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Israel presses on with bombarding Gaza, including areas it has called safe zones for Palestinians


Israeli warplanes on Saturday struck parts of southern Gaza it had described as safe zones when telling Palestinians to evacuate, while displaced residents said the constant bombardment left many families without food and sleeping outside in the cold. Frustration was growing with the United States after it vetoed a United… Read


Tokyo’s Shibuya district bans public drinking on New Year’s Eve, cancels countdown celebration


As we approach the mid-point of December, it’s time to start fine-tuning your plans for New Year’s Eve, but if you’re going to be spending the night in Tokyo, one of the city’s traditionally biggest party neighborhoods doesn’t want you celebrating in the streets. Shibuya, the downtown Tokyo neighborhood world-famous for… Read


Seoul says Japan inaction means 'comfort women' court ruling upheld


A South Korean court ruling in favor of a group of 16 women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels was confirmed on Saturday by Japan's decision not to appeal the verdict, Seoul's foreign ministry said. An appellate court in South Korea last month ordered Japan to compensate… Read


23-year-old woman arrested after corpse of newborn baby found in building toilet


Police in Yokohama have arrested a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning a corpse after she gave birth and left her baby in the toilet of an office building. Police said the woman, Ayuka Masuda, of no fixed address, works at an adult entertainment establishment, Kyodo News reported. Police said… Read


Honda recalls over 1.13 million cars due to Denso fuel pump glitch

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Honda Motor Co has filed a recall with the Japanese transport ministry for over 1.13 million cars, citing a fault in a fuel pump manufactured by Denso Corp that can cause unexpected engine failure. The announcement is the latest recall resulting from the malfunctioning car part produced at Denso, with… Read


Toyota teaming with Cirba Solutions to expand battery recycling network


Toyota Motor North America is teaming with battery recycling materials and management company Cirba Solutions to expanding its battery recycling network. Toyota said that its battery collection efforts will include those from hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. Toyota’s collaboration with Cirba Solutions will focus on the collection, transportation,… Read


Japan to allow use of private cars as taxis under certain terms


The Japanese government has finalized a plan to allow drivers with a standard license to offer taxi services using their own vehicle in an effort to address a nationwide shortage of taxi drivers. Under the eased measures, individuals without a license to provide driver services will be able to do… Read


Malinin, Sakamoto win at Beijing Grand Prix Final

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The United States' Ilia Malinin said he was "amazed" to have smashed the competition in the men's event at the Grand Prix Final in Beijing Saturday, despite falling on his first trademark jump. Malinin finished 17 points ahead of his nearest rival, two-time world champion Shoma Uno, with a final… Read


Liverpool moves atop EPL; Man United stunned at home by Bournemouth


Jurgen Klopp was relieved after “lucky” Liverpool moved on top of the English Premier League after a comeback 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Erik ten Hag, meanwhile, looked like he had the weight of the world on his mind after another setback for Manchester United against Bournemouth. Klopp… Read


Kawasaki edge Kashiwa in shootout to lift Emperor's Cup

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Kawasaki Frontale won their second Emperor's Cup after beating Kashiwa Reysol 8-7 in an epic penalty shootout following a goalless 120 minutes on Saturday. After the final ended 0-0 for the first time since 1990, Kashiwa goalkeeper Kenta Matsumoto made two saves but missed the crucial penalty as his team's… Read

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