Tag: Japan

‘End of an era’ as Chinese football’s star power fades

by Peter STEBBINGS In January 2017 Brazil international Oscar moved from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG for an Asian-record 60 million euros, prompting a warning from Arsene Wenger that Chinese clubs were distorting the global transfer market. But four years later it is a very different story...

Japan sumo champion Hakuho tests positive for coronavirus

Record-breaking sumo champion Hakuho has tested positive for coronavirus, just days before the New Year tournament, the Japan Sumo Association said Tuesday. A spokesperson for the JSA said it was not clear if anyone else at Hakuho's Miyagino stable had tested positive for the virus,...

Man held after entering Japan emperor’s residence: media

A 29-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into the Tokyo residence of Emperor Naruhito, where he reportedly spent two hours before being discovered, local media said Sunday. The man, who has not been named, entered the usually heavily guarded Akasaka residential complex for...

Lockdowns, curfews, alcohol bans as nations fight resurgent virus

by AFP bureaus Countries across the world tightened restrictions on their populations Saturday to fight a resurgence in the coronavirus, as the European Union offered to help drug companies expand vaccine production to improve distribution "bottlenecks". From local curfews, to alcohol bans and complete lockdowns, governments are...

Anime epic ‘Demon Slayer’ ousts Ghibli classic as Japan’s top-grossing film

An anime epic in which a teenager hunts down and beheads demons on Monday became Japan's top-grossing film of all time, its production company said, ending the near two-decade reign of Studio Ghibli's "Spirited Away". "Demon Slayer", based on the hit manga series, has chalked...

Australian lobster sector claws back trade after China ban

Even in the scorching Australian summer sun, long queues of customers snake around Fremantle harbour -- a soothing sight for beleaguered local fishermen trying to replace lost business with China. Australia's rock lobster exports are worth half a billion US dollars a year -- and...

AstraZeneca says Malaysia getting 6.4m Covid-19 vaccine shots at cost

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 23 -- AstraZeneca will supply 6.4 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to Malaysia next year without profit, according to the pharmaceutical firm's country president. AstraZeneca Malaysia's Dr Sanjeev Panchal also said the delivery of the AZD1222 vaccine would be in the...

Tokyo hospitals overwhelmed as virus cases hit new record

Tokyo's hospitals are struggling to provide routine care because of a sharp spike in coronavirus cases, officials warned Thursday as new infections in the Japanese capital hit another record high. The city raised its alert level for availability of medical services to the top of...

Japan ‘Twitter killer’ sentenced to death for nine murders

A Japanese man dubbed the "Twitter killer" was sentenced to death by a Tokyo court Tuesday for murdering and dismembering nine people he met online. Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, admitted killing and butchering his young victims -- all but one of whom were women -- who...

Asteroid samples leave Japan scientists ‘speechless’

Scientists in Japan said Tuesday they were left "speechless" when they saw how much asteroid dust was inside a capsule delivered by the Hayabusa-2 space probe in an unprecedented mission. The Japanese probe collected surface dust and pristine material last year from the asteroid Ryugu,...
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