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Main news(2024/06/12)


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Women's volleyball team wins first match against South Korea in Olympic Games at Kitakyushu R

2024-06-12 22:14:00
In the Nations League, an international women's volleyball tournament for the Paris Olympics, Japan played their first match of the qualifying round in Kitakyushu on the evening of the 12th, defeating South Korea in straight sets with a score of 3-0.

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US Consumer Price Index in May increased 3.3% year-on-year

2024-06-12 21:54:00
The US Consumer Price Index for last month was announced, showing a 3.3% increase compared to the same month last year. This marks the second consecutive month that the rate of increase has fallen below the previous month.

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Olympic Artistic S Duet changed to pairing of Higa and Sato

2024-06-12 21:36:00
With the opening of the Paris Olympics approaching, the artistic swimming duet pair has been changed, and the new pair of Moe Higa and Yuka Sato, who had previously been on the reserve, will aim to win a medal.

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Childcare worker arrested for stabbing boy in Kagoshima: "I was worried about my job and decided to attack"

2024-06-12 21:18:00
In a case where a 21-year-old nursery school teacher at a certified child care center in Kagoshima City was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for stabbing a boy with what appeared to be a bladed object, it has been learned through interviews with people involved that the nursery school teacher explained to the lawyer who met with her that she had been "having troubles at work and in relationships, and had been pushed to the brink mentally. I instinctively hit the boy."

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EU announces plan to impose 38.1% tariff on Chinese-made EVs

2024-06-12 20:39:00
On the 12th, the European Union announced its intention to impose a provisional 38.1% tariff on electric vehicles (EVs) imported from China, citing concerns that Chinese government subsidies are keeping prices down and causing harm to European companies.

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Kobe high school student stabbing case: Family files lawsuit against former teen and parents for damages

2024-06-12 19:42:00
In a case where a former juvenile was given a prison sentence in the first trial for stabbing and killing a male high school sophomore on a street in Kobe 14 years ago, the boy's family has filed a lawsuit against the parents and others seeking approximately 149 million yen in damages, claiming that the incident could have been prevented if they had done more to supervise and guide the boy.

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Ishikawa Prefecture: Support staff for "publicly funded demolition" in Oku-Noto are far short of the number requested

2024-06-12 18:53:00
In the Oku-Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture, which sustained serious damage from the Noto Peninsula earthquake, we learned through interviews with local governments that there is a significant shortage of support staff to handle the "publicly funded demolition" of damaged buildings compared to the number of requests they made to the national government. Some local governments are experiencing impacts on their publicly funded demolition work, and mid- to long-term support is an issue.

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Rice prices rise, reports of "shortage of low-priced rice"

2024-06-12 18:52:00
As the prices of various foods are rising, the price of rice has also risen due to the effects of last year's extreme heat. At a meeting held by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on the 12th to discuss the supply and demand situation for rice, participants explained that there is a shortage of low-priced rice and that prices are soaring in some areas.

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Opposition parties seek amendment to Political Funds Control Law to clarify spending

2024-06-12 17:50:00
Regarding the revision of the Political Funds Control Law, the Liberal Democratic Party indicated its intention to discuss with other parties the scope of "policy activity expense" receipts to be made public. Opposition parties such as the Constitutional Democratic Party and the Japan Restoration Party plan to demand a disclosure system that would allow them to understand the actual state of expenditures.

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First extremely hot day of the year: Some people are taken to hospital with heatstroke. What to do and be careful of during the rainy season

2024-06-12 17:37:00
On the 12th, it was sunny and the temperature rose over a wide area from Western Japan to Northern Japan, and the maximum temperature in Fukushima Prefecture exceeded 35 degrees, the first extremely hot day this year. Some people in Tokyo were rushed to hospital with suspected heat stroke due to this heat. However, many areas have not yet entered the rainy season, and as the humidity will increase in the future, it is necessary to be even more careful about heat stroke.

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Okayama water purification plant detects high levels of PFAS; first blood tests in Japan to be conducted at public expense

2024-06-12 17:10:00
In response to the issue of high concentrations of PFAS, an organic fluorine compound, being detected at a water purification plant in Kibichuo Town, Okayama Prefecture, the town has announced a policy to conduct PFAS blood tests at public expense for residents who drank tap water from the water purification plant. The Ministry of the Environment says this is the first time in the country that a local government has conducted PFAS blood tests at public expense.

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More than 500 municipalities provided free school lunches last year, accounting for 30% of the total

2024-06-12 17:07:00
The number of local governments that provided free school lunches to all elementary and junior high school students was over 500 last year, accounting for 30% of the total, indicating that such efforts are spreading. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, which conducted the survey, plans to examine the effectiveness of the free school lunches and the necessary support.

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Hong Kong government revokes passports of six pro-democracy activists who fled to Britain

2024-06-12 17:02:00
The Hong Kong government has taken measures such as revoking the Hong Kong passports of six pro-democracy activists who fled to the UK, claiming that they are "continuing activities that endanger national security," further tightening its grip on pro-democracy activists operating overseas.

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Kunitachi apartment demolished: City requests contractor to "treat residents courteously"

2024-06-12 17:01:00
Regarding the issue of a newly built condominium in Kunitachi City, Tokyo, which is expected to be demolished just before it is handed over to the owner, the city on the 12th requested in writing to the developer to take into consideration the impact of the demolition work and to deal with the surrounding residents with care.

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Leukemia drug shows effect in suppressing progression of ALS symptoms, Kyoto University and others show in clinical trial

2024-06-12 16:05:00
A group including Kyoto University announced the results of a second-stage clinical trial in which a drug used to treat leukemia was administered to patients with the incurable disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), confirming that it had the effect of suppressing the progression of symptoms. Experiments using iPS cells showed that the drug may also be effective against ALS, and the research group hopes to make it available to patients as soon as possible.

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Evacuation orders issued to 402 households and 618 people in the Nishikata district of Setouchi Town, Kagoshima

2024-06-12 15:42:00
Following the announcement of a landslide warning, the town of Setouchi in Kagoshima Prefecture issued an evacuation order to 402 households and 618 people in the entire Nishikata district at 3:15 pm today (12th). The town is at level 4 out of five heavy rain warning levels, and is calling for everyone to evacuate from dangerous areas.

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Multiple children in Kitakyushu feel uncomfortable after doctor touches their private parts during elementary school health check

2024-06-12 15:33:00
It has come to light that several children complained of discomfort during a health check-up at an elementary school in Kitakyushu this month, with the doctor touching their private parts. The doctor explained that it was a medical examination, but the city's Board of Education said it would have been better if the doctor had been more considerate of the children's privacy.

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Let's ask the great ones! How can they solve our modern problems?

2024-06-12 15:07:00
I want to talk to someone about my problems! A new system has been released that lets you experience consulting with the "great intellectuals" of history. Can it really provide a proper answer to the problems of today's advanced world? What kind of questions would you ask?

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Blue Jays Yusei Kikuchi's fourth win of the season, no runs allowed in the fifth inning

2024-06-12 15:00:00
On the 11th, Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi struggled with his control in a game against the Brewers, but managed to keep the score at zero for five innings, earning his fourth win of the season.

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Katsura Zakoba passes away at age 76. A representative Rakugo performer of Kamigata Rakugo.

2024-06-12 14:51:00
Katsura Zakoba, a leading storyteller of Kamigata Rakugo who was active on television and elsewhere in the Kansai region, passed away on the 12th at his home in Suita, Osaka, due to asthma. He was 76 years old.

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Tokyo Governor Koike announces intention to run for third term

2024-06-12 14:51:00
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has announced her intention to run for a third term in next month's Tokyo gubernatorial election.

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"Japan Nuclear Fuel Development" false information recorded in inspection book, repeated for a long period of time

2024-06-12 14:47:00
An inspection by the Nuclear Regulation Authority revealed that Japan Nuclear Fuel Development, a company engaged in the research and development of nuclear fuel, had been repeatedly committing fraud for a long period of time by reporting that it had carried out inspections of facilities that handle radioactive materials when in fact it had not done so. The company had also been found in violation by the Nuclear Regulation Authority three years ago for not carrying out required inspections.

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Musk withdraws lawsuit against OpenAI seeking return of funds

2024-06-12 13:46:00
American entrepreneur Elon Musk has dropped his lawsuit against OpenAI, the developer of the generative AI ChatGPT, its CEO Sam Altman, and others, seeking a refund of funds he had provided.

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Fire department employee arrested for trying to film cheering squad while posing as a journalist

2024-06-12 13:31:00
A 30-year-old firefighter was arrested after he showed a business card of a former employee of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper and attempted to photograph cheering squad members at a university baseball game under the pretext of an interview. During questioning, he reportedly said that he was "photographing the cheering squad members and cheerleaders."

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Third grade elementary school student on bicycle hit and killed by car, driver arrested, Edogawa, Tokyo

2024-06-12 13:22:00
On the 11th, an elementary school student riding a bicycle was hit by a car at an intersection in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, and later died. The Metropolitan Police Department arrested the driver of the car on the spot and is investigating the circumstances of the accident.

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Dodgers Shohei Ohtani hits his 16th home run in 5 games

2024-06-12 12:57:00
Shohei Ohtani of the Dodgers in Major League Baseball started as the second batter and designated hitter in the game against the Rangers on the 11th, and hit his 16th two-run home run of the season, his first in five games, in his fourth at-bat in the sixth inning.

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New law restricting large IT companies passed in the House of Councillors

2024-06-12 12:56:00
A new law aimed at regulating large IT companies that hold a dominant position in the smartphone field was passed and enacted at the House of Councilors plenary session on the 12th. The law specifies prohibited acts that hinder competition in advance, and any violations will require the payment of a 20% penalty on sales.

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BTS JIN is the first member of the group to be discharged after completing his military service in the South Korean military [7 photos]

2024-06-12 12:33:00
JIN, the oldest member of the globally popular music group BTS, completed his military service in the South Korean military and was discharged on the 12th. While the other members are also serving in the military, JIN is the first to be discharged, and fans are excited about his future activities.

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Midsummer temperatures affect a wide area, while heavy rainfall hits Okinawa and Amami

2024-06-12 12:08:00
On the 12th, it will be sunny and the temperature will rise in a wide area from western to northern Japan, and it will be a midsummer day. Please be careful of heat stroke. Meanwhile, heavy rain is falling in Okinawa and Amami due to the influence of a front, so caution is required against landslides and rising rivers.

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The LDP and CDP agree to hold a debate between party leaders on the 19th, the first in three years and the first under the Kishida administration.

2024-06-12 11:57:00
The Liberal Democratic Party and the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan have agreed to hold a debate between Prime Minister Kishida and the opposition party leaders on the 19th of next week. This will be the first debate between the party leaders in three years and the first for the Kishida Cabinet.

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Elderly woman loses consciousness after neck gets trapped in escalator in Nishitokyo

2024-06-12 11:55:00
On the morning of the 12th, an elderly woman had her neck trapped under an escalator at a supermarket in Nishitokyo City, Tokyo, and was taken to the hospital, but is said to be in a critical condition and unconscious. The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating the details of the incident.

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The morning drama "Bakeke" to be broadcast from next fall is based on the wife of Lafcadio Hearn

2024-06-12 11:42:00
The NHK morning drama series to be broadcast from autumn 2025 has been decided to be "Bakeke," based on the life of Setsu Koizumi, wife of the Meiji-era author Lafcadio Hearn.

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U.S. official to announce new measures to use frozen Russian assets to aid Ukraine

2024-06-12 10:42:00
A senior U.S. government official said the use of Russian assets frozen by sanctions to support Ukraine will be discussed at the G7 summit to be held in Italy from the 13th of this month, and indicated that new measures to utilize the assets are expected to be announced.

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Chiba: Over 30m of construction waste dumped on vacant lot without permission; Ibaraki company executive arrested

2024-06-12 10:36:00
A pile of soil believed to be construction waste has piled up to a mountain-like height of over 30 meters in a vacant lot in Tako Town, Chiba Prefecture, and police have arrested a 67-year-old executive of a company that handles construction waste disposal from Kamisu City, Ibaraki Prefecture, for transporting some of the soil into the town without permission.

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JR Yokosuka Line Shonan-Shinjuku Line operation resumed

2024-06-12 09:11:00
JR Yokosuka Line and Shonan-Shinjuku Line services were suspended due to a fatal accident at Ofuna Station in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, but resumed at around 8:42 a.m.

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Corporate Price Index in May increased 2.4% year-on-year due to weak yen

2024-06-12 08:59:00
The Corporate Price Index, which shows the prices of goods traded between companies, rose 2.4% last month compared to the same month last year, a significant increase from the previous month's 1.1% due to the record depreciation of the yen and other factors.

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[Updated regularly] Israel-Palestine Middle East situation (June 12th)

2024-06-12 08:02:00
Regarding the new proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamic organization Hamas and the release of hostages, Hamas has responded positively, but the gap between the positions of both sides remains unbridged, and it is unclear whether the negotiations will progress. *We will provide updates on the situation in the Middle East as of June 12th, Japan time.

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Construction industry: New construction methods to improve work efficiency in response to the 2024 problem

2024-06-12 07:19:00
In the construction industry, where caps on overtime work have been in place since April this year, there has been a growing movement to introduce new construction methods, such as reducing the labor required for assembling formwork into which concrete is poured, in an effort to respond to the 2024 problem, which is expected to result in a worsening labor shortage.

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Gender equality survey: Japan ranks 118th out of 146 countries in women's advancement in politics and economics

2024-06-12 07:05:00
In a survey on gender equality in countries around the world, Japan ranked 118th out of 146 countries, up from last year, but the results still showed a notable lag in the advancement of women in politics and the economic sphere.

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NY Stock Market Nasdaq Stock Index hits new all-time high

2024-06-12 06:56:00
On the 11th, the Nasdaq stock index, which is dominated by technology-related stocks, rose in the New York Stock Exchange, hitting an all-time high.

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Japanese startups make their presence known at Indian Institute of Technology

2024-06-12 06:54:00
In an effort to attract talented Indian science and engineering talent, an event was held at a prestigious Indian science and engineering university where Japanese startups introduced cutting-edge technologies such as robots and AI.

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Suspect believed to be a member of "JP Dragon" left the country 5 months before the incident

2024-06-12 06:20:00
In a case where a 55-year-old suspect believed to be a member of the Philippines-based crime group "JP Dragon" was arrested by the Fukuoka Prefectural Police Headquarters on suspicion of stealing a cash card from a victim of a specialized fraud case, it was discovered that the suspect had left Japan more than five months prior to the incident and had not returned to Japan since. The police are investigating the case in detail, believing that the group was based overseas and repeatedly committing specialized fraud using domestic perpetrators.

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Coffee companies to raise prices after summer due to soaring coffee bean prices

2024-06-12 05:57:00
Due to rising global demand and the weak yen, coffee bean prices have been rising sharply, leading food manufacturers to raise the prices of their coffee products one after another from summer onwards.

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Government considers sanctions against Chinese companies for “supplying military equipment to Russia”

2024-06-12 05:14:00
In response to concerns that China is providing Russia with materials that could be converted for military use as it continues its invasion of Ukraine, the Japanese government is considering imposing new sanctions on entities suspected of providing such materials, including Chinese companies.

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High school girl killed after being pushed off bridge in Rumoi, Hokkaido

2024-06-12 04:12:00
A 17-year-old high school girl from Rumoi, Hokkaido, who had been missing since April this year, was found dead in a river in the prefecture late last month, according to an interview with a person involved in the investigation. Police plan to re-arrest two men, one in his teens and one in his twenties, who had previously been arrested for kidnapping the high school girl, on suspicion of pushing her into the river from a bridge and killing her, on suspicion of murder, on the 12th.

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President Biden's second son found guilty, the first time a sitting president's child has been found guilty

2024-06-12 00:51:00
In a trial in which Hunter Biden, the second son of US President Biden, was charged with making false declarations and illegally purchasing guns, a jury handed down a guilty verdict. This is the first time that a child of a sitting US president has been found guilty, and attention is focused on whether this will affect the election campaign as President Biden seeks reelection in the fall presidential election.

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