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News Headlines - 30 June 2020

China approves contentious Hong Kong national security law | The Japan Times

China imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong on Tuesday, a historic move that critics and many Western governments fear will smother the finance hub’s freedoms and hollow out its autonomy.
As the law was signed by President Xi Jinping little more than six weeks after it was first unveiled, Beijing described it as a “sword” hanging over the heads of those who endanger national security.
The contents of the law have so far been kept secret from Hong Kong’s 7.5 million inhabitants, sparking alarm, anger and fear.

Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China - BBC News

A new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists.
It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say... While it is not an immediate problem, they say, it has "all the hallmarks" of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring.

Iran journalist who fueled 2017 protests sentenced to death | The Japan Times

Iran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday.
Ruhollah Zam’s website and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings of the protests and embarrassing information about officials that directly challenged Iran’s Shiite theocracy. Those demonstrations represented the biggest challenge to Iran since the 2009 Green Movement protests and set the stage for similar mass unrest last November.
The details of his arrest still remain unclear.

Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says - The New York Times

American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan - including targeting American troops - amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter... The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said.

Japan's top court overturns ban on city's return to hometown donation scheme - The Mainichi

Japan's Supreme Court overturned Tuesday a lower court ruling in favor of the central government's decision to remove a western Japan city from a donation scheme after the municipality attracted contributions by offering gifts valued above a set level in return.
The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry is expected to soon rescind its ban on the participation of Izumisano in Osaka Prefecture in the "hometown tax" program, after it excluded the city and three towns in Shizuoka, Wakayama and Saga prefectures from the program in May last year, ministry sources said.

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イラン当局、トランプ氏に逮捕状 司令官殺害めぐり:朝日新聞デジタル


新型ウイルス、世界の死者50万人を超える 感染者は1000万人 - BBCニュース


EU、「安全な」14カ国からの渡航許可へ 日本やカナダなど - BBCニュース


「シルク・ドゥ・ソレイユ」再生手続きへ 公演中止相次ぎ  - 産経ニュース


MLB開催決定 7月23日か24日開幕、60試合 - MLB : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 29 June 2020

Hebei: China locks down 400,000 people after virus spike near Beijing - BBC News

China has reinstated a strict lockdown near Beijing, affecting around 400,000 people, after a small surge in cases.
The restrictions have come into force in Anxin county in Hebei province near the capital.
After the pandemic emerged in China at the end of last year, the country has managed to get new infections to a consistently low level.
To avoid a second wave, even small surges are taken very seriously by the country's health authorities.

China forcing birth control on Uighurs to suppress population, report says - BBC News

China is forcing women to be sterilised or fitted with contraceptive devices in Xinjiang in an apparent attempt to limit the population of Muslim Uighurs, according to new research.
The report, by China scholar Adrian Zenz, has prompted international calls for the United Nations to investigate... The state is already facing widespread criticism for holding Uighurs in detention camps.

Radioactivity hike seen in northern Europe; source unknown

Nordic authorities say they detected slightly increased levels of radioactivity in northern Europe this month that Dutch officials said may be from a source in western Russia and may “indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant.”
But Russian news agency TASS, citing a spokesman with the state nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom., reported that the two nuclear power plans in northwestern Russia haven’t reported any problems.

Donald Trump warns Hitachi not to sell Anglesey nuclear site to China | The Sunday Times

Donald Trump’s government has warned Hitachi against selling a nuclear power project to China as tensions between Washington and Beijing escalate... Hitachi last year put Horizon on hold and wrote off £2bn after repeated delays by Westminster in signing off a support package. Hitachi’s board is set to make a decision in September on what to do with the £16bn project, which it hopes will power about five million homes. In the absence of support from ministers for new nuclear power stations, it may sell.

Japan tunnel dispute delays world’s fastest railway | Financial Times

It is meant to be the fastest, most sophisticated railway ever built, whisking passengers from Tokyo to Osaka in just 67 minutes. But the world’s first magnetic levitation mainline has one big problem: a 9km gap in the middle.
Although construction on the $84bn maglev project began in 2014, the governor of Shizuoka prefecture is refusing to allow work on one short stretch - entirely in a tunnel - that will pass beneath the mountains of Japan’s southern Alps.
With the dispute now threatening to delay the entire project at a cost of billions of yen to the JR Central railway, the company’s chief executive Shin Kaneko begged governor Heita Kawakatsu to let work begin at an unusual summit on Friday that was streamed live to the public.

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ミシシッピ州旗、全米で最後となる南軍旗の紋章を削除へ  - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


米スタバも広告一時停止へ FBボイコット止まらず


独バイエル、除草剤の発がん性めぐる訴訟で和解 1兆円超 - BBCニュース


英自動車産業、FTAなしなら5兆円損失 自工会試算  :日本経済新聞


窪田製薬、「近視治療眼鏡」米で治験へ  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 28 June 2020

NHK loses first lawsuit over forced viewing contracts as court favors use of modified TV | The Japan Times

The Tokyo District Court ruled Friday that a plaintiff whose television set has been altered to not receive signals from NHK does not bear a duty to sign a viewing contract with the public broadcaster.
The TV is equipped with a filtering device that significantly weakens its reception of signals from NHK.
It is the first time NHK has lost a suit in which a plaintiff with a TV equipped to block its signals sought judgement nullifying any obligation to conclude a viewing contract with it. NHK previously won three such cases, and the plaintiff withdrew the petition in a different case, according to the public broadcaster.

Royal Mail to cut 2,000 jobs as virus hits business - BBC News

Royal Mail is to cut 2,000 management jobs as it struggles to deal with the effects of the coronavirus crisis.
The cuts, about a fifth of the company's management roles, aim to save about £130m in costs from next year.

Venezuela's rival leaders begin tug-of-war over London gold - Reuters

Venezuela’s rival leaders, President Nicolás Maduro and his western-backed opponent Juan Guaido, began a legal tug-of-war on Monday over $1 billion of the country’s gold stashed deep under the Bank of England in London.
In a High Court hearing due to last four days, the Venezuelan central bank (BCV), controlled by Maduro’s government, is seeking an order to force the Bank of England to release the bullion that, like many countries, it stores there for safe keeping... Guaido’s lawyers meanwhile say the bullion is his to control as the British government, along with around 60 others around the world, recognise him as leader after claims Maduro rigged Venezuela’s last presidential election two years ago.

Bulgaria’s PM fined after breaking his own government’s COVID-19 rules | Euronews

Bulgaria's prime minister Boïko Borissov is to be fined for entering a church without a mask, according to the country's health ministry.
Under rules brought in by his own government, Borissov, his staff and some journalists will face fines of as much as €150.
The compulsory use of facemasks in public indoor spaces was reinstated in Bulgaria on Tuesday because of an increase in coronavirus cases.

Disney changing Splash Mountain, ride tied to Jim Crow film : The Asahi Shimbun

Amid calls to change the Splash Mountain theme park ride over its ties to “Song of the South," the 1946 movie many view as racist, Disney officials said Thursday it was recasting the ride based on “The Princess and the Frog," a 2009 Disney film with an African American female lead.
Changes to the ride will be made both at Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, the company said in a post.
Disney said the changes had been in the works since last year, but the announcement comes as companies across the U.S. are renaming racially charged, decades-old brands amid worldwide protests for racial justice after the police custody death of George Floyd in Minnesota last month.

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イージス白紙撤回 安倍政権の対米追従で196億円が水の泡:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


NYで一晩12件の銃撃事件 警察の士気低下も問題に


CNN.co.jp : メタノール飲用で3人死亡、失明や重体も 米ニューメキシコ州


「IラブNY」ロゴをデザイン、ミルトン・グレイザーさん死去 91歳:AFPBB News

「I♥NY」のロゴで知られる米グラフィックデザイナー、ミルトン・グレイザー(Milton Glaser)さんが26日、米ニューヨーク・マンハッタン(Manhattan)で死去した。91歳。26日はグレイザーさんの誕生日だった。……ニューヨークのブロンクス(Bronx)でハンガリー移民の両親の下に生まれたグレイザーさんは、主に1960~70年代の米ポップカルチャーのビジュアルを特徴付けた楽しげでレトロなスタイルで知られている。……1977年のニューヨーク州の観光キャンペーンでは、白地に赤いハートマークをあしらった「I♥NY」のロゴをデザイン。

バンクシー作品盗難で6人拘束 パリ同時テロの劇場扉―仏:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 27 June 2020

Trump administration says Huawei, Hikvision backed by Chinese military - Reuters

The Trump administration has determined that top Chinese firms, including telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies and video surveillance company Hikvision, are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, laying the groundwork for new U.S. financial sanctions... A Department of Defense (DOD) document listing 20 companies operating in the United States that Washington alleges are backed by the Chinese military was first reported by Reuters.
The DOD document also includes China Mobile Communications Group and China Telecommunications Corp as well as aircraft manufacturer Aviation Industry Corp of China.

Brexit: UK starts work on buying own sat-nav system to rival Galileo - BBC News

The London start-up had been trying to build a network of spacecraft to deliver broadband connections but was forced to seek bankruptcy protection in March because of insufficient funds.
It's understood Boris Johnson's government could now put about £500m into the project, in part because it believes OneWeb can also provide a satellite navigation service.
This has become an important issue since the UK lost its membership of the European Galileo sat-nav system after exiting the EU.

Daimler and Nvidia team up to close tech gap to Tesla - Reuters

Daimler and Nvidia unveiled a deal on Tuesday to develop and equip the German company’s Mercedes-Benz cars with a next-generation chip and software platform that could eventually be used to help vehicles drive by themselves.
The move is a response to Tesla’s ability to integrate custom designed chips with thousands of lines of code, which has allowed the Silicon Valley-based company to develop new features faster than its competitors.

Locusts invade satellite city of India's capital - CNA

Desert locusts on Saturday (Jun 27) invaded Gurugram, a satellite city of India's capital New Delhi, prompting authorities to ask people to keep their windows shut and bang utensils to ward off the fast-spreading swarms.
Delhi's international airport, which borders Gurugram - home to some of the world's top corporations, has asked pilots to take extra precautions during takeoff and landing due to the locusts, Reuters partner ANI reported.
Gurugram has never faced a locust attack before. Previous infestations have been mainly confined to some villages in the western state of Gujarat and Rajasthan in the north, which share a border with Pakistan's desert areas.

Hello Kitty Founder Steps Down As CEO Of Sanrio : NPR

Shintaro Tsuji, CEO of Sanrio, will step down on July 1 and hand over the reins of the Japanese company that created global mega-star character Hello Kitty to his grandson.

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CNN.co.jp : コロナ「第2波」で数百万人死去の恐れ、WHO警告


「神様に与えられた呼吸を奪うのか」、マスク義務化に断固反対のアメリカ市民 - BBCニュース


英製薬大手アストラゼネカ、新型コロナワクチン供給で日本政府と協議へ | ニューズウィーク日本版

第一三共、Meiji Seikaファルマ(東京都中央区)、KMバイオロジクス(熊本市)の3社をパートナー企業とし、日本国内での安定供給に向け、海外からの原液供給を受けて必要な準備を進めるとしている。

19年ラグビーW杯 経済効果、過去最高 6464億円 5割が訪日客の消費 - 毎日新聞


リヴァプール、悲願のプレミアリーグ初優勝! 28勝2分け1敗の圧倒的な強さで戴冠(GOAL)


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News Headlines - 26 June 2020

Wembley park sisters' murder photo share 'disgusting' - BBC News

The Met Police Commissioner said she is "dumbfounded" by allegations that two of her officers shared "inappropriate" photographs of a double murder scene.
The bodies of sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were found earlier this month at Fryent Gardens in Wembley.
The officers have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and suspended from duty.

NASA will name its headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, the agency's first African American female engineer - CNN

NASA is renaming its headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, the agency's first African American female engineer who helped inspire the story behind the book and film "Hidden Figures."
"Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in the agency's announcement Wednesday.

WANTED: SPIES. CIA turns to online streaming for new recruits - Reuters

U.S. defense and spy agencies played a major role in creating the internet, and now the CIA is turning for the first time to online streaming services to recruit spies between the ages of 18 and 35.

Man named Mark Clark wins $4m lottery for the second time - New York Daily News

History just repeated itself for a Michigan man who hit the jackpot to the tune of $4 million with a scratch-off ticket in 2017, then did it again a few weeks ago.
Mark Clark, whose name almost repeats itself too, said it was “hard to put into words exactly what I am feeling” after using a “lucky” coin his recently departed dad gave him to scratch his way to a $4 million prize.
Though for Clark, this wasn’t the first time he’d experienced the joy of winning the Michigan Lottery. The very lucky man posed for Milottery.com holding his first novelty wining check from Dec. 12, 2017 next to his latest one, which is dated June 4, 2020.

Jessi Combs awarded world land speed record after 2019 fatal crash

American race car driver Jessi Combs was posthumously awarded the women's world land speed record on Wednesday.
Combs, known as the "fastest woman on 4 wheels," won the award for the 2019 attempt that claimed her life at age 39. She drove 522.783 miles per hour before the fatal crash last August, to eclipse the Guinness Book of Records for fastest time ever clocked by a woman.

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独仏、WHOに支援表明 コロナ禍に「世界的な対応必要」 - ロイター


今年の極東フォーラム中止 ロシア、次回は来年に - 産経ニュース


朝鮮戦争、日本人が戦闘 米軍極秘文書に記録 基地従業員ら18人 - 毎日新聞


「なぜこんなものが大量に」 高1自殺、拳銃入手の謎 弾倉にホルダーも… - 毎日新聞


CNN.co.jp : セグウェイ、来月で生産中止 高額で販売振るわず


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News Headlines - 25 June 2020

Israel annexation: New border plans leave Palestinians in despair - BBC News

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could annex parts of the occupied West Bank this summer. He says the move, stemming from US President Donald Trump's peace plan, will write another "glorious chapter in the history of Zionism".
The Palestinians are defiant. They say they are pulling out of previous agreements, risking their own fragile governing authority. To them, the move means the loss of vital land for a future state and a death blow to dreams of self-determination.
Much of the global community looks on with growing concern over what they see as a clear violation of international law, while warnings echo of a "hot summer" of boiling tensions.

Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked from Labour front-bench by Keir Starmer for sharing anti-semitic theory

CORBYNISTA shadow education secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has been sacked from the Labour front-bench for sharing an anti-semitic conspiracy theory on Twitter.
Sir Keir Starmer said she had been asked to step down after sharing an article which claimed the tactic used by US police to kill George Floyd was "taught by the Israeli army".

O2 sends surprise refund cheques after 15 years - BBC News

Mobile network O2 has been sending some of its former customers refunds, 15 years after the end of their contracts.
Several people posted on Twitter that they had received a letter and cheque from parent company Telefonica stating: "You've got a refund."... O2 confirmed that it had sent cheques to a group of people who were over-charged more than 10 years ago - with interest.
"We identified a billing issue which meant some customers were charged twice on their final bill before leaving O2. We have been contacting those affected to apologise and send their refund," the company said in a statement.

Liverpool on course to smash five more Premier League records on march to title - Liverpool Echo

But this Liverpool team has still set new Premier League records this season, including the best start to a campaign (61 points from the first 63 available) and the most home wins on the bounce (21).
And as it continues its march towards title glory, there are still several other records Klopp’s side can break.
Most points in a season
Most wins in a season
Most home wins in a season
Biggest winning margin
Earliest title triumph

Australia and New Zealand Will Host 2023 Women’s World Cup - The New York Times

Australia and New Zealand will serve as co-hosts for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, FIFA announced Thursday, sending one of its two biggest tournaments - and its first 32-team women’s championship - to two nations that have embraced the women’s game.
FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, announced its decision after its governing council held a vote by videoconference. It also announced that the council had approved $1 billion in investment in women’s soccer over the next four years, funding that could prove vital in developing enough competitive national teams to fill the 32-team field.

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世界成長、マイナス4.9% コロナ長引き再び下げ―IMF予測:時事ドットコム


ワイヤーカードの不正会計疑惑 浮かぶ3つの疑問 :日本経済新聞


国会議員「定年」 自民内に対立 米英仏独は制限せず  :日本経済新聞


米、一部の就労ビザなどの年内発給を停止|TBS NEWS


CNN.co.jp : 米シアトルの「自治区」、デモ隊の多くが退去 指導者明かす


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News Headlines - 24 June 2020

Toyota holds $293 million stake in Uber, governance report shows - Reuters

Toyota Motor Corp holds a $293 million stake in Uber Technologies, as it partners with the ride-hailing company to further expand into new mobility services, Toyota’s latest corporate governance report released on Wednesday showed... Toyota, one of the world’s biggest automakers, said it had reduced its shareholdings in 24 companies and increased them in 10, including two listed companies.
In the past year, it took a stake in rival Suzuki Motor Corp as the pair deepen cooperation around the development of lower emission vehicles.
Toyota sold its stakes in cutting tool manufacturer OSG Corporation, Nippon Steel Corporation, automotive lights and interior mirrors maker Ichikoh Industries, and transmission belt maker Mitsuboshi Belting.

Olympus quits camera business after 84 years - BBC News

Olympus, once one of the world's biggest camera brands, is selling off that part of its business after 84 years.
The firm said that despite its best efforts, the "extremely severe digital camera market" was no longer profitable... It had recorded losses for the last three years.
The Japanese company made its first camera in 1936 after years of microscope manufacture. The Semi-Olympus I featured an accordion-like fold-out camera bellows, and cost more than a month's wages in Japan.

Lotte Group chief appointed president, CEO of Japan-based holding firm | Yonhap News Agency

Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin was appointed president and CEO of Japan-based Lotte Holdings Co., the company said Wednesday, in a move that further cements his grip on the group's numerous subsidiaries in South Korea and Japan.
The decision was approved at a shareholders' meeting in Tokyo earlier in the day, though Shin did not attend the meeting.
Shin has been serving as Lotte Holdings chairman since April.

South Korea's first female trade minister bids for WTO top job - Reuters

South Korea’s trade minister Yoo Myung-hee on Wednesday announced her bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), aiming to be the first female leader at the WTO.
The nominations process began earlier this month to find a successor to Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who will vacate the post a year early at the end of August.

Videos show massive flooding in S. China, Three Gorges Dam next | Taiwan News

As southern China sees some of its worst flooding in 80 years, videos have surfaced showing extreme quantities of water inundating 10 provinces and cities, threatening the vaunted Three Gorges Dam.
As China's Yangtze River Basin enters its flood season, the upper reaches of the Three Gorges Dam are seeing the highest flood levels since 1940. Weather China has issued its highest warning for flooding and rain for the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River to Guizhou.
The rainfall is expected to peak on Tuesday and Wednesday (June 23 and 24). Flood warnings have been issued in more than 10 provinces and municipalities in China, including Guizhou, Chongqing, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai, and Guangxi.

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ロシアで対独戦勝記念軍事パレード プーチン大統領、5選出馬へ布石 - 毎日新聞


28日投票のポーランド大統領選、野党候補が猛追 :日本経済新聞


NY金上昇 7年8カ月ぶり高値 コロナ「第2波」懸念  :日本経済新聞


ドイツ北西部でロックダウン再開 食肉工場でのアウトブレイク受け - BBCニュース


テニス世界ランク1位 ジョコビッチが新型コロナウイルス陽性 | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 23 June 2020

In midst of pandemic, East Africa braces for another locust invasion

East Africa is bracing for a third outbreak of desert locusts, with billions of the destructive insects about to hatch and threaten food supplies in a region already reeling from damaging rains and the coronavirus pandemic.
Spurred by favorable weather conditions, the migratory pests have descended on East Africa in record numbers since late 2019 and another wave is about to take to the skies despite the concerted use of pesticides.

S. Korea demands removal of Japanese sites from World Heritage list

South Korea has formally requested that a U.N. agency remove historical sites related to Japan's industrial revolution from its World Heritage site list, the country's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
The ministry said the request was made in a letter sent Monday to UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay in the name of South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha.

Japan PM Abe skips visit to Russia for WWII parade next week - The Mainichi

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit Moscow next week to attend a parade commemorating the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, a government official said Friday.
Abe was invited to the parade, originally scheduled for May 9, before it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He had also been slated to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the trip.
Russia has been notified that Abe will skip the rescheduled parade next Wednesday to focus on responding to the virus outbreak in Japan, Hideki Uyama, deputy director general of the Foreign Ministry's European Affairs Bureau, told an upper house committee.

German coronavirus reproduction rate 'R' at 2.76 - RKI - Reuters

The coronavirus reproduction rate in Germany is currently estimated at 2.76, probably mainly due to local outbreaks, the head of the Robert Koch Institute for public health, Lothar Wieler, said on Tuesday.

Man City vs Burnley: Plane pulling ‘white lives matter’ banner flies above stadium | The Independent

Burnley are “ashamed and embarrassed” after a plane towing a banner reading “White Lives Matter” flew over the Etihad Stadium during the club’s match against Manchester City on Monday evening.
The aircraft was seen above the stadium just minutes after players and match officials took a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. It then continued to circle overhead as the game began, with the sound of its engine audible on Sky Sports’ live broadcast.

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Mac向け独自チップ「Apple Silicon」と最新OS「Big Sur」登場--CPU変更は14年ぶり - CNET Japan

アップルは6月23日、オンライン限定としては初開催となる「WWDC Special Event」にて、macOSの新バージョン「Big Sur」を発表した。UIなどのアップデートに加え、これまで長年使い続けてきたIntelのx86コアから、Armベースの「Apple Silicon」をサポートする。
Appleでは、これまでにMacのCPUを複数回刷新している。まずは、Macintosh 128Kなどで導入されたモトローラの「MC68000」系統(通称68K)プロセッサ、次に1993年に登場した「PowerPC」系統、2006年にはIntelのx86アーキテクチャに移行し現在まで使用している。今回、14年ぶりにIntelプロセッサに代わって、Apple自社開発プロセッサ「Apple Silicon」への移行を発表した。

スパコン性能で「富岳」が世界1位、初の同時4冠達成 - EE Times Japan

 TOP500は、LINPACKの実行性能を指標として世界で最も高速なコンピュータシステムの上位500位までを定期的にランク付けし、評価するプロジェクト。……富岳は、「Arm v8」命令セットアーキテクチャをスパコン向けに拡張した「SVE(Scalable Vector Extension)」を採用した高性能CPU「A64FX」15万個以上を、高速ネットワーク「TofuインターコネクトD」で接続する超大規模システムだ。

CNN.co.jp : 独ワイヤーカード、不明金めぐり前CEO逮捕


「拉致」声明から外れた経緯記す 米朝首脳会談、ボルトン氏回顧録:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


「ジョコビッチ、責任感じるべき」 主催大会でコロナ感染者続出―テニス:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 22 June 2020

Apple Stores close again in some states as Covid-19 cases reappear

Stocks rolled over to trade lower on Friday after Apple said it will again close some stores because of recent spikes in coronavirus cases around the U.S.
Shares of Apple closed down 0.57%.
A total of 11 Apple stores will close in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona starting on Saturday. Customers who have products in those stores for repair will have the weekend to get their devices back, Apple said. All of the stores had been reopened since Apple initially closed them in March.

BMW and Mercedes call it quits on their self-driving car partnership | Engadget

After less than a year, BMW and Mercedes are ending what was supposed to be an ongoing partnership to develop automated driving technology. The two automakers described the split as "mutual and amicable." They were also quick to note they may renew the partnership in the future.
A handful of factors led to the decision. In a joint statement, the two companies said developing a shared autonomous vehicle platform was a more complex and expensive task than they had anticipated. The signing of the agreement also delayed how quickly they could hold joint discussions between their in-house experts and talk to suppliers about product roadmaps.

Donald Trump: Tulsa rally fails to draw expected crowds amid virus fears - BBC News

US President Donald Trump has held his first campaign rally since the US coronavirus lockdown began, in front of a smaller than expected crowd.
Mr Trump had boasted earlier this week that almost a million people had requested tickets for the event at Tulsa's Bank of Oklahoma Center.
But the 19,000-seat arena was far from full and plans for him to address an outside "overflow" area were abandoned.

IAEA Board Calls on Iran to Fully Implement its Safeguards Obligations | IAEA

The IAEA Board of Governors today adopted a resolution calling on the Islamic Republic of Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA in implementing its NPT Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol and satisfy the IAEA's requests without further delay. (NPT refers to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons).
The resolution, submitted by France, Germany and the United Kingdom, was adopted by a vote of 25 to 2 with 7 abstentions.

Vladimir Putin: The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II | The National Interest

The Russian president offers a comprehensive assessment of the legacy of World War II, arguing that "Today, European politicians, and Polish leaders in particular, wish to sweep the Munich Betrayal under the carpet. The Munich Betrayal showed to the Soviet Union that the Western countries would deal with security issues without taking its interests into account."

Sir Ian Holm: Lord of the Rings and Alien star dies aged 88 - BBC News

Stage and film actor Sir Ian Holm, who played Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings films, has died aged 88.
Sir Ian, Oscar-nominated as Olympic running coach Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire, also played the android Ash in 1979's Alien.

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プーチン氏「5選」に意欲 改憲投票へ支持固めに躍起 :日本経済新聞


集団免疫目指したはずが命の選別に…死亡率突出のスウェーデン:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


新型コロナ、昨年12月にイタリアに存在 下水調べ発覚:朝日新聞デジタル


論文急増、共有素早く 世界4万本 査読前公開が後押し 質と両立課題 :日本経済新聞


日本サッカー協会、女子W杯の招致断念 他国より劣勢か:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 21 June 2020

Reading stabbings: Police launch murder inquiry after three stabbed to death in park | Sky News

Three people are confirmed to have died and another three are seriously injured following the attack in Forbury Gardens in the town centre on Saturday at around 7pm.
A 25-year-old man, from Reading, was arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder after running away, and is currently in custody.
Thames Valley Police said it has launched a murder investigation and is keeping an open mind as to the motive, and although it is not currently treated as a terrorist-related incident it is being supported by colleagues from Counter-Terrorism Command.

Minneapolis shooting: One person was killed and 11 others were wounded, police say - CNN

Twelve people were shot, including one fatally, during an overnight melee in Minneapolis, police said.
The shooting took place early Sunday morning in the 2900 block of Hennepin Avenue South, the Minneapolis Police Department said.
The 11 survivors suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said. No arrests have been made, and the motive remains unclear.

Highest ever temperature recorded in Arctic circle

A town in Siberia has recorded the highest temperature in the Arctic's known history, hitting 38 degrees Celsius.
Verkhoyansk, found just inside the Arctic Circle at 67.5°N, typically reaches a summer high of around 20C... The small town 3,000 miles east of Moscow has one of the world's widest temperature ranges, recording a record low of -51C in November last year... Scientists believe the spike is caused by a combination of natural weather patterns and man-made climate change.

Ex-ministe's arrest pushes support for Abe's Cabinet lower

The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet keeps falling, with the latest Kyodo News survey showing Sunday that it stands at 36.7 percent following the arrests of a former justice minister and his wife for alleged vote buying.
Although a simple comparison cannot be made due to different survey methods, the figure is the second lowest since Abe returned to office in 2012, after 35.8 percent recorded in July 2017.
The approval rate dropped from 39.4 percent in the previous survey held late last month. The disapproval rate was 49.7 percent.

Rare annular solar eclipse leaves 'ring of fire' above parts of Africa, Middle East, Asia - UPI.com

A rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse was visible across parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia on Sunday.
The annular eclipse, the first of two solar eclipses set to take place in 2020, produced a visible orange ring of sunlight around the Moon, viewable in a narrow portion of the globe.
An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is farthest from the Earth, according to NASA.

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郵送投票広がれば敗北も トランプ氏、再選へ危機感:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


米司法長官、大統領がニューヨーク検事正を解任と 検事の辞意めぐり二転三転 - BBCニュース


ボルトン氏の暴露本、出版差し止めを棄却 米地裁 :日本経済新聞


木に吊るされた黒人男性の遺体、4件目──苦しい自殺説 | ニューズウィーク日本版


ナチス打倒「ソ連が決定的貢献」 戦勝75年、米誌に寄稿―ロシア大統領:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 20 June 2020

100 Days of Cuomo: NY Governor ends daily COVID-19 briefings - The Mainichi

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrapped up a string of more than 100 daily briefings that became appointment viewing around the nation, alternatively informative, grave, jocular and combative, by declaring Friday that New York has "done the impossible" in taming the coronavirus.
Cuomo appeared alone behind his desk during a brief address, a departure from his routine of presenting slides with bar graphs of COVID-19 hospitalizations and then taking questions from reporters.

Vladimir Putin: The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II | The National Interest

The Russian president offers a comprehensive assessment of the legacy of World War II, arguing that "Today, European politicians, and Polish leaders in particular, wish to sweep the Munich Betrayal under the carpet. The Munich Betrayal showed to the Soviet Union that the Western countries would deal with security issues without taking its interests into account."

Japan's economy 'almost stopped deteriorating,' government report says | The Japan Times

Japan’s economy nearly ceased worsening as it began to reopen following the complete lifting of a nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, the government said in its monthly economic report for June released Friday.
The government, which said the economy was “worsening rapidly” in its May report, revised its monthly assessment upward for the first time since January 2018.

Japanese companies graduate from 'hanko' stamps era - Nikkei Asian Review

The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is upending a Japanese business tradition that goes back more than 100 years -- hand-stamping documents to authenticate them.
Not even the government appears to want to safeguard the tradition. On Friday it issued guidelines essentially saying carved hanko or inkan seals are not necessary when concluding contracts.
These tools, used instead of signatures, have been ingrained in Japanese corporate culture. But the practice, and internal regulations that bar employees from taking home company stamps, became an obstacle as offices emptied out in early spring and employees dodged the novel coronavirus by working from home.

Basketball: Hachimura, Wizards march against racial injustice

Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura marched with teammates Friday in Washington to protest racial injustice and police brutality... Naomi Osaka and Shohei Ohtani are among other Japanese athletes based in the United States who joined an online demonstration earlier this month.

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世界の新型コロナ感染者数、845万人 勢い衰えず :日本経済新聞


NY市民の抗体保有21・6%、州全体では13・4% : 読売新聞オンライン


中国のためスパイ活動? 78歳ロシア人科学者、反逆罪で起訴:AFPBB News

 弁護人イワン・パブロフ(Ivan Pavlov)氏によると、サンクトペテルブルク(St. Petersburg)の北極科学アカデミー(Arctic Academy of Sciences)の会長であるバレリー・ミトコ(Valery Mitko)被告(78)が2月に起訴されて以来、自宅で軟禁下にあるという。ただ、同被告が拘束された事実は最近明らかになった。

アメリカの奴隷解放を祝う「ジューンティーンス」、数百万人が参加 - BBCニュース

6月19日は国民の祝日ではないが、多くのアフリカ系市民が「June nineteenth(6月19日)」を「Juneteenth」と呼んで祝ってきた。

Facebook、トランプ陣営の広告を削除 ナチスを想起  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 19 June 2020

Eight years after shooting, Nobel-winner Malala graduates - The Jakarta Post

Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai, who moved to Britain after being shot for campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan, described her joy Friday at graduating from Oxford University.
Almost eight years after she was attacked by the Taliban on her school bus in the Swat Valley, the 22-year-old posted photos on Twitter of her celebrations with her family.
"Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford," she said.

South Korea seeks WTO panel on Japan's tightened export rules | The Japan Times

The South Korean government has asked the World Trade Organization to set up a dispute-settlement panel over Japan’s allegedly unjustified tightening of export controls on semiconductor materials, the government said Thursday.
The formal request to appoint a panel of experts to consider the case was sent to the WTO Secretariat in Geneva and to the Japanese side on the same date.

Japan lifts coronavirus travel curbs to help economy bounce back - Reuters

Japan lifted all coronavirus-related curbs on domestic travel on Friday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling on people to go sightseeing or attend concerts and other events to help the nation’s economy bounce back from a pandemic recession.
Japan began lifting its pandemic lockdown in May as coronavirus infections fell. The latest easing on Thursday comes after the end of an emergency declaration that allowed people to return to work and for bars and restaurants implementing social distancing measures to reopen.

Japan's pro baseball season begins after 3-month virus delay - The Mainichi

Japan's professional baseball establishment began its season behind closed doors Friday after a nearly three-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The six opening day matchups include the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants facing the Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome, and the three-time defending Japan Series champions SoftBank Hawks taking on the Lotte Marines at PayPay Dome in Fukuoka.
Nippon Professional Baseball's 2020 season had been slated to start on March 20 before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus halted sports events across the world.

Fuji TV, Sankei Shimbun announce fabricated data found in their polls - The Mainichi

Fuji Television Network Inc. and the Sankei Shimbun Co. on June 19 announced the discovery that some data in 14 joint opinion polls they conducted had been fabricated, saying a company contracted to phone survey responders filled in answers without making the calls.
The problematic surveys were conducted between May 2019 and May this year. In response, the companies have retracted reports that included the fabricated data, and they announced that their public opinion polls would be suspended for the time being.

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米、海底ケーブルの香港接続に反対 グーグルなど計画、中国を警戒 :日本経済新聞


中国、カナダ人2人を起訴 スパイ罪で :日本経済新聞


ゴーン被告逃亡ほう助の容疑者は日本法を「誤って解釈」=米検察 - ロイター


スウェーデン、抗体保有率6.1%どまり 「集団免疫」の獲得遠く - ロイター


「ボブという名の猫」天国へ 英映画の主役、世界で人気:時事ドットコム

英ヒット映画「ボブという名の猫 幸せのハイタッチ」(2016年)のモデルとなったロンドンの雄猫ボブが15日、死んだ。飼い主で作家のジェームズ・ボウエンさんが交流サイト(SNS)で発表した。……ボウエンさんは12年に著書「ボブという名のストリートキャット」を発表。40以上の言語に翻訳され、16年には映画化された。ボブ自身も出演した。続編の映画が今年公開予定で、ボブが再び出演するという。

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News Headlines - 18 June 2020

Former top Abe aide and wife arrested in vote-buying scandal | The Japan Times

Public prosecutors on Thursday arrested former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai and his lawmaker wife, Anri Kawai, on charges of vote-buying during her successful Upper House election bid last summer, further pushing the duo into legal trouble and presenting perhaps the biggest political challenge yet this year to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The couple was ordered to report to authorities early Thursday. They are accused of distributing as much as ¥25 million in total to roughly 100 prefectural and city assembly members in Hiroshima - Anri Kawai’s precinct - ahead of the House of Councilors election in July of last year. It is believed that her husband was essentially running her campaign.

Mitsubishi Motors employee's suicide recognized as work-related death | The Japan Times

Labor authorities have recognized the 2019 suicide of a Mitsubishi Motors Corp. employee as a work-related death resulting from overtime of over 139 hours per month, an attorney said Wednesday.
A labor standards inspection office in Tokyo determined on May 28 that the 47-year-old male employee's death was due to a mental health problem he developed as a result of the overwork, lawyer Hiroshi Kawahito said at a news conference.

Tokyo has 0.1% positive rate for coronavirus antibodies: gov't

Antibody tests for the novel coronavirus suggest a 0.1 percent infection rate in Tokyo, health minister Katsunobu Kato said Tuesday, as the government seeks to better grasp the scale of the pandemic's spread in Japan.
The health ministry earlier this month began testing for coronavirus antibodies in Tokyo as well as in Osaka and Miyagi prefectures. The positive rates for Osaka and Miyagi in the country's west and northeast were 0.17 percent and 0.03 percent, respectively.

Marcus Rashford: Premier League rivals celebrate footballer's food voucher win | Sky News

As the Premier League is set to return, old foes put aside their rivalries to show support for Marcus Rashford's successful food voucher campaign.
The 22-year-old Manchester United forward's open letter to MPs resulted in a government U-turn on Tuesday which will see the free school meals scheme extended into the summer holidays.

Sky Brown: It’s OK to fall, says 11-year-old skateboarder after horrific California incident | The Independent

The 11-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown posted a video of her life-threatening fall on social media to show her fans: “All your heroes are going to fall.”
Brown, the youngest professional skateboarder in the world, suffered the horrific crash after accidentally jumping off the side of a half-pipe. She was airlifted to hospital, where she was unresponsive on arrival.
Brown suffered skull fractures and broke both her left wrist and hand, but is expected to make a full recovery. After several days in hospital, she posted a clip of the incident on Instagram.

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EU欧州委、中国の投資に規制案 買収攻勢に歯止め - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


EU、アップル本格調査 独禁法違反の恐れ :日本経済新聞


Twitterで音声の投稿が可能に - PC Watch


ソフトバンクG、TモバイルUS株の資金化を検討 - ロイター


未知の素粒子観測か 欧米チーム、想定外の事象 :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 17 June 2020

Japan PM Abe defends gov't efforts despite coronavirus business subsidy delays - The Mainichi

Furthermore, Kuniyoshi Noda, member of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, raised a question about Small and Medium Enterprise Agency chief Yasuhiro Maeda meeting with an executive of an association commissioned to handle the administrative work for the subsidy program in the U.S. state of Texas in 2017. Noda said, "It is unacceptable action to be taken by a civil servant," but the prime minister commented, "It is questionable that you criticize one-sidedly without even referring to what exactly the official violated in the ethical principles of civil servants," and defended Maeda by saying, "It occasionally happens that civilians and public employees meet up."

Man dies from rabies, 1st confirmed case in Japan since 2006 - The Mainichi

A man believed to have contracted rabies months ago in the Philippines has died at a hospital in the central Japan city of Toyohashi, the first death caused by the viral disease in the country since 2006, the city said Monday.
The foreign national in his 30s came to Japan from the Philippines in February for work, according to the city government. He began complaining of back and ankle pain, and developed a fear of water, a common rabies symptom known as hydrophobia, around May 11... Two Japanese men died of rabies in 2006 after returning from the Philippines where they were bitten by a dog. No cases of rabies infection within Japan have been reported since 1956.

Mysterious balloon-like object spotted above Sendai

The Meteorological Agency’s Sendai office received a number of inquiries Wednesday morning over a white balloon-like object floating in the sky over the city, leaving agency officials bewildered and some Twitter users excited.

Gucci Grip gets a Japan exclusive release - Esquire Middle East

Gucci has created a limited edition Japan-exclusive take on its Grip watch.
The Grip watch made headlines for its three-window design, and unisex stylings. The new Japan exclusive features the regular gold-tone cushion case, with cutouts that reveal the hours, minutes and date.
Decorating the face is the world ‘Gucci’ written in Katakana, with subtle branding engraved on the bottom right corner.

Rare photo of iceberg ‘most likely’ behind sinking of Titanic emerges over 100 years later | The Independent

A photograph of an iceberg that “most likely” sank the Titanic has emerged more than 100 years after the disaster took place.
It was taken by the captain of another passenger ship crossing the Atlantic, less than two days before the Titanic went down.
The black and white picture was taken by seaman W Wood - a keen photographer - while he was serving as captain on board the SS Etonian on 12 April, 1912.

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北、核弾頭30~40発保有…研究所推計 : 読売新聞オンライン


FB、ニュース使用料支払い拒否 オーストラリア政府方針に反発:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


VW、新ロゴを日本に導入 平面的でシンプルに | 共同通信


低価格の抗炎症薬、新型コロナの死亡率低下 英大調査 :日本経済新聞


英チャールズ皇太子、味やにおいの感覚が完全には回復せず - BBCニュース


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News Headlines - 16 June 2020

North Korea demolishes inter-Korean liaison office at Kaesong | NK News

North Korean authorities on Tuesday demolished an inter-Korean liaison office in the border city of Kaesong, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification (MOU) and North Korean state media confirmed.
The demolition took place around 14:50, and comes amid heightened inter-Korean tensions in the past week prompted in part by North Korean anger at the South’s failure to stop activists sending anti-regime leaflets into the North.
North Korean state media reported that the office had been destroyed in a “terrific explosion.”... The move, it said, had come in response to widespread public anger over anti-regime leaflets sent by defectors in the South, and in accordance with the “mindset of the enraged people to surely force human scum and those, who have sheltered the scum, to pay dearly for their crimes.”

India says three soldiers killed in clash on Chinese border | The Japan Times

Three Indian soldiers have been killed in a “violent face-off” on the Chinese border, the Indian Army said Tuesday following weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides.
Brawls and face-offs flare on a fairly regular basis between the two nuclear-armed giants over their 3,500-kilometer (2,200-mile) frontier, which has never been properly demarcated, but it is the first deadly confrontation between the two Asian giants since 1975.
The Indian Army said that there were “casualties on both sides,” but Beijing made no mention of any deaths or injuries as it swiftly laid the blame squarely on India for the incident.

Ex-justice minister, wife plan to leave LDP over election scandal

A former Japanese justice minister and his wife who are at the center of an election scandal have decided to quit the ruling Liberal Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, party sources said Tuesday.
Katsuyuki Kawai, a lower house member, and his wife Anri, an upper house member, are suspected of buying votes in the House of Councillors election in July 2019. Anri Kawai won her seat in the poll.

With 350,000 Signatures, MOF Official's Widow Demands Fair Moritomo Scandal Probe - JIJI PRESS

Lawyers for the widow of a self-slaughtered Ministry of Finance official presented to the Cabinet Secretariat Monday more than 350,000 signatures calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to launch reinvestigation into a high-profile document-tampering scandal involving the ministry and school operator Moritomo Gakuen.
According to the lawyers including Tadashi Matsumaru, the proxy for the wife of late Toshio Akagi, the number of signatures solicited online since March 27 reached 352,659 on Sunday. The Change.org website showed that the figure kept growing on Monday.
The widow demands that a panel of third-party experts be set up and find out why her husband, then an official at the ministry's Kinki Local Finance Bureau, had to kill himself on March 7, at age 54.

London Zoo reopens after lockdown, but with limits in place - Reuters

London Zoo reopened to only a fraction of the normal number of visitors on Monday as the world’s oldest scientific zoo welcomed guests for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close nearly three months ago.
The zoo, which is nearly 200 years old, normally shuts just once a year, on Christmas Day, but closed its doors on March 21 as Britain entered a lockdown designed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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「移行期間」年内終了を確認 英・EU首脳、FTA交渉加速も - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


国産ジェット開発体制縮小 三菱航空機、責任者交代に加え人員半減 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


ロシア、元米兵にスパイ罪で懲役16年の判決 米政府は釈放要求 - ロイター


アイルランド、主要3党が連立合意 政治空白4カ月:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 15 June 2020

Yamamoto, head of Reiwa party, enters Tokyo governor’s race : The Asahi Shimbun

Taro Yamamoto, head of the Reiwa Shinsengumi political party, announced his candidacy for the Tokyo governor’s election on June 15, drawing groans from opposition parties seeking to unseat the incumbent... Yamamoto also said he will address the issue of what to do with the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as promote his pet project, reducing the consumption tax rate, during the campaign.

48 new COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, topping 40 for 2nd straight day : The Asahi Shimbun

New cases of COVID-19 infection continued to rise in Tokyo with 48 confirmed reports on June 15, up from 47 the day before and fueling further criticism that authorities in the capital prematurely lifted an alert for continued vigilance.
Of the 48 new infections, 22 were linked to a night club and similar venues, including 20 at an establishment where a cluster infection was reported earlier, health officials said.
The metropolitan government issued a “Tokyo alert” June 2 for residents to remain vigilant against the pandemic following the lifting of the state of emergency for the capital on May 25.

Uniqlo rolls out reusable mask line as retailers adapt to virus | The Japan Times

Fast Retailing Co., operator of the clothing stores, will begin selling reusable face masks in Japan on Friday, the company said in a statement Monday. The masks, which will be sold in sets of three and retail for ¥990 ($9), aim for both performance and comfort, according to the company.
Uniqlo joins a constellation of businesses seeking to offer new products and services as the coronavirus pandemic upends lifestyles around the globe, changing how people work, dress and eat. Companies are racing to adapt to that change; Fast Retailing said the decision to make and sell masks was due to customer demand.

Fears for Philippines press freedom as court finds Maria Ressa guilty of libel - Reuters

Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, whose website has put President Rodrigo Duterte under tough scrutiny, was convicted of libel on Monday and faces up to six years in jail, in a ruling widely seen as a blow to media freedom.
Ressa, chief executive of Rappler (www.rappler.com) and a former CNN journalist, was charged with “cyber libel” over a 2012 article that linked a businessman to illegal activities.
After the verdict, Ressa vowed not be silenced and accused the judiciary of becoming complicit in a campaign to stifle press freedom in the Southeast Asian nation.

Syria's Idlib adopts Turkish lira in place of plummeting pound - France 24

Local authorities in northwest Syria are replacing the plummeting Syrian pound with the Turkish lira to shield their opposition-held region from economic collapse, an official said Monday.
The Salvation Government -- an administrative body linked to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist group which dominates the Idlib region -- already started paying wages and salaries in Turkish lira last month, said Bassel Abdul Aziz, who heads its economy department.

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英BP、石油価格予想大幅引き下げ 費用最大175億ドル計上へ - ロイター


マスク義務化で感染大幅減か 「最も効果的」と米チーム | 共同通信


トランプ氏自身の政治的利益が政策を決定-ボルトン氏の暴露本発売へ - Bloomberg


米兵戦争犯罪捜査のICC当局者に制裁 トランプ氏、大統領令に署名:AFPBB News

ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領は11日、オランダ・ハーグ(Hague)の国際刑事裁判所(ICC)によるアフガニスタンでの米軍の戦争犯罪捜査をめぐり、米兵の捜査・訴追に関わる全ICC当局者に経済制裁を科すことを可能にする大統領令に署名した。アフガン戦争犯罪捜査の打ち切りを目指し、米国は圧力を強めている。……ウィリアム・バー(William Barr)司法長官は、ロシアをはじめ米国の敵対勢力が、自分たちの行動計画を推進するためICCを「操って」いると主張。詳細については言及せずに、ICCは「事実上、責任を負わない国際エリートらの利用する、政治的道具にすぎない機関と化した」と批判した。

河野防衛相「イージス・アショア」配備計画停止を表明 | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 14 June 2020

Black hero Patrick Hutchinson who rescued white protester speaks out for first time - Mirror Online

A black man who carried an injured white man to safety during violent clashes between rival protesters in London has broken his silence.
The white man, an alleged far-right protester, was on the floor and being beaten by rival activists when personal trainer and grandfather Patrick Hutchinson arrived at a "hectic" scene that was like a "stampede".
Dad-of-two and martial arts expert Mr Hutchinson, who has been called a hero, said the man's life was "under threat" when he scooped him off the floor, threw him over his shoulder and carried him towards riot police officers while his friends formed a barrier around him.

Band-Aid will make black and brown skin-toned bandages - CNN

Band-Aid is creating a range of bandages that "embrace the beauty of diverse skin," including hues that better match the skin tones of black and brown customers.
The Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)-owned bandage brand made the announcement in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
Band-Aid's traditional soft-pink bandages have long been a point of contention among people of color who have questioned why white skin is the default shade for a range of flesh-toned products, including nude bras and other garments.

Trump's Walk Down Ramp at West Point Raises Health Questions - The New York Times

President Trump faced new questions about his health on Sunday, after videos emerged of him gingerly walking down a ramp at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and having trouble bringing a glass of water to his mouth during a speech there.
Mr. Trump - who turned 74 on Sunday, the oldest a U.S. president has been in his first term - was recorded hesitantly descending the ramp one step at a time after he delivered an address to graduating cadets at the New York-based academy on Saturday. The academy’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, walked alongside him. Mr. Trump sped up slightly for the final three steps, as he got to the bottom.

Distribution of ¥46.6 billion 'Abenomasks' likely to wrap up on Monday | The Japan Times

The government’s effort to distribute two cloth masks to each household will likely be nearly complete on Monday, some two months after the project began, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday.
About 120 million of the reusable cloth masks, or 96 percent of the total, had been distributed by the end of Friday, according to Suga.

Sony PS5: Price, release date, games, Xbox Series X comparison and everything else we know - CNET

Sony announced its biggest news to date about the next-generation PlayStation 5 console at its streaming Future of Gaming event on Thursday. We finally got to see the PS5 hardware, along with its new family members, as well as a host of games we can expect. Add that to the detailed hardware specifications that the company gave us over a year earlier in April 2019, and the only big mystery still remaining is the price. Make that prices -- there is a Digital Edition with no Blu-ray drive, which presumably will be less expensive than the standard model.

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米アトランタで警官が黒人男性を射殺、地元警察トップが辞任 - Bloomberg


イラン、米によるソレイマーニー前司令官暗殺事件を国際法廷に訴える意向 | TRT 日本語


英GDP、20%減 コロナで過去最大の下落―4月:時事ドットコム


英アーム、中国合弁のトップ解任 内部対立か: 日本経済新聞


日本、7位に繰り上げ ソチ五輪のアイスホッケー女子:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 13 June 2020

Ex-President Park’s longtime friend sentenced to 18 years in prison

The Supreme Court upheld on Thursday an 18-year prison sentence for a longtime confidante of former President Park Geun-hye for her role in the influence-peddling scandal that eventually brought down Park’s presidency in 2017.
Choi Seo-won, formerly known as Choi Soon-sil, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, a fine of 20 billion won ($16.7 million) and forfeiture of 6.3 billion won for a list of corruption offenses as the highest court rejected her appeal against a lower court ruling.
Prosecutors welcomed the ruling as a befitting end to the scandal, which shook the nation and led to a special counsel investigation and five trials in the last three years. Choi was arrested in November 2016.

Toyota chief promises shareholders profits despite pandemic - The Mainichi

Toyota Motor Corp. CEO Akio Toyoda assured shareholders Thursday that the auto giant will stay in the black for the current business year even if the coronavirus crisis "exceeds the Lehman shock," thanks to years of cost-cutting efforts... The Japanese firm last month expected its group operating profit to fall nearly 80 percent from the previous year to 500 billion yen ($4.7 billion), the lowest in nine years. But it also said rigorous cost reductions will help ease the impact from the pandemic on global sales.

JR Central lifts covers on N700S bullet train to rekindle ridership | The Japan Times

Central Japan Railway Co. gave the media a ride Saturday on its new N700S bullet train, which is set to enter service on July 1.
An N700S carrying reporters traveled between Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka Prefecture to let them try its latest high-speed offering on the Tokaido bullet train line... It is the first all-new Tokaido shinkansen since the N700 series was launched 13 yeas ago. For the N700S, indirect lighting has been introduced to create a relaxed atmosphere in passenger areas, while the surfaces of the seat and backrest move together while reclining to reduce fatigue during long trips.

Sun-Like Star Kepler-160 Has Super-Earth in Habitable Zone | Sci-News.com

Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope have discovered two new planets in the Kepler-160 planetary system. One of the new planets is the super-Earth-sized transiting world in the host star’s habitable zone.
Kepler-160 is a Sun-like star located 3,141 light-years away in the constellation of Lyra... In 2010, astronomers detected two massive transiting planets, Kepler-160b and c, in very close orbits around the star.
Kepler-160b has a radius of 1.7 times that of the Earth and is in a 4.3-day orbit, while Kepler-160c, with a radius of about 3.1 Earth radii, orbits the star with a period of 13.7 days.

JK Rowling reveals she is survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault | The Guardian

JK Rowling has revealed her experience of domestic abuse and sexual assault for the first time, in a lengthy and highly personal essay written in response to criticism of her public comments on transgender issues.
In a 3,600-word statement published on her website on Wednesday, Rowling described in more detail than ever how she became involved in an increasingly bitter and polarised debate around the concept of gender identity.
The author revealed she was “a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor”, citing this alongside her belief in freedom of speech and experience as a teacher as reasons behind her position.

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伊コロナ遺族、感染拡大の真相と責任追及へ刑事告発 検察が首相を聴取へ:AFPBB News

イタリアで10日、新型コロナウイルス感染により家族や親族を亡くした遺族50人が、感染拡大の刑事責任を問う告発状を北部ベルガモ(Bergamo)の検察当局に提出した。現地からの報道によれば、検察は12日にもジュセッペ・コンテ(Giuseppe Conte)首相を事情聴取し、保健相と内相にも聴取を行う方針だ。

ベルギーで元国王像が撤去される 植民地時代の圧政象徴 米黒人暴行死受け - 毎日新聞


「北方領土もロシアの領土」 プーチン大統領が演説で強調 | NHKニュース


米ズーム、中国要求応じ利用停止 人権活動家対象、言論制限に懸念 | 共同通信


重量挙げ、パリ五輪から除外も 不正役員らの東京参加認めず  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 12 June 2020

Africa coronavirus tally doubles from 100,000 to 200,000 in just 18 days

The speed the new coronavirus jumped from 100,000 to 200,000 confirmed cases in Africa shows just how quickly the pandemic is accelerating on the continent, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
According to an AFP tally, Africa topped the 200,000 mark on Tuesday.
"It took 98 days to reach the first 100,000 cases, and only 18 days to move to 200,000 cases," Doctor Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO's regional director for Africa, told a video briefing hosted by the UN press association in Geneva.

Oklahoma City police release video of 2019 deadly arrest after protesters demand it - CNN

Oklahoma City police this week released body-camera video of a 2019 arrest of an armed black man who died not long after saying repeatedly during the encounter that he couldn't breathe -- footage that protesters had recently demanded.
The police footage of Derrick Scott's arrest was released to news media after demonstrators demanded the video in a recent Black Lives Matter protest in front of a city police station.
The demand came amid national uproar over last month's death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, who was not armed and had pleaded that he couldn't breathe as officers restrained him during an arrest. In that case, an officer is seen kneeling on the side of Floyd's neck, and this has moved some police departments around the world to start banning neck restraints.

Penny Lane signs defaced in Liverpool over slavery claims - BBC News

Road signs on Penny Lane in Liverpool have been defaced over claims they are linked to slave merchant James Penny.
The markers had the word Penny blacked out and the word racist written above them on Thursday night.
The city's International Slavery Museum said it was not certain whether the street, which was immortalised in a song by The Beatles in 1967, was named after the 18th Century slave merchant.
A spokeswoman said "more research is needed" to clarify the name's origin.
City tour guide Jackie Spencer, who runs Blue Badge Tour Guides, said she was "absolutely livid"... "We've researched it and it has nothing to do with slavery. James Penny was a slave trader, but he had nothing to do with the Penny Lane area."

Swiss retail giant pulls ‘Moor head’ chocolates from shelves after racism controversy reignites online - RT World News

Migros, Switzerland's largest supermarket chain and employer, has become embroiled in an online racism debate after removing the beloved, if controversial, ‘Mohrenkopf’ (Moor's Head) candies from its stores.
There were queues around the corner at many Migros outlets on Thursday following the announcement that it would no longer stock the popular confectionary, produced by Swiss firm Dubler.

It's official: Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announces bid for re-election | The Japan Times

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Friday that she aims to continue her fight against the novel coronavirus and help revive the capital’s economy by seeking a second term in the gubernatorial election on July 5... If elected, the incumbent said she would seek to improve the metropolitan government’s transparency, spending habits, child care policy and efforts to support women in politics.
Koike said she wants to focus her efforts on preventing, and preparing for, a possible second wave of coronavirus infections, and said she would prioritize the lives of residents amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by bolstering the capital’s health care system through enhanced testing capacity and increasing the number of hospital beds.

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WHO、デモ参加で細心注意訴え 世界各地で広がる抗議に(共同通信)


奴隷商の銅像を引き倒し、チャーチル像に落書き…英でデモ : 読売新聞オンライン


米デモ、シアトルに「自治区」 一帯占拠、大統領が非難(共同通信)


NYダウ1800ドル安 「第2波」懸念、下げ幅史上4番目 :日本経済新聞


中国政府関連のアカウント停止 米ツイッター、17万超 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 11 June 2020

Cairo University certifies Tokyo Gov. Koike's graduation after credentials questioned | The Japan Times

Cairo University in Egypt has issued a statement acknowledging that Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike graduated from the school in 1976, denying media reports that she is faking her academic credentials.
“Cairo University certifies that Yuriko Koike … graduated from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University in October 1976,” said the statement, issued in the name of the Egyptian university’s president, Mohamed Othman Elkhosht. It was posted on the Facebook page of the Egyptian Embassy in Tokyo on Monday.
Japanese media outlets such as Shukan Bunshun, a weekly magazine, have issued reports doubting that Koike graduated from the university.

Tokyo Mortality Rose in April at Height of Virus Pandemic - Bloomberg

The hardest-hit Japanese city, Tokyo saw 10,107 deaths from all causes in the month, according to data released Thursday by the Metropolitan Government. That’s almost 12% higher than the average of the previous four years for which data are available, and 7% higher than the same month in 2019.
The mortality data suggests there were around 1,000 more deaths from all causes in the month than on average. The data does not give the causes of death. Tokyo has a population that is both aging and growing, surpassing 14 million for the first time as the total increased by 0.6%, or 80,000 people, from a year earlier. Deaths also rose in 2019 from the previous year by 6%, long before the virus surfaced.

Interest rate: Fed holds rates near zero, signals no hike through 2022

Despite last week’s blockbuster jobs report, the Federal Reserve is showing no letup as it continues to respond aggressively to economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic that could linger for years.
The Fed on Wednesday held its key interest rate near zero and signaled it likely won’t lift it until at least 2022, noting the outbreak “will weigh heavily on economic activity” and “poses considerable risks to the economic outlook.”... Revising its forecasts for the first time since December, the Fed predicted the economy will contract by 6.5% in 2020, marking its worst performance since the end of World War II, and unemployment will end the year at 9.3%.

Fiat, PSA face EU antitrust probe over $50 billion merger: sources - Reuters

Fiat and PSA, which are seeking to create the world’s fourth-biggest carmaker, were told last week that their combined high market share in small vans was a worry for competition enforcers, other people familiar with the matter had told Reuters.
The companies had until Wednesday to put in concessions but did not do so, the sources said. That will automatically trigger a four-month-long investigation by the European Commission when it completes its preliminary review on June 17.

Zara owner to close up to 1,200 fashion stores around the world | The Guardian

The owner of Zara will close as many as 1,200 stores around the world as the clothing retailer tries to boost online sales during the chaos wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Inditex said it would “absorb” between 1,000 and 1,200 mainly smaller stores, with losses concentrated among older shops from brands other than Zara. The Spanish company’s other brands include Bershka, Pull & Bear and Massimo Dutti.

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CNN.co.jp : バイデン氏リードの世論調査、トランプ陣営がCNNに撤回と謝罪要求


CNN.co.jp : 全米で相次ぐコロンブス像の破壊、先住民虐殺の歴史に矛先


ルワンダ民族虐殺 指名手配の「黒幕」25年ごしで逮捕:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


マグロ資源回復目標達成へ 24年4万トン、漁獲枠拡大は依然不透明 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


東京五輪・パラ簡素化方針、IOC了承…会場など調整は今月中に : 読売新聞オンライン


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News Headlines - 10 June 2020

COVID-19: UK 14-day quarantine takes effect for most arrivals | Al Jazeera

In the UK, new measures will require most inbound travellers to self-isolate for 14 days, with a fine of nearly $1,300 for violators.
But the move has drawn criticism over timing, how it will work, and what impact it could have on the economy.

Vietnam set to ratify trade deal with the EU | Foreign Brief

Vietnam’s National Assembly will today ratify the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), a deal that builds on trade agreements first signed in June 2019.
The EVFTA will eliminate over 99% of customs duties on goods traded between both regions and commits the parties to implement International Labour Organization principles, including workers’ freedom to join independent trade unions. Vietnamese business owners hope the EVTA will offset hardships wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic by opening up manufacturing sectors to EU investment.

Iran doctor freed by US returns home after prisoner swap | Al Jazeera

Iranian physician Majid Taheri returned home on Monday after his release from jail in the United States as part of a prisoner exchange... The doctor, who had been detained in the US for 16 months, was freed on Thursday as Iran released US Navy veteran Michael White, who was imprisoned in July 2018 after being convicted of insulting Iran's supreme leader and posting private information online.

Japan's NHK removes video about U.S. protests after online outrage - Reuters

Japanese public broadcaster NHK apologised on Tuesday and deleted from its Twitter account an animated video aimed at explaining the background behind U.S. protests for police reform, but which instead sparked online outrage for its depiction of African Americans.
The 1:21 minute clip, which NHK had also broadcast on its Sunday evening programme “Sekai no Ima” (“The World Now”), featured a tough-talking black narrator citing the wealth disparity between black and white Americans and the economic impact from the coronavirus.
But it made no mention of police brutality or the death of George Floyd, a black man who died on May 25 after being pinned by the neck for nine minutes by a white officer’s knee, which sparked the latest protests.

Journalist Shiori Ito launches defamation suit against artist : The Asahi Shimbun

Shiori Ito, a journalist and the face of Japan’s #MeToo movement, is suing a cartoonist for a series of Twitter posts she said smeared her after she went public with her rape accusation.
In the libel suit filed at the Tokyo District Court on June 8, Ito is also suing two men for retweeting Toshiko Hasumi’s posts.
The plaintiff is seeking a total of 7.7 million yen ($71,300) from the female cartoonist and the men. She is also demanding the tweets be taken down.

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OECD、世界成長マイナス7% 年内のコロナ第2波想定で予測


バイデン氏の民主党大統領候補指名が確定-AP集計 - Bloomberg


CNN.co.jp : 運河で泳いだドイツ人観光客に罰金8万6千円、市外退去に ベネチア


CNN.co.jp : ヒキガエルの毒を使った儀式で男性死亡、ポルノ男優逮捕 スペイン


米動画サービスが『風と共に去りぬ』配信停止 人種差別理由に:AFPBB News

米国をはじめとする各国で人種差別と警察の暴力に抗議するデモが拡大し、放送業界が配信内容の見直しを進める中、動画配信サービスHBOマックス(HBO Max)は9日、映画『風と共に去りぬ(Gone with the Wind)』をストリーミング配信のコンテンツから削除した。
 南北戦争を舞台にした1939年公開の同作はアカデミー賞(Academy Awards)9部門を受賞し、インフレを考慮した興行収益で歴代トップに君臨する歴史大作だが、奴隷が不満を言わず、また奴隷所有者が英雄のように描かれているという部分は批判の的にもなっている。

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News Headlines - 09 June 2020

North to ‘cut off and shut down’ all communication with South at noon today

North Korea will cut all communication lines with South Korea at noon Tuesday, state media reported, blasting Seoul for failing to stop defectors from sending anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets into the communist nation.
The decision came days after the North vowed to abolish an inter-Korean liaison office and completely shut down other major cross-border programs, denouncing leaflet-sending as a hostile act breaching a series of peace agreements between the two sides.

Japan to launch probe into murky coronavirus relief deal linked to Dentsu | The Japan Times

The government will launch a probe this month into the outsourcing of administrative work related to a coronavirus relief package that was later subcontracted to Dentsu Inc., the nation’s largest ad agency, industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said Monday.
The move comes amid questions over a program to provide cash benefits of up to ¥2 million each to small and midsize businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic... The ministry has decided that it will not be able to gain the understanding of the public or opposition parties on the huge planned spending on coronavirus measures unless it carries out strict checks.

S&P Revises Down Japan’s Sovereign Outlook After Record Stimulus - Bloomberg

S&P Global Ratings revised down the outlook on Japan’s sovereign rating to stable from positive while keeping the rating unchanged after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s record stimulus measures.
“The Covid-19 outbreak has set back Japan’s fiscal stabilization process but we expect that to get back on track in the next two to three years as the economy recovers,” S&P said in a statement Tuesday.
Japan’s rating of A+ for long-term and A-1 for short-term sovereign debt are affirmed, the credit ratings firm said. The stable outlook reflects S&P’s view that, until the fiscal year starting April 2023, relatively large deficits will keep upward pressure on the ratio of general government debt to gross domestic product, it said.

German exports down nearly a quarter in April as virus hits - The Mainichi

German exports plunged by nearly a quarter in April compared with the previous month as coronavirus shutdowns dragged down demand, official data showed Tuesday.
The figures from the Federal Statistical Office followed data showing big drops in factory orders and industrial production in Europe's biggest economy in April, underlining expectations of a sharp economic contraction in the second quarter.
Exports dropped 24% in April, following an 11.7% decline in March -- the month when European countries, including Germany, started imposing lockdowns.
In year-on-year terms, exports dropped 31.1% in April, the biggest drop since records began in 1950.

Russian chefs in naked lockdown protest after virus strips them of income - Reuters

Russian restaurant owners stripped of their income by the coronavirus lockdown are campaigning for their businesses to be allowed to reopen by posting pictures of themselves naked on social media.
Hundreds of bar, restaurant and cafe employees have posted photographs of themselves naked with carefully positioned plates, cups, saucepans, bottles, bar stools and napkin holders.
Their demand is for authorities to allow them to start serving clients as the country gradually eases measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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世界経済は今年マイナス5.2%成長に、戦後最悪の落ち込み-世銀 - Bloomberg


米、2月に景気後退 10年余りの経済成長に幕:AFPBB News

 全米経済研究所は、米経済の景気後退入りを判定する非営利・超党派の調査機関。同研究所の景気循環期間確定委員会(Business Cycle Dating Committee)によると、景気後退は通常、経済活動の縮小が数か月続く状態と定義される。しかし同委員会は「雇用と生産の前例のない規模の減少と経済全体への広範な影響により、この事象は景気後退であると断定できる」と説明した。

CNN.co.jp : 米国民3分の1、コロナ対策で洗剤誤用 うがいや吸引


NYタイムズ紙、オピニオン欄トップが辞任 批判の寄稿巡り :日本経済新聞


FBが国営メディアの投稿に「ラベル」 米大統領選を前に:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


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News Headlines - 08 June 2020

Nikkei tops 23,000 line for first time since late February | The Japan Times

Tokyo stocks soared Monday following the U.S. market’s big advance, sending the benchmark Nikkei average above 23,000 for the first time in some 3½ months.
The Nikkei average of 225 selected issues listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange jumped 314.37 points, or 1.37 percent, to end at 23,178.10, its first finish above the psychologically important threshold since Feb. 21. On Friday, the key market gauge went up 167.99 points to extend its winning streak to a fifth market day.

Oil prices top $40 as OPEC+ extends production cuts | Fox Business

West Texas Intermediate crude oil topped $40 a barrel for the first time in three months after OPEC and its allies agreed to extend historic production cuts and Saudi Arabia raised prices by the most in two decades.
The group, known as OPEC+, extended its nearly 10 million barrel per day output cut by one month - through the end of July - in an effort to restore supply and demand imbalances and boost energy prices. The production cuts represent about 10 percent of global supply.
WTI, the U.S. benchmark, rallied as much as 2.25 percent to $40.44 per barrel before trimming its gains. Brent crude oil, the international standard, was higher by 1.23 percent at $42.82 per barrel.

Colin Powell says he will vote for Joe Biden for president - CNNPolitics

mer Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that he'll vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, choosing again not to vote for Donald Trump for president... The retired general voted for Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in 2016, and hacked emails released in September of that year showed Powell strongly condemning Trump, labeling him a "national disgrace and an international pariah."

Naomi Osaka supports Black Lives Matter, faces Japan backlash - The Washington Post

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is under online attack in her birthplace after speaking out about racial injustice and encouraging people to join a Black Lives Matter march.
Hundreds of people turned out here in the Japanese capital and in the western city of Osaka over the weekend to express support for the movement and to protest racial injustice in the United States - as well as racism in Japan.

Police investigate source of gun after Tokyo teen's apparent suicide | The Japan Times

A teenager died in an apparent suicide Monday morning in a house in Hachioji, a suburban Tokyo city, police said.
The boy, who was 15 and in his first year of high school, sustained a head wound and was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
The police said his mother heard a bang from her son’s room on the second floor of the house around 8 a.m. before finding him on the floor bleeding from the head.

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CNN.co.jp : 米ミネアポリス市議会、「警察解体」の意向表明 黒人男性死亡受け


独警察、児童への性的虐待ネットワークを摘発 容疑者11人逮捕:AFPBB News


豪通信社AAP、廃業免れる 買収契約が暫定合意:AFPBB News

廃業を決めていたオーストラリアの通信社AAPは、慈善家主導の投資家グループによる買収が暫定合意に至ったとして、存続されることになった。……同社経営陣は、ニューズコープ(News Corp)のピーター・トナー(Peter Tonagh)元最高経営責任者(CEO)を含む投資家グループが同社の買収に前向きであると発表した。……創立85年の同社は今後、ニュース速報や公益となる記事、スポーツ、写真などを続けるが、さらなる人員削減を行い既存の従業員180人の約半数のみが新たな経営陣の下での雇用を確保される。

米、英王子の引き渡しを要請か 富豪の性虐待に関与疑惑聴取で | 共同通信


シベリア鉄道「ロシア号」を刷新 象徴的存在、7月から毎日運行


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News Headlines - 07 June 2020

Head of 'comfort women' shelter in S. Korea found dead - The Mainichi

The head of a South Korean shelter for so-called comfort women run by an organization being investigated for alleged accounting irregularities has been found dead in an apparent suicide, Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday.
The 60-year-old woman was found dead Saturday in her apartment north of Seoul and homicide is not suspected, police were quoted as saying.

Anti-virus face masks plague Hong Kong's beaches | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Surgical masks are washing up in growing quantities on the shores of Hong Kong, a city that has overwhelmingly embraced face coverings to fight the coronavirus.
Conservationists say the masks are adding to already alarmingly high levels of plastic waste in the waters around the finance hub.

British man in Bali rescued after 6 days trapped in well

A British man who spent six days trapped in a well after being chased by a dog has been rescued on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, authorities said Sunday.
A rescue team lifted 29-year-old Jacob Roberts from the four-metre-deep concrete pit after a farmer in Pecatu village raised the alarm... Roberts broke his leg when he stumbled into the near-empty reservoir. He told authorities he had been trying to evade a dog that chased him through the village.

Takuma Sato misses IndyCar season opener after crash in qualifying | The Japan Times

Takuma Sato missed the delayed season-opening IndyCar race after his team wasn't able to get his car repaired in time for the green flag Saturday night after a crash in qualifying.
Sato got high into Turn 1 on the high-banked Texas Motor Speedway on the start of his qualifying run, and slammed hard into the wall about 2½ hours before the race started.
The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing crew worked feverishly to try to get the car ready the race, which followed practice and qualifying earlier in the all-in-one-day event.

New subway station opens at Toranomon Hills in Tokyo - Japan Today

The newly built Toranomon Hills Station in Tokyo opened Saturday, becoming the first new station on the Hibiya subway line since its full launch in 1964.
The station is located among a complex of high-rise buildings, including Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, a 52-story skyscraper which opened in 2014, between Kasumigaseki and Kamiyacho stations on the line operated by Tokyo Metro Co.
The station is also connected through a 450-meter underground passageway to Toranomon Station on the Ginza Line.

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全米で抗議デモ続く、海外にも拡大-首都ワシントンは最大規模 - Bloomberg


米首都市長、ホワイトハウス前通りを抗議スローガンにちなみ改名 - ロイター


ガンビア外交官の息子、米国で警官が射殺 捜査求める - BBCニュース


国際重量挙げ連盟で汚職やドーピング隠蔽、調査報告書:AFPBB News

 調査チームを主導しているカナダ人弁護士のリチャード・マクラーレン(Richard McLaren)氏は、IWFに関する疑惑を調べた結果、タマス・アヤン(Tamas Ajan)前会長の下で巨額の使途不明金があったことや、ドーピング検査で40件の違反がもみ消されていたことが判明したと述べた。

東京五輪、21年無理なら中止 IOC幹部「最終判断は来春」 | 共同通信


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News Headlines - 06 June 2020

Taiwan opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu removed as mayor of Kaohsiung after heavy defeat in recall election | South China Morning Post

Han Kuo-yu, the opposition candidate in this year’s Taiwanese presidential election, has been removed as mayor of the city of Kaohsiung following an unprecedented recall vote on Saturday.
Han, 62, conceded defeat after more than 900,000 eligible voters backed his removal for being“unfit”for office
He was the first Taiwanese official ever to be removed in this way, a result that will have a ripple effect on future elections.

Nobel laureate Honjo to sue Osaka drug firm for 22 billion yen : The Asahi Shimbun

Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo announced June 5 he is taking legal action against Ono Pharmaceutical Co. this month to seek 22.6 billion yen ($207 million) in patent royalties concerning the Opdivo cancer treatment drug... The lawsuit will be filed at the Osaka District Court in mid-June.
Ono Pharmaceutical, which manufactures and markets Opdivo, is based in Osaka.
Honjo, 78, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research into the discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation, which led to the development of Opdivo.

Aso draws flak for remark on how Japan beat coronavirus - The Straits Times

Japan's success against the coronavirus without having to enforce a strict lockdown is due to its citizens' "cultural standard" which is different from that in other nations, Finance Minister Taro Aso said, drawing criticism from the public that the comments were inappropriate... Mr Aso's remarks, which elicited laughs at the meeting, were made in the context of Japan's inability to enforce a hard lockdown due to civil liberties enshrined in the post-war Constitution.
Japanese officials were able only to ask people to stay home and businesses to close, though the level of cooperation was high... But Japan is not an exception in Asia, with Taiwan and South Korea reporting lower mortality rates.

After Record Covid-19 Deaths, Brazil Changes Data Disclosure and Reduces Information | The Rio Times

After breaking records in deaths by Covid-19 in Brazil, the government of Jair Bolsonaro on Friday, June 5th, changed the way data on the disease are disclosed daily. The data failed to include the total number of deaths and infections, as has been the case since the outbreak of the disease in the country - only the daily records were released. The website where data is typically compiled has also been taken down.

Banksy unveils new artwork inspired by death of George Floyd | London Evening Standard

Banksy has revealed new artwork inspired by the death of George Floyd in the US, saying “people of colour are being failed by the system”.
The street artist posted a picture of the piece on his Instagram on Saturday, writing: “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem. It’s mine.”
It comes as hundreds of people gathered in Parliament Square in London in protest against the death of Mr Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

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News Headlines - 05 June 2020

Tom Cotton op-ed will not run in print, New York Times editor announces during employee town hall - CNN

In an at-times tense town hall with staff, leadership at The New York Times on Friday addressed the process that led to the publication of Republican Sen. Tom Cotton's controversial op-ed - a piece that ignited furious debate inside and outside of the newspaper.
James Bennet, the editor of the editorial page, announced in the meeting that Cotton's op-ed, posted online Wednesday, would not be published in print on Sunday as had been initially planned, multiple staffers who watched the virtual town hall told CNN Business.

Japan's Dentsu evacuates Tokyo HQ after bomb threat - Reuters

Japan’s largest advertising agency, Dentsu Group Inc, has evacuated its Tokyo headquarters after receiving a bomb threat, an internal company email reviewed by Reuters showed on Friday.
The company, in an email to employees, cited a message sent to its website, saying: “Warning of explosion at Dentsu’s Shiodome headquarters building with deadline past 7:00 a.m. on June 7, Sunday.”
Dentsu confirmed it has closed the building due to a bomb threat, and said has notified the authorities.

Shigeru Yokota, father of North Korea abductee Megumi, dead at 87 | The Japan Times

Shigeru Yokota, whose daughter Megumi was abducted to North Korea in 1977 and who played a central role in Japan's efforts to pressure Pyongyang to release more victims, has died, sources close to his family said Friday. He was 87.
Yokota, who worked with other victims' relatives to prod the government into rescuing their children and siblings, whom they believe are still alive, died without ever seeing Megumi again. She was kidnapped on her way home from school at the age of 13.
At the time, the family was living in Niigata Prefecture after Yokota, then employed by the Bank of Japan, was transferred to a branch of the central bank on the Sea of Japan coast.

Police make first arrest over mask resale ban | NHK WORLD

Police in Japan say they've made the first arrest for the violation of a ban on reselling masks, which was introduced to stop them from being resold at inflated prices amid the coronavirus outbreak... He allegedly sold them to two self-employed men at a premium of about 5 cents per mask.
Police say the masks were a portion of 70,000 masks he had purchased for about 3 million yen, or 28,000 dollars.

Japanese teen shogi star Sota Fujii becomes youngest challenger for major title - The Mainichi

Teen shogi sensation Sota Fujii on June 4 became the youngest challenger for the Kisei title, one of the eight major titles in the Japanese board game.
Fujii, 17, who holds a seventh-dan rank in shogi, became the challenger after defeating Takuya Nagase, holder of the Eio title, in 100 moves in their game at Shogi Hall in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.

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News Headlines - 04 June 2020

Hong Kong: Tens of thousands defy ban to attend Tiananmen vigil - BBC News

Tens of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong have defied a ban to stage a mass vigil for the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing.
Officers erected barricades around the city's Victoria Park, but some pro-democracy protesters knocked them down and held candlelit gatherings.
Police banned the vigil this year, citing coronavirus measures.

Hong Kong passes law to criminalise insult of Chinese national anthem | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Hong Kong’s legislature has passed a controversial bill criminalising insult of the Chinese national anthem by a comfortable majority, despite months of wrangling due to fears of curbs to free expression.
The vote on Thursday saw 41 lawmakers - constituting the council’s pro-Beijing majority - back the resolution, whilst one objected and no one abstained. Democrats launched a last-minute protest in a bid to stall proceedings, with most refusing to take part in the ballot.

India: Unable to access online classes, Dalit girl kills herself | Al Jazeera

Students have protested in southern India after the suicide of a teenage girl who was unable to attend online classes because she did not have access to the internet or television.
Schools have been shut across India since the country locked down its 1.3 billion people on March 25 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, leaving millions of children whose families cannot afford expensive devices with no access to education.
Among them was Devika Balakrishnan, the 14-year-old daughter of a daily wage labourer in the southern state of Kerala who was found dead near the family home on Monday, the first day of the new school term, having apparently taken her own life.

Large-scale early Maya sites in Mexico revealed by lidar mapping technology

Archaeology is transforming our view of how ancient Maya societies developed. Use of lidar technology has now led to the discovery that large, monumental structures that aid naked-eye astronomy were built unexpectedly early.

Cannes announces lineup for a festival canceled by COVID - The Mainichi

From an empty movie theater in Paris, organizers of the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday announced the films that would have played at there in May had it not been canceled by the pandemic.
The selections were an exercise in what-might-have-been for Cannes, the international French festival that for the last 73 years has been one the most prestigious and glitzy annual gatherings of cinema. Cannes, originally slated for mid-May, initially considered postponing to July but ultimately gave up on a 2020 edition.

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News Headlines - 03 June 2020

Japan's Dentsu gets $700 million windfall from government SME aid scheme amid opposition criticism - Reuters

Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Group Inc (4324.T) has received almost $700 million via a government contract to provide back-office services for a scheme to help virus-hit firms, under a framework opposition lawmakers called “opaque”.
Dentsu received 97% of the 76.9 billion yen ($707 million) awarded via a tender to a company it co-founded to support the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s relief fund for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs), showed a government document seen by Reuters.
Opposition politicians have questioned whether the contract with Service Design Engineering Council - and its arrangement with Dentsu and its multitude of subcontractors - is a waste of taxpayers’ money and could slow the process of channelling funds to eligible recipients.

RMB Capital Gained Approximately 30% of Shareholders’ Support at Sanyo Annual General Shareholders Meeting | Business Wire

RMB Capital (“RMB”), a Chicago-based independent investment advisory firm, is a long-term shareholder of Sanyo Shokai Ltd. (8011 JP, “Sanyo”) and owns more than 6% of the firm’s total outstanding shares.
The official disclosure from the 77th annual general shareholders meeting held at Sanyo on May 26, 2020 revealed that approximately 30% of the shareholders supported RMB’s board nominees, Mr. Tetsuo Komori and Mr. Masakazu Hosomizu, while rejecting the former president Mr. Masayuki Nakayama. It was clear that the general shareholders took a harsh view of Sanyo’s executives who are accountable for the company’s poor performance. Against this backdrop, RMB believes the new management team, led by Mr. Shinji Oe, should further accelerate the speed of the reform initiatives.

Man Arrested for Threatening Kemono Friends Anime Director Tatsuki - News - Anime News Network

Police arrested 21-year-old male Kyoto resident Fukuta Kishimoto on Tuesday on suspicion of intimidation and forcible obstruction of business. According to the police's statement, the suspect had been threatening anime staff and cast members over the Internet.
According to the Sankei Shimbun newspaper and the public television network NHK, the suspect had been posting on message boards threatening to murder anime director TATSUKI (first Kemono Friends anime, Kemurikusa), as well as a Kemono Friends voice actress, her family, and staff members, by stabbing and setting them on fire. The threats allegedly referenced the July 2019 Kyoto Animation fire that killed 36 people and injured 33.

Ghibli Park to Start Construction in July for Fall 2022 Opening - Anime News Network

Construction contractor Kajima Corporation is under a provisional contract to construct the first three areas of the planned Ghibli Park for 10,657,900,000 yen (about US$98,323,700), with construction beginning in July. Those areas of the theme park are slated to open in fall 2022, and the developers anticipate no delays related to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Nagoya TV began streaming a news report with concept designs and aerial video of the construction sites.

Reigning CL MVP Hayato Sakamoto one of two Giants players to test positive for COVID-19 | The Japan Times

Two Yomiuri Giants players have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Central League team announced Wednesday, casting a shadow over Nippon Professional Baseball's plan to start the 2020 season on June 19... On May 27, two days after the June 19 date was set, the Giants announced that roughly 220 people in the organization would be tested for coronavirus antibodies. According to the team, the polymerase chain reaction tests taken by Sakamoto and Oshiro both showed only traces of the coronavirus.
In order to limit the further spread of the virus, the Giants canceled Wednesday's practice game against the Seibu Lions.

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News Headlines - 02 June 2020

Tokyo issues coronavirus alert after 34 new daily cases reported | The Japan Times

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government re-sounded the alarm for the capital after 34 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in the city Tuesday, a day after it eased business closure requests for sports gyms and department stores... Officials say the brief rise in new cases can largely be attributed to nosocomial infections as well as people partaking in nightlife activities in the Shinjuku area.
To convey the alert, the Rainbow Bridge on Tokyo Bay and the metropolitan government’s city offices were illuminated in red from 11 p.m.

South Korea to resume WTO complaint over Japan's export controls | The Japan Times

South Korea said Tuesday it will reopen its complaint at the World Trade Organization over Japan's tightened export controls, saying Tokyo has not shown willingness to settle the ongoing bilateral trade dispute.
South Korea's Trade, Industry, and Energy Ministry had given its Japanese counterpart until the end of May to respond to its calls for withdrawing the export controls.
In July last year, Japan tightened controls on shipments to South Korea of three key materials that are critical for the latter's chip and display-panel industries. Japan also removed its neighbor from a whitelist of trusted trade partners, citing inadequacies in its handling of sensitive exports.

Argentina Delays Debt Deadline As Talks Zero In On Deal

Argentina said it would extend the deadline for creditors to accept an initial debt restructuring proposal as bondholders and officials hammer out a deal to restructure $65 billion in international debt.
The country said it would postpone the deadline until June 12 at 5pm ET, and that it would weigh additional changes to the offer after an International Monetary Fund report said the country had some room to improve itl, according to an emailed statement from the Economy Ministry.

State of emergency in Norilsk after 20,000 tons of diesel leaks into Arctic river system

A state of emergency was introduced in Norilsk, Russia’s nickel capital, after almost 20,000 tons of diesel burst out of a reserve fuel tank at the TPP-3 industrial site.
The fuel was stored there to ensure continuous supply to the power plant in case of an interruption in gas supplies.
The leak was on 29 May in the Kayerkan district of Norilsk, and the pictures show its dramatic impact.
The exact reason of the leak is yet to be established, but a statement from Norilsk Nickel company, which operates the site suggests it could have been caused - worryingly - by collapsing permafrost.

Coronavirus: Queen pictured outside for first time since lockdown - BBC News

The 94-year-old monarch was pictured on a 14-year-old Fell Pony called Balmoral Fern over the weekend.
She regularly rides in the grounds of Windsor, which is said to be her favourite royal residence.
The Queen has been isolating there with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, and a small number of staff.

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News Headlines - 01 June 2020

The World Is Still Far From Herd Immunity for Coronavirus - The New York Times

The precise herd immunity threshold for the novel coronavirus is not yet clear; but several experts said they believed it would be higher than 60 percent.
Even in some of the hardest-hit cities in the world, the studies suggest, the vast majority of people still remain vulnerable to the virus.
Some countries - notably Sweden, and briefly Britain - have experimented with limited lockdowns in an effort to build up immunity in their populations. But even in these places, recent studies indicate that no more than 7 to 17 percent of people have been infected so far. In New York City, which has had the largest coronavirus outbreak in the United States, around 20 percent of the city’s residents have been infected by the virus as of early May, according to a survey of people in grocery stores and community centers released by the governor’s office.

U.S. planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources - Reuters

The United States is planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students believed by President Donald Trump’s administration to have links with China’s military, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.
The move, first reported by the New York Times, could impact 3,000 to 5,000 Chinese students and could be announced as early as this week, according to the sources, including a current U.S. official and another individual who was briefed on the administration’s internal discussions.

Jackie Chan among over 2,000 artistes backing HK law | The Star

HONG KONG action star Jackie Chan is among the 2,605 artistes who support China’s national security law for Hong Kong, Sin Chew Daily reported.
Others included singer Alan Tam, veteran star Liza Wang, and actors Jordan Chan and Eric Tsang.

Dentsu's Olympic year torpedoed by coronavirus outbreak - Reuters

Dentsu is a key player in securing and operating the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and had been anticipating an earnings boost as Japanese firms shell out ahead of the once in a generation event.
However, the coronavirus forced organisers to push back the Games to 2021, with doubts still lingering over the feasibility of that delayed date, and is hitting advertising spending as economic activity slumps.
After ending last year with the first annual operating loss in its more-than-100-year history, Dentsu’s cost cutting measures helped offset the squeeze on sales with the firm reporting a 166% jump in operating profit in the January-March quarter to 24.7 billion yen ($230 million).

Former AKB48 star Watanabe retires from showbiz over health reasons

Mayu Watanabe, a former member of the popular Japanese all-girl idol group AKB48, has retired from the entertainment industry due to health reasons, her agency said Monday.
Watanabe, 26, has left the agency, saying health issues would make it difficult for her to continue working in the industry. One of the better known members of the group during her stint there, she has had health concerns for several years.

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