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Radical recombinations: Capture the moment with created kanji

By Daniel Morales
- via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Kanji creator: Three kanji that writer Daniel Morales came up with are (from left):

A yearly contest asks Japanese speakers to come up with new kanji to reflect modern times, providing a fun way to learn and understand the ...

FIFA would ban breakaway ‘Super League’ players from World Cup

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

FIFA has threatened to ban players who participate in a potential rogue European Super League from participating in its competitions, including the World Cup. | HANDOUT / VIA REUTERS

The statement issued by global soccer's governing body and its six member federations is a warning to European clubs considering the creation of an elite ...

New China swine fever strains point to unlicensed vaccines

By Dominique Patton
- via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

A government agricultural officer collects urine samples from pigs arriving at a slaughterhouse in Wuyi county, Zhejiang province, China, in July 2020. Although the known infections are limited now, if the strains spread widely, they could slash pork output in the world's top consumer and producer; two years ago, swine fever wiped out half of China's 400 million-head pig herd. | CHINA DAILY / VIA REUTERS

The variants of the disease cause a chronic condition that reduces the number of healthy piglets born.

Diet in review: Suga defensive on virus response but insistent on Olympics

By Satoshi Sugiyama
- via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Question-and-answer sessions begin in the Lower House on Wednesday. | KYODO

Japan's prime minister took heat from one opposition lawmaker after another during three days of question-and-answer sessions.

Biden prepares to take oath of office as Trump leaves Washington

via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

The Republican president hailed his administration's record for the last time, hours before President-elect Joe Biden assumes the helm of a country beset by deep ...

The Trump administration is over, but will its Asia policies continue to resonate?

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic U.S.-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. | AFP-JIJI

While many policies were erratic, bore little immediate fruit or appeared to severely damage partnerships, some of the fundamentals are expected to survive his departure.

Trump supporters rally in Tokyo against Biden’s inauguration

via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold a rally in Tokyo on Wednesday ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in Washington. | REUTERS

Some Trump fans in Japan are drawn to his hard-line stance against China. Others are part of conservative Christian sects or adherents to QAnon.

Suga unlikely to be able to visit Biden in U.S. before spring

via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold a rally in Tokyo on Wednesday ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. | REUTERS

Japan is most interested in the new administration's policies on China, which recovered from the pandemic quickly and has begun expanding its influence through "vaccine ...

China slaps sanctions on 28 Trump-era officials, including Mike Pompeo

via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

Mike Pompeo | POOL / VIA REUTERS

China said on Wednesday it wanted to cooperate with President Joe Biden's new U.S. administration, while announcing sanctions against "lying and cheating" outgoing Secretary of ...

Twitter locks out Chinese Embassy in U.S. over post on Uighurs

via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Huocheng County, in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in 2018. | REUTERS

Twitter Inc. has locked the official account for the Chinese Embassy to the U.S. after a post that defended the Beijing government’s policies in the ...

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