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A worker organizes cannabis flowers before the opening of the first legal recreational marijuana dispensary, located in the East Village in the Manhattan borough of New York, on Dec. 29, 2022.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
May 1, 2024
Marijuana could be reclassified in U.S. as less dangerous
The rumored move would ease access to cannabis for patients and researchers studying its medical applications without decriminalizing it.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the Scranton Cultural Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
Apr 17, 2024
Biden seeks higher tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum
The president was set to reiterate that United States Steel should remain American-owned.
U.S. Steel's Edgar Thomson steel mill in Braddock, Pennsylvania
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 11, 2024
How the U.S. Steel takeover became about Biden and swing states
The turmoil threatens to strain U.S. relations with Japan while underscoring how the politics of winning swing-state voters influences business.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 15, 2024
Biden’s best shot against Trump lies in ‘blue wall’ states
In Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, his campaign sees signs for optimism.
Nippon Steel's Kashima plant seen from a park in Kamisu, Ibaraki Prefecture. Scrutiny over Nippon Steel’s China holdings threatens to add another complication to its politically contentious deal to acquire United States Steel.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 23, 2024
Nippon Steel’s China assets could derail United States Steel deal
Regulators may look unfavorably on whether the acquisition of U.S. Steel could allow more access to U.S. markets for Chinese-sourced steel.
U.S. President Joe Biden in Charleston, South Carolina, on Jan. 8
WORLD / Politics
Jan 14, 2024
Biden refines economic pitch for 2024 in bet worst is behind him
Biden’s messaging blitz hinges on whether consumers buy it.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 11, 2023
U.S. seeks critical-mineral pacts with Japan and U.K. to curb China
Washington is looking to create a 'critical minerals buyers club” with allies like the EU and Group of Seven to ensure they are not reliant on China.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 31, 2023
U.S. to end COVID emergency declarations in May
The U.S. response has gradually shifted to the background, though the uptake of the latest booster shot remains modest and about 500 people are dying each day from COVID-19 in the nation.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 11, 2023
Biden says he was surprised by classified documents discovery
Biden said he doesn't know what's in the documents, but that he believed they were handled properly by his lawyers.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 23, 2022
U.S. scales back pandemic response even as China's COVID surge raises alarm
The shift, driven by congressional penny-pinching, marks a political, economic and public health gamble.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Dec 19, 2022
As he preps for 2024, Biden finally finds footing as president
After first-year stumbles, Biden found his footing with a string of legislative wins, his party's surprise midterm showing and a successful summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 9, 2022
Biden’s one-for-one Brittney Griner swap stirs unease and elation
The Kremlin quickly characterized the swap as an example of Russian President Vladimir Putin one-upping Biden, with an official calling it 'a true Christmas present.”
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 28, 2022
Key Trump 2024 rivals silent after his white supremacist meeting
Trump's dinner with Nick Fuentes and Kanye West last week drew condemnation from only a few Republicans, with most avoiding the topic.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 27, 2022
At Nantucket retreat, Biden family weighs run for second term
Biden has repeatedly said he intends to run and has cited only his family or a surprise development, such as a health crisis, as deterrents.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 12, 2022
Biden says ‘very slight’ recession possible, but downplays risk
The International Monetary Fund cut its U.S. growth forecast for 2022 to 1.6% and held it at 1% for 2023.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 12, 2022
U.S. weighs next moves on Ukraine arms in ‘escalatory cycle’
Meetings in Brussels this week come days after Russia launched a series of missile barrages on the capital Kyiv and other civilian targets, and pressure is high for NATO allies to respond.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 12, 2022
Biden plots a 2024 presidential run — and a Trump rematch
Biden's resolve to mount a second White House bid is hardening even with polls showing most Democrats would prefer a candidate other than the 79-year-old president.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 9, 2022
Biden gets big economic win as inflation threatens legacy
The success of the Inflation Reduction Act will give Democrats a rallying cry for midterm elections.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 31, 2022
Biden’s COVID ‘rebound’ case keeps him at the White House again
Biden isn't experiencing symptoms after getting a positive rapid test, but will resume isolation at the White House.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 21, 2022
Biden expects to speak with Xi within next 10 days
Already tense relations between the two largest economies have deteriorated over China's refusal to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.  
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan