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British medical journal calls for global conversation on Tokyo Olympics

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A British medical journal has called for a "global conversation" about what to do with the Tokyo Olympics set to open next month amid the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing global health organizations for being largely silent on the topic. In an editorial dated Saturday, The Lancet said the silence by… Read

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Biden urges G7 leaders to call out and compete with China

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Leaders of the world's largest economies unveiled an infrastructure plan Saturday for the developing world to compete with China’s global initiatives, but they were searching for a consensus on how to forcefully to call out Beijing over human rights abuses. Citing China for its forced labor practices is part of… Read

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American father, son to go on trial for helping Ghosn flee Japan

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Americans Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor go on trial in Tokyo on Monday on charges they helped Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, skip bail and flee to Lebanon in December 2019. HOW DID THE TAYLORS END UP IN JAPAN? The Taylors were arrested in Massachusetts in May 2020… Read

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American father and son plead guilty to helping Ghosn flee Japan

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A U.S. Army Special Forces veteran and his son pleaded guilty in Tokyo on Monday to charges that they illegally helped former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan hidden in a box aboard a private jet in December 2019. Chief judge Hideo Nirei, one of three judges… Read

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Main Tokyo vaccination center to offer shots to younger people

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The main coronavirus vaccination center in Tokyo will begin booking shots for people under 65 from Saturday, media reported on Thursday, as it ramps up inoculation efforts before the 2020 Olympics open next month. Japan began vaccinating front-line health workers and elderly people in February, but the slow pace compared… Read

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After G7, Biden says he's reestablishing U.S. credibility

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U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday said the United States had restored its presence on the world stage as he used his first overseas trip since taking office to connect with a new generation of leaders from some of the world’s most powerful countries and more closely unite allies on… Read

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Rash of mass shootings stirs U.S. fears heading into summer

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Two people were killed and at least 30 others wounded in mass shootings overnight in three states, authorities said Saturday, stoking concerns that a spike in U.S. gun violence could continue into summer as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people are free to socialize. The attacks took place late Friday… Read

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China cautions G7 that 'small' groups don't rule the world

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China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when "small" groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the richest democracies as they sought to act in concert to counter Beijing's might. The re-emergence of China as a leading… Read

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Suga aims to finish vaccinating Japan's population by November

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday he aims to finish vaccinating Japan's population against COVID-19 by November, setting the goal as he looks to buoy his public support ahead of a general election later this year. More than 40 million shots will be administered by the end of June ahead… Read

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Historic Asakusa shopping street in danger as Taito Ward calls for shop evictions

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The Tokyo neighborhood of Asakusa is a major attraction for both tourists and locals, thanks to the iconic Sensoji Temple and its striking Kaminari Gates, but it’s also known to be a place full of delicious Japanese food, unique hotels, and traditional Japanese-style souvenirs. Sadly, businesses in the area are in danger of closing, and not just… Read

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