2020.06.19

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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