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Main news(2024/02/29)


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Approximately 700 people, about 10% of full-time employees, applied for early retirement at Ito-Yokado

2024-02-29 22:05:00
It has been revealed that approximately 700 people, approximately 10% of full-time employees, have applied for early retirement at major supermarket chain Ito-Yokado as part of its structural reforms.

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We ask people in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake about what will “support” reconstruction.

2024-02-29 21:20:00
In an NHK survey conducted by people living in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, when asked what would support the recovery and reconstruction of the areas affected by the Noto Peninsula Earthquake, most respondents answered that restoration of lifelines and medical and nursing care systems would be helpful. In addition, more than 40% of respondents also answered that it was necessary to provide information and support for rebuilding their lives, such as providing an early outlook on the future of evacuation life.

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More than 140,000 people overcome the "annual income barrier" and enroll in social insurance by using subsidies

2024-02-29 21:18:00
To date, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has helped over 140,000 people overcome the so-called annual income barrier by using subsidies for companies that work to ensure that their take-home pay does not decrease even if they work beyond the annual income barrier. announced that he is expected to enroll in social insurance.

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Kanto-Koshin From late night of the 29th to morning of the 1st, mainly along the mountains, heavy snow possible

2024-02-29 21:08:00
Due to the effects of a rapidly developing low pressure system moving along the southern coast of Honshu, there is a risk of heavy snow in the Kanto-Koshin region, mainly along the mountains, from late on the night of the 29th until the morning of March 1st. The Japan Meteorological Agency is urging people to be careful about the effects of snow and frozen roads on traffic.

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Japanese Red Cross Society continues to provide psychological care to Nanao City staff supporting disaster victims

2024-02-29 20:53:00
In Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, the Japanese Red Cross Society continues to provide psychological care to city employees and others who are working to support residents affected by the disaster, even though they themselves were affected by the disaster.

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Unprecedented large-scale disposition of 149 executives including presidents of four major non-life insurance companies

2024-02-29 20:11:00
Four major non-life insurance companies have announced disciplinary action, including reductions in the remuneration of their presidents and other executives, in response to problems with pre-adjustment of insurance premiums for commercial insurance. The number of affected officers was 149 in all four companies, including the parent company, making this an unprecedentedly large-scale punishment.

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First drone survey inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant containment vessel canceled due to malfunction

2024-02-29 19:25:00
At the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1, the first survey was being conducted using a drone to check the damage inside the containment vessel in preparation for the removal of nuclear fuel debris, but a malfunction occurred in the equipment on the 29th. , TEPCO suspended the investigation.

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US to address “connected cars” and “security concerns over Chinese technology”

2024-02-29 19:20:00
The Biden administration in the United States has announced that it will take measures against connected cars, which use Chinese technology, due to security concerns.

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Maina insurance card usage rate: 8.4% in the highest prefecture, speeding up dissemination of insurance cards

2024-02-29 19:02:00
The utilization rate of Myna Health Insurance Cards by prefecture has been published for the first time, and the highest rate is 8.4% in Kagoshima Prefecture, and the lowest is 2.3% in Okinawa Prefecture.The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has announced that the current health insurance card will be abolished in December this year. We are working to accelerate the spread of this technology.

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Tochigi Nasu town avalanche accident that killed 8 people; 3 teachers leading the charge sentenced to 4 years in prison

2024-02-29 19:02:00
Seven years ago, high school students and others were caught in an avalanche during climbing training for a club activity in Nasu Town, Tochigi Prefecture, resulting in eight people being killed. A teacher and three others are facing charges of professional negligence resulting in death or injury. At the trial, prosecutors requested a four-year prison sentence, arguing that the training was carried out carelessly and the negligence was serious. On the other hand, the defense argued that they were not guilty, stating that the avalanche could not have been foreseen.

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[Earthquake News] Seismic intensity 4 in Oami Shirasato City, Chiba Prefecture, no worries about tsunami

2024-02-29 18:58:00
At around 6:35 pm on the 29th, there was an earthquake in Chiba Prefecture with an intensity of 4. There is no need to worry about a tsunami from this earthquake.

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Number of domestic guests last year: 592.75 million people, 31.6% increase from the previous year

2024-02-29 18:08:00
According to the Japan Tourism Agency, the number of people who stayed at domestic hotels and inns in 2023 was a preliminary figure of 592.75 million, an increase of 31.6% compared to the previous year.

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President Putin's annual State of the Union address on the night of the 29th, will he emphasize achievements before the presidential election?

2024-02-29 18:07:00
On the evening of the 29th (Japan time), Russian President Putin will deliver his annual State of the State address, setting out the basic policies for domestic and foreign policy. In addition to emphasizing his achievements ahead of Russia's presidential election next month, he will also discuss future prospects regarding military invasion and foreign policy as the Russian military intensifies its offensive in Ukraine. It's also a focus.

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Kanagawa Zushi 1 new abandoned rabbit police investigation including security camera analysis

2024-02-29 17:36:00
Since February 20th, over 30 abandoned rabbits have been found in Zushi City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and when NHK visited the area, one new rabbit was found. Police suspect that someone may have thrown it away and are investigating, including analyzing security cameras in the area.

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Bank of Japan Councilor Takada: 2% price stability target "within sight of being achieved"

2024-02-29 16:56:00
Councilor Hajime Takada, one of the nine members who decide on the Bank of Japan's monetary policy, gave a speech in Otsu City, stating that ``we are finally in a situation where we can see the achievement of the 2% price stability target,'' and that the price stability target is negative. He expressed the view that it is necessary to consider a change in large-scale monetary easing measures, such as lifting interest rate policy.

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Shohei Otani announces marriage “My partner is a Japanese woman” on his own SNS [Breaking News]

2024-02-29 16:54:00
Major League Baseball player Shohei Otani of the Dodgers updated his SNS and announced that he has married a Japanese woman.

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“We have illnesses, but our hearts are the same.” We want people to know about rare and intractable diseases.

2024-02-29 16:48:00
I think many people don't know about the disease called ``type 2 collagen disorder.'' Ran, a fourth-year elementary school student, is suffering from a rare and intractable disease for which there is no established treatment and the number of patients is particularly small. In order to spread awareness about the disease, Ran's mother came up with a picture book based on her daughter.

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February 29th is ``Amicable Divorce Day'' and some couples hold a ``divorce ceremony.''

2024-02-29 16:47:00
Did you know that ``March has the highest number of divorce filings in the year''? Before March, February 29th is known as ``Amicable Divorce Day'', a play on the phrase ``blessed (29) to both of you.'' Some people may say, ``I don't want to think about divorce.'' On the other hand, there are some people who face divorce positively and try to make a new beginning to live happily.

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Maritime Self-Defense Force ships call at Vietnam to strengthen cooperation with China in mind

2024-02-29 16:00:00
A Maritime Self-Defense Force ship called at Vietnam on the 29th, and as China strengthens its maritime expansion in the South China Sea, it appears that Japan is aiming to further strengthen cooperation with the Vietnamese Navy.

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Ishikawa: Aiming to complete treatment of disaster waste within two years; approximately half will be recycled

2024-02-29 15:50:00
Ishikawa Prefecture has put together a plan to complete the processing of disaster waste from the Noto Peninsula Earthquake within the next two years, and to recycle about half of it into materials for reconstruction.

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Kendai Takasaki to participate in Senbatsu cheerleaders to wear shorts to prevent voyeurism

2024-02-29 15:22:00
Amid the growing problem of voyeurism in the sports world, Takasaki Health and Welfare Otakasaki High School in Gunma will be participating in the Senbatsu High School Baseball Tournament held at Koshien Stadium in March for the second consecutive year. Because of the continued damage from being filmed, I decided to wear shorts instead of a skirt for this tournament.

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NTT West Japan Forest President intends to resign due to unauthorized leak of subsidiary's personal information

2024-02-29 15:04:00
It has been revealed that Masaaki Mori, the president of NTT West Japan, intends to resign after a former temporary employee at a subsidiary of the company illegally leaked more than 9 million pieces of personal information.

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“Translate what you say” display at Toei subway station counter

2024-02-29 15:01:00
To make it easier for foreign tourists and people with hearing impairments to use transportation, special displays that translate what is said and display it in text have been installed at the counters of Toei subway stations.

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Fukuoka high school student commits suicide The next day it will be confirmed whether the school will notify the bereaved family that the death was an accident

2024-02-29 14:58:00
Three years ago, a second-year male student committed suicide at a private high school in Munakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture, leaving behind a suicide note complaining of being bullied.The next day, the school issued a statement to the bereaved family regarding how to inform current students. It turns out that they were checking whether to report the death as an "accidental death." The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's guidelines clearly state that such lies must not be told, as they may lose the trust of students and their parents.

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Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Nishida apologizes for confirming relationships with former Unification Church-related organizations, saying it is “insufficient”

2024-02-29 14:56:00
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Nishida revealed at the House of Representatives General Affairs Committee that nine years ago, when he was a member of the Ishikawa Prefectural Assembly, he had participated in an event affiliated with the former Unification Church. He apologized for not confirming his statement that there was no relationship.

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“Toyama Support Coupon” reaches 20,000 people in one week “Invigorates the tourism industry”

2024-02-29 14:52:00
It has been revealed that a total of 20,000 people have received the "Toyama Support Coupon" issued by Toyama Prefecture to support the tourism industry that was hit by the earthquake in the first week after it was issued. The prefecture says, ``We hope that this will bring back vitality to the depressed tourism industry.''

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Real estate company representative arrested for tax evasion of approximately 43 million yen including recording of fictitious outsourcing expenses

2024-02-29 14:13:00
The representative of a real estate company in Tokyo that deals with intermediary sales of condominiums has been arrested by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department on charges of evading approximately 43 million yen in corporate taxes by recording fictitious outsourcing expenses.

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Toyama ``Old strawberry product warehouse'' crowdfunding raises repair costs

2024-02-29 13:23:00
The former strawberry product warehouse, a national cultural property located in Himi City, Toyama Prefecture, which was damaged by the Noto Peninsula Earthquake, was opened to the press for the first time since the earthquake. The warehouse was severely damaged, with the roof tilting and the mud walls peeling off, and they will be raising money for repairs through crowdfunding.

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Sugi Pharmacy Group's system failure nationwide Is "Leap Day" the cause?

2024-02-29 13:18:00
A system failure has occurred at stores nationwide of the Sugi Pharmacy Group, headquartered in Aichi Prefecture, making it impossible to register prescriptions or process payments. The company believes that Leap Day was the cause and is proceeding with recovery efforts.

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Gifu Ginan town mayor submits notice of resignation after being found to have committed sexual harassment by a third-party committee

2024-02-29 12:51:00
The mayor of Ginan Town, Gifu Prefecture, submitted his resignation to the town council chairman on the morning of the 29th after an investigation by the town's third-party committee found that he had committed sexual harassment.

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1 person killed in fire at religious group facility in Misato Town, Nara

2024-02-29 12:49:00
On the morning of the 29th, a fire broke out at a facility used by a religious group for fasting in Misato Town, Nara Prefecture, and one person died. Police are working to confirm the identity and investigating the cause of the fire.

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Nadeshiko Japan is happy to participate in the Paris Olympics

2024-02-29 12:21:00
The players of Japan's Nadeshiko Japan soccer team, which won against North Korea in the women's Paris Olympic qualifiers and qualified for the Olympics, were interviewed overnight, and captain Saki Kumagai said, ``There are some parts of me that are relieved, but...'' "This is the start, so I feel like I have no choice but to do everything I can to win the gold medal at the Olympics."

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House of Representatives Political Ethics Committee [Breaking news scheduled from 14:00] Prime Minister Kishida and former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Takeda to attend

2024-02-29 12:08:00
In response to the issue surrounding the political funding party of a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, the House of Representatives Political Ethics Review Committee will be held from 2:00 pm on the 29th, and Prime Minister Kishida will be the first sitting prime minister to attend. While Prime Minister Kishida hopes to provide a thorough explanation and restore the public's trust, the opposition party plans to strictly hold him accountable as the president of the Liberal Democratic Party. We will provide you with the latest information on the House of Representatives Committee on Political Ethics, which is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

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House of Representatives Budget Committee New fiscal year budget proposal Experts give opinions on economic policy, etc.

2024-02-29 11:53:00
The House of Representatives Budget Committee held a central public hearing to hear opinions from experts on the new fiscal year's budget proposal, and in the morning, four experts recommended by each party gave their opinions on economic policy, wage increases, and other topics.

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Suzu Ishikawa: Toward restoration of damaged fishing port; investigation into the situation of seafloor upheaval

2024-02-29 11:44:00
At the fishing port in Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which was damaged by the Noto Peninsula Earthquake, a survey is being conducted to confirm the status of seabed upheaval in preparation for restoration work.

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Supreme Court to hear former President Trump's immunity claim for storming Congress

2024-02-29 11:20:00
Regarding former President Trump, who was indicted in the United States over the intrusion into the U.S. Congress that occurred three years ago in 2021, he has complained that his actions as president while in office will not be held criminally responsible. The Federal Supreme Court has announced that it will hear the case. As a result, the schedule for the criminal trial related to the intrusion incident has been delayed, and attention is now focused on how it will affect the fall presidential election.

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Prefectural police in Kanagawa, Niigata are unable to issue driver's licenses, Ehime and Okayama are back on track

2024-02-29 11:05:00
According to the National Police Agency, some prefectural police driver's license center systems have been experiencing problems since the morning of the 29th. There was a problem with the system at the driver's license centers in Kanagawa, Niigata, Ehime, and Okayama prefectures, making it impossible to issue driver's licenses, but it has already been restored in Ehime and Okayama. The National Police Agency and prefectural police are investigating, but the exact cause of the system failure is unknown.

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U.S. President undergoes medical checkup: Physician's opinion on whether he is fit to perform his duties properly

2024-02-29 10:24:00
President Biden, the oldest American president in history, underwent a medical examination and announced his doctor's opinion that he "continues to be able to properly fulfill the duties of president."

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Former Olympic judo athlete arrested for allegedly stealing 40 million yen under the pretext of investing in crypto assets

2024-02-29 10:18:00
A 58-year-old former male Olympic judo player has been arrested on suspicion of fraud for defrauding a woman in Chiba Prefecture of 40 million yen she had entrusted to him six years ago under the pretext of investing in crypto assets. .

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Lawyer arrested on suspicion of embezzling 2 million yen worth of client's check in the course of business

2024-02-29 10:03:00
An 83-year-old lawyer in Tokyo was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on suspicion of embezzlement in the course of business after embezzling a 2 million yen check entrusted to him by a client, according to an interview with investigators. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the possibility that the money was used for working capital for a company represented by a lawyer.

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Okayama Setouchi Collision between truck and light passenger car leaves two people unconscious and in serious condition

2024-02-29 09:52:00
Early on the morning of the 29th, there was an accident between a truck and a light passenger car on a prefectural road in Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture, and according to police, the two people riding in the light passenger car were unconscious and in serious condition. Police believe the two vehicles collided head-on and are investigating the circumstances.

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FAA asks for action plan to be submitted within 90 days after Boeing accident

2024-02-29 09:27:00
Following an accident in January in which a window panel on a Boeing passenger plane was blown off over the state of Oregon in the western United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has requested that Boeing provide an update on the results of an expert investigation within 90 days. It has been announced that the government has requested the submission of an action plan that includes the following:

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Presidential order banning bulk sales of Americans' personal information to China and other countries announced

2024-02-29 09:07:00
President Biden of the United States announced an executive order banning the mass sale of Americans' personal information to countries such as China in response to security concerns.

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January industrial production index declines for the first time in two months

2024-02-29 09:05:00
The industrial production index for last month/January, which indicates corporate production activity, was 97.6 with 2020 as 100, which was 7.5% lower than the previous month and the first decline in two months. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's basic judgment was that the economy was ``in a weak tone, with some fluctuations.''

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Dodgers Yoshinobu Yamamoto first pitching in an exhibition game, 2 no runs, 3 strikeouts

2024-02-29 07:52:00
Pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Major League Baseball Dodgers pitched in an exhibition game for the first time, and got off to a good start with no runs in the second inning and three strikeouts.

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Hamas “flexibly negotiates cease-fire” but agreement remains unclear

2024-02-29 07:47:00
Concerning ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Islamic organization Hamas over a cessation of fighting, Hamas's top official Haniyeh said on the 28th that he was taking a flexible stance toward negotiations, but also indicated that he would continue fighting if an agreement is not reached. It remains unclear whether negotiations will be concluded.

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Kanto-Koshin Rain and snow from the evening of the 29th, heavy snow expected along the mountains on the 1st

2024-02-29 07:08:00
Due to the influence of a low pressure system that is developing and moving along the southern coast of Honshu, rain and snow will fall in the Kanto-Koshin region from the evening of the 29th, and there is a risk of heavy snow mainly along the mountains on March 1st. The Japan Meteorological Agency is urging people to be careful about the effects of snow and frozen roads on traffic.

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“Considering the ideal form of the retrial system, including amendments to the law” to launch a bipartisan parliamentary group

2024-02-29 06:10:00
The retrial of Iwao Hakamada, who was sentenced to death for crimes such as robbery and murder, is being held over a long period of time, with it taking more than 40 years to decide on a new trial.In an effort to quickly provide relief to victims of wrongful convictions, A bipartisan parliamentary group has been established to begin considering the nature of the retrial system, including legal revisions.

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From the Mayor’s statement [February 28th]

2024-02-29 05:53:00
It will soon be two months since the Noto Peninsula earthquake occurred. The heads of the disaster-affected local governments participate in the Ishikawa Prefecture Disaster Countermeasures Headquarters Meeting, where they each report on the current situation in the disaster-stricken areas, future prospects, and challenges, and appeal for necessary support. We have summarized the main statements made by the heads of the disaster-affected local governments at the meeting held on February 28th. *Published in order of presentation.

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Ambassador Muto to Russia first press conference after taking office “Sanctions should be maintained, but exchange programs should be expanded”

2024-02-29 05:43:00
Akira Muto, who was appointed as the new Russian ambassador in December last year, held a press conference for the first time since taking office, stating that sanctions against Russia should be maintained together with Western countries, but that mutual understanding is necessary for future Japan-Russia relations. He announced his policy to expand cultural exchange projects.

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The House of Representatives Political Ethics Committee will be held from today. Prime Minister Kishida will be attending for the first time as a sitting president.

2024-02-29 04:43:00
The House of Representatives Committee on Political Ethics will be held on the 29th in response to the issue surrounding political funding parties by factions of the Liberal Democratic Party, and Prime Minister Kishida will be the first sitting prime minister to attend. While Prime Minister Kishida hopes to provide a thorough explanation and restore the public's trust, the opposition party plans to strictly hold him accountable as the president of the Liberal Democratic Party.

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Police officer arrested on suspicion of trespassing on residential property in Edogawa Ward Tokyo

2024-02-29 04:19:00
A police officer working at the Metropolitan Police Department was arrested on the 27th on suspicion of trespassing on the premises of a residence in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo.

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