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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 ...

Protesters who fled Hong Kong arrive in U.S., seeking asylum

By Michael Forsythe
- via The Japan Times    Jan 17, 2021

Pro-democracy protesters march from Victoria Park to Central in Hong Kong on Dec. 8, 2019.  | LAM YIK FEI / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Their arrival in the United States could create further tensions between China and the United States, posing an early challenge for the incoming Biden administration.

North American leagues in renewed struggle against COVID-19

via The Japan Times    Jan 16, 2021

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns blocks a shot attempt by Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the first half of their game in Salt Lake City on Dec. 26. | USA TODAY /VIA REUTERS

The NBA postponed three more games and the NHL pushed back the Dallas Stars' season opener again amid a surge of COVID-19 cases that has ...

Washing your clothes can create Arctic microplastic pollution

via The Japan Times    Jan 13, 2021

Maria-Luiza Pedrotti, CNRS marine biologist specialized in micro-plastics, looks at sea sample taken from the Mediterraneean Sea on a coastal research vessel as part of a scientific study about microplastics damaging marine ecosystems, near Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France, in October 2018. New research has found the majority of microplastics in Arctic seawater are polyester fibres, suggesting households are polluting the oceans simply by washing their clothes. | REUTERS

Plastic particles have infiltrated even the most remote and seemingly pristine regions of the planet.

COVID-19 batters Asia’s already-struggling democracies

By Joshua Kurlantzick
- via The Japan Times    Jan 13, 2021

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) reviews an honor guard with his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in Hanoi, in October 2019.   |  REUTERS

In Asia in particular, democratic or quasi-democratic governments have taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to strengthen their grips on power.

The West should envy Japan’s COVID-19 response

By Ramesh Thakur
- via The Japan Times    Jan 10, 2021

Workers wear protective gear to protect them against the COVID-19 virus near the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama last February. More than 700 of the 3,711 people on board the ship became infected with the virus, with 14 deaths being reported. |  REUTERS

The virus is not unprecedented, but the draconian societal shutdowns are. Who would have expected Western democracies to mimic authoritarian China?

A Tokyo emergency will be a bad omen for the world’s 2021

By Daniel Moss
- via The Japan Times    Jan 10, 2021

A live broadcast shows Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declaring a state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, amid the coronavirus outbreak, in the capital city on Thursday.    | REUTERS

Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures would almost qualify for Group of Eight membership if they were a country.

Bad timing spoils Tomoyuki Sugano’s MLB aspirations

By Jason Coskrey
- via The Japan Times    Jan 09, 2021

Giants pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano poses for photos after his 13th straight winning decision and 100th win of his career following a game against the BayStars at Tokyo Dome on Oct. 6. | KYODO

Given a market where he apparently didn't get a deal he liked and an offseason changed by the coronavirus, it's not hard to see why ...

There will be no quick COVID-19 fix

By William A. Haseltine
- via The Japan Times    Jan 09, 2021

Pedestrians walk past a public health warning sign in London on Dec. 22. | REUTERS

Few doubt the importance of personal liberty, but this is a time when we all need to forego certain conveniences for the sake of those ...

Renegotiating NAFTA

By James M. Lindsay
- via Foreign Affairs    May 12, 2017

Andres Rozental and Rohinton Medhora join CFR's James M. Lindsay in examining the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.




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