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Fukushima plant chief: No need to extend decommissioning target


The head of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant says there's no need to extend the current target to finish its decommissioning in 30-40 years despite uncertainties about melted fuel inside the plant's three reactors. Ten years after meltdowns of three of its reactors following a massive March 2011 earthquake and… Read


Moderna, Takeda to seek vaccine approval in Japan


U.S. biotechnology firm Moderna Inc is planning to file for the Japanese health ministry's approval of its novel coronavirus vaccine as early as Friday, several people familiar with the matter said. The request would be the third such application for regulatory approval in Japan and will be filed with Takeda… Read


S Korea probes deaths of two who received AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine


South Korean authorities are investigating the deaths of two people, both with pre-existing conditions, who died within days of receiving AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. AstraZeneca said it was aware of the investigation by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), but the safety of the vaccine has been extensively studied… Read


38 killed in violent day of protests against Myanmar coup


Thirty-eight people were killed in Myanmar as the military quelled protests in several towns and cities on Wednesday, the United Nations said, the most violent day since demonstrations against last month's military coup first broke out. Police and soldiers opened fire with live rounds with little warning, witnesses said. The… Read


Police uncover possible plot by militia to breach U.S. Capitol


Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a possible plot by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's victory. The… Read

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

They qualified for Tokyo - then COVID hit. A year later, U.S. marathoners hit their stride


American Aliphine Tuliamuk was about 10 minutes into her victory news conference when the question was posed: Do you have any concern about the coronavirus? It was Feb. 29, 2020 and she had just punched her ticket to the Tokyo Games, winning the United States Women's Olympic Marathon trials in… Read


China says calls for 2022 Winter Olympics boycott doomed to fail


Calls for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on human rights grounds are “doomed to failure,” a Chinese government spokesperson said Wednesday, as lawmakers and political advisers began converging on China's capital for the biggest annual gathering of the political calendar. The spokesperson, Guo Weimin, also denounced speculation… Read


SMFG likely to halt all new lending for coal power, sources say


Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group(SMFG) is likely to halt new financing for any coal-fired power plants, sources close to the matter said, reflecting increasing pressure on Japanese lenders to cut coal funding. While SMFG has said it would not finance new coal-fired power plants in principle, until now it has not… Read


Foreign Ministry official replaces scandal-hit Suga's press officer


The Japanese government appointed Wednesday an experienced press official of the Foreign Ministry as cabinet public relations secretary after her predecessor resigned amid an ethics scandal involving Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's eldest son. Deputy Press Secretary Hikariko Ono, 55, assumed the post vacated by Makiko Yamada, 60, who resigned Monday… Read


Hotel employee arrested for stealing Go To Travel coupons worth ¥1 million


Police in Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of stealing 1,000 coupons worth one million yen from the Go To Travel subsidy campaign, at the hotel where he worked last December. Police said Kouichi Ichikawa was working at the Kurofune Hotel in Shimoda City, where he… Read

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