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Right-wing alliance critical of EU set to win Italy electionsRight-wing alliance critical of EU set to win Italy elections A right-wing alliance is projected to win a majority in Italy's parliament following Sunday's elections. Analysts say a victory by a bloc critical of the EU could affect EU unity on the Ukrainian situation and other issues. With vote-counting underway, the interior ministry says Giorgia Meloni's far-right Brothers of Italy party was leading with 26.45 percent of lower house votes as of early Monday morning. Her alliance also includes former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's Lea...  Mon, 26 Sep 2022 05:10:00 GMT
Thousands of cat figurines beckon visitors to Ise, JapanThousands of cat figurines beckon visitors to Ise, Japan A city in central Japan is counting on a well-known figure of a friendly cat to attract visitors. Ise holds an annual event at the Okage Yokocho shopping alley near the city's famous shrine. On display are about 5,000 of the figurines, called "Maneki-neko." They are the work of about 40 artists. Maneki-neko first appeared during Japan's Edo era, about 150 years ago. Cats with their right paw raised are said to bring financial luck. The left paw up is to invite people.  Mon, 26 Sep 2022 04:21:00 GMT
Kishida to meet foreign dignitaries visiting Japan for Abe's state funeralKishida to meet foreign dignitaries visiting Japan for Abe's state funeral Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is holding a series of separate talks with foreign dignitaries visiting Japan for Tuesday's state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. About 40 meetings are scheduled over the three days through Wednesday. On Monday, Kishida will meet more than 10 dignitaries, including US Vice President Kamala Harris and Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc. A dinner with Harris is also planned. Kishida will meet Indian Prime ...  Mon, 26 Sep 2022 03:12:34 GMT
Fireworks, drones show held at 2025 Expo site in OsakaFireworks, drones show held at 2025 Expo site in Osaka Hundreds of drones and tens of thousands of fireworks illuminated the night sky on Sunday at the 2025 World Expo site in Osaka, western Japan. About 15,000 people visited Yumeshima, a man-made island in Osaka's Konohana Ward, for the event designed to boost momentum for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan. Just before 7 p.m., 800 drones appeared in the sky, where they drew an image of the Expo's official character, Myaku-Myaku, as well as the Expo title written in Japanese. That wa...  Mon, 26 Sep 2022 03:05:00 GMT
France's TotalEnergies to invest $1.5 bil. in Qatari LNGFrance's TotalEnergies to invest $1.5 bil. in Qatari LNG French energy giant TotalEnergies is boosting its investments in Qatar, seeking more natural gas as Europe tries to reduce its dependence on Russian resources. Total announced over the weekend that it's investing about 1.5 billion dollars for a 9.3-percent stake in phase two of the North Field liquefied natural gas project. The project aims to produce up to 16 million tons of LNG a year from Qatar's northern coast. The French company is already a partner in phase one. Qatar ...  Mon, 26 Sep 2022 03:02:00 GMT
Food makers cut prices, portions for inflation-hit householdsFood makers cut prices, portions for inflation-hit households Food makers in Japan are responding to rising consumer inflation by offering new, low-priced products. Nisshin Seifun Welna is reducing the sizes of some items. These include pasta and flour mixes for "okonomiyaki" pancakes and "takoyaki" octopus balls. The major milling firm says the smaller portions are easier on household budgets and help reduce waste. Company president Koike Yuji says consumers are not only becoming thriftier but their needs are growing more diverse...  Mon, 26 Sep 2022 02:17:55 GMT
Protests against mobilization continue across RussiaProtests against mobilization continue across Russia Russian protests continued across the country against a partial mobilization of reservists announced by President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Videos posted on social media show people confronting police in Makhachkala in the southern republic of Dagestan on Sunday. The protesters include women chanting "no to war" and "no to mobilization." Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that security authorities fired shots into the air to disperse protesters after they blocked a road in a villag...  Mon, 26 Sep 2022 01:54:00 GMT
US official: 'Catastrophic' consequences if Russia uses nuclear weaponsUS official: 'Catastrophic' consequences if Russia uses nuclear weapons A senior US security official has warned of catastrophic consequences should Russia use nuclear weapons in its military operations in Ukraine. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told ABC News on Sunday that Moscow's nuclear threat has not and will not deter the United States from helping the Ukrainians defend their country. Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized Western nations for providing military assistance to Ukraine, and signaled the possibility ...  Mon, 26 Sep 2022 01:09:00 GMT
Pakistan begins restoration of Mohenjo Daro ruins damaged by heavy rainPakistan begins restoration of Mohenjo Daro ruins damaged by heavy rain In flood-stricken Pakistan, restoration work is now underway at the ancient ruins of Mohenjo Daro, which were damaged by record rain. The archaeological site in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh is believed to have been built about 4,500 years ago. It's ruins of an ancient city of brick structures representing the Indus civilization. Mohenjo Daro is also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heavy rain since June has killed more than 1,600 people ...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 22:55:00 GMT
Italy begins vote counting for elections; Right-wing alliance could win majorityItaly begins vote counting for elections; Right-wing alliance could win majority Italian state broadcaster RAI reports that their exit poll shows a right-wing alliance won between 41% and 45% of the vote in the country's national election. That's enough to guarantee control of both houses of parliament. The poll and other surveys boosted the prospect of Giorgia Meloni becoming Italy's first female prime minister. She caused controversy when she promoted a slogan used in the era of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. She has also repeatedly criticize...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 22:23:00 GMT
Japan expands simplified coronavirus infection reporting system nationwideJapan expands simplified coronavirus infection reporting system nationwide Japan on Monday expands a simplified system for reporting coronavirus cases to cover medical institutions across the country in order to reduce their burden. The conventional reporting system required the facilities to enter the records of all infected people they have identified into a state-run computer network. But under the simplified system, they only need to report the details of patients at high risk of becoming seriously ill, such as people aged 65 or above,...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 18:06:00 GMT
Iran oil minister: Tehran to boost energy ties with friendly nationsIran oil minister: Tehran to boost energy ties with friendly nations Iran's oil minister has indicated that Tehran will boost energy relations with friendly nations, such as China and Russia, amid economic sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. Javad Owji held an interview with NHK in Tokyo on Sunday. He is in Japan to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Negotiations between Iran and the United States for salvaging a 2015 nuclear agreement remain stalled, with no prospect in sight for lifting the s...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 18:02:00 GMT
US-S.Korea to stage joint military drills with nuclear-powered US carrierUS-S.Korea to stage joint military drills with nuclear-powered US carrier The United States and South Korea are set to begin joint military exercises in the Sea of Japan on Monday, with the participation of a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier. The drills, involving a strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan, will continue through Thursday. The US highlighted the carrier's deployment near the Korean Peninsula as part of its efforts to boost deterrence against North Korea in a meeting of senior foreign and defense officials from Washingto...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 18:01:00 GMT
Tight security in Tokyo as foreign dignitaries arrive for Abe's state funeralTight security in Tokyo as foreign dignitaries arrive for Abe's state funeral Tokyo police have tightened security as many foreign dignitaries are arriving in Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday. Roughly 20,000 police officers will be deployed to ramp up security for the funeral at Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo. About 4,300 people are expected to attend the ceremony. Some 700 of them will be government officials and other dignitaries from overseas and ambassadors based in Tokyo. Japan...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 12:51:00 GMT
Japan-S.Korea cultural exchange festival held in SeoulJapan-S.Korea cultural exchange festival held in Seoul A Japan-South Korea cultural exchange festival has taken place in Seoul, welcoming people back for the first time in three years. The festival is held annually by an organizing committee that includes Japanese and South Korean businesses. Sunday's event was made possible because coronavirus restrictions, such as a cap on the number of people at events, were scrapped in Seoul. A similar festival in Tokyo on Saturday was streamed to prevent the spread of the virus. Japanese Amba...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 12:17:00 GMT
Rightwing alliance could secure majority in Italian electionsRightwing alliance could secure majority in Italian elections Voters in Italy are casting ballots in parliamentary elections that could result in a rightwing alliance gaining a majority. Voting began at more than 60,000 polling stations at 7 a.m. on Sunday, with 400 seats in the lower house and 200 in the upper house up for grabs. The rightwing alliance is led by Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy party. Left-leaning forces include Enrico Letta's Democratic Party and Giuseppe Conte's 5-Star Movement. Opinion polls suggested earlie...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 11:34:00 GMT
Tokyo reports 5,621 new coronavirus cases on SundayTokyo reports 5,621 new coronavirus cases on Sunday Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials say they confirmed 5,621 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday. That's down 2,456 from a week ago. The seven-day average through Sunday is 5,972.4, or 71.3 percent of the figure for the preceding week. Nine people died after contracting the virus. The number of patients with serious COVID-19 symptoms who are using ventilators or ECMO heart-lung machines rose to 16, up one from Saturday. As of 6 p.m. on Sunday, officials had counte...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 11:27:00 GMT
List compiled of Japanese Americans incarcerated in US during WW2List compiled of Japanese Americans incarcerated in US during WW2 Researchers have compiled a list of more than 125,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were incarcerated in the United States as hostile aliens during World War Two. About 500 people attended a ceremony to store the book of names at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on Saturday. The "Ireicho" book contains the names of all those who were held in 75 internment camps across the United States. Relatives helped to confirm the information in declassified govern...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 10:10:00 GMT
Rank-and-filer Tamawashi wins autumn sumo tournamentRank-and-filer Tamawashi wins autumn sumo tournament Mongolian-born Tamawashi has won the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Entering the final day on Sunday, Tamawashi was leading with two losses. The rank-and-filer faced Takayasu. Tamawashi beat Takayasu with a frontal push-out to clinch his second title. Tamawashi also defeated Yokozuna Grand Champion Terunofuji and all three second-ranked Ozeki wrestlers. He thanked everyone for supporting him and said he tried to wrestle in his own style no matter what. Tamawashi...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 09:52:00 GMT
Protests against mobilization continue in RussiaProtests against mobilization continue in Russia A Russian human rights group says more than 2,000 protesters against the mobilization of reservists into the military have been detained since Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization on that day after Russian forces faced counteroffensives in eastern and southern Ukraine. Civilians are being drafted across Russia. The country's independent media say one million people may be mobilized, significantly more than the 300,000 indicated by the defense ministry. In a...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 08:40:00 GMT
Expert explains why the new Beatles footage is a big dealExpert explains why the new Beatles footage is a big deal New footage of the Beatles contains never-before-seen images from the final performance of their 1966 visit to Japan. The Beatles performed five times at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo over three days from June 30 to July 2. The second performance, a matinee on July 1, was broadcast on TV later in the day. The first performance on June 30 was also aired later and released as a video. Omura Toru, who is well-versed in the Beatle's visit, says at the time, the band had lost its enth...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 06:27:00 GMT
N.Korea launches short-range ballistic missileN.Korea launches short-range ballistic missile South Korea's military says Sunday's missile launch by North Korea could have been provoked by joint drills it plans to hold with the US. South Korean military officials announced that North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan at around 6:53 AM Sunday. The officials say the missile was fired from near the Taechon area of North Phyongan Province in the country's northwest. They say the missile traveled about 600 kilometers, reaching an altitude of abo...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 06:01:00 GMT
New footage of Beatles' 1966 visit to Japan made publicNew footage of Beatles' 1966 visit to Japan made public New footage of the Beatles has been made public in Japan. The footage captured scenes of intense police security when the Fab Four visited Japan to perform in more than 55 years ago. Some contained never-before-seen footage. The video was released in July to a nonprofit organization, which made an information disclosure request to the Metropolitan Police Department in 2015. The faces of people other than the Beatles are blurred to protect their privacy. The black-and-white, s...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 05:17:00 GMT
Trudeau to skip Abe's state funeralTrudeau to skip Abe's state funeral Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that he will not be attending the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Trudeau said he will instead stay in Canada to respond to the devastation caused by powerful storm Fiona. Prime Minister Trudeau was the only incumbent G7 leader scheduled to attend the state funeral which is to be held on Tuesday. Trudeau said he is committed to support the people affected by the storm. Former Prime Minister Abe was fatally shot in J...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 05:03:00 GMT
41 dead as protests continue in Iran41 dead as protests continue in Iran Unrest continues in Iran a week after protests spread across the country following the death of a young woman who was arrested over how she wore her headscarf, or hijab. State-run television says 41 people have died in clashes between demonstrators and security forces. Twenty-two-year-old Mahsa Amini died on September 16 after she was detained for allegedly wearing her headscarf "improperly." Police say she died of a heart attack, but protesters believe she was beaten by police. In Iran, it is mandatory...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 04:16:00 GMT
India is for peace, foreign minister underscoresIndia is for peace, foreign minister underscores India's External Affair's Minister has told the UN General Assembly that when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine, India is on the side of peace. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Saturday that the answer is straight and honest when asked whose side India is on. He added that India is on the side that respects the UN Charter and calls for dialogue and diplomacy. India has a long and strong relationship with Russia especially in the military and economic fields. It has repeate...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 02:38:00 GMT
S.Korea: North launched ballistic missileS.Korea: North launched ballistic missile South Korean military officials announced that North Korea launched a short range ballistic missile on Sunday morning. South Korea's military officials said the short range missile was launched toward the Sea of Japan at around 6:53 AM on Sunday from near the Taechon area of North Phyongan Province in the country's northwest. Japanese Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu said that if the missile reached an altitude of about 50 kilometers and travelled around 400 kilometers along the usual trajectory, i...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 02:33:00 GMT
Russia introduces harsh punishments for deserters and draft evadersRussia introduces harsh punishments for deserters and draft evaders Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed amendments which impose tougher penalties for desertion and draft evasion. Those who refuse to be conscripted, flee from the military, disobey or resist orders will be punished with up to 15 years of imprisonment. The amendments apply during wartime, martial law, and mobilization. With the amendments, the punishments apply to both mobilized reservists and professional soldiers. The Russian military is said to fa...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 01:59:00 GMT
S.Korea: North may have lauched ballistic missileS.Korea: North may have lauched ballistic missile South Korean military officials announced that North Korea launched a short range ballistic missile on Sunday. The officials say they are working quickly with the US military to gather information. Japanese coast guard officials told NHK that what appeared to be a ballistic missile may have landed outside Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone. Coast guard authorities say there have been no reports of damage to Japanese ships. Sunday's launch is the latest in a string of North Korean miss...  Sun, 25 Sep 2022 00:10:00 GMT
Japan: N.Korea may have launched ballistic missileJapan: N.Korea may have launched ballistic missile Japanese Defense Ministry officials say North Korea may have launched a ballistic missile on Sunday. The officials tell NHK the projectile may have landed outside Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone. Coast guard authorities say no damage to Japanese ships has been reported.  Sat, 24 Sep 2022 22:52:00 GMT