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The Japan Times is Japan's largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper. It is published by The Japan Times, Ltd. (株式会社ジャパンタイムズ, Kabushiki gaisha Japan Taimuzu), a subsidiary of News2u Holdings, Inc.. It is headquartered in the Kioicho Building (紀尾井町ビル, Kioicho Biru) in Kioicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo.Source
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Insects: The future of food?

Insects: The future of food?

Ellie Inc.’s cheeseburger looks just like the real deal. So does the hearty bowl of minestrone and the chiffon cake with whipped cream advertised on the company’s website. They apparently taste like the real thing, too, except for hints of a nutty, sweet flavor characteristic of one of their ingredients — silkworms.The products developed by the startup under the firm’s Silk Food banner contain edible sericulture insects and are marketed as a high-protein, low-cost alternative and sustainable food source. And there’s more on the menu: The firm has produced Italian, sesame and Caesar salad...

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Japan says COVID-19 vaccines not a prerequisite for Tokyo Olympics

Japan says COVID-19 vaccines not a prerequisite for Tokyo Olympics

The top government spokesman said Tuesday that the widespread distribution of coronavirus vaccines is not a prerequisite for going ahead with this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.“We are considering comprehensive measures to hold a safe and secure games, even without making vaccines a condition,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s administration has remained adamant that the Olympics and Paralympics, postponed last year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, will be held from late July through early September, despite public...

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Donald Trump: From the American dream to American nightmare

Donald Trump: From the American dream to American nightmare

When Donald Trump looks down for the last time from his helicopter over the White House lawn on Wednesday, the wreckage of his presidency will be inescapable.The showman with the dyed blond hair, fake tan and a knack for connecting with crowds took office four years ago, making the startling promise in his inaugural speech that he would end “American carnage.”But Trump, who promoted himself as a one-off “genius,” able to do what no other president could, turned out to be the one leaving carnage.From Marine One, 74-year-old Trump will witness a capital turned into an armed camp in the wake...

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Japan's foreign minister raps South Korea 'comfort women' ruling as 'abnormal'

Japan's foreign minister raps South Korea 'comfort women' ruling as 'abnormal'

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi criticized Monday a recent South Korean court ruling ordering the Japanese government to pay damages to former “comfort women” — women who suffered under Japan’s military brothel system before and during World War II — saying it has created an “abnormal” situation.“I will continue to strongly demand an appropriate response by the South Korean side,” Motegi said in a speech at the start of this year’s regular Diet session. The ruling over the women has reignited bilateral tensions over wartime labor compensation and trade issues.The Seoul Central District...

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Student refusing to cover nose with mask booted from university exams in Japan

Student refusing to cover nose with mask booted from university exams in Japan

A student taking the standardized university entrance exams was disqualified Saturday for refusing to cover their nose with a face mask in violation of rules set by the exam operator to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The operator said Sunday the test-taker in Tokyo disobeyed exam supervisors’ instructions to cover their nose, despite being told to do so seven times in total. It did not disclose the student’s gender or age and said the reason for the student’s refusal was unknown.The National Center for University Entrance Examinations has said on its website and leaflets for students...

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Japanese scientists discover medical agent that could slow aging-related diseases

Japanese scientists discover medical agent that could slow aging-related diseases

A Japanese research team has discovered a medical agent capable of only removing senescent cells, which can cause aging-related diseases such as arteriosclerosis and diabetes.The team, including researchers from the University of Tokyo, Niigata University and Kyushu University, succeeded in improving symptoms of such diseases in mice through the use of the medical agent.The discovery is expected to help improve the treatment and prevention of such age-associated diseases.A paper about the finding was on Friday.When cells come under stress they transform into senescent cells and accumulate...

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Some rightwing groups warning their members away from protests

Some rightwing groups warning their members away from protests

Some U.S. far-right groups are warning members to avoid the armed rallies planned before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, alleging that the federal government or rivals may be seeking to incite them to violence and entrap them.“Groups would love for us to show up and get violent in order to push their own agenda — whether it be a crackdown on militias, gun legislation or something else to charge Donald Trump with in this farce of an impeachment,” said Michael Lackomar, one of the 217 members of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia.He said his group has reversed plans to air...

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Japanese team develops cancer detector using mosquito's sense of smell

Japanese team develops cancer detector using mosquito's sense of smell

A Japanese research team has developed a small sensor to detect an odor substance found in the breath of cancer sufferers using mosquito olfactory receptors.A paper about the development has been published in the U.S. journal Science Advances.The team, led mainly by University of Tokyo Professor Shoji Takeuchi, aims to put the sensor, which can be created at low cost and is said to be highly accurate, to practical use within as little time as 10 years.The antennae of a mosquito have about 100 kinds of odorant receptors, each designed to detect a specific odor substance. The receptors are...

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Japan hails U.K. plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia

Japan hails U.K. plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Thursday welcomed Britain’s plan to dispatch an aircraft carrier strike group to waters in the western Pacific amid China’s growing maritime assertiveness.During a video conference with his British counterpart Ben Wallace, Kishi said Japan will work closely with the country for the dispatch of the strike group, centered on the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth, according to the Defense Ministry.The carrier, commissioned in 2017, is Britain’s largest warship, weighing 65,000 tons and measuring 280 meters in length. It is expected to carry out joint exercises...

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More than 6,000 coronavirus patients in Tokyo had no place to stay

More than 6,000 coronavirus patients in Tokyo had no place to stay

The number of people in Tokyo who were unable to find hospitals or other facilities for treatment after testing positive for the novel coronavirus totaled more than 6,000 as of Saturday, a health ministry panel of experts said Wednesday.The figure had almost doubled from a week before, according to the panel. In more and more areas where infections are surging, local authorities are struggling to get coronavirus patients into hospitals or other facilities, the panel said, adding that it is increasingly difficult to balance the treatment of coronavirus patients with patients with other...

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Basic income proposal by influential Suga adviser hard to sell in Japan

Basic income proposal by influential Suga adviser hard to sell in Japan

The idea of Japan introducing a universal basic income, recently floated by one of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s economic advisers, has caught the eye at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is stirring worries about job security and social inequality.In the past, some opposition parties have pledged to study fixed cash payments for low-income individuals, but economists say the public is paying more attention this time as the proposal came from Heizo Takenaka, a member of the Suga administration’s growth strategy panel.Takenaka’s call for a universal basic income in media interviews also...

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Jan 9
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Japan says it's working to isolate and analyze new virus variant

Japan says it's working to isolate and analyze new virus variant

Japan is working to isolate and analyze a new variant of the coronavirus detected in four people who arrived from Brazil, a health ministry official said Tuesday.Japan announced the detection of the new variant on Sunday, but officials have been at pains to emphasize there is no evidence yet that it is any more transmissible or dangerous than others."In order to further analyze the variant, we need to isolate it first," a health ministry official said."It's hard to say right now when we can release the details," he said, adding the process could take weeks or months.The variant was found in...

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The West should envy Japan’s COVID-19 response

The West should envy Japan’s COVID-19 response

On Jan. 1, the world total of coronavirus cases was 83,748,593 and deaths 1,824,140. Japan’s corresponding figures were 230,304 and 3,414. Unusually, in Japan the disease killed more people in autumn-winter than spring. Still, for balance and perspective it’s worth noting that more Japanese died from 25 other causes in 2020. COVID-19 accounted for only 0.3% of all deaths. There were seven times as many suicides and 40 times as many flu and pneumonia deaths. Japan was also one of the few countries without excess mortality caused by COVID-19.Japan attracted world notice for neither imposing a...

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Jan 10
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U.K. finds Japanese arthritis drug is effective for COVID-19 treatment

U.K. finds Japanese arthritis drug is effective for COVID-19 treatment

The British government said Thursday that two arthritis drugs, including one developed in Japan, are effective in treating patients with COVID-19.In clinical trials funded by the government, the risk of death dropped by 24% for COVID-19 patients treated with the two drugs — tocilizumab and sarilumab — within 24 hours of being taken to intensive care units, it said, adding that the drugs can also shorten the period of hospitalization of patients by seven to 10 days.The government said that the drugs will be administered to COVID-19 patients in ICUs across Britain from Friday.Tocilizumab was...

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Overloaded hospitals: 'Medical care system is already in a state of collapse'

Overloaded hospitals: 'Medical care system is already in a state of collapse'

Medical facilities across Japan are struggling to cope with the recent surge in novel coronavirus infections, leaving the medical care system in many areas on the brink of collapse.With the third wave of COVID-19 cases showing no sign of abating, some hospitals have already been forced to turn patients away or postpone stays, while others are hoping the state of emergency declared Thursday for Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures will reduce numbers in time for them to avoid similar measures.The monthlong emergency was declared by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga the same day the capital...

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Over 80,000 in Japan lost work due to pandemic, labor ministry data shows

Over 80,000 in Japan lost work due to pandemic, labor ministry data shows

Over 80,000 people have been dismissed or seen their employment contracts terminated rather than renewed in Japan for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic since it began, the labor ministry said Thursday.Job insecurity is likely to spread further, with cases of the disease soaring across the nation. The government was set to declare a fresh state of emergency for Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa later in the day.The number of people who were dismissed or saw their contracts not renewed, including those who had expected that to be the case,...

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Coronavirus emergency declared for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba

Coronavirus emergency declared for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday declared a second, albeit less comprehensive, state of emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has stretched parts of the nation’s health care system to breaking point.“I’m highly alarmed by the severe situation nationwide recently … as the number of patients has been extremely high,” Suga said at a government task force meeting, adding the Go To Travel domestic tourism program will be suspended while the state of emergency is in effect.The restrictions will enter into force Friday...

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Satoshi Sugiyama
Jan 7
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Japan and Mexico agree to expand membership of TPP free trade pact

Japan and Mexico agree to expand membership of TPP free trade pact

The Japanese and Mexican foreign ministers agreed Tuesday to coordinate on the steady enforcement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and expand the 11-party free trade agreement’s membership.During their meeting in Mexico, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told his counterpart Marcelo Ebrard that Japan wants to closely cooperate to maintain and strengthen the free and open economic framework, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.Japan, which succeeded Mexico this year as chair of the regional FTA, formally called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, is...

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People changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan

People changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan

A total of 948 people changed their officially registered gender in Japan in 2019, the highest number since a law was enforced more than a decade ago as part of efforts to protect the rights of transgender people, a judicial survey showed Sunday.The trend reflects widespread public awareness of those with gender identity disorder and the law, experts say. But they also warn that the environment surrounding such people has not improved significantly, citing strict conditions for them to apply to change their sex in family registries.The number of people who altered their gender under the law...

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Japanese government doubts effectiveness of any emergency declaration

Japanese government doubts effectiveness of any emergency declaration

Tokyo reported a Sunday record of 816 new COVID-19 cases, broadcaster TBS said, a day after Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and the governors of three neighboring prefectures requested the central government to swiftly declare a state of emergency over the new coronavirus amid a recent surge in new cases.The requests came after the country posted a record 4,520 new coronavirus cases on Thursday as the number of severely ill COVID-19 patients hit a new high of 716, straining the public health system to the brink of collapse in large metropolitan areas.Despite the requests, the central government...

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In New Year's address, Suga vows to contain virus and hold Olympics

In New Year's address, Suga vows to contain virus and hold Olympics

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday said the government will do everything in its power to bring the novel coronavirus under control and pledged to push forward with preparations for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.“The Suga Cabinet firmly promises to protect citizens’ lives and livelihoods, continuing to put all of our energy into preventing the spread of infections and reviving the economy,” the prime minister said in his New Year’s address.Calling the pandemic an “unprecedented national crisis,” Suga thanked front-line health care workers for working “day and night” to...

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Tokyo overshoots daily record by 40% with 1,337 COVID-19 cases

Tokyo overshoots daily record by 40% with 1,337 COVID-19 cases

Tokyo’s daily COVID-19 cases surged to a record 1,337 Thursday, the metropolitan government said, as the nationwide tally eclipsed 4,000 for the first time.The nationwide figure was at 4,515 as of 7 p.m. Thursday, public broadcaster NHK reported, with single-day records set in Fukuoka, Saitama and Chiba prefectures.Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has warned that holiday shopping is apparently leading to bigger crowds, and repeated her plea for residents to stay home during the holidays.“I want to emphasis again that there is no New Year holidays for the coronavirus,” Koike said Thursday. “I urge...

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Japan gave key intel on China's Uighur crackdown to U.S. and Britain

Japan gave key intel on China's Uighur crackdown to U.S. and Britain

Japan provided intelligence to the United States and Britain last year showing evidence of China's forceful detainment of the Muslim Uighur minority on condition of keeping the source confidential, a person close to Japan-U.S. relations said Monday.Based on the information, the United States stepped up criticism against China's alleged crackdown on Uighurs in the Xinjiang autonomous region, the source said.The move shows Japan has already been sharing key intelligence with partners behind the scenes amid calls within the government to join the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing alliance to...

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Dec 29
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Trump leaves a mess behind at NASA

Trump leaves a mess behind at NASA

Donald Trump badly wanted to be the president who sent Americans back to the moon.Instead, his administration has presided over Artemis, a lunar-landing program plagued by “uncertain plans, unproven cost assumptions, and limited oversight,” according to a new watchdog report. Pieces of the program, including the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft, are billions of dollars over budget, years past deadline and poised to eat into NASA’s more promising projects.As a result, the U.S. space agency will almost certainly miss its goal of landing Americans on the moon again by 2024.President-elect Joe...

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China drops 76ers broadcasts as Hong Kong row rumbles on

China drops 76ers broadcasts as Hong Kong row rumbles on

Chinese streaming giant Tencent has stopped live broadcasts of games by the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers in apparent protest at their new president Daryl Morey, who sparked a row by voicing support for Hong Kong protesters last year.Tencent has been offering text updates only for Sixers games as well as those involving the Houston Rockets, Morey’s former employer. It also refused to screen Rockets games last season.State broadcaster CCTV, which holds China’s exclusive TV rights for the NBA, has not aired any games since the season opened on December 22.Tencent’s refusal to stream Sixers and...

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