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Buildings in the Shibuya district of Tokyo on May 2
JAPAN
Jun 17, 2024
Ban on nighttime drinking around Shibuya Station passed by ward
The ordinance, an extension of measures at Halloween and New Year, comes into effect Oct. 1 and carries no penalties.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visit the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's far east Amur region on Sept. 13, 2023.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 17, 2024
Putin to visit North Korea from Tuesday for meeting with Kim
The Russian president is expected to ask Kim Jong Un for even more weapons, adding to an influx of arms in the wake of a summit last year.
Students receive school lunch at Senju Aoba Junior High School in Tokyo in June 2022.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 17, 2024
Obesity increased among children in Japan during pandemic
The study analyzed the health checkup data of about 186,000 people who graduated from junior high school between fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2022.
Chinese Premier Li Qiang shakes hands with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra on Monday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jun 17, 2024
China says relations with Australia back 'on the right track'
Australia said the two countries had agreed to improve "military-to-military" communications.
Financial markets have tumbled since French President Emmanuel Macron dissolved the National Assembly a week ago, with about $210 billion wiped off the value of French stocks.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 17, 2024
France’s safeguards against the far right are starting to unravel
A radicalization of part of the French left and an alliance among groups ranging from the far-left to the moderates undermine the so-called republican front.
A view of the Unit 4 reactor of Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China, in 2018
BUSINESS
Jun 17, 2024
U.S. as many as 15 years behind China on nuclear power, report says
Beijing's state-backed technology approach and extensive financing give it the edge over its rival, the study by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation said.
The Dodgers' Mookie Betts reacts after being hit by a pitch during a game against the Royals in Los Angeles on Sunday.
BASEBALL / MLB
Jun 17, 2024
Dodgers star Mookie Betts suffers fractured left hand after being hit by pitch
Betts was hit in the left wrist by a fastball from Royals reliever Dan Altavilla.
Philippine Marines fold a Philippine national flag aboard the Sierra Madre, a marooned transport ship in the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in March 2014.
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 17, 2024
Philippine ship and Chinese vessel collide in South China Sea
The China Coast Guard said that a Philippine resupply ship had "ignored many solemn warnings from the Chinese side" during a mission near the Second Thomas Shoal.
Andy Murray has a chance to compete at his fifth Olympic Games this year in Paris.
TENNIS
Jun 17, 2024
Britain's Andy Murray uncertain about competing in fifth Olympics
Murray said Sunday he was "not 100% sure" he will play at the Paris Olympics despite being selected for his fifth Games.
Giant panda Lei Lei at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo's Taito Ward on May 20
JAPAN
Jun 17, 2024
Clock ticking for transfer of Tokyo giant panda cub twins to China
The likelihood of the transfer is expected to rise when the twins — who turn 3 on June 23 — reach an age at which they can breed.
American Institute in Taiwan Director Sandra Oudkirk speaks during a news conference in Taipei on Friday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jun 17, 2024
As China’s pressure on Taiwan rises, departing U.S. envoy urges steady hand
Worries about Chinese belligerence rose during Sandra Oudkirk’s three years in Taipei. As she leaves, she is seeking to assure Taiwan of continued U.S. support.
Members of the Australian swimming team for the 2024 Paris Olympics pose for a group photo after the Australian Swimming Trials in Brisbane on Saturday.
OLYMPICS
Jun 17, 2024
Australia coach calls worrying about Chinese doping scandal 'a waste of energy'
Rohan Taylor said it was not worth wasting time worrying about something they had no control over.
Group of Seven leaders and officials look to the sky during a ceremony involving paratroopers at Borgo Egnazia Golf Club San Domenico in Savelletri, Italy, on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics / First person
Jun 17, 2024
In perspective: a firsthand account of this year’s G7
In an increasingly multipolar world, the bloc's relevance comes into question, but any attempt to foster dialogue and ease tensions should be welcomed.
The Metropolitan Police Department said that among 23 men arrested, two were supervisors, three were store managers and the remaining 18, their employees.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 17, 2024
Tokyo police arrest 23 men over brokering of prostitution
The group allegedly ran four outlets in the capital that dispatched sex workers to clients at the location of their choosing.
The Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission said Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group repeatedly violated its clients’ confidentiality by breaking firewalls among its units.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 17, 2024
MUFG unit misses out on arranging flurry of bonds in wake of scandal
The Development Bank of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and NEC dropped MUMSS from arranging planned bond deals.
Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving has a complicated history with the Celtics.
BASKETBALL / NBA
Jun 17, 2024
Mavericks star Kyrie Irving focused on Game 5 as NBA Finals head back to Boston
Irving is cognizant of his complicated personal history with the Celtics.
Toshiaki Otake
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 17, 2024
Former secretary to Koichi Hagiuda arrested over drunken driving
Toshiaki Otake is suspected of driving a car from his home in Hachioji to a convenience store in the city while drunk.
Rohingya refugee children walk along a road at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on May 2.
WORLD
Jun 17, 2024
Thousands of Rohingya feared trapped in fighting in western Myanmar
Nearly a million Muslim minority group live in refugee camps in Bangladesh's border district after fleeing a military-led crackdown.
Professor Hong Jin-kee poses with a bowl containing pink "meaty rice" at the Yonsei University in Seoul, where a team of South Korean scientists are injecting cultured beef cells into individual grains of rice in a process they hope could revolutionize how the world eats.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jun 17, 2024
'Meaty rice'? South Korean professor aims to change global protein
No animals were harmed in the creation of the dish, which looks like regular rice aside from its color.
Kenji Iikura (right), head chef at Akasaka Tantei, and manager Hibiki Kitazawa pose with Okinawan cuisine served at the restaurant in Tokyo.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Jun 17, 2024
How a Michelin-star Okinawan restaurant made a V-shaped recovery
A return to its roots — and Okinawan flavors — struck a chord with new and returning customers.
Workers clear the oil slick using plastic bags on Sentosa island's Tanjong Beach in Singapore on Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 17, 2024
Singapore works to clean up oil spill after tanker accident
Several beaches have been closed after a tidal current carried the oil from the site to an area more than 30 kilometers away, close to the city-state's airport.
Temperatures in Paris could exceed 30 degrees on many days during the 2024 Games.
OLYMPICS
Jun 17, 2024
Japanese Olympians to beat heat with own AC despite Paris' plans for green Games
The Japanese Olympic Committee announced last December that it plans to pay for its athletes to have air conditioning in their rooms for “safety and security” reasons.
Takayuki Midorikawa stands in front of Ueda Junior High School in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Fukushima
Jun 17, 2024
Fukushima schools open up to revising old rules
The prefecture has recently made some moves to accommodate a little more diversity in the classroom.

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