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Main news(2024/06/22)


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Japan's Rugby Team Loses to England, "Super-Speed ​​Rugby" Falls Short

2024-06-22 20:40:00
The Japan national rugby team played the first test match of the year against the England national team at the Tokyo National Stadium and lost 17 to 52. This was the first match for head coach Eddie Jones, who took over in January this year, and Japan went into the match with a vision of playing "ultra-fast rugby" that made the most of their speed, but it fell short, making it their 12th consecutive loss in test matches against England.

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Junior high school baseball player hits head during practice, dies; city board of education to set up investigation committee

2024-06-22 19:11:00
On the 11th of this month, a student at a junior high school in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, hit his head during baseball practice and later died. At a press conference on the 22nd, the city's Board of Education stated that safety precautions and response after the accident were insufficient and announced that they would set up an investigative committee of experts to investigate the incident.

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Japan's men's basketball team loses in warm-up match against Australia

2024-06-22 18:48:00
The Japanese men's basketball team, which will be competing in the Olympics on its own for the first time in 48 years, played a warm-up match against Australia. Although they took the lead in the first half with their signature three-point shots, they were unable to break through the opponent's tough defense at crucial moments and suffered an 89-90 comeback defeat to an opponent made up mostly of young players.

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US nuclear aircraft carrier arrives in Busan, South Korea; Japan, US and South Korea joint training to be held soon

2024-06-22 18:30:00
A US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has arrived in South Korea. It is scheduled to conduct joint training with the South Korean military and the Japan Self-Defense Forces soon, strengthening cooperation between the three countries.

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"Evacuation information for the elderly, etc." issued throughout Kumamoto City

2024-06-22 17:28:00
Due to the risk of heavy rain, Kumamoto City issued an evacuation notice for the elderly and others throughout the city at 5pm. This corresponds to level 3 of the five-level alert level system, and calls on the elderly and people with disabilities to begin evacuating.

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LDP House of Representatives member Tokuni Kan: "Prime Minister Kishida should refrain from running for re-election in the party leadership election"

2024-06-22 17:24:00
Regarding the LDP presidential election, House of Representatives member Tokugawa Ikeda, a member of the Motegi faction, said, "I hope Prime Minister Kishida will restrain himself from lightly talking about re-election."

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[Independent verification] Misinformation flooding TikTok... Total views exceed 300 million

2024-06-22 17:16:00
TikTok is an increasingly popular app among the younger generation, allowing users to easily watch short videos that match their tastes one after another. NHK conducted an independent analysis of the videos posted on the app and found that many of the videos contained false or unfounded information, with the total number of views of these videos exceeding at least 300 million. Some of the false information contained was about life and health, such as cancer and infertility. What did the investigation reveal?

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LDP Secretary-General Motegi: "We are deeply sorry and will proceed with reforms with a strong sense of crisis"

2024-06-22 16:56:00
Regarding the issue of politics and money, LDP Secretary-General Motegi stated his intention to push ahead with fundamental reforms with a strong determination to transform the party into an entirely new one following the passage of the revised Political Funds Control Act.

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Suspect arrested in Nagoya for involvement in attempted Niigata "Shocker" robbery

2024-06-22 16:38:00
A 20-year-old suspect living in Nagoya was arrested in connection with an attempted robbery in Niigata City in which a man dressed like a fighter from the evil organization "Shocker" from the "Kamen Rider" series was seen fleeing the scene. During questioning, he stated that "I did not commit the robbery," and denied the charges.

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Los Angeles Olympics: Changing competition venues to existing facilities to cut costs by about 24 billion yen

2024-06-22 14:05:00
The Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced that some of the events that were planned to be held in temporary venues will be moved to existing facilities. As a result, it claims to have a cost-saving effect of approximately 24 billion yen.

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Marine coastal regiment to be deployed to Guam "so it can be deployed quickly with China in mind"

2024-06-22 13:50:00
The top commander of the U.S. Marine Corps, Commander Smith, has revealed his intention to deploy the Marine Littoral Regiment (MLR), which the Marine Corps sees as a pillar of its force reorganization plan, to Guam within a few years, so that it can be rapidly deployed around the Philippines with China in mind.

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Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani hits his 22nd home run of the season against his former team, the Angels

2024-06-22 12:44:00
On the 21st, Shohei Ohtani of the Dodgers played his first official game since transferring to another team against his former team, the Angels, and hit his 22nd home run of the season, a two-run leadoff home run, in his second consecutive game. Ohtani, who started as the designated hitter and was at bat for the third time in the fifth inning with the score at 0-0, two outs and a runner on first base, didn't miss a softly placed fastball and drove it to right-center field. His 22nd two-run leadoff homer of the season was hit at a speed of 182 km/h and traveled 138.6 meters. With the number of home runs he hit at this point, he has now widened his lead over Ozuna of the Braves, who is in second place in the National League home run rankings, to two.

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The official mascot for the Yokohama Flower Expo is named "Tunkutunku"

2024-06-22 12:40:00
On the 22nd, 1,000 days until the large-scale international horticultural exposition "Flower Expo" to be held in Yokohama City in three years, it was announced that the name of the official mascot character, which had been solicited from across the country, had been decided to be "Tunkutunku."

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Mobile phone companies to provide location information for people missing during disasters

2024-06-22 11:31:00
In response to the issue of searching for people in need of rescue following the Noto Peninsula earthquake, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has decided on a policy that will allow mobile phone companies to provide location information to rescue agencies in the event of a large-scale disaster, after narrowing down those who need rescue from lists of unknown persons compiled by local governments.

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The rainy season began in the Chugoku and Hokuriku regions more than 10 days later than normal.

2024-06-22 11:13:00
Due to the influence of the front and humid air, it will be cloudy and rainy in the Chugoku region, and rain is expected to fall in the Hokuriku region from tonight onwards. Rainy and cloudy days are expected to increase over the next week, and the Japan Meteorological Agency announced at 11:00 a.m. that "the rainy season appears to have started in the Chugoku and Hokuriku regions." The start of the rainy season in the Chugoku region is 24 days later than last year and 16 days later than the average, while the start of the rainy season in the Hokuriku region is 13 days later than last year and 11 days later than the average.

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UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting over Russia-North Korea treaty signing

2024-06-22 09:14:00
Following Russia and North Korea signing a new treaty on the 19th of this month to increase military cooperation between the two countries, UN diplomatic sources say that Japan, the United States and other countries have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss how to respond, and arrangements are being made to hold the meeting on the 28th of this month. The new treaty clearly states that military assistance will be provided if either Russia or North Korea enters a state of war, and Japan, the United States, South Korea and others have expressed concern and criticism that this could lead to a deterioration of the security environment in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Honda obstructs union formation at US plant, US agency accuses company

2024-06-22 09:08:00
An independent US government agency has accused automaker Honda of violating labor rights laws by preventing unionization efforts at its US factories. Honda has denied the allegations, saying the allegations are without merit.

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Cubs' Shota Imanaga gives up 10 runs, his most since transferring to the major leagues, in his second loss

2024-06-22 08:18:00
Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga started against the Mets in Major League Baseball, but gave up 11 hits, including three home runs, and 10 runs, his most since joining, by the middle of the fourth inning, suffering his second loss.

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New passports to be issued from March next year, new applications will also be possible online

2024-06-22 07:29:00
New passports with enhanced anti-counterfeiting measures will be issued from March next year. In addition, new applications will be made possible online to improve convenience.

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Russian President Putin gives speech indicating intention to continue developing nuclear weapons

2024-06-22 07:15:00
In a speech to graduating students of the Russian military academy, Russian President Putin outlined his intention to continue developing nuclear forces, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of carrying nuclear weapons, in order to maintain the global power balance.

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BMX Freestyle: Rimu Nakamura advances to the finals in the second qualifying round for the Paris Olympics

2024-06-22 07:03:00
The second round of the Paris Olympic Qualifying Series for Urban Sports is being held in Hungary on the 21st, with the BMX freestyle qualifying round taking place. Men's ace Rim Nakamura placed 7th, becoming the only Japanese athlete to advance to the finals.

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Women's Skateboarding: All six skaters advance to semifinals in second round of Paris Olympic qualifying

2024-06-22 06:40:00
The second round of the Paris Olympic Qualifying Series for Urban Sports, which is being held in Hungary, saw the women's street skateboarding qualifying round take place on the 21st, with all six Japanese competitors, including world number two Akama Rinne, advancing to the semi-finals.

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Heavy rains to be warned for Western Japan from today and Eastern Japan from tomorrow - prepare early

2024-06-22 06:16:00
Be on guard for heavy rain over a wide area of ​​Western and Eastern Japan, especially this weekend. Due to the influence of the rainy season front, very heavy rain accompanied by thunder is expected to fall in Western Japan from Saturday the 22nd, and in Eastern Japan from Sunday the 23rd. In areas affected by the Noto Peninsula earthquake, even lighter rain than usual can cause landslides, so please be sure to prepare early.

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Former Prime Minister Abe's shooting case: Defendant's defense team reveals details of meeting

2024-06-22 05:57:00
The legal team for Tetsuya Yamagami, who has been indicted on charges of murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe in Nara City two years ago, revealed that during a meeting this week, the defendant said, regarding the movement to request a dissolution order for the former Unification Church, "I never thought it would become like it is now."

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Kagoshima Prefectural Police denies cover-up of police officer voyeurism case, but investigation suspended for two days

2024-06-22 05:37:00
In a press conference on the 21st, the prefectural police once again denied the former head of the Kagoshima Prefectural Police Headquarters' Public Safety Division's allegations of concealing misconduct in a case of information leaks in which the former head was indicted. However, the police also revealed that the chief's instructions in an investigation into a case of voyeurism by police officers were mistakenly conveyed to the police station, causing the investigation to be halted for two days. The National Police Agency plans to conduct an inspection starting next week to confirm the facts and analyze the causes with a view to preventing a recurrence.

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Fire breaks out in building near Kawasaki Station, 5 people transported, 1 in critical condition, Kanagawa

2024-06-22 05:23:00
On the night of the 21st, a building combining an apartment and a store near JR Kawasaki Station in Kawasaki City caught fire, burning down a store on the first floor, and five people were taken to the hospital. Of those, a man in his 60s who lived on the third floor is unconscious and in critical condition.

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China announces guidelines for punishing "Taiwan independence activists" for separatist acts, including the death penalty

2024-06-22 02:25:00
On the 21st, the Chinese government announced guidelines to punish "Taiwan independence supporters" for acts of national separatism. The guidelines stipulate that the death penalty can be handed down for acts that seriously harm the state and its people, and are intended to further increase pressure on the Lai Ching-te administration in Taiwan, which does not recognize the "One China" principle.

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Emperor and Empress to make official state visit to the UK starting today

2024-06-22 00:03:00
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress will be making an official state visit to the UK for eight days from the 22nd.

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