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Japan: Fumio Kishida wins race to become next prime minister

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) elected former top diplomat Fumio Kishida as its new leader on Wednesday after a tightly contested race, taking him one step closer to becoming the nation’s next prime minister. Kishida is widely expected to take the reins of the world’s third-largest economy once Parliament convenes in October, succeeding outgoing […]

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Loose turtle on Tokyo airport runway prevents flights from taking off

A loose turtle on the runway of Tokyo International Airport prevented aircrafts from taking off for a short time. Staff at Narita Airport said that a pilot spotted the turtle on a runway at around 11:30am on Friday. One of the air hub’s two runways was shut down for about 10 minutes. Five departing flights […]

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Japanese Princess to forego one-off million-dollar payment to wed commoner college classmate

Japan’s Princess Mako is set to forego a one-off million-dollar payment for giving up her royal status to wed a college classmate, local media said, clearing the way for a marriage delayed for years by controversy over her fianc√©. The 29-year-old granddaughter of then-Emperor Akihito and her former college classmate, Kei Komuro, announced their engagement […]

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to step down, won’t run for party leader: Report

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will step down, Kyodo news reported on Friday. He would also not run in a ruling party leader race in September, setting the stage for his replacement after just one year in office. Suga, who took over after Shinzo Abe resigned last September, citing ill health, has seen his support […]

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Toyota resumes operations of driverless vehicles at Olympic Village days after accident

Toyota restarted operations of its autonomous vehicles at the Paralympic Games village in Tokyo following an accident. Services of the e-Palette pods were halted after a vehicle hit a visually impaired athlete last week. The athlete was not seriously injured, but he had to pull out of an event because of cuts and bruises. The […]

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Toyota self-driving vehicle collides with Paralympics Games athlete at Olympic Village

A self-driving Toyota vehicle was barely moving, but it still managed to collide with a visually-impaired athlete at the Paralympic Games, raising potential concerns about the limitations of autonomous driving technology. Toyota’s CEO apologized after one of the company’s self-driving vehicles hit the athlete while driving at 1 to 2 kilometers per hour around the […]

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Afghanistan flag held high at Paralympics opening ceremony in act of ‘solidarity and peace’

The flag of Afghanistan was used as a symbol of “solidarity and peace” as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games kicked off on Tuesday night in Japan. The 16th Summer Paralympics, delayed by a year due to the pandemic will take place amid Japan’s worst outbreak of Covid-19, with spectators banned from the majority of events […]

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Japanese crypto exchange hit by hackers, nearly $100 million stolen

Liquid, a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange company was hit by hackers, with almost $100 million stolen. The firm said some of its digital currency wallets were “compromised.” This is the second major theft of cryptocurrencies to take place in recent days.¬†Last week, digital token platform Poly Network was at the centre of a $600 million heist. […]

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Japanese Formula One Grand Prix cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

The 2021 Japanese Formula One Grand Prix has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic for the second successive year, race organizers said on Wednesday. The cancellation of the race, scheduled for the weekend of October 8-10 at the Suzuka circuit, follows the abandonment of Singapore’s October 1-3 night race. “Following ongoing discussions with the […]

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Maki Kaji: ‘Godfather of Sudoku’ has died aged 69

Maki Kaji, the Japanese man known as the “Godfather of Sudoku”, has died at the age of 69. Kaji gave the number puzzle its name after publishing it in his magazine Nikoli in the 1980s. Since then the popular game has spread around the world. Tournaments take place across the world and it is estimated […]

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Kaley Cuoco: The Big Bang Theory star offers to buy horse punched at Tokyo Olympics

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has offered to buy the horse at the centre of a controversy coming out of the modern pentathlon during the Olympics last week. Olympic watchers and animal lovers across the world were stunned when German coach Kim Raisner was booted out of the Games for punching the horse […]

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‘Rules are rules’: Australian Olympians face 28-day quarantine after returning from Tokyo Games

Australian Olympians are having to quarantine for 28 days after returning to their country from Tokyo have been described as “cruel”. Athletes returning via Sydney to the state of South Australia are facing an extra two-week quarantine. That is on top of the two weeks already required for all overseas arrivals. The AOC said: “While […]