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Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike on Wednesday pledged to suppress the spread of the coronavirus in the Japanese capital to ensure a safe Olympics as it quietly marked 100 days to go until the global sporting event. "I sincerely look forward to seeing all athletes from Japan and abroad, who have… Read

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Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots

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A hospital worker in central Japan who has received two vaccine shots was confirmed Sunday as infected with the novel coronavirus, as the country reported 2,777 daily cases with Tokyo and Osaka Prefecture continuing to see a rebound in infections. Local authorities said the temporary staffer at a hospital in… Read

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Japan's neighbors react strongly to Fukushima water release decision

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China, South Korea and Taiwan on Tuesday expressed opposition to Japan's decision to release into the Pacific treated radioactive water that has accumulated at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in two years' time, with Beijing calling the move "extremely irresponsible." But Japanese government officials pointed out some other… Read

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One dead, one wounded at Tennessee school shooting

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A shooting at a Tennessee high school killed one person and wounded a police officer just before the bell rang Monday, coming as the community reels from off-campus gun violence that has left three students dead this year. No one else was hurt at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville,… Read

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Japan trails world in COVID vaccine rollout 2 months after its start

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Japan's coronavirus inoculation campaign has been progressing slowly, with over 99 percent of the population yet to receive a shot about two months after its start, trailing many developed nations. Japan, which currently completely depends on imports for its coronavirus vaccine supply, began inoculating about 36 million seniors aged 65… Read

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Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas

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Large numbers of people on Saturday flooded transport hubs in major population centers across Japan despite the government designating Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa prefectures as requiring more stringent coronavirus countermeasures just a day earlier. The government response puzzled some travelers while others questioned the need for authorities to ask people… Read

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Tokyo reports 591 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,130 for Osaka

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 591 new cases of the coronavirus, up 81 from Tuesday. Osaka reported the most cases in the nation, with a record-high 1,130. In Tokyo, the number (369 men and 222 women) is the result of 1,829 tests conducted on April 11. By age… Read

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Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023

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The Japanese government decided Tuesday to release treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, having determined it poses no safety concerns despite opposition from local fishermen and neighboring countries. The decision ends years of discussions on how to dispose of water accumulating… Read

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Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection

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The Japanese government is poised to release treated radioactive water accumulated at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea despite opposition from fishermen, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. It will hold a meeting of related ministers as early as Tuesday to formally decide on the plan, a… Read

Entertainment

Will Smith slavery film 'Emancipation' ditches Georgia over voting law

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Will Smith's slavery drama "Emancipation" will no longer be filmed in Georgia after the southern U.S. state approved a voting rights law that critics say is intended to depress turnout in Black and other underrepresented communities. Georgia has become a major U.S. movie industry production hub in recent years, but… Read

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