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A native of the central prefecture of Aichi, Tomoko Akane began serving as a prosecutor in Japan in 1982 before taking up posts such as a professor at a Japanese law school and head of a U.N. training center. She became an ICC judge in March 2018.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 12, 2024
ICC picks Tomoko Akane as new president for 2024-2027 term
She is the first Japanese to head the Hague-based court tasked with investigating and prosecuting crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.
An amphibious assault demonstration with joint forces of the Swedish, Finnish, Italian and French army during the Nordic Response 24 military exercise on Sunday near Sorstraumen, above the Arctic Circle in Norway. Nordic Response 24 is part of the larger NATO exercise Steadfast Defender.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 12, 2024
In frozen north, a stronger NATO prepares for Russia's threat
NATO's four-month Steadfast Defender exercise in its Arctic fringe are part of the largest drills staged by the alliance since the Cold War.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly said he prefers U.S. President Joe Biden to Donald Trump, but the remark was widely interpreted to mean exactly the opposite.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 11, 2024
Putin hopes a Trump win would change course for Russia
While Putin has said he prefers U.S. President Joe Biden to Donald Trump, the remark was widely interpreted to mean exactly the opposite.
Ukrainian servicemen fire an anti aircraft cannon near the town of Bakhmut, Ukraine, on March 6.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 11, 2024
Kyiv slams Pope's 'white flag' call, vows no surrender to Russia
Vatican officials said the pontiff's call was simply intended to end fierce fighting in the war that has entered its third year.
Yulia Naumenko is one of many Ukrainians living in Japan as the war in their home country stretches into its third year.
COMMUNITY
Mar 11, 2024
In war’s third year, Ukrainians in Japan still face daily trials
Two years of conflict has left Ukraine scarred and evacuees living in Japan with just as many struggles as when they arrived.
The upcoming election is set to secure Vladimir Putin's long-term leadership and is raising questions about the direction of Russia's political landscape.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Mar 10, 2024
'Generation Putin' — young Russians reflect on his 24 years in power
Vladimir Putin's legacy through young eyes: Insights from Russia's youth on the only president most have known and their hopes for the future.
Rescuers clear debris from a multistory building heavily damaged following a drone strike, in Odessa, Ukraine, on March 3.
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Mar 10, 2024
The $1 trillion race to rebuild Ukraine is slowly getting going
Firms are boosting their presence in Ukraine, in anticipation of the conflict's end — and the biggest investment opportunity since at least World War II.
Pope Francis presides over a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 10, 2024
Pope says Ukraine should have the ‘courage of the white flag’
Pope Francis has reiterated in a new interview that Ukraine should negotiate to end the war with Russia, but this time he used language — adopting his interviewer’s expression, "white flag” — that has drawn attention and raised questions about whether the pope was suggesting that Ukraine surrender.
French President Emmanuel Macron greets Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Feb. 26.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 9, 2024
Macron and Scholz, never close, spar over policy toward Ukraine and Russia
A fraught relationship has recently turned bitter, with insults and barbs threatening European unity at a critical moment.
Former U.S. President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during an election night watch party at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 9, 2024
Japanese government making preparations for 'Trump wins' scenario
The Foreign Ministry is fully mobilizing the Japanese Embassy in Washington and consulates across the United States to analyze his remarks.
Swedish soldiers take part in the changing of the guard ceremony at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 8, 2024
Sweden’s NATO accession unlocks defense options to fend off Russia
Becoming a full member removes any ambiguity about whether the alliance would defend Sweden in the event of an attack, and vice versa.
Russian Daniil Medvedev will have to compete as a neutral athlete at the 2024 Paris Olympics
TENNIS
Mar 8, 2024
Daniil Medvedev excited for Olympics and will follow rules as neutral athlete
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said players from the two countries could take part in the Paris Games as neutrals.
The Paralympic logo (right) is seen alongside the Olympic rings on the facade of Paris city hall on Jan. 18.
MORE SPORTS
Mar 7, 2024
IPC to bar Russians and Belarusians from Paralympic ceremonies
The Russian and Belarusian NPCs were both suspended following the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
A DITA howitzer-gun vehicle at an arms factory in Sternberk, Czech Republic
WORLD / Politics
Mar 7, 2024
As Russia advances, Europe extends reach to source ammunition for Ukraine
Supplies of ammunition to Ukraine have been interrupted by politics, with U.S. Congress holding up a $60 billion military aid package.
The Netherland's Prime Minister Mark Rutte waves as he walks past NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during a summit at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels in June 2021.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 6, 2024
‘A safe pair of hands’: Dutch PM emerges as NATO chief front-runner
Although the top contender, Mark Rutte may still have to win over about a third of the alliance’s 31-member states.
Rescuers clear debris from a multistory building heavily damaged following a Russian drone strike in Odessa on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 6, 2024
ICC issues warrants over Russian strikes on Ukraine's power grid
The court has previously targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin with an international arrest warrant over the deportation of Ukrainian children.
A Swedish JAS Gripen fighter jet next to a U.S. plane at Kallax Air Base, Sweden, on Monday. Swedish armed forces joined NATO for exercises on Monday, contributing troops, helicopters and fighter jets as the alliance carries out its largest set of military drills since the end of the Cold War.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 5, 2024
Poised to join NATO, Sweden joins its biggest drills since Cold War
The exercises involving over 20,000 troops are being held in a high north being transformed by the NATO accession of Sweden and Finland.
Soldiers during a live-fire exercise in Weiden, Germany
WORLD / Politics
Mar 5, 2024
Germany faces pressure to tighten security after Ukraine details exposed
One official described the lapses that led to the leak as expected from people who have never had security briefings but not from military officials.
Nikolai Nozdrev, who arrived in Tokyo on Sunday, succeeds Mikhail Galuzin as Russia's ambassador to Japan.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 4, 2024
Russia’s new ambassador arrives in Japan after more than yearlong absence
Moscow had left the post unfilled for over a year amid strained ties with Tokyo.
Alexei Navalny delivers remarks during his election campaign in Moscow on Aug. 1, 2013. Russian authorities vilified the opposition leader with a viciousness that suggested he was more influential than Moscow would admit. Little has changed since he died.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 4, 2024
Kremlin seeks to suppress Navalny’s influence, in death as in life
Russian authorities have vilified late opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a viciousness that suggested he was more influential than Moscow would admit.

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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