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Record 19.1 million int'l passengers used Haneda airport in FY2023

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International flight passengers at Tokyo's Haneda airport totaled a record high of 19.1 million in fiscal 2023, government data showed Wednesday, with an increase in inbound tourist traffic following the relaxation of COVID-19 border measures contributing to the growth. The figure marked a 2.8-fold increase from the previous fiscal year,… Read

Politics

China, Japan to discuss resuming ruling party talks after 6-year hiatus

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A senior Chinese Communist Party official plans to visit Tokyo this month to meet with leaders from Japan's ruling parties and discuss resuming regular talks between the parties for the first time since 2018, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported on Wednesday. Arrangements are being made for Liu Jianchao, who leads the… Read

Crime

80-year-old man arrested after attacking his daughter with machete

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Police in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested an 80-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he attacked his 55-year-old daughter with a machete at his home. According to police, the incident occurred at around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said Hiroshi Sugita is accused of slashing… Read

World

Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation

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Norway, Ireland and Spain said Wednesday they would recognize a Palestinian state, a historic but largely symbolic move that further deepens Israel’s isolation more than seven months into its grinding war against Hamas in Gaza. Israel immediately denounced the decisions and recalled its ambassadors to the three countries. Palestinian officials… Read

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British Prime Minister Sunak sets July 4 election date as his Conservatives face a likely defeat

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday set July 4 as the date for a national election that will determine who governs the UK, as his divided and demoralized Conservative Party looks likely to lose power after 14 years. “Now is the moment for Britain to choose its future,” Sunak… Read

World

Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in U.S., a new study says

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Millions of people in the U.S. report using marijuana daily or nearly every day, according to an analysis of national survey data, and those people now outnumber those who say they are daily or nearly-daily drinkers of alcohol. Alcohol is still more widely used, but 2022 was the first time… Read

World

Russia deals symbolic blow to Ukraine with village capture

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Russia said Wednesday that its forces had retaken Klishchiivka, one of a handful of villages on the eastern front that Ukraine took control of in a lackluster counteroffensive last summer. Russian forces in recent weeks have made their biggest territorial gains in the war-battered east in the last 18 months… Read

Tech

Nvidia's profit soars, underscoring its dominance in chips for artificial intelligence

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Nvidia on Wednesday overshot Wall Street estimates as its profit skyrocketed, bolstered by the chip-making dominance that has made the company an icon of the artificial intelligence boom. Its net income rose more than sevenfold compared to a year earlier, jumping to $14.88 billion in its first quarter that ended… Read

Sports

High Seine levels delay Paris Olympics rehearsals again

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Organizers of the Paris Olympics, who are praying for fine weather during this year's Games, said Wednesday they had delayed plans for a rehearsal of the opening ceremony on the Seine for the second time because of the river's high levels. Following a stormy month of May that has seen… Read

Entertainment

Cannes gets steamy with strippers and sex motels

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The Cannes Film Festival took a steamy turn Wednesday as sex worker saga "Anora" wowed critics, and a red-hot Brazilian thriller set in a seedy adult motel had its world premiere. With the French film gathering nearing its climax, "Anora", which begins as a modern Cinderella tale about a New… Read

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