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Opposition leaders call for Tokyo Games to be canceled or delayed

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Japanese Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii has urged Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to cancel the Tokyo Games and focus its efforts on measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. | KYODO

The JCP is demanding cancellation of the games, citing the WHO chief scientist's comment that herd immunity cannot be acquired through vaccinations within the year.

Bundled-up Bernie: ‘Anti-fashion’ Sanders sparks inauguration meme storm

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Sen. Bernie Sanders sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the  U.S. president on Wednesday.  | AFP-JIJI

Standing out in a crowd of glamorously dressed guests, Bernie Sanders showed up for the U.S. presidential inauguration in a heavy winter jacket and patterned ...

U.S. Congress approves waiver for Lloyd Austin to be defense chief

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, the Biden's administration's nominee for defense secretary, at confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. The House and Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a special waiver that will allow Austin to join Biden's Cabinet. | POOL / VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES

The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass the waiver exempting Austin, who left the military in 2016, from a law that bars officers ...

Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow in March 2011. | REUTERS

The treaty, which is due to expire on Feb. 5, limits the United States and Russia to deploying no more than 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads ...

Biden orders masks, travel clampdown in new war on COVID-19

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders regarding his administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the White House in Washington on Thursday. | DOUG MILLS / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Signing 10 executive orders in the White House, Biden told the nation that the coronavirus death toll would likely rise from 400,000 to half a ...

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 ...

第1回「ESG Talk」ニッセイアセットマネジメント大関洋氏

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

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U.S. Senate leader reviewing Republican request for Trump trial delay

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Republicans have argued that former U.S. President Donald Trump needs time to prepare a defense against charges of inciting insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. | BLOOMBERG

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is reviewing a request from Republicans to put off the start of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until ...

Step up adaptation to climate change now or risk ‘enormous toll,’ scientists warn

By Megan Rowling
- via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Vehicles are submerged at a plot in La Lima, Honduras, that was flooded by the Chamelecon River in November due to heavy rain. | REUTERS

The scientists warned that a failure to respond to rising climate risks as governments try to revive their economies from coronavirus woes would have severe ...

Jurgen Klopp says Burnley defeat a ‘massive punch in the face’

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (right) consoles goalkeeper Alisson Becker after the team's defeat to Burnley on Tuesday in Liverpool, England. | POOL / VIA AFP-JIJI

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said his team's shock 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Thursday was a "massive punch in the face" and took ...

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