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Kishida fires senior aide over homophobic comments

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Kishida fires senior aide over homophobic comments
Masayoshi Arai, the now-dismissed executive secretary to the prime minister, said he would “not want to live next door” to an LGBT couple.
Japanese firms urged to address human rights issues in supply chains
“If companies do not tackle this issue in the right way, they could be shut out from the European and U.S. markets,” Asako Okai, director …
Younger Japanese hit harder by inflation, with ‘excess’ savings no savior for consumption
Inflation at home and recession fears about the global economy are casting a pall over the world’s third-largest economy, which unexpectedly shrank in the July-September …
Philippines may send robbery suspects to Japan ahead of Marcos visit
Manila is proceeding with arrangements for their handover ahead of a visit by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Japan beginning Wednesday.
Japanese express anger and concern after Kishida aide’s anti-LGBT remarks
Members of the public, the LGBT community and opposition party lawmakers lambasted the aide, who was fired Saturday, for saying that he would “not want …
Fears of Russian nuclear weapons use have diminished, but could re-emerge
Nearly a year into the war in Ukraine, U.S. policymakers and intelligence analysts have more confidence that they understand at least some of President Vladimir …

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