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Far-right social media groups helps stir protests over U.S. quarantines

World / Politics Apr 23, 2020

Far-right social media groups helps stir protests over U.S. quarantines

Small bands of protesters have staged demonstrations over the government-ordered lockdowns in the otherwise empty streets of a number of Democratic-led U.S. states, driven by the social-media tactics of a coalition of gun-rights activists and far-right groups. Mostly in states with Democratic governors and sometimes ...

Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

National Apr 23, 2020

Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

Some leisure spots near Tokyo have seen crowds of visitors recently despite government instructions to stay home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, prompting local residents and municipalities to voice concerns about further potential spread of the virus. Although it was a weekday, a beach near ...

Apple iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hackers by flaws in mail app

Business / Tech Apr 23, 2020

Apple iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hackers by flaws in mail app

Apple Inc. plans to release a patch after the cybersecurity company ZecOps Inc. found vulnerabilities that may have allowed hackers to exploit iPhones, devices used by hundreds of millions of people. San Francisco-based ZecOps discovered two "exploitable vulnerabilities” in Apple’s mail app and alerted the ...

Government assistance is vital in pandemic

Editorials Apr 23, 2020

Government assistance is vital in pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis is testing how well Japan protects the people and businesses in an emergency. The government need to sustain its assistance as steadily as possible while making sure the most needy are not left behind.

Oil: The perfect storm

Commentary / World Apr 23, 2020

Oil: The perfect storm

by Gwynne Dyer

The collapse of production and investment in the oil industry is hard on the millions of people who make their livings from it, but the writing has been on the wall for some time.

'Zero': Practicing kindness in life and in love

Film / Reviews Apr 23, 2020

'Zero': Practicing kindness in life and in love

by Mark Schilling

In Japan, people with mental illnesses have long been stigmatized, marginalized and isolated from broader society. In 2009, documentary filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda released “Mental,” a film about Masatomo Yamamoto, an elderly psychiatrist in Okayama Prefecture who respected his patients as individuals and built close ...

Recent ambient releases create sonic sanctuaries

Music Apr 23, 2020

Recent ambient releases create sonic sanctuaries

by James Hadfield

In stressful times, it’s natural to seek comfort in the familiar. But even for people still inclined to hunt for new music, some genres can feel more welcoming than others. Thankfully, the current vogue for ambient, drone and music on the new age spectrum ...