academic panel rejections

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Scholars who had their recommendations to join Japan's national academy denied by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that the rejection was unconstitutional. Suga’s refusal to approve the appointments of six professors out of a slate of 105 to the state-funded Science Council of Japan has drawn accusations from some… Read

Entertainment

Anime 'Demon Slayer' helps Japan cinema industry fight pandemic blues

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An animated movie based on the blockbuster "Demon Slayer" manga series has broken box-office records on its debut, giving a major boost to Japan's cinema industry as it seeks to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The movie from anime studio Ufotable Inc. drew an audience of 3.4… Read

Business

Financial regulators probe Tokyo Stock Exchange over outage

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Financial regulators conducted an on-site inspection of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday following a system failure that caused a full-day trade suspension earlier this month. The Financial Services Agency examined the bourse's governing structure and also interviewed officials operating its systems about the details of the shutdown on Oct… Read

Crime

82-year-old man with dementia killed by 'stressed out’ wife

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Police in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 77-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 82-year-old husband. According to police, Sumiko Noto has admitted to strangling her husband Yukiyoshi with an extension cord at their home on Oct 20, Fuji TV reported. She was quoted by police as saying she… Read

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