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Kishida to sack scandal-hit reconstruction minister, source says
The prime minister is expected to appoint Tatsuya Ito, who previously served as financial services minister, after Kenya Akiba steps down, the source said.
Japan fires MSDF captain over alleged state secret leak
It is the first time that such a breach has come to light since the nation’s secrecy law entered into force in December 2014.
COVID-19 cases on the rise as Japan enters the holiday season
JTB estimates that about 21 million people will travel domestically, up 16.7% from the previous year.
LDP-Komeito coalition facing friction 10 years after return to power
LDP-Komeito friction is increasingly visible under the administration of incumbent Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
India chases clean energy, but economic goals put coal first
India is in the crosshairs of a global challenge: How to bring power to the world’s poor and fight climate change at the same time.
COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo logs 8,428 new cases
The seven-day average of new cases in the capital stood at 17,201.9, up 8.3% from a week before.

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