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With apps and remote medicine, Japan offers glimpse of doctor visits in post-virus era

By Kaori Kaneko,Izumi Nakagawa
- via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

Medical doctor Makoto Kitada demonstrates a telemedicine application service called 'CLINICS', developed by medical start-up Medley Inc., in Tokyo on Wednesday. | REUTERS

As virus cases spiked in April, Japan temporarily eased restrictions on remote medical care, allowing doctors to conduct first-time visits online or by telephone.

576 days in a Chinese cell: Michael Kovrig’s resolve pushed to its limits

via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

People hold signs calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig in Vancouver in March 2019.  | REUTERS

In one of Michael Kovrig’s letters, the former Canadian diplomat describes life in a Chinese prison as a “gray, grinding monotony.” Confined to a windowless ...

Jair Bolsonaro bets ‘miraculous cure’ for COVID-19 can save Brazil — and his life

By Gabriel Stargardter,Lisandra Paraguassu
- via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed his government to make hydroxychloroquine widely available and encouraged Brazilians to take it. | REUTERS

More than 1.7 million people in Brazil have tested positive for coronavirus and nearly 68,000 have died. Only the United States has performed worse.

From Hong Kong to TikTok, the U.S.-China rivalry is broadening from trade to everything

via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping speak during a business leaders event in Beijing in November 2017.  | AFP-JIJI

The U.S.-China rivalry is shifting into new and unpredictable areas, engulfing everything from a popular video app to Hong Kong’s status as a global financial ...

Criticism of U.S. pullout from WHO comes from allies and China alike

via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

New broadsides by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump appeared aimed at refocusing attention during a presidential election year on the shortcomings of WHO and China early in the pandemic. | POOL / VIA REUTERS

Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it ...

Global coronavirus cases rise to more than 12 million

via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

Parham, a 7-year-old Iranian boy suspected to be infected with the coronavirus disease, is treated at Mofid children's hospital, in Tehran, on July 8. Global coronavirus cases exceeded 12 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally. | A. HEIDARI / VIA REUTERS

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 12 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as evidence mounts of the airborne spread of the disease that has ...

Politics and cost may stymie any push for strike capabilities in Japan

By Eric Johnston
- via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

An LDP group including former defense ministers met June 30 to discuss a new defense strategy that would allow the Self-Defense Forces to attack enemy bases. | KYODO?

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is discussing the issue and is expected to put forward its conclusions later this month.

Brave Thunders’ Nick Fazekas tests positive for COVID-19

via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

The Brave Thunders' Nick Fazekas competes during his team's Emperor's Cup game against the Sunrockers Shibuya in January. The 35-year-old center has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Wednesday. | KAZ NAGATSUKA

Kawasaki Brave Thunders big man Nick Fazekas has tested positive for COVID-19, the B. League club announced Wednesday.According to the team, Fazekas underwent a PCR ...

DNA shows Native Americans and Polynesians hooked up 800 years ago

via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

Racers in Fiji compete in the 2019 Eco-Challenge adventure. According to a new study in Nature, Native Americans and Polynesians mingled and hooked up hundreds of years before Europeans set foot in either region, and left individuals scattered across French Polynesia with signature traces of the New World in their DNA. | COREY RICH / AMAZON / VIA AP

Native Americans and Polynesians bridged vast expanses of open ocean around the year 1200 and mingled, leaving incontrovertible proof of their encounter in the DNA ...

Smog caused an estimated 49,000 deaths in Beijing and Shanghai since Jan. 1

via The Japan Times    Jul 09, 2020

The central business district in Beijing. According to an estimate, Shanghai saw 27,000 deaths from Jan. 1 due to smog, more than the 22,000 in Beijing. | AP

Air pollution has caused an estimated 49,000 deaths and $23 billion in economic losses in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai alone since Jan. 1, ...

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