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Shogi prodigy wins record 29th straight match

Japan’s youngest professional shogi player, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, set the all-time record for consecutive victories Monday, continuing a winning streak that has reignited public interest ...

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Japanese government conveys regret over Moon’s Fukushima nuclear crisis remarks

The government has expressed regret over recent remarks by South Korean President Moon Jae-in about the March 2011 crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, ...

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U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning, container ship captain says

The U.S. warship struck by a container vessel off the Izu Peninsula failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision ...

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California to list glyphosate as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight

(Reuters) - Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of ...

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Texas sanctuary city law could lead to immigration police state: lawyer

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A small border town and some of the largest cities in Texas told a federal judge on Monday a new state law aimed at punishing ...

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Alleged ‘black widow’ Kakehi pleads not guilty as murder trial kicks off in Kyoto

A 70-year-old woman dubbed the “black widow” for allegedly murdering her husband and common-law partners with cyanide, pleads innocent.

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Japan, U.S. to mull quicker missile defense upgrades, deployment of Aegis Ashore

Japan will consider increasing the pace of upgrades to its ballistic missile defense system in cooperation with the United States as the allies race to ...

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METI bureaucrats’ blunt, bold policy proposals set social media on fire

A bold set of policy recommendations compiled by vice industry minister Ikuro Sugawara and young colleagues in their 20s and 30s has set social media ...

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Niigata governor lobbies to get Sado’s mines listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites

Niigata Gov. Ryuichi Yoneyama asks the central government to recommend that the legacies of gold and silver mining in the prefecture and their related facilities ...

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Move to rename Harlem neighborhood sparks outrage over erasing black history

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City real estate companies' attempts to rename a Harlem neighborhood "SoHa" have enraged long-time residents of the historically black enclave, who say the move erases the community's rich cultural history.

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Triple murderer, 90, dies of suffocation as oldest prisoner on Japan’s death row

A 90-year-old triple murderer, reportedly the oldest prisoner on death row, has choked to death from his own vomit at a prison in Fukuoka Prefecture, ...

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Contempt trial begins for Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his hard-line stand against illegal immigrants, willfully violated a judge's order ...

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Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with noh performance

Japan has marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Holy See with a performance of ancient traditional noh theater in Rome. At the ...

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World War II practice bayonettes discovered, evoking memories of Japan’s wartime student military training

Four wooden rifles that had been used for bayonet practice during World War II as part of military training in schools have been discovered recently ...

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Kawakatsu cruises to third term in Shizuoka gubernatorial election

Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu won a third four-year term Sunday, beating Olympic judo silver medalist Noriko Mizoguchi, the local election board said. The 68-year-old independent ...

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Diary offers rare glimpse into Japan’s early 20th century battles in Russia

A diary kept by a member of the Imperial Japanese Navy, recounting fierce battles in Siberia when Japan dispatched troops there in the early 20th ...

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government helping to attract foreign tourists to less well traveled areas

In a bid to help revitalize local economies, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is collaborating with disaster-hit regions to prompt more foreign ...

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Gaffe-prone Aso alludes to gender as reason female lawmaker verbally abused secretary

Gaffe-prone Finance Minister Taro Aso made a comment Saturday about a junior lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who indicated her ...

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Taking a look back at Kobe’s opening to the West nearly 150 years ago

On Jan. 1, 1868, foreign merchants, who had spent the preceding days on ships offshore waiting for the official opening of the Port of Kobe, ...

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LDP close behind Koike’s party in Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly race: poll

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is running close behind Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s fledging Tomin First no Kai party in the race to be the ...

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Mental health support for nursery school staff falling short, new survey finds

At least 27 percent of nursery schools across the country are in need of psychological support for their staff members, a government survey shows.

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Abe prods LDP to speed up work on charter as approval ratings sink

In an apparent bid to draw attention to his pet project while his popularity tumbles, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has increased pressure on his ruling ...

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Tax agency taps AI to select audit targets, answer taxpayer queries

The National Tax Agency unveils plans to use artificial intelligence to automate responses to taxpayer inquiries and consultations and also to select ...

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Task force on raising retirement age for civil servants in works

The government plans to set up a task force soon for talks among key ministries and agencies on extending the retirement age for civil servants, ...

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Political parties tweak campaign policies to win youth vote

Political parties are making a push to win over more young people a year after the country’s voting age was lowered to 18 from 20. ...

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Wakayama seeks to lift itself out of obscurity with fruit, gambling

In the Kansai region, known mostly for the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe, Wakayama Prefecture rarely tops the destination list of most tourists. ...

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Sapporo man arrested at Chiba idol event found with 12-cm knife, desire to kill

A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday after bringing a 12-cm fruit knife to a meet-and-greet event for an all-girl idol group near Tokyo, later telling ...

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Nagano woken by pair of morning quakes, including an upper 5

Nagano Prefecture was jolted by two quakes Sunday morning, including one that registered as upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale. The first quake ...

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