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Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods

Takayama - Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled Thursday to reach people cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage, with more torrential rain forecast.

With festival cancelled by virus, Japan fireflies dance alone

Tatsuno - As the sun sets in the Japanese town of Tatsuno, thousands of fireflies begin glowing, producing a spectacle that usually draws crowds of delighted visitors.

Rain pounds central Japan as 58 feared dead in south

Kurume - Torrential rain pounded central Japan Wednesday as authorities said 58 people were feared dead in days of heavy downpours that have triggered devastating landslides and terrifying floods.

52 dead in Japan floods as more troops join rescue

Tsunagi - Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Tuesday.

Rain hampers rescue efforts after deadly Japan floods

Kumamoto - Torrential rain hampered the efforts of tens of thousands of rescue workers in southwestern Japan Monday as they hunted for survivors from deadly floods and landslides, with more downpours forecast.

Walkie, no talkie: Japan city launches pedestrian smartphone ban

Kamisoyagi - A Tokyo suburb on Wednesday imposed Japan's first ban on a habit seen around the world: pedestrians glued to their phone screens while walking, sometimes dangerously oblivious to their surroundings.

Op-Ed: How and why the US and UK lost the pandemic wars so abysmally

Washington - It’s interesting to note that the two nations which have deregulated so much have failed the pandemic test. Tattered, insanely costly health systems and bizarre responses to a serious health threat have done the damage.

Pandemic pushes Japan geisha to get online

Hakone - Japanese geisha "Chacha" sits on her knees with her fingertips neatly placed on the wooden floor, gracefully bowing to an audience sitting not in front of her but miles away, watching online.

Trump seeks US troops cuts in Japan and South Korea

Richard Grennel the outgoing US Ambassador to Gemrany said that the 9,500 troop withdrawal from Germany was in keeping with Trump's position and that he also wants to withdrawn troops from Japan and South Korea.

Japanese bathhouses awash with post-lockdown customers

Kitakata - Masazumi Kato sighed deeply as he lowered himself into a tub at a public bathhouse in a Tokyo suburb, enjoying a return to a Japanese tradition largely off-limits during the city's coronavirus lockdown.

Japan's homeless 'net cafe refugees' seek shelter amid virus woe

Kitakata - Thousands of homeless "net cafe refugees" in Japan risk being turfed out onto the streets as the coronavirus pandemic forces the sudden closure of their uniquely Japanese 24/7 comic book havens.

Japanese man sentenced to death for murder of 19 at care home

Kitakata - A Japanese man was sentenced to death on Monday for the stabbing murder of 19 disabled people at a care home, in one of the country's worst mass killings.

Japan man faces verdict in murder of 19 at disabled care home

Kitakata - A Japanese court hands down its verdict Monday in the case of a man accused of murdering 19 disabled people at a care home in 2016, in one of the country's worst mass killings.

Biometrics used to assess worker happiness and productivity

A new industrial study has used a biometric wearable to draw the conclusion that worker happiness leads to greater productivity. The study collected data relating to worker emotions, and cross-related the data to work rate.

Rust and light lead to improved hydrogen fuel production

Researchers have identified a new, and more efficient means, for of producing hydrogen directly from an organic waste solution. This is by using a catalyst formed from rust, with the help of light.

Op-Ed: UK 2021 meltdown — Boris vs food and food shortages

London - Will the UK have enough food in 2021? Apparently not. While also ditching EU food safety standards, food industry sources say the UK could experience significant problems in 2021.

Passengers leave Japan virus ship, but new infections detected

Kitakata - Hundreds of relieved passengers disembarked Wednesday from a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Japan after being given the all-clear, but health officials said 79 new cases had been detected.

Coronavirus cases top 500 on cruise ship off Japan

Kitakata - Another 88 people from a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities said Tuesday, as those free of the disease hoped they were spending their last night on board before disembarking.

Research: Is your coffee habit putting you at a health risk?

Some foods and drinks are good for you, others less so. But why are some people affected and not others? To investigate the factors, a research group have identified nine gene groups connected with different foods and disease risks.

Japan lets some passengers leave ship for quarantine on land

Kitakata - Japan on Friday began allowing elderly passengers who test negative for the new coronavirus to leave a quarantined cruise ship and finish their isolation in government-designated lodging.
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