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Taiwan-Biden ties off to strong start with invite for top diplomat

Asia/Pacific - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 03:47
Taiwan's relationship with its most important global backer has gotten off to a strong start with U.S. President Joe Biden's new administration, after the island's ...

Twitter locks out Chinese Embassy in U.S. over post on Uighurs

Asia/Pacific - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:35
Twitter Inc. has locked the official account for the Chinese Embassy to the U.S. after a post that defended the Beijing government’s policies in the ...

China slaps sanctions on 28 Trump-era officials, including Mike Pompeo

Asia/Pacific - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:48
China said on Wednesday it wanted to cooperate with President Joe Biden's new U.S. administration, while announcing sanctions against "lying and cheating" outgoing Secretary of ...

Suga unlikely to be able to visit Biden in U.S. before spring

News from Japan - 0 sec ago
Japan is most interested in the new administration's policies on China, which recovered from the pandemic quickly and has begun expanding its influence through "vaccine ...

Trump supporters rally in Tokyo against Biden’s inauguration

News from Japan - 0 sec ago
Some Trump fans in Japan are drawn to his hard-line stance against China. Others are part of conservative Christian sects or adherents to QAnon.

Trump-appointed head of Global Media agency resigns at Biden's request

America: CNN - 2 hours 51 min ago
Michael Pack, the controversial Trump-appointed CEO of the US Agency for Global Media, resigned on Wednesday after a request from the Biden administration.

Biden says US is rejoining climate accord

America: CNN - 4 hours 13 min ago
Hours after he was sworn in, President Joe Biden announced the US plans to reenter the Paris climate accord, the landmark international agreement signed in 2015 to limit global warming, in a sign of Biden's urgency to address the climate crisis.

Japan reaches agreement with Pfizer on virus vaccine for 72 million people

News from Japan - 4 hours 58 min ago
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said his government is preparing vaccinations to start by late February.

Japan to use AI for customs procedures, stop drug smuggling

News from Japan - 5 hours 22 min ago
To stop the import of illegal drugs, Japan has already started testing a prototype nuclear quadrupole resonance device that uses AI to check X-rayed items ...

First-ever US youth poet laureate issues a challenge to Americans

America: CNN - 6 hours 15 min ago
Amanda Gorman, the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate, challenged Americans Wednesday to "leave behind a country better than the one we were left" and unify together as she delivered a stirring inauguration poem.

‘Otona no Jijo’: When dinner guests stop being polite and start getting real

Japan: Culture - 6 hours 19 min ago
This remake of Italy’s hit comedy “Perfect Strangers,” convincingly adapts the “party from hell” storyline for local audiences with a more heartwarming, less cynical undertone.

‘I Fell in Love Like a Flower Bouquet’: Millennial romance with a Gen X heart

Japan: Culture - 6 hours 39 min ago
Kasumi Arimura and Masaki Suda star in an entertaining but inauthentic portrait of 2010s romance, penned by veteran TV screenwriter Yuji Sakamoto.

Japan’s vaccine program chief denies reports of May roll-out

News from Japan - 7 hours 8 min ago
"Oh no, NHK, please don't go around making vaccination roll-out schedules like that. It's bogus," administrative reform minister Taro Kono said on Twitter.

Shodai moves into joint lead with Daieisho after dramatic redo

Japan: Sports - 7 hours 26 min ago
Ozeki Shodai moved into a tie for first place Wednesday at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament after the overnight leader, No. 1 maegashira Daieisho, ...

Biden conjures hope and bears pain for a grieving nation

America: CNN - 7 hours 27 min ago
In his first words as President, Joe Biden offered a parable of American grit, healing and unity, leveraging resilience forged through personal loss and disdain for the "uncivil war" of modern politics in an inspirational rallying call to a sickened and divided nation.