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Main news(2024/07/11)


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The yen's appreciation accelerated rapidly, reaching the low 157 yen range against the dollar at one point.

2024-07-11 22:24:00
On the 11th, the New York foreign exchange market saw a surge in buying yen and selling dollars after the US Consumer Price Index for last month fell short of market expectations. The yen then rapidly appreciated to the low 157 yen range, with some speculating that the government and the Bank of Japan may have intervened in the market.

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U.S. Consumer Price Index in June increased 3.0% year-on-year

2024-07-11 21:54:00
The US Consumer Price Index for last month was announced, showing a 3.0% increase compared to the same month last year. This is the third consecutive month that the rate of increase has fallen below the previous month. This shows that the inflation rate continues to decline. There is a growing view in the market that the Federal Reserve Board will lower interest rates at its September meeting to decide monetary policy.

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Illegal exports to Russia Transfers to Osaka's company by multiple Russians

2024-07-11 21:05:00
In a case in which the head of a trading company in Osaka was arrested for illegally exporting marine engines, jet skis, and other items to Russia, it was learned from an investigation that payments had been transferred to the company's account under the names of several individuals believed to be Russian. Some of the exported products are believed to have military uses, and the police are also investigating the actual source of the orders for the products.

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Car theft group arrested, damages amount to more than 780 million yen

2024-07-11 20:57:00
A group of foreign and Japanese theft suspects was arrested by the 11th for stealing more than 330 high-value vehicles, mainly in Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures. The total amount of damage is said to be more than 780 million yen.

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Kobe District Court orders government to pay compensation in lawsuit over mistaken disposal of asbestos-related work-related accident records

2024-07-11 19:54:00
In a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died from health damage caused by asbestos at a construction site, the family sought compensation from the government, claiming that the Labor Standards Inspection Office had mistakenly discarded records of the industrial accident certification, leaving them with no way to prove the responsibility of the building materials manufacturer. The Kobe District Court partially acknowledged the illegality of the government's response and ordered the payment of compensation.

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Minamata disease victims and environment minister meet again on final day, calling for increased support for remote islands

2024-07-11 19:29:00
The third and final day of further talks between Environment Minister Ito and Minamata disease patient groups was held on the 11th on remote islands in Kagoshima and Kumamoto prefectures, with the groups calling for increased support for victims living on remote islands.

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Keidanren Chairman Tokura visits Expo site, expects acceleration of advance ticket sales

2024-07-11 19:29:00
On the 11th, Keidanren Chairman Tokura, who serves as the head of the Expo Association, the organizing body of the Osaka-Kansai Expo, visited Yumeshima, the venue, and then met with members of the Kansai business community. He expressed hope that publicizing the exhibit content and other information will lead to an acceleration of advance ticket sales to the general public.

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NTT East and West Japan Town Pages to be discontinued by the end of next fiscal year

2024-07-11 19:18:00
It has been announced that NTT East and West Japan will stop publishing paper telephone directories and Town Pages for stores and businesses by the end of next fiscal year.

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More than 1,200 people with intellectual disabilities nationwide are staying in short-stay facilities for long periods of time. Why?

2024-07-11 19:10:00
This is about housing for people with disabilities, which has been criticized as a "prolonged state of 'temporary residence'" and a "serious human rights issue." NHK conducted a survey of local governments across the country, which revealed that many people with intellectual disabilities are staying long-term in "short-stay" facilities, which are, in principle, limited to short-term use. It was found that there are at least 1,200 people nationwide who are using these facilities for longer than the national guideline of 180 days per year. Why are short-stays turning into long-term stays? [Scheduled to air on "Good Morning Japan" on Friday, July 12th]

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Kagoshima Prefectural Police document leak: Former police sergeant "vague dissatisfaction with the police organization"

2024-07-11 19:07:00
A former police sergeant at the Kagoshima Prefectural Police Headquarters, who is accused of leaking internal criminal case documents to online media, admitted to the charges at his first trial and said that his motive for leaking the documents was "a vague sense of dissatisfaction with the police organization."

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US Navy's Ospreys to be deployed at Iwakuni Base in Yamaguchi for the first time in Japan

2024-07-11 18:54:00
It has been learned through interviews with related parties that the US Navy's CMV-22 Ospreys will be deployed at the US military's Iwakuni Base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture. This will be the first time that the Navy's Ospreys will be deployed in Japan.

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Yamanashi Prefecture becomes first in Japan to set up recruitment quota for staff targeted at patients with intractable diseases

2024-07-11 18:51:00
In an effort to support the employment of people with intractable diseases, Yamanashi Prefecture has set up a recruitment quota for employees who are intractable disease patients for the first time. According to a patient organization, this is the first time in the country that such a quota has been set up for local government employee recruitment.

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11-month-old son dies in Chiba - Child consultation center takes custody of child immediately after birth

2024-07-11 18:47:00
In a case in which a mother was arrested in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture, for assaulting and killing her 11-month-old son, it has been revealed that the deceased son had been in the custody of a child consultation center since he was born. The son was returned to his parents about seven months later, and police are investigating the possibility that the assault may have begun immediately after that.

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House of Representatives Investigative Committee on MSDF "Specific Secrets" Issue, Ministry of Defense to Announce Disciplinary Action Tomorrow

2024-07-11 18:15:00
In response to the fact that unqualified personnel were handling "specially secret" information related to national security on several Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels, the House of Representatives' review committee that monitors the implementation of the Special Secrets Protection Act met behind closed doors and the Ministry of Defense reported on the details of the case. The Ministry of Defense is scheduled to announce disciplinary measures for those involved on the 12th.

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Biden administration to appeal for support for conversion of EV-related facilities before presidential election

2024-07-11 18:07:00
The Biden administration in the United States has announced that it will provide $1.7 billion in subsidies to help automakers and other companies convert closed factories into electric vehicle (EV)-related facilities. The aim is to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the American auto industry and worker jobs ahead of the presidential election this fall.

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Beluga whale Arya dies, popular at Aquas Aquarium, Shimane

2024-07-11 17:08:00
Aarya, a popular beluga whale at the Aquas aquarium in western Shimane Prefecture, passed away on the 11th. Aarya had just given birth to a baby on the 1st of this month.

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NATO summit: Focus on deepening cooperation to deter Russia, China, etc.

2024-07-11 16:56:00
The NATO summit, being held in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to hold discussions on the 11th, with the participation of Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and Ukrainian President Zelensky. The final day of discussions will focus on whether cooperation between Europe and the Indo-Pacific region can be deepened to deter the actions of countries such as Russia and China.

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Accidents occur one after another on the Shizuoka side of Mount Fuji, 2 dead, 1 in cardiac arrest

2024-07-11 16:33:00
On the 10th, as the climbing season began, a series of accidents involving climbers occurred on the Shizuoka side of Mount Fuji through the morning of the 11th, and a man found unconscious near the summit was confirmed dead. Two men were also found collapsed on the trail between the 7th and 8th stations, one of whom was confirmed dead and the other in cardiac arrest.

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Sumo Yokozuna Terunofuji to compete in Nagoya tournament from the first day

2024-07-11 16:24:00
Yokozuna Terunofuji, who had withdrawn from two consecutive tournaments in sumo wrestling, will be competing from the first day of the Nagoya tournament starting on the 14th of this month.

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Family members of 8 killed in avalanche in Nasu Town, Tochigi give speech to new high school teachers

2024-07-11 16:17:00
Seven years ago, in Nasu Town, Tochigi Prefecture, eight high school students and others were caught in an avalanche during mountain climbing training, and their families gave a speech to new high school teachers and other institutions, urging them to "think about what should be done so that they do not assume that accidents will not happen and their judgment is not impaired."

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Supreme Court rules for the first time that former Unification Church pledge not to ask for refunds from the cult is invalid

2024-07-11 15:34:00
In a lawsuit filed by former members and their families of the former Unification Church seeking the return of donations they had paid to the sect, the Supreme Court ruled on the 11th that a memorandum written by the former members stating that they would not seek refunds from the sect was invalid.

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Osaka arson murder case: security camera footage of something on fire being thrown

2024-07-11 14:21:00
Last month, a fire broke out in an apartment in Nishinari Ward, Osaka, killing a woman in her 40s, and a 60-year-old cleaner was arrested on suspicion of murder and arson. Security cameras around the scene captured a suspect throwing something like flaming paper into the room twice, and police are currently investigating the details of the incident.

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Ukraine's Paris Olympics participants to be the lowest ever for a Summer Olympics - 140

2024-07-11 14:20:00
The Ukrainian Olympic Committee has announced that 140 athletes, both men and women, will participate in the Paris Olympics, which will begin in July. The committee says that due to the Russian military invasion, this will be the smallest number ever for a Summer Olympics.

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Wakayama store owner murder case: victim hit over the head with blunt object

2024-07-11 14:06:00
On the 10th, a 66-year-old man who ran a store in Kainan City, Wakayama Prefecture, was killed after cash was stolen from him. It appears that the man died after being hit in the head multiple times with a blunt object. The police are investigating the case as a robbery-murder.

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National Police Agency to test use of generative AI to improve efficiency of document creation and other operations from this fiscal year

2024-07-11 14:01:00
As the issue of long working hours for national government employees becomes an issue, the National Police Agency will begin testing this year to improve the efficiency of operations by using generative AI to create documents, etc. Based on the results, they hope to introduce it into actual operations as early as next fiscal year.

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Popular music group "NewJeans" appointed as South Korea's tourism ambassadors at the appointment ceremony

2024-07-11 13:59:00
In an effort to attract more foreign tourists, the South Korean government appointed the popular music group NewJeans as tourism ambassadors, with the appointment ceremony held on the 11th.

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Two China Coast Guard vessels that entered Japanese territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands leave after 12 hours of sailing

2024-07-11 13:57:00
On the 10th, off the coast of the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, two China Coast Guard vessels entered Japanese territorial waters in order to follow the movements of Japanese fishing boats. After sailing within the waters for over 12 hours, both vessels left the waters by 11:00 a.m. on the 11th. The Japan Coast Guard continues to warn and monitor the vessels to ensure they do not enter the waters again.

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Mie Prefecture: 36 cases of suspected abuse of hospitalized patients confirmed at National Hospital Organization Suzuka Hospital

2024-07-11 13:52:00
Interviews with the hospital and the prefecture have revealed that a total of 36 cases of suspected abuse, including verbal abuse by doctors and nurses towards hospitalized patients, were confirmed last year at the National Hospital Organization Suzuka Hospital in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture.

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Tokyo gubernatorial election: CDP and Rengo leaders meet to analyze reasons for Renho's third-place finish

2024-07-11 13:40:00
Executives from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and Rengo met to discuss Renho's third-place finish in the Tokyo gubernatorial election, with Rengo criticizing the Communist Party for being too prominent in the election campaign. In response, the Constitutional Democratic Party conveyed its intention to analyze the reasons for the defeat in the future.

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Tokyo District Court finds Hakuhodo guilty of Tokyo Olympics bid-rigging case and sentences it to a 200 million yen fine

2024-07-11 13:31:00
Hakuhodo, a major advertising firm that was charged with violating the Antimonopoly Act for allegedly fraudulently adjusting bids in connection with a bid-rigging case involving the management of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, had pleaded not guilty, but the Tokyo District Court found the firm guilty and ordered it to pay a fine of 200 million yen for "hindering free competition through large-scale bid rigging."

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Dodgers Shohei Ohtani: 2 hits including a timely hit, 1 RBI, team loses 3rd straight

2024-07-11 12:40:00
Shohei Ohtani of the Dodgers played well in a game against the Phillies on the 10th, scoring two hits and one RBI, including a timely hit, but the team lost, marking their third straight loss.

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Prime Minister Kishida meets with Swedish Prime Minister to work closely together on Russia response

2024-07-11 12:36:00
While in the United States, Prime Minister Kishida met with Swedish Prime Minister Kristersson, who joined NATO this year. The two leaders agreed to work closely together not only to respond to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but also to address issues surrounding the situation in East Asia, including North Korea.

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Four arrested for misusing dating apps and illegally soliciting in a pyramid scheme

2024-07-11 12:20:00
Four executives of a group that lured university students and other young people to a coffee shop and illegally recruited them to join a business school using pyramid schemes have been arrested. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the case, suspecting that they misused a matching app to recruit around 2,000 people and collected 800 million yen in enrollment fees and other fees.

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Ship's cargo explodes while docked at quay in Kanda, Fukuoka, injuring 7

2024-07-11 11:55:00
According to the police and fire department, an explosion occurred on a ship docked at the quay of the UBE Mitsubishi Cement Kyushu Plant in Kanda-machi, Fukuoka Prefecture, just before 10 a.m. on the 11th. According to the fire department, the ship's cargo is believed to have exploded, and seven people on board were injured and taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is currently being confirmed. There was no fire.

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Japanese man arrested for trying to bring grenade onto Hawaii plane released

2024-07-11 11:40:00
In the case where a Japanese man was arrested by local police for trying to carry a hand grenade onto a plane at an airport on the island of Hawaii, the police have revealed that they have released the man. The police have not revealed the reason for the release, but they will continue their investigation.

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Machinery orders in May fell 3.2% from the previous month, and the assessment was downgraded to "stagnant"

2024-07-11 11:39:00
According to the Machinery Orders Statistics for May released by the Cabinet Office, which indicates the outlook for corporate capital investment, the amount of orders received by major machinery manufacturers from domestic companies, excluding the ships and electricity sectors, which are subject to large fluctuations, was 857.8 billion yen, a 3.2% decrease from the previous month.

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NATO summit supports Ukraine's future NATO membership

2024-07-11 11:38:00
At the summit in Washington, D.C., NATO reiterated its support for Ukraine's future membership, saying that the path to NATO membership is irreversible. In addition, the leaders agreed that China is an important supporter of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Prime Minister Kishida meets with South Korean President Yoon in the U.S. to confirm cooperation on North Korea issue

2024-07-11 11:37:00
During his visit to the United States, Prime Minister Kishida met with South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol and agreed to continue to work closely with Japan, the United States and South Korea on the issue of North Korea. In addition, in light of the fact that next year marks the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea, the two leaders confirmed their intention to further advance the relationship between the two countries.

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Matsuyama Dogo Onsen Main Building reopens for business after 5 and a half years

2024-07-11 10:50:00
The Dogo Onsen Main Building in Matsuyama City, which had been undergoing large-scale preservation and repair work, has reopened for full business for the first time in five and a half years, and has been bustling with tourists and others since the morning.

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Boeing's spacecraft's return to Earth expected to be significantly delayed

2024-07-11 10:25:00
The Starliner spacecraft, developed by Boeing, a major American aircraft manufacturer, is expected to experience significant delays in its return from the International Space Station to Earth from its original schedule due to the need to address a defect discovered after its launch last month.

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Nikkei average temporarily hits 42,000 yen, hitting intraday high

2024-07-11 09:07:00
On the Tokyo Stock Exchange on the 11th, the Nikkei Stock Average rose by more than 500 yen to reach the 42,000 yen range, setting a new intraday record for the second consecutive day on the 10th.

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Former House of Representatives member Torao Tokuda dies at age 86, founder of the Tokushukai Group

2024-07-11 09:02:00
Torao Tokuda, a former member of the House of Representatives and founder of the Tokushukai Group, a medical corporation that operates hospitals across the country, passed away on the night of the 10th at a hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture where he was hospitalized. He was 86 years old.

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President Macron calls on domestic political parties to cooperate in forming a coalition

2024-07-11 07:25:00
French President Macron published his first letter expressing his views since the lower house elections in which the left-wing coalition emerged as the largest party in the country. In this letter, he emphasized that the people had prevented the rise of far-right forces and called on all political parties in the country to cooperate in forming a coalition.

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Multiple reports of residential flooding in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi

2024-07-11 07:19:00
In Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where record-breaking rains have fallen, the city has received multiple reports of homes flooded in the city center and other areas. In addition, according to police and fire departments in Yamaguchi Prefecture, as of 6 a.m., there have been no confirmed reports of injuries due to the heavy rains.

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Record-breaking rainfall in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with extreme rainfall expected from Tohoku to Kyushu

2024-07-11 07:18:00
Due to the influence of a front and a low pressure system, record-breaking rains have fallen in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and torrential rains have fallen in western Japan and Hokuriku. On the 11th, unstable atmospheric conditions will continue over a wide area from Tohoku to Kyushu, and there is a risk of very heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorms. The Japan Meteorological Agency is calling for people to be on high alert for landslides, river flooding, and flooding of low-lying areas.

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Use of "smart glasses" to be banned in next year's university entrance exam

2024-07-11 06:38:00
The National Center for University Entrance Examinations has published the exam guide for the Common University Entrance Examination to be held next year. In addition to clearly stating that the use of eyeglass-type electronic devices "smart glasses" will be prohibited, the exam will be reorganized into 7 subjects and 21 courses, so the guide outlines the changes and calls for caution.

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Paris Olympics security drills on the Seine River simulating terrorist attacks

2024-07-11 06:33:00
Security training exercises simulating terrorist attacks were held on the Seine River, which will be the venue for the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics this month.

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MSDF destroyer temporarily sails into Chinese territorial waters; Defense Ministry investigates circumstances

2024-07-11 06:20:00
In early July, a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer briefly sailed into Chinese territorial waters, and the Ministry of Defense is currently investigating the incident.

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118 women commit suicide during pregnancy or within one year of giving birth in two years

2024-07-11 06:17:00
A summary compiled by organizations working to prevent suicide has revealed that at least 118 women committed suicide during pregnancy or within one year of giving birth over the two-year period from last year to last year.

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Prime Minister Kishida arrives in the US to attend NATO summit

2024-07-11 05:30:00
Prime Minister Kishida has just arrived in the United States to attend the NATO summit. The United States is participating in the summit as a partner country along with South Korea and Australia, and is expected to confirm cooperation in supporting Ukraine and agree to strengthen cooperation in areas related to security.

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