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A bill to tackle the low birthrate is passed at a Lower House plenary session on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 19, 2024
Lower House approves bill aimed at tackling low birthrate
The government plans to start collecting the fees in fiscal 2026 and gradually increase the amounts to secure ¥1 trillion annually from fiscal 2028.
MORE SPORTS / Football
Apr 19, 2024
Bills and quarterback Josh Allen prepare to move ahead without Stefon Diggs
The Bills traded Diggs to the Texans and also moved on from No. 2 wide receiver Gabe Davis, who landed in Jacksonville as a free agent.
Sebastian Coe delivers a speech during the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest on Aug. 27, 2023.
OLYMPICS
Apr 19, 2024
Sebastian Coe divides Olympic movement with move to offer prize money
Coe's compatriots have been critical of World Athletics' decision to offer prize money at the Olympics.
The main goal of Australian's new defense strategy is to change a potential adversary’s belief that it could achieve its ambitions with military force at an acceptable cost.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Apr 19, 2024
Australia, like Japan, sees national security interests ‘further afield’
The goal of Australia's new strategy is to change a potential adversary’s belief that it could achieve its ambitions with force at an acceptable cost.
A police officer stands guard near a cordoned damaged vehicle after a suicide blast in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 19, 2024
Five Japanese nationals escape Pakistan suicide blast attack
The Japanese were unhurt and have been moved to a safe place in police custody, a spokesperson said.
CDP head Kenta Izumi speaks to reporters in Tokyo on April 13.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 19, 2024
Kishida and Izumi to campaign in must-win Shimane as by-election looms
For Kishida and the LDP, the Shimane race is a must-win contest, while the opposition is looking to gain ground in a ruling party stronghold.
A car that accelerated toward a police officer in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Friday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 19, 2024
Police officer shoots at car accelerating toward him in Shibuya Ward
The driver of the vehicle was hospitalized but is not in a life-threatening condition, and the officer was unharmed.
Rui "The Hurricane" Junior (right) takes down Mohamed Kamal during the World Championship Sumo tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York on April 13.
SUMO
Apr 19, 2024
World Championship Sumo adds WWE-style pizazz to Japan's traditional sport
A boisterous, nearly full crowd got an in-person look at sumo wrestling at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (background)
JAPAN
Apr 19, 2024
Tepco starts fresh release of treated water from Fukushima nuclear plant
This is the fifth round in total since the water release started in August 2023.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he announces a preliminary agreement with Intel for a major CHIPS and Science Act award, during a visit to the Intel Ocotillo Campus in Chandler, Arizona, on March 20.
BUSINESS / Tech / ANALYSIS
Apr 19, 2024
Latest Biden chip deal highlights U.S. semiconductor successes
Samsung is the latest beneficiary of Washington’s efforts to shore up precarious supply chains and protect its national security interests.
Sauber's Zhou Guanyu poses for pictures with fans after the world premiere of a documentary about his life in Shanghai on Wednesday.
MORE SPORTS
Apr 19, 2024
Local hero Zhou Guanyu expects to feel 'mix of emotions' at Chinese GP
Formula One is returning to China for the first time in five years after previous editions were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ethiopia's Tigst Assefa poses for photos during a news conference ahead of the London Marathon on Thursday.
MORE SPORTS / Athletics
Apr 19, 2024
Tigst Assefa ready to chase women's record at London Marathon
The 27-year-old Ethiopian smashed the world record when completing the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 53 seconds.
The average daily room rate of hotels in Japan for March marked the highest level since August 1997, as the country saw a record number of foreign visitors in March.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 19, 2024
Japan hotel prices near 30-year high as weak yen lures record tourists
The average daily room rate for March was about ¥20,986 ($136), the highest level since August 1997 and a nearly 20% increase from the same period in 2023.
Coyotes players salute the fans following their final game home game in Tempe, Arizona, on Wednesday.
MORE SPORTS / Ice hockey
Apr 19, 2024
Coyotes moving to Utah after NHL approves sale and relocation of franchise
The NHL has approved the sale and relocation of the Arizona Coyotes to Utah starting with the 2024-25 season.
David Inoue, the executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League, in Farragut Square, near the building that used to house the War Relocation Authority, in Washington. Inoue says his group has been more divided than it has been in decades on how it should respond to the Israel-Hamas war.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 19, 2024
War in the Gaza Strip causes surprising rift within Japanese American group
A new generation is pushing one of the largest Asian American civil rights groups to sever ties with prominent Jewish American organizations.
The possibility of a deepening conflict between Israel and Iran suggests higher energy prices for energy import-dependent Japan, meaning more downward pressure for the yen.
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 19, 2024
Oil poses more risks for yen as Japan depends on energy imports
Crude oil futures jumped on Friday following reports that Israel launched a missile strike on Iran.
Josh Rawitch, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, holds a baseball thrown by former Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo during a no-hitter in 1996 while seated next to a Dodgers uniform used by Shohei Ohtani this season during a news conference at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Tokyo
BASEBALL
Apr 19, 2024
Baseball Hall of Fame to highlight history of Japan-U.S. ties in new exhibit
The exhibition, "Yakyu/Baseball: The Transpacific Exchange of the Game between Japan and the United States," is slated to open in July 2025.
Takuya Matsunaga reads a reply from Kozo Iizuka, imprisoned for killing Matsunaga's wife and daughter in 2019 in a high-profile accident in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district, at his home in Tokyo earlier this month.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 19, 2024
5 years after fatal Ikebukuro crash, bereaved man works to prevent repeat
A man plans to meet with the driver who accidentally killed his wife and young daughter, hoping to learn what went through the driver's mind.
FBI Director Christopher Wray
WORLD
Apr 19, 2024
FBI says Chinese hackers preparing to attack U.S. infrastructure
An ongoing Chinese hacking campaign known as Volt Typhoon has hit American companies, the FBI's director said.
The strike came against the backdrop of Iran's support for the Palestinian Hamas militant group, whose assault into Israel on Oct. 7 triggered Israel's invasion of Gaza.
WORLD
Apr 19, 2024
Israel attacks Iran, sources say, with drones reported over Isfahan
Iran has no plan to strike back immediately, a senior Iranian official said, while state media had an initially subdued response to the attack.
Bank of Japan Gov. Kazuo Ueda speaks at a news conference in Washington on Thursday alongside Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki.
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 19, 2024
BOJ's Ueda signals possible rate hike if weak yen boosts inflation
The BOJ will scrutinize how the yen's declines so far this year could affect the economy and prices, Ueda said.
Dozens of other voices that oppose Prime Minister Narendra Modi are active on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Apr 19, 2024
Critics of India's Modi migrate online as mainstream media stays deferential
Critical voices have shifted to social media, with many speaking in Hindi, the language of India's heartland and BJP stronghold.
Iran is now enriching uranium to up to 60% purity and has enough material enriched to that level, if enriched further, for two nuclear weapons, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency's theoretical definition.
WORLD / Politics / EXPLAINER
Apr 19, 2024
As the 2015 nuclear deal crumbles, how close is Iran to weaponization?
With the possibility of Israel retaliating, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander said the nation might review its "nuclear doctrine."

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on