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Today’s top news: Tokyo’s long-term plan to become more disaster resilient

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Tokyo’s long-term plan to become more disaster resilient
The capital is planning to upgrade its infrastructure by 2049 to be better prepared for heavy rain and flooding events.
China lacked a ‘zero COVID’ exit strategy. Its people are paying the price.
The abrupt shift has left the nation scrambling to avert a collapse of its public health system.
Heavy snow falls across Japan, breaking records in western cities
The weather agency warned of traffic disruptions, blizzard conditions and high waves.
Japan’s inflation speeds up, backing expectation of BOJ shift
Consumer prices excluding fresh food climbed 3.7% in November from a year ago, accelerating to the fastest pace since 1981.
Meta to pay $725 million in Cambridge Analytica scandal settlement
Facebook’s parent company admitted no wrongdoing, saying in a statement that settling was “in the best interest of our community and shareholders.”
Ukraine’s parallel war on corruption to unlock door to West
The drive to stamp out graft and fraud is deemed urgent enough for the government to devote resources to, even during Russia’s invasion.
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