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North Korea’s economy is ravaged by sanctions and pandemic isolation. Kim is lashing out.

North Korea’s economy is ravaged by sanctions and pandemic isolation. Kim is lashing out.

ADTOKYO — Kim Jong Un is angry, and he's lashing out.North Korea’s last economic plan failed “tremendously,” he complained. And his inner circle lacked an “innovative viewpoint and clear tactics” in drawing up a new one, Kim told the ruling Workers’ Party last month, yelling and finger-pointing at frightened-looking delegates.His economy minister, appointed in January, has .It’s not altogether surprising. North Korea is suffering its worst slump in more than two decades, experts say. It’s a combination of international sanctions and especially a self-imposed blockade on international trade...

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How the pandemic lifted the lid on the ‘Darwinian world’ of Japan’s sumo

How the pandemic lifted the lid on the ‘Darwinian world’ of Japan’s sumo

ADTOKYO — Japanese sumo wrestler Kotokantetsu was uneasy. Coronavirus was raging through Tokyo and ripping through the sumo wrestling fraternity, whose lives are controlled by trainers and handlers.One wrestler died in May after struggling to get prompt medical attention. At least 23 more have tested positive in recent weeks, including Japan's top wrestler, Hakuko, who was released from hospital earlier this month, according to Kotokantetsu, 22, who underwent a heart operation a few years ago, knew he was in the high-risk category, and asked his “stablemaster” if he could sit out this...

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Contested U.S. election batters America’s global image, but world markets resilient

Contested U.S. election batters America’s global image, but world markets resilient

Stock markets around the world held up on Thursday despite a looming and potentially prolonged legal battle over the results of the U.S. elections. But President Trump’s and unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud have been met with a deep unease globally over what lies ahead for the U.S. political process — with more than a little glee from America’s traditional adversaries.Asian stock markets shrugged off the prospect of a contentious and contested U.S. election result to record further gains on Thursday. But America’s global image as a model for other democracies to emulate has taken...

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