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Japan’s Supreme Court upholds death sentence of 74-year-old serial killed dubbed as ‘Black Widow’

The Supreme Court of Japan upheld a death sentence given to a 74-year-old serial killer, known as the “Black Widow,” for the murder of three men, including her husband, and the attempted murder of a fourth. Chisako Kakehi, reportedly received large insurance payouts after poisoning her victims with cyanide, NHK reported. Kakehi was sentenced to […]

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Ugandan Olympic coach tests positive for Covid after arriving in Japan

A member of Uganda’s Olympic team tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan after getting AstraZeneca’s vaccine and testing negative at home. It’s the first detection of the virus in incoming athletes five weeks ahead of the games. The member who tested positive was denied entry into the country and was instead sent to a government-run […]

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Coronavirus surge in Japan’s Osaka city pushes the health system towards collapsing

Japan’s second-largest city of Osaka is buckling under a wave of coronavirus cases, running out of beds and ventilators as exhausted doctors warn of a “system collapse” and advise against going ahead with the Olympics this summer. The speed at which Osaka’s healthcare system has been overwhelmed underscores the challenges of hosting a key global […]

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Scientists drill 8,023-metre deep hole off Japan to study history of earthquakes in the region

Japan is hit by an average of 1,500 earthquakes each year. Now to study the history of the earthquakes in the region, scientists drilled the deepest hole in the seabed of the Pacific Ocean near the Japan Trench on May 14. The crew of Expedition 386 drilled 8,023 metres deep into the Pacific Ocean, breaking […]

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: World’s oldest person pulls out of torch relay over spreading Covid-19

The world’s oldest person has withdrawn from the Olympic torch relay, saying she’s worried about spreading Covid-19 to others in her nursing home. Kane Tanaka, 118, was supposed to take part in the relay for Tokyo 2020 in Fukuoka, southern Japan, on 11 May. The relay, which began in March, has been hit by a […]

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2021 Tokyo Motor Show cancelled for the first time in 67 years amid pandemic

The Tokyo Motor Show was cancelled for the first time in its 67-year history due to rising coronavirus cases. The cancellation of the event comes even as the organisers of the Summer Olympics push ahead with their plans. It comes as Japan is expected to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two […]

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Japanese excavators unearth more than 1,500 human bones dating back to the 19th century

An excavation in the Japanese city of Osaka has unearthed more than 1,500 human bones at what is thought to be a burial site dating back some 160 years. The site, dubbed the “Umeda Tomb”, is believed to be one of seven historical gravesites from the late Edo and early Meiji periods around the 1850s […]