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Dementia prevention smartphone app developed in Japan

National Jun 9, 2020

Dementia prevention smartphone app developed in Japan

A government institution has developed a smartphone app designed to prevent elderly people from developing dementia amid restraints on activities outside the home due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology believes that elderly people could be at greater risk ...

Amsterdam to clean up sex-and-drugs tourism in post-virus reboot

World Jun 9, 2020

Amsterdam to clean up sex-and-drugs tourism in post-virus reboot

As the coronavirus pandemic raged in March and April, the 500-year-old Amsterdam city-center became a ghost town: The scantily clad sex workers in brothel windows in small alleys like Stoofsteeg in the red-light district were gone, as were the hordes of tourists who come ...

Trump to sign bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

Asia Pacific Jun 9, 2020

Trump to sign bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for oppressing Uighur Muslims, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday without offering a time frame for the signing. The bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives ...

61 firms  in Japan went bankrupt in May due to coronavirus fallout

Business Jun 9, 2020

61 firms in Japan went bankrupt in May due to coronavirus fallout

The number of corporate bankruptcies in May stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic stood at 61, Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd. said Monday. The data covered failures that left liabilities of ¥10 million or more, according to the credit research firm. A Tokyo Shoko Research official said that ...

Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding

National / Crime & Legal Jun 9, 2020

Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding

The Cabinet approved Tuesday an enforcement order of the recently revised traffic law to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding amid the increasing popularity of cycling due to the spread of the new coronavirus and growing health awareness. The enforcement order will prohibit such actions ...

How to stay cool as planet warms? Singapore may have a solution

Asia Pacific Jun 9, 2020

How to stay cool as planet warms? Singapore may have a solution

In Singapore, close to the Equator, temperatures regularly rise above 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) — but inside the soaring glass greenhouses of Gardens by the Bay, the country’s award-winning botanical park, it’s a pleasant 24 degrees. The daffodils and tulips of the flower dome, ...

Japan names four riders to Olympic BMX team

More Sports Jun 9, 2020

Japan names four riders to Olympic BMX team

The Japan Cycling Federation on Tuesday named four riders to the host nation's BMX team for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Rim Nakamura and Minato Oike will represent Japan in the BMX freestyle park competition, a newly added Olympic discipline that is trick-focused with riders' ...

J. League's Sanga handed fine over fan's Nazi-like flag

Soccer Jun 9, 2020

J. League's Sanga handed fine over fan's Nazi-like flag

The J. League said Monday it has issued a ¥1 million ($9,100) fine to second-division team Kyoto Sanga after a club supporter waved a flag with a design that evokes Nazi Germany during a preseason match in February. The supporter waved the flag in question ...