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Japan Confirms First Case Of Omicron That Passed Quarantine Inspection

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JAPAN TIMES
 
Japan has confirmed the first case of the omicron coronavirus variant that passed a quarantine inspection conducted upon arrival from abroad, the health ministry said Saturday.
A foreign national in his 40s living in Gifu Prefecture tested positive for the strain, becoming the 13th ...

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Iizuka, Head Of Japanese Group Of Abductee Families, Resigns

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Shigeo Iizuka, 83, head of an association of families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago, resigned for health reasons Saturday.
The resignation of Iizuka, abductee Yaeko Taguchi’s older brother, was approved at an extraordinary meeting of the association. T...

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Hayashi To Attend G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting

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NHK
 
Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa says he wants to convey Japan's views on a range of issues at the Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting in Britain.
Before leaving for Liverpool on Friday, Hayashi said he wants to exchange opinions on regional situations and global challenges...

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Japan Struggling To Bring Forward Vaccine Booster Shots

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JAPAN TODAY
 
The Japanese government has been struggling to present concrete plans to bring forward vaccine booster shots against the novel coronavirus, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida telling the Diet Wednesday that it is urgent to analyze whether the existing COVID-19 vaccines are effective ...

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Japan’s Ruling LDP Lawmakers Call For Beijing Olympics Boycott

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
In the run-up to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are increasingly concerned about and critical of the Chinese government’s human rights violations.
Conservative lawmakers hope to pass a resolution condemning China for human ...

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Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hits Southwestern Japan

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NHK
 
An earthquake registering five-plus on Japan's seismic intensity scale of zero to seven jolted Toshima Village in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan on Thursday. The magnitude 6.1 quake struck at around 11:05 a.m., Japan time.
Japan's Meteorological Agency says the quake originated ne...

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Afghan Evacuees To Be Allowed Into Japan Despite COVID Border Rules

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KYODO NEWS
 
Afghan staff of Japanese organizations who wish to evacuate from Afghanistan will be granted special permission to enter Japan in an exemption from current COVID-19 border restrictions, government sources said Wednesday.
The decision, which applies to staff at the now-closed Japanese...

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Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Seeks To Boost Defense Capability

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CNN
 
 
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed Monday to strengthen the country's defenses by looking into options including acquiring the capability to strike enemy bases as it deals with an assertive China and unpredictable North Korea.
"In order to safeguard the people's lives and livelih...

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Tokyo’s Gigantic New Anime Store Will Be Among Largest In The World, And It Won’t Be In Akihabara

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SORA NEWS
 
Specialty shop Animate stays true to its roots as it gets ready to celebrate a big milestone with a big store.
When people think of anime shops and events in Tokyo, Akihabara is the first neighborhood that comes to mind.
It’s not the only otaku gathering spot in the city, though, as t...

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Japan's Military, Among World's Strongest, Looks To Build

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ABC NEWS
 
Dozens of Japanese tanks are participating in a major exercise on the northern island of Hokkaido in a display of military power that coincides with a recent escalation of Chinese and Russian military moves around Japanese territory
ENIWA, Japan -- Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired ex...

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