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Dogged by scandal, ballooning costs and ticket scarcity, Tokyo Games just year away

News from Japan - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 23:26
Despite scandals, rising costs and doubts about the economic payoff, the Tokyo Olympics will be a must-see event — if you can find a ticket ...

China’s police state goes global, leaving Xinjiang refugees in fear

Asia/Pacific - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:57
Muslims who escaped China’s crackdown in Xinjiang province still live in fear, saying new homes abroad and even Western passports afford them no protection against ...

Prominent feminist says Japan ‘should not feel complacent’ despite signs of progress on women’s empowerment

News from Japan - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:54
Japan “should not feel complacent” amid signs of progress on female empowerment, sociologist and prominent feminist Chizuko Ueno has urged, saying much work remains to ...

Japanese legal group sues to undo Upper House election over vote-value disparities

News from Japan - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:43
A group of lawyers on Monday filed lawsuits with 14 high courts and high court branches across the country, seeking to invalidate the results of ...

Miyavi is on a mission to change Japan’s tune on refugees

Japan: Culture - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:36
In his lesser-known role as a refugee advocate, Miyavi, aka the samurai guitarist, asks that people look beyond the headline numbers before declaring Japan unwelcoming ...

Astronaut ‘ambassadors’ to encourage Tokyo 2020 torchbearers from space

News from Japan - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:24
Japanese astronauts will broadcast messages of encouragement from space during the torch relays for both the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to Olympic ...

Abe’s top lieutenants set to retain slots in post-election Cabinet reshuffle

News from Japan - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:05
Key members close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, including Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, are likely to retain their ...

Chaos in Hong Kong increases possibility of military intervention by Beijing

Asia/Pacific - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 21:28
While China doesn’t want to intervene in the summerlong protests that have shaken Hong Kong, that doesn’t mean it won’t.The movement, now in its seventh ...

Global leaders pay tribute to late IAEA chief Yukiya Amano

News from Japan - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 21:25
The secretary-general of the United Nations joined other global leaders in praising Yukiya Amano, the late chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency who for ...

South Korea fires warning shots at Russia warplanes

Asia/Pacific - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 19:46
South Korea says it has fired warning shots after Russian military planes entered South Korea’s airspace.South Korea’s Defense Ministry says multiple Russian military planes violated ...

North Korea’s Kim inspects new submarine in first public display of nuke capabilities since 2017

Asia/Pacific - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 19:14
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a “newly built submarine” that was to operate in the Sea of Japan, state-run media said Tuesday, in ...

US politicians criticize embattled Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló

America: CNN - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 18:53
As protests against Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló intensified on Monday, politicians on the US mainland joined the chorus of voices criticizing his leadership or calling for him to resign.

Warren and Sanders building different coalitions

America: CNN - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 18:36
When Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his first presidential campaign, he was going it alone -- the only candidate in a small 2016 contest offering a loud and clear contrast with Hillary Clinton, who had effectively cleared the field before the primary began.

Morehouse College staffer put on leave while school investigates sexual misconduct accusations

America: CNN - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 17:49
Morehouse College has placed one of its staffers on unpaid leave amid an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations leveled by at least two students and a former student, the historically black university said in statements.

Documentary looks back at Mike Wallace, who made ’em squirm

Japan: Culture - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 16:47
Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Ku Klux Klan leader Eldon Edwards. Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, Eleanor Roosevelt.If they were famous — or infamous ...

India denies asking Trump to mediate Kashmir row with Pakistan

Asia/Pacific - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 16:30
India is disputing President Donald Trump’s comment that it asked him to mediate the long-running dispute over Kashmir.India’s Ministry of External Affairs says “no such ...