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News Headlines - 31 July 2020

Hong Kong postpones elections by a year, citing coronavirus

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced Friday that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
The Hong Kong government is invoking an emergency ordinance in delaying the elections. Lam said the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision to hold the elections on Sept. 5, 2021.

Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App - The New York Times

TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app that has been under scrutiny from the Trump administration, is in talks to sell itself to Microsoft and other companies as President Trump weighs harsh actions against the business, including forcing TikTok to divorce itself from its parent company, ByteDance, said people with knowledge of the discussions.

Mystery Seeds Spread Around the World - WSJ

The case of the mystery seeds showing up in U.S. mailboxes from shippers in China and other countries has gone global.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said consumers in at least 22 U.S. states and several other countries had received unsolicited packages of seeds. Canada, the U.K. and Australia all are investigating the matter.

Ministry drops plan to push millions of masks on care workers : The Asahi Shimbun

The latest phase of the government’s long-derided “Abenomask” distribution program has been abandoned.
Health ministry officials on July 30 confirmed they had dropped the plan to distribute about 80 million cloth face masks to care facilities around Japan for protection against novel coronavirus infections.
Deliveries were to have started that day.

Sir Alan Parker, director of Bugsy Malone and Evita, dies aged 76 - BBC News

Sir Alan Parker, the acclaimed British director of such films as Fame, Evita and Bugsy Malone, has died aged 76.
The double Oscar nominee's many other credits include Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Angela's Ashes and Birdy... The director died on Friday after a lengthy illness.

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米GDP、コロナで過去最悪の32%減 4~6月期年率 :日本経済新聞


米ファイザーからワクチン6000万人分供給で基本合意|TBS NEWS


トランプ氏、大統領選延期に初言及 郵便投票を批判 :日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : アフリカ人男性をサル舎で見せ物に NYの動物園、114年後に謝罪


DAZN、今季CL&ELは予定通り配信 28日に放映権解除報道 - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 30 July 2020

Taiwan’s former leader Lee Teng-hui dies in hospital at 97 | South China Morning Post

Taiwan’s former president Lee Teng-hui died on Thursday after spending the past five months in hospital in Taipei. He was 97... Lee was the first president of the Republic of China - Taiwan’s official name - to be born on the island.
During his time as leader, between 1988 and 2000, he oversaw the end of martial law and the “white terror” period, and the island’s democratisation. He also led an ambitious foreign policy to increase Taiwan’s presence on the world stage.

Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election - BBC News

Hong Kong authorities have disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates from upcoming elections, deepening political tensions in the Chinese territory.
Opposition legislators had hoped to obtain a majority in the Legislative Council (LegCo) in September's poll after Beijing's imposition of a highly controversial national security law.
Among those barred are high-profile activists Joshua Wong and Lester Shum.

Coronavirus blamed for over 40,000 job losses | NHK WORLD

The ministry says 40,032 people became unemployed between late January and July 29 after they were dismissed or did not have their contracts renewed.
At least 15,000 of them are non-regular workers, including temporary staff and part-timers.
The number of people who lost jobs due to the virus outbreak has topped 10,000 for three straight months, from May to July.

Overstated magnitude caused quake alert that set Tokyo on edge | The Japan Times

The alert at 9:38 a.m. was a false alarm, caused by a system designed to give residents precious seconds to protect themselves before an earthquake hits, which overstated the magnitude of a smaller temblor, the Meteorological Agency said.
The system mistook the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake off Japan’s coast, calculating it to be about 450 kilometers (280 miles) further away. That caused it to overestimate the size of the quake and trigger the alert. The warning was issued to Tokyo and 14 other prefectures - areas that account for about half of nation’s total population of 126 million - and halted trains and subway lines in the capital for hours.
The quake was far enough from shore that no shaking was felt in Tokyo or the surrounding regions.

Blast in Fukushima restaurant kills 1, injures at least 18 - Japan Today

A sudden explosion from a suspected gas leak blew out walls and windows of a restaurant in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring at least 18 others.
There was no sign of a fire and investigators at the site believe a gas leak may have cause the blast, Koriyama fire department official Hiroki Ogawa said. Local media say a gas leak and explosion occurred at a shabu-shabu restaurant just before 9 a.m. The restaurant, which had been renovated, was due to reopen Friday, locals said.

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米議会がIT4社CEOを追及 5時間半の激しい応酬|テレ東NEWS


独GDP、過去最悪10.1%減 コロナで消費、輸出低迷―4~6月期:時事ドットコム


日仏連合の傷深く、3社の営業赤字5400億円 1~6月  :日本経済新聞


求ム! 英首相報道官 年収は推定1400万円:時事ドットコム


日本人女性歌手、受賞不適格に 英国籍なしの理由に問題提起:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


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News Headlines - 29 July 2020

Hajj 2020 begins -- with 1,000 pilgrims, rather than the usual 2 million | CNN Travel

Islam's most important annual pilgrimage began Tuesday with just a small fraction of its regular number of worshippers, amid concerns over the coronavirus.
Only around 1,000 pilgrims will attend the Hajj this year due to new crowd control restrictions put in place by Saudi Arabia. The holy sites in the cities of Mecca and Medina normally host more than 2 million people during the pilgrimage.
For the first time in decades, international travelers have been barred from the Hajj. Some 70% of the worshippers this year are foreign residents of Saudi Arabia, with the rest being Saudi nationals. All of those selected to take part are aged between 20 and 50.

India is blocking more apps in the wake of the TikTok ban - CNN

India is banning dozens more apps and reportedly reviewing hundreds of others from well-known Chinese companies, as tensions between the world's most populous countries continue to rise.
The Indian government banned an additional 47 apps, all clones or variations of 59 other apps India blocked last month on national security grounds, an official at India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology told CNN Business on Tuesday.
Caught up in the initial ban were several prominent Chinese apps, including the wildly popular video sharing app TikTok. App clones or variants would likely include lighter versions designed for entry-level smartphones with limited memory.

Ecuador on alert over huge Chinese fishing fleet off Galapagos Islands - BBC News

Ecuador is on alert due to the appearance of a huge fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged fishing vessels off its Galapagos Islands.
Patrols are trying to ensure the fleet - which is made up of around 260 vessels - does not enter the delicate eco-system from international waters... In 2017, a Chinese vessel was caught in the marine reserve with 300 tonnes of wildlife, most of it sharks.

Japan's daily coronavirus cases top 1,000 for 1st time - The Mainichi

The number of fresh cases of novel coronavirus confirmed Wednesday in Japan topped 1,000 for the first time as a resurgence of infections has begun to expand beyond Tokyo.
The record single-day tally of 1,260 as of midnight, based on information given by local authorities, came after prefectures other than Tokyo with huge urban populations, including Aichi, Osaka and Fukuoka, reported their highest numbers of infections.

Japan's only prefecture with zero COVID cases reports first infections - The Mainichi

Japan's northeastern prefecture of Iwate, the only prefecture in the country to have reported zero coronavirus cases, confirmed its first infections on July 29 as the country saw the daily number of cases top 1,000 for the first time.
The Iwate Prefectural Government said two people have tested positive for the virus.

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米豪、中国の南シナ海権益「無効」|TBS NEWS


CNN.co.jp : コロナ期間中に休業のレストラン、6割がそのまま閉店 米イェルプ調査


欧州で「王国」を宣言したセトゥ人、中世の習慣を唯一残すスバン人(ナショナル ジオグラフィック日本版)


世界遺産のバイカル湖が生態系の危機 森林伐採できる法律、ロシアで成立:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


重度栄養失調の子670万人増 ユニセフ、コロナ影響推計 | 共同通信


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News Headlines - 28 July 2020

Japan stirs controversy with huge COVID aid contract for ad giant Dentsu - Reuters

The agency, the Service Design Engineering Council, actually carried out only a fraction of that work, local media first reported last month. Service Design was co-founded by Dentsu Group Inc., one of Japan’s most influential companies. It passed hundreds of millions of dollars to administer the project back to Dentsu, an advertising and PR company with close ties to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), government documents show.
Under the arrangement, Service Design won the contract to distribute the $20 billion, but actually took less than 1% of the total $718 million for managing the project and passed on most of the rest to Dentsu, which set up vetting procedures, websites and call centres, the companies and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said.

Japanese celebs express shock, anger at gov't plan for more Abenomasks

Some Japanese celebrities, including 1980s-idol-turned-actress Kyoko Koizumi, have taken to Twitter to express shock and anger following reports that the government plans to distribute an additional 80 million cloth masks, which proved to be unpopular among some members of the public, to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
The actress, also known as Kyon Kyon among fans, posted a brief comment that can be loosely translated as "Wait a second!" along with a link to a newspaper article on the plan. The post had been retweeted over 6,000 times and racked up at least 13,800 likes as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Nurse cleared over death of elderly given doughnut | NHK WORLD

A Japanese high court has overturned a lower court ruling that found a nurse guilty of giving a doughnut to an elderly woman who later died after choking on it.
The 60-year-old practical nurse works at a special nursing care home for the elderly in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan.
She was charged in 2013 with professional negligence resulting in death for failing to check what the 85-year-old resident should be given to eat.

Nissan reports huge ¥671 billion loss and plan to close Barcelona plant | The Japan Times

Nissan Motor Co. reported a ¥671 billion ($6.2 billion) net loss for the latest fiscal year and unveiled a plan to turn the carmaker around by eliminating about ¥300 billion in annual fixed costs, cutting capacity and reducing the number of vehicle models.
The result, the first loss in a decade and the biggest in 20 years, includes restructuring and impairment charges of ¥603 billion for the year that ended in March, the Yokohama-based company said Thursday.

Issey Miyake Men Collection to Be Discontinued | HYPEBEAST

Issey Miyake‘s menswaer output dates back to 1976, back when the Japanese creative first launched his eponymous fashion brand, enduring multiple creative directors and even a rebranding to Issey Miyake Men in 2012. Despite the line’s renown, 2020 marks the final year of its output - Issey Miyake Inc. announced the collection’s discontinuation on July 28.
The company insists that the decision had been made prior to the coronavirus pandemic and the shuttering of Issey Miyake Men will lead to “new possibilities” in Miyake menswear. Six-year creative director Yusuke Takahashi departed Issey Miyake Men in January 2020, leaving the design team to take over for Fall/Winter 2020, the line’s final full collection.

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ロシアと中国が月開発で合意 科学研究基地建設へ協力(共同通信)


米有力研究所が安倍首相側近を「対中融和派」と名指し - 産経ニュース


オブライエン米大統領補佐官、コロナ陽性 トランプ政権中枢で初:時事ドットコム


スウェーデン経済は「悪い集団の中では最高」だった…最新の調査報告で | Business Insider Japan

調査会社キャピタル・エコノミクス(Capital Economics)は、7月21日に発表した調査報告書で、スウェーデンの経済はヨーロッパの中で最も影響が小さく、「悪い集団の中では最高」だとした。

米大リーグ、2試合が中止-マーリンズで新型コロナ感染が判明 - Bloomberg


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News Headlines - 27 July 2020

Hong Kong to ban all restaurant dining, mandate masks outdoors: media - Reuters

Hong Kong on Monday will announce further restrictions to curb the surge in coronavirus cases, including a total ban on restaurant dining and mandated facemasks outdoors, media reported.
The new rules will take effect from Wednesday, local television channels Cable TV and Now TV said, as authorities warned it was a critical period to contain the virus.

Fears for Uighur culture as scholars vanish in China crackdown - JIJI PRESS

It has been almost two years since Bugra Arkin's father Aierken was abruptly snatched from his home in China's troubled Xinjiang region by national security agents.
Aierken Yibulayin's publishing firm -- one of the biggest in the region -- translated thousands of books into Uighur before he was detained in October 2018. Arkin has not heard from him since... He is not the only one.
At least 435 Uighur intellectuals have been imprisoned or forcibly disappeared since April 2017, according to the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

Former Nazi SS guard convicted in Germany′s ′last′ Holocaust trial | DW

Bruno D. was convicted of 5,232 cases of accessory to murder on Thursday for his service in the Stutthof concentration camp, where thousands died of illness and execution during its six-year existence. Some 40 survivors and relatives of victims acted as co-plaintiffs in the case, and many of them testified in court during the trial, which lasted 44 days.

IOC Apologizes, Deletes Tweet About 1936 Berlin Olympics | US News

The IOC apologized on Friday and deleted a Twitter message which some saw as celebrating Nazi Germany’s hosting of the 1936 Olympics.
Joining a message thread on Thursday one year before the Olympic cauldron is lit at the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games, the International Olympic Committee used its official account to tweet a film about the first-ever torch relay entering the Berlin stadium.

Turkey's Hagia Sophia holds first Friday prayers since conversion back to mosque - CNN

Istanbul's historic Hagia Sophia has reopened for Friday prayers for the first time since a decision was made to turn it back into a mosque after more than 80 years as a museum... Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated in the Friday prayers, where he recited verses of the Quran.
Some people came from outside Istanbul and spent the night around Hagia Sophia waiting for the prayer, according to CNN Turk.

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日本に続きドイツも「G7拡大反対」…韓国「既得権の壁」越えられないか | 中央日報


成都の総領事館閉鎖 深まる米中対立:時事ドットコム


英国、肥満対策計画を発表へ コロナ感染の首相の経験踏まえ:AFPBB News

ボリス・ジョンソン(Boris Johnson)英首相は27日、自身が新型コロナウイルスに感染し生死をさまよった一因が肥満にあったとの考えから、ジャンクフードの広告禁止などを盛り込んだ1000万ポンド(約14億円)規模の肥満対策計画を公表する。……ジョンソン首相が発表予定の「健康増進」計画には、医師が肥満患者に「サイクリングの処方」を奨励することや、サイクリング専用道路の増設、午後9時前のジャンクフードのテレビCM放送禁止などが盛り込まれるとみられている。

領土割譲は「過激主義」 ロシア上院が法案可決:時事ドットコム


山本寛斎さん死去 76歳 国際的ファッションデザイナー | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 26 July 2020

China launches rocket with probe to Mars | DW 

China launched a Long March 5 Y-4 rocket from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern island province of Hainan on Thursday. In February, the probe is expected to reach Mars where it will deploy a rover to explore the planet for 90 days.
The Chinese rover is named Tianwen-1, which means "quest for heavenly truth," in Mandarin. It weighs 240 kilograms (530 pounds) and is equipped with six wheels and four solar panels, Chinese state media reported.
The spacecraft is set to complete its 55-million-kilometer (34-million-mile) journey to Mars in about seven months. It will then orbit the red planet for two to three months before attempting a landing.

Nantes cathedral fire: Volunteer rearrested and charged with arson - The Local

A volunteer assistant suspected of setting a French cathedral on fire was rearrested, then indicted and detained in pre-trial custody by prosecutors overnight Saturday to Sunday.
The man, already held and released by police last week, was indicted "on charges of destruction and damage by fire" of the gothic cathedral of Nantes, the public prosecutor for the western city said.
The fire broke out on July 18, hours after the volunteer altar server had closed up the building for the night.

Dark history of transatlantic slavery traced through DNA study

A new DNA study published Thursday sheds fresh light on the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, from the legacy of rape that can be seen in today's genetics to how disease likely decimated some groups forced to work in deadly conditions... The grim results from a paper, which appeared in the American Journal of Human Genetics, compiled genetic data from 50,000 consenting research participants from both sides of the Atlantic.
It cross-referenced these with detailed records from slave ships that transported 12.5 million men, women and children between 1515 and 1865. Some two million died on the journey.

St Bernard dog rescued after collapsing on England's highest peak | The Guardian

A mountain rescue team has said its members “didn’t need to think twice” when they were called to help a 121lb (55kg) St Bernard dog that had collapsed while descending England’s highest peak.
Sixteen volunteers from Wasdale mountain rescue team spent nearly five hours rescuing Daisy from Scafell Pike after receiving a call from Cumbria police.
The team said the dog was displaying signs of pain in her rear legs and was refusing to move as she came down from the summit of the mountain with her owners on Friday evening.

West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa: Villa survive relegation with final-day draw - BBC Sport

Aston Villa will play Premier League football next season after a draw at West Ham was enough to ensure they escaped relegation on the final day of the campaign.
Hometown hero and captain Jack Grealish looked to have sealed a win for Villa with a powerful strike in the 84th minute, but Andriy Yarmolenko's deflected leveller soon after made it a nervy finale for the visitors.
They hung on though and the point, coupled with a defeat for Watford at Arsenal, ensured Villa's survival and consigned the Hornets to the Championship next season along with Bournemouth, whose win at Everton was not enough.

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世界のコロナ感染1600万人超 過去最悪ペースが継続(共同通信)


スウェーデン当局、新型コロナの免疫は6カ月間持続可能と想定 - Bloomberg


米国で中国のために情報収集 シンガポール人が罪認める:AFPBB News

 ジュン・ウェイ・ヨウ(Jun Wei Yeo、別名ディクソン・ヨウ、Dickson Yeo)被告は米首都ワシントンの連邦裁判所に対し、外国の代理人として違法行為に及んだ罪を認めた。
 ジョン・デマーズ(John Demers)司法次官補(国家安全保障担当)は発表文で、ヨウ被告が「キャリア関連のネットワーキング(人脈づくり)サイトや偽のコンサルティング会社を使い、中国政府が関心を持つ可能性のある米国人を勧誘していた」と指摘した。

CNN.co.jp : 米、逃走の中国人研究者を拘束 「ヒューストン総領事館はスパイ網の一部」


大リーグ レイズ筒香 初ヒットが初ホームラン | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 25 July 2020

UN: 578 children used by Boko Haram as human bombs | NHK WORLD

The UN on Friday published a report on children and armed conflict in Nigeria and surrounding countries.
The report says 801 children were killed and 632 others were maimed by the group between January 2017 and December 2019.
It says more than 40 percent of child casualties, 578, had been forced into suicide attacks.
The report also points out more than 400 children were kidnapped during the same period. Boko Haram was involved in the majority of those cases.

Amazon Met With Startups About Investing, Then Launched Competing Products - WSJ

When Amazon.com Inc.’s venture-capital fund invested in DefinedCrowd Corp., it gained access to the technology startup’s finances and other confidential information.
Nearly four years later, in April, Amazon’s cloud-computing unit launched an artificial-intelligence product that does almost exactly what DefinedCrowd does, said DefinedCrowd founder and Chief Executive Daniela Braga.

Man parades down Oxford Street wearing nothing but mask - Reuters

A man strolled down central London’s most popular shopping street on Friday with only a mask to cover his nudity, leaving passerbys astounded, amused and shocked.
As the man walked nonchalantly along Oxford Street, naked except for the light blue face mask over his groin, some took pictures on their phones while others simply stared.
It was unclear what prompted the stunt but masks became compulsory on Friday in English shops.

Chilean extradited to France over killing of Japanese student | The Japan Times

A plane carrying a Chilean man accused of murdering a Japanese student in France in 2016 took off from Santiago's airport Thursday bound for Paris, where he will face trial.
Nicolas Zepeda, 29, had been under house arrest at his mother’s apartment in the Chilean resort city of Vina del Mar since the Chilean Supreme Court approved his extradition in May. He is charged in France with premeditated murder in the alleged slaying of Narumi Kurosaki, whose body was never found.

Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Kick Out Foreign Press Over Protest Coverage - The Moscow Times

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to kick out foreign journalists he accuses of stirring up protests against him ahead of next month’s election.
Lukashenko, 65, faces what analysts call the toughest re-election campaign in his 26 years in power. Three of his main election rivals have been either jailed or barred from running, prompting the opposition to rally around the wife of a detained candidate instead.
At a government session Thursday, Lukashenko accused foreign journalists of “calling for riots” and hurling “insult after insult.”

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金の国際価格、1900ドル突破 最高値に迫る  :日本経済新聞


ジョンソン英首相、「違うやり方もあったかもしれない」 新型コロナウイルス対策 - BBCニュース


ロシア「世界平均超え」6年先送り 成長目標、コロナで :日本経済新聞


ノーベル賞晩餐会、今年は中止 授賞式は「新形式で」:朝日新聞デジタル


バロンドールが史上初の中止に、新型コロナで:AFPBB News

フランスのサッカー専門誌「フランス・フットボール(France Football)」は20日、新型コロナウイルスのパンデミック(世界的な大流行)によって異例の状況となっているため、今年はバロンドール(Ballon d’Or)の授与を行わないと発表した。
 1956年にスタンリー・マシューズ(Stanley Matthews)氏が初代受賞者になってから、男子の世界最優秀選手に贈られてきた同賞が中止になるのは今回が初めて。

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News Headlines - 24 July 2020

Doctors accused of murdering ALS patient who wanted to die : The Asahi Shimbun

Kyoto prefectural police concluded that the death of a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) could not be regarded as euthanasia and arrested two doctors on suspicion of murder on July 23.

Moon's disapproval rating tops support rate | NHK WORLD

Gallup Korea's survey that was conducted from Tuesday to Thursday shows that Moon's approval rating stands at 45 percent, down one point from last week. His disapproval rating rose five points to 48 percent.
Moon's approval rating had soared to 71 percent in May, thanks to his handling of the country's coronavirus outbreak. But the figure is below the disapproval rate for the first time in about four months.

Fireworks color Japan skies 1 yr to Olympics, lift mood amid pandemic

Fireworks lit up the skies across Japan on Friday to mark one year to go until the start of the postponed Tokyo Olympics and lift the country's mood amid the new coronavirus pandemic.
The fireworks were set off for a minute and a half from 8 p.m. Junior Chamber International Japan said it organized the event in the hope that the fireworks would be a signal for the rebirth of Japan, overcoming the stagnation caused by the virus.

Tokyo Olympics: Coronavirus risk raises questions over 2021 Games - BBC News

Prof Iwata is particularly concerned looking at what is going on in the US, the country that more than any other pays for the Olympics... There is one seemingly simple solution: push the Tokyo Games back another year to 2022. It is far more likely the pandemic will have run its course by then. But that has been ruled out by the Japanese government. From his home in Montreal the longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee, Dick Pound, told me it is now 2021 or bust... According to Dick Pound, this is a non-starter... "Japan would have to decide, do they want the Games to go ahead or are the risks too much? In which case Japan would probably propose, and the IOC would accept, cancellation."

Why we aren't wearing masks in Sweden - UnHerd

Mortality is hardly an afterthought - so why is Sweden’s mortality rate so high? At around 550 per million of population, it sits just under the UK and Italy but far above neighbouring Norway and Denmark. Dr Tegnell offers a collection of reasons: with its larger migrant populations and dense urban areas, Sweden is actually more similar to the Netherlands and the UK than it is to other Scandinavian countries; he believes the Swedish counting system for deaths has been more stringent than elsewhere; also, countries are at different points in the epidemic cycle so it is too early to compare totals... His belief is that, in the final account, the Infection Fatality Rate will be similar to the flu: “somewhere between 0.1% and 0.5% of people getting infected, maybe … And that is not radically different to what we see with the yearly flu.”

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米、ファイザーのコロナワクチン調達へ 1億本を無料投与 :日本経済新聞


iPhone生産、台湾勢独占に幕 中国企業が来年参入へ :日本経済新聞


ツイッター、陰謀論グループ巡る投稿でルール違反のアカウント停止へ - ロイター


経営破綻した独ウェーゼルの債権団、グレンコアへの売却で独占交渉へ - ロイター


C・ロナウドが史上初の記録樹立! プレミア、リーガ、セリエAで50ゴール到達 | サッカーキング


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News Headlines - 23 July 2020

Cabinet Office to declare end of Japan's economic expansion dating from December 2012 | The Japan Times

The Cabinet Office is seen declaring the end of the economy’s latest expansion from December 2012, when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to power, it was learned Wednesday.
An expert group at the Cabinet Office is likely to date the most recent peak in the business cycle at October 2018. This would mean that the expansion lasted 71 months, the second-longest since the end of the war, after the 73-month boom that ended in February 2008.

Singapore Grapples With Dengue as Fever Rages Alongside Covid - Bloomberg

Singapore is on track to record its worst dengue outbreak in history, with new weekly cases that have surpassed Covid-19 cases in the city-state.
Recorded cases of the disease reached 1,736 in the week ending July 18, the highest number of weekly infections ever recorded, according to the country’s National Environment Agency. Dengue, also known as break-bone fever, is spread via mosquito bites and can cause symptoms like fever and body aches.
Deaths from dengue are creeping up even as health authorities in the country continue to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. So far this year, 19 people have died of dengue, the Straits Times reported Monday, about two-thirds the reported death toll of 27 people from Covid-19. Like dengue, new Covid-19 cases are still averaging a triple-digit daily rise, though the figure has tapered off somewhat from previous months.

Last Qantas 747 flight draws iconic kangaroo in the sky on its final journey from Australia | CNN Travel

After 50 years of flying, Qantas' last remaining Boeing 747 passenger jet departed Australia for the final time on Wednesday and left a special message for everyone in the sky - a drawing of the airline's iconic kangaroo logo.
The flight path of Flight QF7474 traced the logo in the sky after it took off from Sydney Airport for the US, where the jumbo jet will be retired, Qantas, Australia's biggest airline, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Nile dam dispute: Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agree to resume talks - BBC News

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's announcement came as Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agreed to resume talks over the dam, following a virtual summit.
The project has been a source of huge diplomatic tension since its construction began in Ethiopia in 2011.
Ethiopia sees the hydroelectric project as crucial for its economic growth and a vital source of energy.
But Egypt and Sudan, which are downstream, fear the $4bn (£3bn) dam will greatly reduce their access to water.

Danish murder on Bornholm island raises tension in race debate - BBC News

When a young black man was murdered on the idyllic Danish island of Bornholm, it emerged one of the suspects had swastika tattoos.
The killing of the 28-year-old, who had a Danish father and a Tanzanian mother, coincided with a vigorous debate about racism in Denmark. But police are adamant there was no racial motive.
Rights groups have reacted by questioning whether potential hate crimes are being seriously investigated.

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コロナワクチン、年内の実用化は無理 WHO幹部が明言 - ロイター


世界の感染者1,500万人 米ではカリフォルニアが最多に|テレ東NEWS


米、グアムに地上イージス 軍司令官、中国に対抗  :日本経済新聞


バルカン製武器、拡散 ペルシャ湾岸国経て紛争国へ 米の影響力低下、要因か - 毎日新聞


東京五輪直前のIOC式典が中止 コスト削減へ簡素化加速 | 共同通信


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News Headlines - 22 July 2020

Afghan girl 'kills two in fightback against Taliban' - BBC News

An Afghan girl has been hailed on social media for her "heroism" after fighting back against Taliban militants who reportedly killed her parents.
The girl took the family's AK-47 assault rifle, shot dead two of the gunmen and wounded several others, local officials in Ghor province said... A photo of the girl holding the gun has gone viral in recent days.
Later in the shoot-out, which took place last week, more militants came to attack the house, in the village of Griwa, but were beaten back by villagers and pro-government militia.

UK passport application backlog reaches 400,000 - BBC News

A backlog of more than 400,000 passport applications has mounted due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, figures show.
Home Office minister Baroness Williams said reduced staffing to allow social distancing meant forms were taking longer to process.
She said steps were being taken to increase capacity after travel restrictions were eased.

Major Quake Strikes Off Alaska, Briefly Sounding Tsunami Warning - The New York Times

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck near the Alaskan peninsula late Tuesday, shaking buildings, but there were no immediate reports of injuries and the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center canceled an earlier warning of potentially hazardous waves... The quake struck off the coast, 65 miles (105 km) south-south east of Perryville, Alaska, at a depth of 17.4 miles (28 km), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 100 days | NHK WORLD

Japan's Coast Guard says Chinese patrol ships have been spotted just outside Japanese territorial waters in the East China Sea for 100 straight days... Chinese patrol ships have been present outside Japan's territorial waters since April 14. That's the longest period of time since the Japanese government purchased some of the islands from a private Japanese owner in 2012. The ships have also repeatedly entered the territorial waters and approached Japanese fishing boats.

Tomoya Nagase to leave all-male pop group TOKIO next March - The Mainichi

Tomoya Nagase, a member of the Japanese all-male pop group TOKIO, will leave the group next March, its talent agency said Wednesday, marking the departure of yet another member from the original group of five.

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中国、WHO事務局長を「買収」 米長官が発言―英紙報道:時事ドットコム


ヒューストンの中国領事館に閉鎖を通告した=米国務省報道官 - ロイター


中国ハッカー、コロナ研究窃取か 米発表、日本企業も被害:AFPBB News

米司法省は21日、米国をはじめとする各国の企業数百社から新型コロナウイルス感染症(COVID-19)のワクチン研究関連の情報や知的財産を盗もうとしたとして、中国人2人を起訴したと明らかにした。……起訴されたのは李シャオ宇(Li Xiaoyu、34)と董家志(Dong Jiazhi、33)両被告。……両被告は米国の法執行管轄権の及ばない中国にいるとみられている。

英議会委員会「ロシアの英国民投票への干渉、調査を」 :日本経済新聞


イラン「反米経済圏」で制裁対抗 中国に25年原油供給も :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 21 July 2020

Pro-democracy election hopefuls refuse to sign form declaring China's sovereignty over Hong Kong | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Several aspiring democratic candidates for the upcoming legislative elections have vowed not to sign a form declaring China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong. Refusal to sign has been reason cited by the authorities when disqualifying candidates in previous elections... Signatories of the confirmation form agree to uphold three specific articles of the Basic Law relating to China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong including Article 1 which states that the city “is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China.”

Govt. to compensate canceled Go To travel bookings | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News

Japan's government is again shifting its policy on a major campaign to shore up tourism hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic... Under the "Go To" campaign that begins on Wednesday, the government offers subsidies to partially cover people's domestic travel costs.
However, visits to Tokyo and travel by Tokyo residents were excluded last week, due to a spike in coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital... Akaba told reporters that people will not be asked to pay cancellation fees for bookings made between July 10, when the campaign's starting date was announced, and July 17, when Tokyo was excluded.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in hospital for medical tests

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has been admitted to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh for medical tests, the royal court said in statement early on Monday.
The king was admitted for inflammation of the gallbladder, said the announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

River Thames 'severely polluted with plastic' - BBC News

The River Thames has some of the highest recorded levels of microplastics for any river in the world.
Scientists have estimated that 94,000 microplastics per second flow down the river in places.
The quantity exceeds that measured in other European rivers, such as the Danube and Rhine.

Giants' Alyssa Nakken first woman coach in major league game | Daily Mail Online

Alyssa Nakken, the first female coach in major league history, set another precedent on Monday night by becoming the first woman serve as a first base coach during an MLB game.
Nakken, 30, worked Monday's exhibition against the Athletics in Oakland, and although that may not be her role during the upcoming regular season, manger Gabe Kapler was eager to give her that experience.

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米、中国11社を禁輸対象に追加 ウイグル族弾圧で :日本経済新聞


英、香港と犯罪人引き渡し停止 対中強硬一段と :日本経済新聞


EU92兆円「復興基金」合意-補助金と低利融資、共同で債券発行 - Bloomberg


CNN.co.jp : ロンドン塔名物の護衛兵、500年の歴史で初の失業の危機に


新型コロナ:英アストラゼネカのワクチン「強い免疫反応」 初期治験 :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 19 July 2020

China blasts dam to release floodwaters as death toll rises | The Japan Times

Authorities in central China blasted a dam Sunday to release surging waters behind it amid widespread flooding across the country that has claimed scores of lives.
State broadcaster CCTV reported the dam on the Chuhe River in Anhui province was destroyed with explosives early Sunday morning, after which the water level was expected to drop by 70 centimeters (more than 2 feet)... Blasting dams and embankments to discharge water was an extreme response employed during China’s worst floods in recent years in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and almost 3 million homes were destroyed.

Kim Jong Un 'severely rebukes' officials over hospital construction - UPI.com

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un slammed officials in charge of the construction of a major new hospital in Pyongyang, criticizing them for economic mismanagement and ordering their firing, state media reported on Monday.
During a tour of the construction site of Pyongyang General Hospital, Kim "pointed out serious problems in economic organization for the construction," according to a report by Korean Central News Agency.

Spain's monarchy shaken by Juan Carlos's hidden Swiss fortune - BBC News

The emergence of shocking allegations of corruption and money laundering against former Spanish King Juan Carlos have cast doubt over the very future of the monarchy, under his son King Felipe.
Juan Carlos seemed set to go down in history as the leader who skilfully guided Spain from dictatorship to democracy after the death of Gen Francisco Franco in 1975, but the 82 year-old's private financial activities have prompted two court inquiries in Switzerland and Spain.

Former Nissan Chief fails to appear before France court due to 'technical obstacle' - Chinadaily.com.cn

Former CEO of Nissan Carlos Ghosn said that he failed to appear before the court in France on July 13 due to "technical obstacle," Lebanon's local media reported on Monday.
Ghosn said that his passport is held by the Attorney General in Lebanon since Japan issued an international arrest warrant on his behalf... He noted that he needs to cross other countries to reach France.

Fujitsu to launch new company, Fujitsu Japan Ltd - Japan Today

Fujitsu has announced that it will commence operations for Fujitsu Japan Ltd on Oct 1, aiming to further expand business in the Japan services market, in which Fujitsu boasts the top share.
From April 2021, Fujitsu said it will gradually integrate the domestic business functions of its group companies, with the new company being positioned as the core company in the domestic market driving the actualization of the Fujitsu group's purpose: "to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation."

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マスク義務化、全米で論争 50州中、28州で実施:中日新聞Web


駐英中国大使、BBC番組でウイグル人の強制収用否定 ビデオを見せられ - BBCニュース


日産とルノーの決算は「惨め」─ゴーン被告=仏紙 - ロイター


横浜にディズニー級テーマパーク構想 米映画会社の名も:朝日新聞デジタル


三浦さん12月主演舞台の代役探し「かなり難航」 9月スタートTBSドラマはお蔵入りも― スポニチ Sponichi Annex

三浦さんが主演する予定だった、今年12月開幕のミュージカル「The Illusionist―イリュージョニスト―」(東京・日生劇場)の製作陣は訃報から一夜明けた19日、代役探しに追われた。

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News Headlines - 19 July 2020

Hostilities escalate between Azerbaijan and Armenia | Financial Times

One of the world’s longest-running territorial disputes in the Caucasus Mountains has erupted anew after 20 people died last week in fighting on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The skirmishes began about 300km north of the contested enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh on July 12 and prompted tens of thousands of protesters to storm Baku’s parliament in anger and demand a return to full-on war. The fighting died down after two days before shelling resumed.

US military effectively bans Confederate flag with new policy - BBC News

The Confederate flag can no longer be flown on US military properties after the Pentagon issued a new policy to reject displays of "divisive symbols".
Defence Secretary Mark Esper did not name the flag in a memo announcing the rules, but the policy effectively bans the secessionist banner.
The Confederacy was the group of southern states that fought to keep slavery during the US Civil War.

John Lewis, civil rights legend and longtime Georgia congressman, dead at 80 - CNNPolitics

John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80.

A 2001 Suit, Superman’s Cape, a Hasselhoff-Signed Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, and More Sell at Massive Hollywood Auction | Vanity Fair

emorabilia buffs with big wallets scored this weekend at the Hollywood: Legends & Explorers event at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. Over 900 pieces were sold, the bulk of which were from film and television history, with some space exploration items mixed in, too.
Among the notable items sold were a space suit and helmet from the 1968 production of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is believed that this is the suit worn by Keir Dullea during the final shut-down sequence of the HAL 9000 computer. The winning bid was $370,000, a substantial amount higher than the estimated listing of $200,000.

Nantes: Arson suspected in fire at Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral - BBC News

A fire at the cathedral in the French city of Nantes is believed to have been started deliberately, prosecutors say.
Three fires were started at the site and an investigation into suspected arson is under way, Prosecutor Pierre Sennes said.
The blaze destroyed stained glass windows and the grand organ at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral, which dates from the 15th Century.

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国連事務総長が5大国を批判 「改革拒否」と不平等解消訴える:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


ワクチン研究にサイバー攻撃か──米英カナダがロシアの「APT29」を非難 | ニューズウィーク日本版


ロシア極東 知事逮捕への抗議拡大 プーチン政権への不満背景か | NHKニュース


連邦レベルの死刑執行相次ぐ 17年ぶり再開から4日で3人―米:時事ドットコム


留学生ビザ規制、米連邦政府が撤回へ 大学側が猛反発:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 18 July 2020

Rapper Kanye West files for Oklahoma presidential ballot

Rap superstar Kanye West has qualified to appear on Oklahoma’s presidential ballot, the first state where he met the requirements before the filing deadline.
But confusion remains over whether he’s actually running.
A representative for West filed the necessary paperwork and paid the $35,000 filing Wednesday afternoon, which was the deadline for a spot on the state’s Nov. 3 presidential ballot, said Oklahoma Board of Elections spokeswoman Misha Mohr. He was one of three independent presidential candidates to pay the filing fee prior to the deadline, she added. The others were concert pianist Jade Simmons and cryptocurrency entrepreneur Brock Pierce.

The family that owns the New York Times were slaveholders: Goodwin

It’s far worse than I thought. In addition to the many links between the family that owns the New York Times and the Civil War’s Confederacy, new evidence shows that members of the extended family were slaveholders.

Nissan Introduces a New Logo

Nissan revealed the redesigned logo today along with the 2022 Ariya, an all-electric crossover. It is the first vehicle to feature the new badge, which will be rolled out to future models.
The new logo is still a circle intersected by the name Nissan in capital letters, but the name is more freestanding now, with less of a physical connection to the circle that it intersects. The circle is incomplete in the new logo, with a small gap where the Nissan name bisects it, while the old logo's outer ring was a solid circle. Another noticeable change is in the spacing of the lettering.
Nissan says it began the redesign process in 2017, with the aim to make the new logo "thin, light, and flexible." Another requirement was to make it look good when illuminated on future EV models, which will have 20 LEDs lighting up the Nissan logo on the front of the car. Like other automakers who've changed their logos, it's flatter and simpler for better adaptation to digital use.
The logo will start to appear across the brand’s various platforms gradually, Nissan said.

Kyoto Animation studio marks 1st anniversary of deadly arson attack

Around 100 bereaved family members and company officials on Saturday mourned the 36 victims of a deadly arson attack on the studio of an animation firm in western Japan, marking the first anniversary of the country's worst crime in decades.
During the memorial service held at the site of the Kyoto Animation Co. studio, which has since been demolished, President Hideaki Hatta pledged to rebuild the company, saying, "Being one in heart with our friends, their family members and those who support us, we will go forward step by step, albeit slowly."

Haruma Miura, 'Attack on Titan' Star, Dies at 30 - Variety

Haruma Miura, a Japanese actor known for his roles in the “Attack on Titan” films and “Kimi ni Todoke,” has died, according to Kyodo News and other local reports. He was 30.
Kyodo News reported that the actor was found in his Tokyo home on Saturday and was later pronounced dead upon arriving at a hospital. Investigative sources and police believe that Miura died by suicide, although the cause of death has not been officially confirmed. According to media reports, Miura left a note, whose contents have not been divulged.

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南シナ海巡る中国主張、米が公式に否定 「完全に違法」 :日本経済新聞


アップルへの1兆円追徴は無効 EU裁で欧州委が敗訴:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


半年にわたるシベリアの「熱波」は地球温暖化の影響 欧州などの研究グループが警鐘:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


ジョニ黒、紙ボトルに 環境配慮で来年から:時事ドットコム


リーズ・ユナイテッド、17年ぶりのプレミア復帰が決定。チャンピオンシップ優勝の可能性も | フットボールチャンネル


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News Headlines - 17 July 2020

Chinese GDP grows 3.2% in second quarter | Financial Times

China’s economy returned to growth in the second quarter, in one of the world’s earliest signs of recovery from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gross domestic product grew 3.2 per cent in the three months to the end of June, compared with the same period last year.
The positive economic data follow the first annual decline in decades in the previous quarter, when China’s GDP fell 6.8 per cent as the country struggled to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

BOJ expects economy to shrink 4.7% in fiscal 2020 due to pandemic | The Japan Times

The Bank of Japan said Wednesday after its policy meeting that it expects the Japanese economy to shrink 4.7 percent and the consumer price index to fall 0.5 percent in fiscal 2020 through March 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The central bank decided to maintain its ultraeasy monetary policy to bolster the country’s economy, keeping short-term interest rates at minus 0.1 percent while guiding long-term rates at around zero percent.

YouTuber Spreads Coronavirus While Shooting Video on Japan's Most Populous Island

Coronavirus cases in Japan have climbed to 23,802, with new infections reported in the Yamaguchi Prefecture... The prefecture confirmed at least three new people were infected, including two men and one woman. The two men were reportedly in contact with a man who traveled across the country for the filming of the video, which was posted on YouTube under the name "Hezu Maryu," according to Japan's Kyodo News.

Plastic waste kills a Thai elephant in another wake-up call

A male elephant weighing about 3.5 tons and aged around 20, was found dead in the Khao Khitchakut National Park in central Thailand and a subsequent autopsy revealed the cause of death to have been plastic bags and other items that caused a blockage and infection in the pachyderm’s intestines.

Elvis Presley's grandson dies in gunshot suicide: coroner - New York Daily News

Lisa Marie Presley’s son Benjamin Keough died from a self-inflicted “intraoral shotgun wound,” a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed Tuesday.
The 27-year-old grandson of rock icon Elvis Presley was pronounced dead at a home in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday morning... Keough’s autopsy was completed Monday with the manner of death officially ruled a suicide, the coroner spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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米連邦政府、17年ぶり死刑執行 トランプ氏意向反映か:朝日新聞デジタル


デンマークのアイスクリーム会社、商品名「エスキモー」を変更 先住民に配慮:時事ドットコム


米政府、中国5社製品使う企業の取引排除 8月から: 日本経済新聞


五輪=IOCパウンド氏、「東京五輪中止なら北京五輪も困難」 - ロイター


アーセナル、シュート2本で逆転勝ち! リヴァプールは最多勝点の更新叶わず… | Goal.com


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News Headlines - 16 July 2020

Japan's Go To Travel campaign to exclude Tokyo as coronavirus cases spike | The Japan Times

With coronavirus cases rising in Tokyo and Osaka, the government will exclude travel to and from Tokyo in its Go To Travel campaign slated to kick off next Wednesday, tourism minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said Thursday.
Speaking to reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office, Akaba, minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, said the government will launch the campaign as planned under those conditions.

Tokyo reports record 286 new coronavirus cases - The Mainichi

Tokyo reported a single-day record of 286 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, a day after the capital raised its infection alert to the highest level, as Japan is struggling with a resurgence of the virus after lifting the state of emergency in May... Across the country, more than 500 new coronavirus cases were reported for the first time since April 18, bringing the total to around 23,500, excluding some 700 from the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama in February. Tokyo's total rose to 8,640.

Revision to ban yakuza from giving Halloween treats to children : The Asahi Shimbun

There will be no more Halloween trick-or-treating at the offices of Japan’s largest yakuza organization if Hyogo prefectural police get their way.
The department will submit a bill to the prefectural assembly in September to revise an ordinance to ban gangsters from giving money and goods to children under 18.
The revision is intended to crack down on the annual distribution of Halloween treats to children by the Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate at the end of October.

Shogi prodigy Sota Fujii becomes youngest to win major title | The Japan Times

Japan's 17-year-old shogi sensation Sota Fujii on Thursday became the youngest player ever to win one of the board game's eight major titles after beating the holder in a best-of-five series... Fujii, who will turn 18 on Sunday, achieved the feat of taking a major title at 17 years and 11 months. The previous record was established by Nobuyuki Yashiki, 48, in 1990 at the age of 18 years and six months when he also won the Kisei title.

Over 600,000 in Hong Kong Vote in Pro-Democracy Primaries | Time

Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents turned up over the weekend to vote in an unofficial primary election held by the city’s pro-democracy camp as it gears up to field candidates for an upcoming legislative poll.
The primaries were held two weeks after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the semi-autonomous territory in a move widely seen as chipping away at the “one country, two systems” framework under which Britain handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997.

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バイデン氏ら著名人のツイッター乗っ取り、ハッカーが内部システムに侵入 - ロイター


苦境立つベネズエラとイラン、「反米」で結束強化 ガソリン大量取引でけん制 - 毎日新聞




バンクシーと「知らず」、清掃員が新作を消去 ロンドン地下鉄 - BBCニュース


放映権料の高騰が「やべっちF.C.」に落とす影 サッカーW杯は20年で放映権料100倍に|AERA dot. (アエラドット)


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News Headlines - 15 July 2020

‘Now is not the time’ for Go To Travel as virus spikes, say Japan local leaders | The Japan Times

The government’s decision to move up the launch of its Go To Travel Campaign despite the resurgence of coronavirus infections in Tokyo and other areas is drawing criticism from some local leaders, while others have high hopes for an economic boost from tourism.
Some are calling for a partial rollout, limiting the regions covered. The program, initially planned for early August, is set to kick off on July 22.

Finance Ministry names new top bureaucrat and currency diplomat | The Japan Times

The Finance Ministry reshuffled its top brass Tuesday, with Budget Bureau chief Mitsuru Ota promoted to the highest-ranking bureaucrat and International Bureau head Kenji Okamura to the currency diplomat... Ota as chief of the Financial Bureau attracted media attention in 2017 as he spoke in parliamentary sessions about the ministry’s doctoring of documents over the controversial sale of state land to a school operator with ties to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie.

Japan's retired emperor discovers new species of goby fish

Japan’s former emperor, who abdicated last year, has discovered a new species of goby fish, according to media reports. Akihito, 86, now formally known as emperor emeritus, has long been renowned among academic circles as a marine biology expert with a particular passion for gobies.
The latest finding is the ninth new spiecies discovered by the former emperor and the first since he stepped down from the Imperial throne last April following a 30-year reign.

Singapore's Elections See Opposition Victories, but Will Change Follow?

When Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, decided to call a snap election in the middle of the pandemic, he had almost everything going for him. His People’s Action Party (PAP), which has ruled Singapore since independence in 1965, was forewarned about the impending nine-day campaign sprint... But that didn’t happen. Instead, the party’s vote-share slipped from the 70 percent it received in the 2015 election to 61 percent, and the Workers’ Party captured 10 out of 93 seats. This is the largest opposition presence Singapore has seen since 1966; the Workers’ Party leader Pritam Singh will be officially recognised as leader of the opposition and given staff and resources. That’s a major concession by the government, since the role has previously been only an unofficial and unsupported one.

Yeti territory: India proposes to build road in Bhutan’s ‘Yeti territory’ which China claimed recently - The Economic Times

India has proposed to build a road in Bhutan’s ‘Yeti territory’ - which China claimed recently - enabling New Delhi to quickly access Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China.
The road, which has strategic significance, will reduce the distance between Guwahati and Tawang by 150 kilometres, ET has learnt.
This will enable India to deploy troops faster to respond to any military moves by China, not only across Tawang, but also towards the eastern region of Bhutan.

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米、香港の優遇措置廃止 トランプ氏、対中制裁法も署名―中国「断固反対」対抗へ:時事ドットコム


米軍岩国基地 複数人が新型コロナ感染確認 山口 | NHKニュース


60年前の謎“ディアトロフ峠事件” 「雪崩が原因」で結論 ロシア検察当局  - 産経ニュース


Ubisoft、社内セクハラ問題から芋づる式に幹部が辞職。新作イベント直前 - Engadget 日本版

先月発覚したUbisoftトロントオフィスでの女性従業員への暴行およびセクハラ問題により、暴行を行っていた共同創業者でバイスプレジデントのMaxime Bélandが辞任しました。……仏UBIsoftは7月11日、チーフクリエイティブオフィサーのSerge Hascoët、グローバルヘッドのHR Cécile Cornet、UbisoftカナダのマネージングディレクターYannis Mallatが退職することを発表、「不正行為や不適切な行動に関する疑惑および告発への対応のために厳格な調査を開始した」ことによるものだと述べています。これにより、UBIsoftは数週間で4人もの役員が退任することになりました。

マンチェスター・シティ、CL参戦可能に! UEFAによる2年間の出場禁止処分をCASが認めず | Goal.com


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News Headlines - 14 July 2020

New York Times Will Move Part of Hong Kong Office to Seoul - The New York Times

The New York Times said on Tuesday that it would relocate its Hong Kong-based digital news operation to Seoul, South Korea, a significant shift by an American news organization as China has stepped up its efforts to impede the affairs of the Asian metropolis... The Times, in seeking a suitable location outside Hong Kong, considered Bangkok, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and other cities in the Asia-Pacific region. South Korea proved attractive, among other reasons, for its friendliness to foreign business, independent press, and its central role in several major Asian news stories.

Japan traces new coronavirus outbreak to Tokyo theatre boy-band show - Reuters

Tokyo health officials appealed on Tuesday for more than 800 theatregoers to get tested for the novel coronavirus after a production starring Japanese boy-band members was found to be the source of at least 20 cases.
The Tokyo government said it was focussing on a 190-seat theatre in Shinjuku, a busy entertainment area and home to one of Asia’s biggest red-light districts which has been the centre of a recent spike in infections.

Japan hospitals cut staff bonuses as coronavirus drives them into the red : The Asahi Shimbun

About a third of Japanese medical institutions are cutting summer bonuses to staff, a trade union said on Monday, as many hospitals and clinics face a cash crunch, having had to delay routine treatments to make room for coronavirus patients.
The Japan Federation of Medical Worker’s Unions said that out of 338 organizations surveyed 115 were planning to cut bonuses below last year’s levels... A decision by Tokyo Women’s Medical University to cut summer bonuses prompted up to 400 nurses to retire, local media reported last week. Medical staff at Funabashi Futawa Hospital staged a strike on July 10 over bonus cuts, according to photographs posted on social media.

Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.
Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet wounded servicemembers and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients.

Sheriff:‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera saved son before drowning

“Glee” star Naya Rivera ’s 4-year-old son told investigators that his mother, whose body was found in a Southern California lake Monday, boosted him back on to the deck of their rented boat before he looked back and saw her disappearing under the water, authorities said.
“She must have mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference.

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世界の感染者、1300万人超 新型コロナ、増加ペース過去最悪:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


世界の富豪83人「私たちに課税を」 新型コロナ | NHKニュース


新型コロナ、軽症でも脳に損傷の恐れ 英研究:AFPBB News


ポーランド大統領選の決選投票、現職ドゥダ氏が勝利 選管発表:AFPBB News

ポーランド大統領選は12日、決選投票が行われ、公式集計の結果、右派ポピュリストで親米派のアンジェイ・ドゥダ(Andrzej Duda)大統領(48)が、リベラル派で欧州寄りの首都ワルシャワ市長、ラファウ・チャスコフスキ(Rafal Trzaskowski)氏(48)を破り、再選を果たした。

CNN.co.jp : 米NFLレッドスキンズ、チーム名とロゴの変更を発表


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News Headlines - 13 July 2020

San Diego naval ship fire injures 17 sailors and four civilians - CNN

Twenty-one people were injured after an explosion and fire on board a ship at the US Naval Base in San Diego, US Navy officials said.
"Seventeen Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital," the US Navy said in a statement.
The sailors on the USS Bonhomme Richard had "minor injuries" from the fire and were taken to a hospital, Lt. Cmdr. Patricia Kreuzberger told CNN earlier Sunday.

SoftBank Explores Sale or IPO for Chip Designer Arm Holdings - WSJ

SoftBank Group Corp. is exploring alternatives including a full or partial sale or public offering of British chip designer Arm Holdings, which the Japanese conglomerate bought four years ago for $32 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
The review, on which Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is advising, is at an early stage, the people said. It isn’t known how much interest financial or industry players might have in Arm, and it is possible SoftBank will ultimately choose to do nothing.

China faces 'DISASTER' with the insects already invading southern city, officials warn | Daily Mail Online

Chinese officials have warned that parts of the country could be ravaged by a locust plague between now and September after armies of the insects already 'invaded' the country.
Swarms of yellow-spined bamboo locusts have destroyed about 26 square miles of fields in Pu'er after raiding the city from China's border with Laos, the local government said.
The Pu'er forestry authority yesterday issued an early warning, predicting a potential locust 'disaster' in China's southern border regions after the spread of the pests 'accelerated'.

Texas hospital says man, 30, died after attending ‘COVID party’ | FOX6Now.com

A Texas hospital says a patient who was a healthy young man died from coronavirus after attending a “COVID” party.
The unidentified 30-year-old man died at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, according to the hospital’s top doctor, Jane Appleby.
“This is a party held by somebody diagnosed with the COVID virus, and the thought is people get together to see if the virus is real and if anyone gets infected,” Appleby said, NBC 4 San Antonio reported Friday.

Asteroid 2011 ES4 as big as Edinburgh's Tron Kirk will pass by the Earth soon: NASA - Republic World

The American space agency has said that the heft asteroid will fly by closer to the Earth than the Moon. According to a media portal, the speed at which the 2011 ES4 space rock will pass by the Earth is estimated to be at 18,253 mph. According to scientists, the space rock is around 49 metres. The size of the rock is almost as big as Edinburgh’s Tron Kirk, which is one of the tallest buildings in the capital and is 52 metres high.
The asteroid was first discovered in the year 2011. NASA has not listed the asteroid as a threat to our planet though but has registered it on their Near Earth Objects as “potentially hazardous”. Reportedly, it will pass by planet Earth around 0.00048 astronomical units away. It is equivalent to 44,618 miles.

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トルコ、アヤソフィアを博物館からモスクに 世俗化の象徴に大きな変化 - BBCニュース


米、仏デジタル税に25%報復関税も-化粧品など対象、最大180日猶予 - Bloomberg


ドイツの再生エネルギー55%に | カナロコ by 神奈川新聞


米、日本へのF35売却承認 105機2兆4800億円:AFPBB News


米軍岩国、未熟な新人集中/困難な飛行環境、事故誘発 高知沖墜落報告書 / 山口新聞 電子版


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News Headlines - 12 July 2020

Tokyo reports 4th straight day of more than 200 COVID-19 cases : The Asahi Shimbun

Tokyo continued to see a troubling spike of new COVID-19 infections on July 12 as it marked the fourth consecutive day with more than 200 cases reported... New infection cases have been surging since the start of the month. There were six straight days from July 2 with more than 100 confirmed infections.
While the figure dipped to 75 on July 8, the daily tally increased sharply to 224 on July 9 and a record 243 the following day.

Mom's tweet about potato salad mansplaining draws huge response from women in Japan - The Mainichi

A witness of an alleged incident in which a mother with a young child looking at ready-made dishes at a store was shamed by an older man for not cooking from scratch tweeted about it on July 8, and the tweet had been retweeted 130,000 times over the next two days.
The person who posted the tweet is said to be a mother, too. No one knows if the story is true, but the tweet has prompted many to share similar stories of their own... Many of the responses to the person who posted the tweet were supportive, but what was striking were the posts describing other women's similar experiences.

Tennis: Wimbledon to allocate prize money despite cancellation - The Mainichi

Wimbledon will pay out $12.5 million in prize money to 620 players despite the tournament's cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club said Friday.
After consulting with its insurance provider, club officials said 256 players who would have competed in the main draw will each receive 25,000 pounds ($31,000), while 224 players who would have competed in qualifying will each receive 12,500 pounds ($15,600).

Côte d’Ivoire: Death of Prime Minister leaves political void

Côte d'Ivoire's Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Alassane Ouattara's runner-up in the October presidential election, died suddenly on Wednesday 8 July in Abidjan... The Prime Minister, a candidate of the ruling Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace party (RHDP), died after suffering a malaise while at the Council of Ministers. He had been evacuated to the International Polyclinic Sainte Anne-Marie (PISAM) in Abidjan.

'Consensus' that Notre-Dame spire should be rebuilt in original form

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that he agrees the spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral, which was destroyed in last year's devastating fire, should be rebuilt exactly as it was... Macron had previously spoken in favour of adding a contemporary "touch" to the 13th-century monument. He vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame in less than five years after a major fire on April 15 largely destroyed the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral’s roof and spire.
His pledge prompted concern among architects, conservationists and academics from around the world, who have called for caution in restoring the badly damaged edifice.

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ロシアで軍事記者が疑問の逮捕 父も13年前に謎の転落死:中日新聞Web


トランプ氏の納税記録、検察への開示を認める 米最高裁 - BBCニュース


日本人飛行士の月面着陸に道 日米、探査協力で共同宣言  :日本経済新聞


良品計画の米子会社が破産法11条の適用申請、新型コロナ影響 - Bloomberg

良品計画は10日、米国内で「無印良品」事業を展開する子会社「MUJI USA」が、現地時間の9日に米連邦破産法11条の適用をデラウェア州で申請したと発表した。……発表資料によると、高い賃料や高コスト構造のために継続的に損失が発生しており、事業再建に取り組んでいたところに新型コロナ感染症が拡大。3月17日以降、米国内の店舗すべてが営業停止となったことで売上高が急減し採算が悪化したという。

「親の子供連れ去り」禁止を要請 欧州議会が対日決議:東京新聞 TOKYO Web

欧州連合(EU)欧州議会本会議は8日、EU加盟国の国籍者と日本人の結婚が破綻した場合などに、日本人の親が日本国内で子どもを一方的に連れ去り、別れた相手と面会させないことなどを禁止する措置を迅速に講じるよう日本政府に要請する決議案を採択した。 日本は国境を越えて連れ去られた子どもの扱いを定めた「ハーグ条約」締約国だが、国内の連れ去りには適用されない。

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News Headlines - 11 July 2020

Ex-top Tokyo prosecutor Hiromu Kurokawa escapes indictment over gambling | The Japan Times

Public prosecutors have decided not to indict former top Tokyo prosecutor Hiromu Kurokawa, who has been accused of playing mahjong for money, including when Japan was under a novel coronavirus state of emergency earlier this year.
In questioning by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, Kurokawa, the 63-year-old former top prosecutor at the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, has admitted gambling on mahjong with three employees of the Asahi Shimbun and the Sankei Shimbun, both major Japanese dailies.

Japan to begin Go To Travel Campaign on July 22 - Japan Today

Japan will begin a subsidy campaign on July 22 to boost domestic tourism hit by the coronavirus, the tourism minister said, although concerns remain over a resurgence of infections.
The Go To Travel Campaign will eventually subsidize up to half of expenses, including accommodation and transport fees, with the government initially providing discounts worth 35 percent of total costs.
The remaining 15 percent will be covered by coupons to be issued after September, to be used at travel destinations for food, shopping and other travel activities, according to the tourism ministry.

Former Lotte pitcher Randy Jackson arrested for cannabis possession | The Japan Times

Former Chiba Lotte Marines pitcher Randy "Jay" Jackson Jr. was arrested Friday on suspicion of cannabis possession at his home in Chiba, near Tokyo.
The 32-year-old American, who played for the Hiroshima Carp between 2016 and 2018 and joined the Chiba-based Marines this season, remained silent when asked about the bottles of cannabis concentrate in liquid form allegedly found during a search Tuesday, the Hiroshima prefectural police said.

Philippine lawmakers block license bid for broadcaster that angered Duterte - Reuters

Philippine lawmakers rejected the renewal of a 25-year license for country’s top broadcaster on Friday, outraging activists who saw the move to keep ABS-CBN Corp off the air as part of a political vendetta on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte.
A legislative committee overwhelmingly agreed with a working group’s assessment that ABS-CBN, which employs 11,000 people and has an audience of tens of millions of Filipinos, was “undeserving of the grant of legislative franchise”.

Demonstrators storm Serbian parliament in protest over weekend lockdown

The crowds protested in the capital Belgrade over the government's handling of the crisis, with infections now spiking after Serbia shed its initial lockdown measures two months ago.
A group of opposition supporters stormed the Serbian parliament building in Belgrade on Tuesday night in a protest against a lockdown planned for the capital this weekend to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

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FB、止まらぬ広告引き揚げ ボイコットは約1千社に:朝日新聞デジタル


テスラの時価総額、トヨタ・ホンダ・日産の合計上回る  :日本経済新聞


ソフトバンク元社員に有罪判決 ロシアへの機密漏洩事件:朝日新聞デジタル


ロシア極東 野党知事を殺人関与疑いで拘束 政権側圧力の指摘も | NHKニュース


マツタケが絶滅危惧種に 国際自然保護連合 最新レッドリスト | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 10 July 2020

Missing Seoul mayor found dead after 7-hour search - The Mainichi

The missing mayor of South Korea's capital, reportedly embroiled in sexual harassment allegations, was found dead early Friday, more than half a day after giving his daughter a will-like message and then leaving home, police said.
Police said they located Park Won-soon's body near a traditional restaurant in wooded hills in northern Seoul, more than seven hours after they launched a massive search for him.
There were no signs of foul play and no suicide note was found at the site or in Park's residence, Choi Ik-su, an officer from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, told reporters. He refused to elaborate on the cause of Park's death.

Ex-Pres. Park Sentenced to 20 Years in Retrial for Influence Peddling l KBS WORLD Radio

Ousted President Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in a retrial for influence peddling and a separate case where she was accused of receiving special funds from the National Intelligence Service.
The Seoul High Court on Friday delivered the sentence which is shorter than the previous combined 30 years she had received in an appeals trial. This is because the court found her not guilty of most charges related to coercion or the drafting of a so-called whitelist of pro-government cultural figures.
Park, who has been a no show at all court proceedings since October 2017, did not appear on Friday as well, citing health reasons.

Colowide to launch takeover of struggling Ootoya eatery chain - The Mainichi

Major chain restaurant operator Colowide Co. said Thursday it will launch a takeover bid for struggling Ootoya Holdings Co., owner of a Japanese-style set-menu eatery business, as the coronavirus pandemic leaves the hospitality sector reeling.
Colowide, which manages izakaya pubs and Gyukaku grilled beef restaurants, will spend up to 7.1 billion yen ($66 million) to increase its stake in Ootoya up to 51.32 percent from its current 19.16 percent holding, seeking to improve the loss-making operator's performance through cost-cutting and improved procurement and food distribution synergies.
The move came after Colowide's proposal to shake up Ootoya's management was rejected at a shareholders' meeting in June, which worsened already frayed ties between the companies.

'Ultraman' producers win Chinese copyright suit | NHK WORLD

A court in China has ruled that a Chinese filmmaker must compensate a Japanese production company for infringing on its copyright by using the firm's "Ultraman" character.
Japan's Tsuburaya Productions sued a Guangzhou-based filmmaker in 2018 for producing and releasing a movie featuring the Japanese superhero without its permission. The studio demanded that distribution be stopped and sought compensation for damages.

Visit the home of famous manga artists like the creators of Astro Boy and Doraemon

Nearly 70 years ago, construction for a two-storey apartment building that would end up housing some of the most famous manga artists in history was completed. Though it was a basic boarding house with no bath or hot water (residents used the neighbourhood bathhouse), the Tokiwaso building in Toshima was home to some of Japan's greatest manga artists, including Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka along with Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko, the duo behind the pen name Fujiko Fujio, who created Doraemon... The apartment complex was eventually demolished in 1982, but a near-exact replica has just opened in the same neighbourhood in Minami-Nagasaki, west of Ikebukuro. Fans of classic Japanese manga can get a closer look at the day-to-day lives of influential artists as their careers were taking off.

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米感染者300万人超え 新型コロナ、南部・西部で深刻化:時事ドットコム


英政府 付加価値税 飲食店など20%から5%に半年間引き下げ | NHKニュース


ドイツ銀行に罰金160億円 米当局、性虐待の富豪に絡み


飼い猫が急に凶暴化、原因は珍しいウイルス 伊当局が注意喚起:AFPBB News

イタリア中部トスカーナ(Tuscan)州アレッツォ(Arezzo)で、突然飼い主にかみつくようになった飼い猫から珍しい狂犬病類似ウイルスが検出されたとして、当局が猫の観察を強化するよう呼び掛けている。……今回検出されたのは、2002年に黒海(Black Sea)とカスピ海(Caspian Sea)に挟まれたカフカス(Caucasus)地方でコウモリから見つかったウイルスで、これまでその一例しか確認されていなかった。

エイズ死者、昨年は69万人 治療薬普及で減少傾向続く


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News Headlines - 09 July 2020

Apple opts for OLED screens for entire 5G iPhone range - Nikkei Asian Review

Apple will use OLED screens for all its forthcoming 5G iPhones this year, going all-in with the world's premium display technology for its flagship range in a move that is sure to spark new competition among suppliers of smartphone panels.

Jeff Bezos' Net Worth Hits All-Time High Of More Than $180 Billion

Things are going well for Jeff Bezos. Very well. Shares of Amazon, the e-commerce and cloud computing behemoth he founded 26 years ago, hit all-time highs on Wednesday afternoon, pushing the company’s market capitalization to a high of $1.54 trillion. That makes Bezos, who owns 11.1% of the company, worth a record-breaking $182.6 billion as of market close on Wednesday - the highest net worth Forbes has recorded in nearly four decades of tracking billionaires.

Melania Trump sculpture in Slovenia set on fire on US Independence Day - BBC News

A quirky wooden sculpture of US First Lady Melania Trump is reported to have been set on fire near her hometown in Slovenia, prompting its removal.
Brad Downey, the American artist who commissioned the statue, said it was targeted on 4 July, Independence Day in the US.
The Berlin-based artist arranged for the charred statue to be removed the next day.

MLS returns with 8:46 moment of silence - Chicago Tribune

Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer’s return. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black face masks emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter.” The shirts had varying slogans that included “Black And Proud,” “Silence Is Violence” and “Black All The Time.”
The players walked toward midfield, raised their right arms one at a time and held the pose so long that some could be seen stretching fatigued muscles afterward... Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. Prosecutors said the officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 7 minutes, 46 seconds - not the 8:46 that has become a symbol of police brutality.

‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera missing, feared drowned in California lake where she took son on rented boat | South China Morning Post

A Southern California lake will be closed while they search its waters for Glee star Naya Rivera, authorities said on Thursday.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department late Wednesday confirmed that Rivera, 33, is the person missing in the waters of Lake Piru, which is around 90 kilometres (55 miles) northwest of Los Angeles. The department said on Thursday that divers from other agencies in the region will join the search.

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イギリス政府、人権侵害に初の独自制裁へ EU離脱で - BBCニュース


ドイツテレコム、ファーウェイとの業務関係深める=独紙 - ロイター


金上昇、1800ドル台 新型コロナで8年8カ月ぶり:時事ドットコム


CNN.co.jp : 日本のパスポート、「世界最強」維持 新型コロナ影響でも


マホームズ、契約10年延長 480億円超、米スポーツ最高額―NFL:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 08 July 2020

Former Japanese justice minister, lawmaker wife indicted for suspected vote-buying - Reuters

Former Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai and his lawmaker wife Anri were indicted on Wednesday on suspicion of vote-buying, following the couple’s arrest last month, Tokyo prosecutors said... Tokyo prosecutors said in a statement the couple had paid 1.7 million yen (£12,609.97) to five people last year to help Anri get an upper house seat, while separately Katsuyuki had paid a total 27.31 million yen (£202,575.46) to 103 people to help her get elected.

TikTok says it will exit Hong Kong market within days - Reuters

TikTok will exit the Hong Kong market within days, a spokesman told Reuters late on Monday, as other technology companies including Facebook Inc suspend processing government requests for user data in the region.
The short form video app owned by China-based ByteDance has made the decision to exit the region following China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's President, tests positive for coronavirus - CNN

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus.
Bolsonaro himself announced the result, speaking on Brazilian TV channels Tuesday. "Everyone knew that it would reach a considerable part of the population sooner or later. It was positive for me," he said, referring to the Covid-19 test he took Monday.

Africa’s coronavirus cases pass 500,000, says WHO - World - TASS

The total number of coronavirus cases in African countries rose by 18,119 to 507,187 in the past day, and the death toll climbed by 443 to 11,959, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa said on Wednesday.
According to the WHO, African’s coronavirus recoveries have reached 245,000.
South Africa accounts for the majority of cases (215,855) and fatalities (3,502). Egypt has so far reported 77,279 cases and 3,489 deaths. The coronavirus death toll stands at 968 in Algeria.

Famed clothier Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy - The Mainichi

Brooks Brothers, the 200-year-old company that dressed nearly every U.S. president, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, the latest major clothing seller to be toppled by the coronavirus pandemic.
Founded in New York in 1818, Brooks Brothers survived two world wars, the Great Depression and even managed to stay afloat as dress standards eased in the office. But the pandemic pushed it into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with so many stores closed and, with millions working from home, a crisp suit pushed to the very bottom of shopping lists.
Brooks Brothers will permanently close more than a quarter of its 200 stores.

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米、TikTokの使用禁止を検討 情報流出を問題視 :日本経済新聞


トランプ氏、WHO脱退を正式通知 コロナ対応を批判:AFPBB News

ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領は、国連(UN)に対し、世界保健機関(WHO)からの脱退を正式に通知した。……脱退は1年後の2021年7月6日付となる予定で、11月の米大統領選で民主党のジョー・バイデン(Joe Biden)前副大統領がトランプ氏に勝利すれば脱退を撤回することは必至とみられる。

トランプ氏、大学入試で替え玉受験か めいが暴露本で明かす - ロイター


米移民局、オンライン授業のみ履修する留学生に滞在認めない方針 | ニューズウィーク日本版




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News Headlines - 07 July 2020

Hong Kong police granted sweeping powers under security law - The Mainichi

In implementing the national security law for Hong Kong, police will have sweeping authority that allows them to take actions including conducting searches without a warrant, restricting suspects from leaving the city, and intercepting communications.
Hong Kong's government issued the details of Article 43 in the city's national security law on Monday night, which outlines the measures that the police force can take to implement the legislation in the city.

Japan May real wages fall at quickest pace in nearly five years - Reuters

Japan’s May inflation-adjusted real wages dropped at the fastest pace in nearly five years, government data showed on Tuesday, in a sign of labour market stress as the economy takes a heavy blow from the novel coronavirus pandemic... Real wages, a gauge of household purchasing power, tumbled 2.1% in May from a year earlier, labour ministry data showed, falling at the fastest pace since a 2.8% decline in June 2015.

Japan's household spending slumps by record as curbs hit travel, dining out - Reuters

Japan’s household spending fell at the fastest pace on record in May, as consumers heeded authorities’ calls to stay home to contain the coronavirus pandemic, pushing the world’s third-largest economy deeper into decline... Household spending slumped 16.2% in May from a year earlier, official data showed on Tuesday, falling at the quickest pace since comparable data became available in 2001.
The drop, which was larger than a median market forecast for a 12.2% fall, extended an 11.1% decline in April.

Applications to trademark Japanese anti-plague folklore character Amabie spark criticism - The Mainichi

Companies including major advertising agency Dentsu Inc. and religious corporations have applied to register over 10 trademarks relating to a Japanese folklore creature said to drive away epidemics; but the move has sparked online criticism over using the creature for profit.
The Amabie creature is a mystical "yokai" similar in appearance to a mermaid, and it has enjoyed a popular resurgence since the spread of the novel coronavirus... Dentsu told the Mainichi Shimbun on July 6 that it had withdrawn its application.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tells fans he had lung screening - CNN

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told supporters gathered outside the presidential palace in Brasilia Monday that he took a Covid-19 exam and that his lungs were screened.
"I've came back from the hospital now, I've done a lung screening, my lung is clean, OK? I went to do a Covid exam a while ago, but everything is okay," he said... The President's office said he expects to receive the results on Tuesday.

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新型コロナ:「エアロゾル」で数十メートルに感染リスク 専門家が警告: 日本経済新聞


仏バス運転手、暴行受け脳死 マスクなし利用者の乗車拒否し:AFPBB News


オランダ、身分証明書の性別記載廃止へ:AFPBB News

オランダのイングリット・ファンエンゲルスホーフェン(Ingrid van Engelshoven)教育・文化・科学相は、身分証明書の性別記載は「不必要な」情報だとして、今後数年以内に廃止する方針を明らかにした。

キリン、「ボルヴィック」の販売今年で終了…国内採水商品人気で苦戦 : 読売新聞オンライン


CNN.co.jp : 映画音楽作曲家のエンニオ・モリコーネ氏が死去、91歳


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News Headlines - 06 July 2020

Mother of late ‘Terrace House’ star claims staff incited conflict : The Asahi Shimbun

The mother of a young reality TV star who committed suicide following intense cyberbullying is claiming that production staff provoked her daughter into getting physical with her co-stars.
“I want people to know the truth and restore Hana’s honor,” said Kyoko Kimura, 43, in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on July 4.
She said her daughter, Hana Kimura, who was a 22-year-old professional wrestler, confided to her that while filming the reality TV show "Terrace House" the staff told her to slap a co-star in the face.

Heavy rain emergency warning for 3 Kyushu prefs. | NHK WORLD

Japan's Meteorological Agency has issued a heavy rain emergency warning for parts of Fukuoka, Saga, and Nagasaki prefectures in the country's southwestern region of Kyushu. The warning is the highest level on the agency's scale.
The prefectures are experiencing rainfall that hasn't been seen in several decades.
Officials say that serious damage from flooding and landslides is likely.

Seven year coronavirus trail from mine deaths to a Wuhan lab | The Sunday Times

n the monsoon season of August 2012 a small team of scientists travelled to southwest China to investigate a new and mysteriously lethal illness. After driving through terraced tea plantations, they reached their destination: an abandoned copper mine where - in white hazmat suits and respirator masks - they ventured into the darkness.
Instantly, they were struck by the stench. Overhead, bats roosted. Underfoot, rats and shrews scurried through thick layers of their droppings. It was a breeding ground for mutated micro-organisms and pathogens deadly to human beings. There was a reason to take extra care. Weeks earlier, six men who had entered the mine had been struck down by an illness that caused an uncontrollable pneumonia. Three of them died.

Amazon tribe releases hostages after body of leader returned

Amazonian tribe members in Ecuador released six people they had kidnapped to demand the release of the body of a leader killed by the coronavirus, the government said on Saturday.
Two police officers, two soldiers and two civilians were taken captive by the indigenous people on Thursday in the village of Kumay near the Peruvian border.
Their tribal leader who died from Covid-19 was buried according to health guidelines but the body was later exhumed and returned to the people.

Uber confirms it is acquiring Postmates in an all-stock, $2.65B deal | TechCrunch

Uber today announced that it has acquired Postmates in a $2.65 billion, all-stock deal. It plans to run the business alongside its own food delivery business, Uber Eats, keeping the Postmates app running while merging some of the tech and delivery operations at the back end - for example, by having drivers delivering orders for both businesses.
The deal confirms reports that emerged last week, and got re-reported last night with more financial detail, that Postmates and Uber were in negotiations. That deal itself sprung up in the wake of Uber failing to acquire another competitor, Grubhub, which was instead acquired by Europe’s takeout behemoth Just Eat Takeaway for $7.3 billion.

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ティファニー銀座ビル、ヒューリックが取得 孫氏から  :日本経済新聞


台湾の天才IT担当大臣オードリー・タンに訊く、新型コロナウイルスの先にある未来の国家とは - Engadget 日本版


キヤノン電子の衛星載せたロケット、打ち上げ失敗  :日本経済新聞




米歌手カニエ・ウエストさん、大統領選への立候補表明 トランプ氏に挑む:AFPBB News

米大物ラップ歌手のカニエ・ウエスト(Kanye West)さん(43)が4日、今年の米大統領選でドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)氏に挑むことを明らかにした。
 米国が独立記念日(Independence Day)を迎える中、ウエストさんはツイッター(Twitter)に、「われわれは今、神を信頼し、われわれのビジョンを統合し、未来を築くことで米国の約束を果たさなければならない。私は米国の大統領選に立候補する! #2020VISION」と投稿した。

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News Headlines - 05 July 2020

Koike wins 2nd term as Tokyo governor, vows to step up virus fight

Gov. Yuriko Koike won a second term in Sunday's Tokyo gubernatorial election, vowing to respond firmly to a second wave of the novel coronavirus and coordinate with the International Olympic Committee over the postponed Olympics and Paralympics now scheduled for 2021.

Hong Kong security law: Pro-democracy books pulled from libraries - BBC News

Books by pro-democracy figures have been removed from public libraries in Hong Kong in the wake of a controversial new security law.
The works will be reviewed to see if they violate the new law, the authority which runs the libraries said.
The legislation targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments of up to life in prison.

Twitter and JPMorgan are removing 'master,' 'slave' and 'blacklist' from their code - CNN

Twitter is dropping the terms "master," "slave" and "blacklist" from its code after two engineers lobbied for the use of more inclusive programming language. America's biggest bank, JPMorgan Chase (JPM), is taking similar steps.

Tribeca Partners With Walmart to Expand Drive-In Series | Hollywood Reporter

Shortly after announcing the lineup for its own summer drive-in series, Tribeca Enterprises announced a partnership with Walmart to expand the number and reach of those screenings.
Walmart - which will serve as a presenting partner for Tribeca's drive-in series, launching on July 2 - is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into contact-free drive-in movie theaters, allowing viewers to have a socially distanced big-screen experience amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Walmart screenings will run from August through October with Tribeca programming the films. Additional details will be announced closer to the start of the tour here.

Osaka sisters partner with UNICEF to create charity face mask

wo-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and her elder sister Mari are utilizing their talents for creative philanthropic work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In collaboration with UNICEF, the tennis players have designed and produced a limited-edition face mask that is now available for purchase, with the proceeds benefitting programming that assists disadvantaged youth in their native Japan.

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新首相にカステックス氏 与党統一選敗北で内閣総辞職―仏:時事ドットコム


仏は植民地支配の謝罪を アルジェリア大統領が表明:時事ドットコム


CNN.co.jp : 米税関、毛髪13トンを押収 中国の強制収容所で虐待か


ドイツが「脱石炭」決定 今後18年で、脱原発も推進


セリエA25得点到達のC・ロナウド、60年ぶりにユヴェントス記録到達!FK弾は移籍後初 | Goal.com


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News Headlines - 04 July 2020

Huawei faces 5G ban in Britain within months

Boris Johnson is poised to begin phasing out the use of Huawei technology in Britain’s 5G network as soon as this year, in a major about-turn, The Telegraph can disclose.
GCHQ is understood to have revised its previous assurance that the risks posed by the Chinese technology giant can be safely managed... The report, by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, has concluded that the sanctions, which bar Huawei from using technology relying on American intellectual property, has had a “severe” impact on the firm that significantly changes their calculations.

British Army shares video trolling US Army on Independence Day with 'cuppa tea' recipe - Task & Purpose

The British Army has got jokes.
In honor of America's Independence Day of July 4, 1776 - when the American colonists declared independence from Britain - the British Army has shared a short video trolling their American counterparts with the best "cuppa tea" recipe.
Shared on the British Army's official Facebook page, the video shows Cpl. Mark Bulbeck pulling up his tank and then addressing Americans: "On your Independence Day we would like to clarify some confusion that has arisen on how to make the perfect British cup of tea."

Coronavirus: Japan's mysteriously low virus death rate - BBC News

Many paragons of Covid strategy, such as New Zealand and Vietnam, used tough measures including closing borders, tight lockdowns, large-scale testing and strict quarantines - but Japan did none of that.
Yet, five months after the first Covid case was reported here, Japan has fewer than 20,000 confirmed cases and fewer than 1,000 deaths. The state of emergency has been lifted, and life is rapidly returning to normal.
There is also growing scientific evidence that Japan really has contained the spread of the disease - so far.
Telecom giant Softbank carried out antibody testing on 40,000 employees, which showed that just 0.24% had been exposed to the virus. Randomised testing of 8,000 people in Tokyo and two other prefectures has shown even lower levels of exposure. In Tokyo just 0.1% came back positive.

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo Win 2020 Nathan's Hot Dog Competition - The New York Times

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo bolstered their impressive resumes on Saturday by setting world records at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest.
Chestnut scarfed down 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to capture the mustard yellow belt for the fifth straight occasion and 13th time in 14 years. The 36-year-old from San Jose, Calif., eclipsed his own record of 74 franks and buns, set in 2018... Sudo, a New York native, secured her seventh straight win in the event and etched her name in the record books by consuming 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sudo’s performance bested Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas’ record of 45.

Masahiro Tanaka Struck by Ball as Yankees Take Health Hit - The New York Times

Masahiro Tanaka, a two-time All-Star, lay motionless on the ground after being struck with a ball off the bat of his teammate, the slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Tanaka eventually sat up and walked off the field with two athletic trainers by his side. He was released from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on Saturday night after being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms.

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ポーランド大統領選、決選投票へ 現職首位も接戦に :日本経済新聞


英 GDP下方修正 約40年ぶりの落ち込み 新型コロナの影響 | NHKニュース


商業捕鯨再開から1年、調査捕鯨時よりも捕獲量激減で価格も下落傾向と散々なことに | BUZZAP!


米シェール老舗チェサピーク破綻 コロナで原油安響く :日本経済新聞


大谷 二刀流登録 他球団より投手1人多く確保のメリット エ軍に「大きな後押し」― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 03 July 2020

Japan ruling party seeks cancellation of state visit by China's Xi - The Mainichi

Lawmakers from Japan's ruling party said Friday they will urge the government to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit, citing concerns over Beijing's crackdown on dissidents in Hong Kong under a new national security law.
Senior members of the Liberal Democratic Party's two committees on foreign affairs drew up a draft resolution decrying the law, which took effect Tuesday and was quickly used to arrest protestors. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leads the party.

Japan's GPIF posts record quarterly loss of $165 billion as virus hits stocks - Reuters

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world’s largest pension fund, on Friday reported a record quarterly loss of 17.71 trillion yen ($164.74 billion) in January-March after global stock markets plunged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
GPIF posted a negative return of 10.71% on its overall assets during the three months, compared with a 4.61% gain in the previous quarter, it said in a statement.
The mammoth-size fund, which managed 150.6 trillion yen of assets by end-March, is closely watched by global financial markets.

Japan business sentiment plunges to 11-year low: BOJ Tankan - Nikkei Asian Review

Business sentiment among Japan's large manufacturers has plunged to the lowest level in more than a decade, the Bank of Japan's latest Tankan quarterly survey showed on Wednesday, as the economy struggles to recover from the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The headline diffusion index of sentiment among large manufacturers fell to minus 34 in June from minus 8 in March, the lowest reading since June 2009.

M'bishi Aircraft logs record $4.89 bil. loss in FY 2019 on jet costs - The Mainichi

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. logged a record loss of 526.9 billion yen ($4.89 billion) in the fiscal year ended March due to costs related to the long-delayed development of Japan's first passenger jet, its earnings report on the government gazette showed Wednesday.
The aircraft-making subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. incurred 464.6 billion yen in excess liabilities, falling into negative net worth for the first time in two years. In fiscal 2018, it posted a net profit of 2.3 billion yen, thanks to a capital injection of some 220 billion yen by the parent company.

Disney: Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea reopen after COVID-19 closure

More Disney parks have reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic, this time in Tokyo, as U.S. Disney parks grapple with their own reopening plans.
Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea reopened after being closed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, with hundreds of visitors applauding as they were let in Wednesday.
The two parks have new guidelines, including limiting the number of entrants in three shifts to maintain social distancing. No handshakes, hugging or photos taken with Mickey Mouse and other characters are allowed.

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ジョンソン首相、香港の300万人にイギリス市民権への道示す - BBCニュース


チリから仏移送は7月23日 筑波大生不明の容疑者 - 産経ニュース


独自ハイオク、実態は混合 元売り5社、タンク共用 - 毎日新聞


米大統領、横田滋さん死去で書簡 「悲しみに暮れている」と家族に


エプスタイン被告の元恋人を逮捕・起訴 少女虐待ほう助:AFPBB News

未成年の少女らを性的目的で人身取引したとして起訴され、勾留中に自殺した米富豪のジェフリー・エプスタイン(Jeffrey Epstein)被告の元交際相手で英国人ソーシャライト(社交界の名士)のギレーヌ・マックスウェル(Ghislaine Maxwell)容疑者(58)が2日、米国で逮捕され、同被告に少女らをあっせんしたとして起訴された。
 元英新聞王ロバート・マックスウェル(Robert Maxwell)氏の娘であるマックスウェル被告は、昨年夏にエプスタイン被告が自殺して以降、行方がわからなくなっていた。米連邦捜査局(FBI)ボストン支局はAFPの取材に対し、マックスウェル被告を2日午前8時半、米東部ニューハンプシャー州ブラッドフォード(Bradford)で逮捕したと説明。

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News Headlines - 02 July 2020

Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech shows positive results - STAT

An experimental Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the drug giant Pfizer and the biotech firm BioNTech spurred immune responses in healthy patients, but also caused fever and other side effects, especially at higher doses.
The first clinical data on the vaccine were disclosed Wednesday in a paper released on medRXiv, a preprint server, meaning it has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a journal... The study randomly assigned 45 patients to get one of three doses of the vaccine or placebo. Twelve received a 10-microgram dose, 12 a 30-microgram dose, 12 a 100-microgram dose, and nine a placebo. The 100-microgram dose caused fevers in half of patients; a second dose was not given at that level.

Russian Cosmonaut Votes on Putin's Reforms From ISS - The Moscow Times

Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin became the first person to vote online from the International Space Station on Tuesday, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos announced.
The 51-year-old cosmonaut, who came aboard the ISS in April, cast his ballot as part of a weeklong vote to approve constitutional reforms that could extend President Vladimir Putin's rule, Roscosmos said.

Airbus shedding 15,000 jobs, mostly in Europe

Battered by the coronavirus pandemic, European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday that it must eliminate 15,000 jobs, mostly in Europe, to safeguard its future and warned of more thin years ahead... No later than the summer of 2021, Airbus wants to shed 5,000 workers in France, 5,100 in Germany, 1,700 in Britain, 900 in Spain and 1,300 others at facilities elsewhere. The total of 15,000 is more than 10% of its global workforce of 135,000 people.

Watch children interrupt live BBC, Sky News interviews

Two live home interviews on BBC and Sky News in England had adorable interruptions on the same day.

McLaren F1 team reveals tweaked #WeRaceAsOne livery with 'End Racism' messaging - Autosport

The McLaren Formula 1 team has tweaked its MCL35 livery ahead of this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, as part of the championship's campaign to fight COVID-19 and tackle inequality.
Last week, McLaren pledged its support to Formula 1's #WeRaceAsOne campaign, which aims to raise money for charities around the world who are fighting against COVID-19, while also recognising frontline workers who are tackling the pandemic and encouraging more diversity within the championship.

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ドイツ “消費税”引き下げ始まる 新型コロナ対策 | NHKニュース


レジ袋 欧米は再び無料化の動き 新型コロナ感染対策で | NHKニュース


ロシア改憲投票、賛成約8割 プーチン大統領の2036年まで続投に道 - ロイター


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News Headlines - 01 July 2020

Hong Kong police arrest more than 300 protesting China's 'birthday gift' of security law - Reuters

Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent.
Beijing unveiled the details of the much-anticipated law late on Tuesday after weeks of uncertainty, pushing China’s freest city and one of the world’s most glittering financial hubs on to a more authoritarian path.

Japanese Prosecutor-General Inada to Step Down - JIJI PRESS

Japanese Prosecutor-General Nobuo Inada is expected to step down by the end of July, informed sources said Tuesday.
Makoto Hayashi, 62, superintending prosecutor at the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, is likely to replace Inada, 63, the sources said.
Hayashi took the current post only in May to succeed Hiromu Kurokawa, 63, who resigned for playing mahjong for money during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hokkaido Univ. President Nawa Sacked - JIJI PRESS

Japanese education minister Koichi Hagiuda dismissed Hokkaido University President Toyoharu Nawa on Tuesday.
In July 2019, the university's council to select the president filed the request with the education minister to fire Nawa over his power harassment, or abuse of authority at workplace.
Nawa, 66, became the first sacked national university corporation president since national universities in the country turned into independent administrative entities in 2004.

Osaka U. president slams name picked for public university opening in city in 2022 - The Mainichi

The operator of both Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University in western Japan on June 26 announced a new public university combining the two institutions would be named the "University of Osaka" -- a move drawing fire from the president of the similarly named Osaka University... After the name was announced, Osaka University President Shojiro Nishio released a statement on the university website pointing out that the English version of the new university's name was "remarkably similar" to that of Osaka University, adding, "It will cause confusion among our students, and work as a great obstacle for the future of both universities, which are reaching out to the world."

Japan's jobless rate rises to 2.9% in May: government - Reuters

Japan’s jobless rate rose and the availability of jobs fell in May, government data showed on Tuesday.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9% in May, up from 2.6% in April, figures from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed... The jobs-to-applicants ratio fell to 1.20 in May from 1.32 in April, marking the lowest reading since July 2015, labour ministry data showed.

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アイルランド新政権が発足 4カ月の政治空白に終止符:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


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NYタイムズ、アップルニュースから撤退 独自戦略で契約者1000万人目指す - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


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薬丸裕英の次男・隼人氏、デュッセルドルフのフロント入り― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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