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U.S. soldier in North Korea far from first American to flee to reclusive state

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Japan’s surprise trade surplus comes with caveats for growth
Government data highlighted vulnerabilities in the state of demand around the world and pointed to risks for Japan’s growth prospects.
Can Threads dethrone Twitter in Japan?
Netizens in Japan jumped onto the Threads bandwagon soon after its launch, but the honeymoon phase is beginning to end, experts say, with many Japanese …
Akie Abe wraps up Taiwan trip, continuing late husband’s legacy
Akie Abe traveled to the self-ruled island to continue her husbands legacy of reorienting Japan’s policy toward Taiwan.
Mother in Osaka arrested for starving daughter and claiming insurance money
Investigators believe Kasumi Nawata regularly starved her daughter, hospitalizing her 43 times for a total of 332 days since spring 2018.
Japanese consumers to spend more in summer break for second straight year
The survey results come as Japan enters its first summer holiday period since COVID-19’s legal status was downgraded.
Google tests AI tool that is able to write news articles
Some executives who saw Google’s pitch described it as unsettling, and two people said it seemed to take for granted the effort that went into …

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Japanese sea sludge tells story of human impact on Earth
Beppu Bay is among areas being considered for designation as a “golden spike,” a location that offers evidence of a new geological epoch defined by …
Kishida’s Middle East visit creates a great opportunity for Japan
Kishida visit shows Japan’s policy vis-a-vis the Middle East is shifting from the traditional energy-securing economic diplomacy to a more strategic foreign policy.
Disabled author wins Akutagawa literary award for the first time
Saou Ichikawa, who has congenital myopathy, was awarded the prestigious prize for her humorous novel “Hunchback,” which offers commentary on the privileges of non-disabled people.
Women’s sports experiencing steady growth in popularity and value
Women’s sports are growing in popularity and value. Better yet, that growth is no longer dependent upon quadrennial events like the Olympics or World Cups.
U.S. soldier in North Korea far from first American to flee to reclusive state
Numerous U.S. citizens — including soldiers, tourists, journalists and scholars — have been detained or crossed into North Korea since the Cold War.
‘The Boy and the Heron’: It’s so good to be back in Hayao Miyazaki’s world
Studio Ghibli’s latest film takes viewers on one last journey to the familiar world of a master animator who has captivated audiences worldwide for decades.

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