Officials from the G20 group held an emergency video conference Thursday, promising to work together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and provide greater financial support, particularly for developing economies. The US has taken a particularly hard hit, overtaking China and Italy for the highest number of cases, and reported record unemployment.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for a “relaxation or suspension” of international sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and other countries facing the coronavirus pandemic. Michelle Bachelet called it a “crucial time,” marked by the COVID-pandemic.
Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced it would postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021. The decision was made after a meeting with the Japanese government. Earlier, many national olympic committees, from Canada to Australia, called for this.
Due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, Canada and Australia have refused to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. On Monday, the National Olympic Committee of Canada announced that it would not send athletes to the Games in 2020 due to the risk of contracting viral pneumonia COVID-19.
A Japanese man who fatally stabbed 19 residents of a care home for people with disabilities has been sentenced to death by hanging by presiding judge Kiyoshi Aonuma. “The attacks were premeditated, and the defendant was acting consistently to achieve his goal,” Aonuma said, citing the violence of his crime.
Central banks of the major countries of the world took a joint step to compensate for the effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the global economy. The Fed, the US central bank, announced that it would buy at least $700 billion in bonds while reducing interest rates to almost zero on Sunday.
Two Japanese men, a doctor from Hokkaido and an Osaka-based company exec, have been arrested for buying NEM digital currency coins connected to the infamous Coincheck hack. The breach led to an unprecedented loss of about $530 million worth of cryptocurrencies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally signed off on new constitutional amendments which would allow for him to remain in the Kremlin until 2036. The amendments repeal the current term limits that bar a president from running for a third consecutive six-year term. Putin’s second consecutive term, and fourth overall, comes to an end in 2024.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported that the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Turkey. “The infected individual contracted the virus after returning from Europe. He has been completely isolated,” Koca said. “The patient’s general condition is good. All of his family members and those who came into contact with him are under surveillance,” he added.
Japan will close all schools to curb the spread of the coronavirus until the end of March. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that the measure will take effect on Monday, and will cover all elementary, middle and high schools. The government has also called for major events to be canceled or postponed within the next two weeks.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said in major speech on Monday that the Bank of Japan will take the necessary measures to support markets shaken by the coronavirus outbreak. This has led to speculation about coordinated global policy action against the epidemic.
The total number of deaths due to the new coronavirus now exceeds 3000 worldwide. The vast majority of them have occurred in China. The latest deaths in China have all occurred in the Hubei Province, the virus epicenter, Chinese health authorities said Monday morning local time.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a compelling television speech on Saturday, strengthening crisis management in the coronavirus epidemic. After announcing a plan to close all schools on Thursday, he also called on the public to help “fight against the invisible and unknown virus.”
The Japanese government is in talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure that the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be held as planned under any circumstances, despite the threat of a new coronavirus spreading. The news came during a budget hearing on Friday, February 28, 2020 of the Commission of the lower house of Parliament by Seiko Hashimoto, the Minister responsible for the Olympic and Paralympic games and budget allocation.
This week there was a discussion in Russia about the possible countermeasures the US is planning against China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. Interestingly, due to the coronavirus and China, the stock markets are experiencing a turmoil.
The reason for the discussions is to develop additional strategies between Russia and China pertaining to the One Belt, One Road initiative, despite the virus outbreak. US Secretary Mike Pompeo also announced that US President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders for a meeting in Las Vegas next month. The summit is supposed to take place March 12, 2020.
In merely four days, the number of people infected with the new coronavirus on board the Diamond Princess ship has more than doubled. The number of people infected by the outbreak has skyrocketed from 64 to 174. For over a week now, 3,600 people have been quarantined on board the ship, a measure enacted by the Japanese government to prevent further infections in the country. The Diamond Princess ship is docked in Yokohama, and the quarantine period is scheduled to end on February 19th.
A tire is a ring-shaped strong, flexible and pneumatic structure that is placed around the rim of a wheel. Manufactured using wire, fabric, carbon black, natural or synthetic rubber, and other chemical additives, the primary function of a tire is to transfer the vehicle’s load on the surface and to provide a sturdy grip between the road and the vehicle.
The new coronavirus has killed 908 people in mainland China, where the number of infections has risen to 40,000, officials said Monday, confirming that the epidemic’s progression has stabilized. The 2019-nCoV virus, which appeared in December in a market in Wuhan (central China), killed 97 more people in the country, 91 in Hubei province, the most affected by the outbreak, bringing the total fatalities to 908 all over the country.
The government of Hong Kong will impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all people arriving from mainland China, starting Saturday, due to the new coronavirus epidemic. The announcement was made on Wednesday, by the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. “The measure is harsh. But I believe after we say all arrivals have to be quarantined for 14 days from Feb 8, the number of arrivals will reduce,” Lam said.
Hong Kong reported the first death due to the new coronavirus in its territory Tuesday. The victim is a 39-year-old man who had visited the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease, in January. This is the second death from the virus outside mainland China. The first was a 44-year-old man in the Philippines.
British Airways announced on Wednesday it had suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China. The move came shortly after the United Kingdom advised against any non-essential travel to the Asian country following the outbreak of the deadly new coronavirus. “We apologize to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” a statement to that effect released by British Airways read in part.
Russia announced a Japanese national was caught in the act of espionage trying to obtain classified information regarding the Russian military. The announcement came via the Russian Foreign Ministry. The incident took place on December 25, 2019 in the Russian Eastern town of Vladivostok, a major Pacific port city in Russia overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea. It’s known as a terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which links the city to Moscow in a 7-day journey. In the city center is Central Square, where a towering memorial pays tribute to local soldiers who fought Japanese forces in the early 20th century.
World gold prices continued to rise in light of worry about the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic spreading worldwide. In the session on January 28, the world gold price increased by 0.6%, to $1,580 an ounce. This is the highest level in the past three weeks. Investors often look to gold as a safe haven during uncertain times. Thus, the current outbreak of coronavirus has been widely thought of as the reason for the gold price increase.
The French Ministry of Health confirmed three cases of people infected by the Coronavirus Friday that generated an outbreak of a mysterious respiratory disease in China’s Hubei province. France’s Health Minister, Agnes Buzyn, warned that, in addition to these two cases— the first ones to be recorded in Europe— new infections were still likely to arise in the country.
The outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus is spreading to more Chinese cities, with 139 new cases confirmed this weekend. The virus, which causes pneumonia, has infected more than 200, health officials said on Monday. Authorities in Wuhan, China’s central metropolis where the disease was first identified in December, confirmed the new cases, including a third death.
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Japan has asked for the extradition of former Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi Chairman, Carlos Ghosn, from Lebanon. He fled from the country in December through unconventional means after facing a slew of financial crime charges. The former auto boss has publicly revealed that he is currently residing in Lebanon.
Often the capital of every country worldwide is more beautiful than its other cities since the capital city is that particular country’s very face.
Here are the 10 most beautiful capitals of the world:
London, England and the United Kingdom – Possessing a deep-rooted history, the world’s artistic capital London is the British Empire’s leading economic city. Located on the banks of the Thames, the city of London is famous for its exquisite architectural buildings such as the London Eye, Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.
Chinese internet giant Sohu published information pertaining to Japan’s nuclear capabilities. Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is China’s premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of web properties. All Chinese media is controlled by the Chinese government. According to the publication, Japan has enough nuclear fuel to make over 6,000 nuclear bombs. The amount is enough to destroy a whole nation.
Russia just announced near completion of its own new tokamak prototype. Russia is one of the nations involved in the ITER experiment, the world’s largest fusion experiment. Each nation involved in the project has to have its own tokamak. The tokamak is one of several types of magnetic confinement devices being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power.
The Prime Ministers of South Korea and Japan will meet in Tokyo next Thursday in what is expected to be their first talks since relations soured in 2018. In order to improve the bad diplomatic relations that South Korea and Japan have maintained since the end of 2018, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon will meet next Thursday in Tokyo with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering announced on October 14th their intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth.
At least 35 people have been killed in a devastating typhoon that hit Japan this weekend. Many others are missing. This is considered to be Japan’s most severe storm in the last 60 years. The typhoon hit shortly before 9 PM local time on the Izu Peninsula in southwestern Tokyo. It is now moving along the east coast of Japan’s main island. The wind speed of this storm has reached a maximum of 225 kilometers per hour.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to arrange a meeting between the US and Iranian leaders continued in New York on Tuesday. Hassan Rouhani described Mr. Macron’s efforts to lift US sanctions against Iran as a success, but Donald Trump said in a speech at the UN General Assembly that sanctions would not be lifted as long as Iran’s threatening behavior continues. Mr. Macron first met with Mr. Rouhani on Monday night. He said on Tuesday evening that Mr. Rouhani was accompanying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet with the British Prime Minister.
At least three people are dead and dozens are injured after a powerful typhoon swept Tokyo in the early hours of Monday morning. The typhoon caused power cuts and major disruptions to the nation’s transport sector, inconveniencing thousands of early morning commuters.
The majority of all global conflicts are connected to oil. The map below provides the current oil resources available globally. The power of the Black Gold and greed has been overriding human lives for close to 100 years. The first large scale demand for petroleum was documented in the 1880s due to kerosene been derived from petroleum.
The 45th G7 (Group of Seven) Summit is being held from August 24–26, 2019, in Biarritz, France. The Group of Seven consists of the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. France has identified the following main objectives for the 2019 Summit:
Japanese scientists will begin to try to make human organs in animals after receiving permission from the government for the first time in Japan’s history to conduct such studies. This controversial area of research consists of implanting human stem cells called “iPS” in modified animal embryos. The stem cells are capable of producing any type of cell according to the part of the body in which they are implanted and can thus form the basis for the creation of a particular organ.
The Japanese government cabinet has decided to exclude Korea from the list of “white countries” that can receive preferential treatment in trade control. As a result, the fierce confrontation between Japan and Korea becomes even more serious. The decree takes effect on August 28th. Korea is subjected to new export restrictions. The Japanese side explained that the decision was due to the lack of an export control system in Korea and security concerns.
The North Korean government said Friday the missiles launched yesterday are new tactical weapons designed to send a “solemn warning” to South Korea to stop importing armaments and conducting joint military exercises with the United States. The launch of two short-range missiles on Thursday was the first since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump met last month in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.
Japan’s ruling center-right coalition retained control in upper house elections on Sunday, but lost seats in the process. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats took the worst of it, losing more than a dozen seats. His junior coalition partners, the Komeito Party, and allied Japan Innovation Party actually made small gains. Abe remains well-positioned to deal with several domestic and foreign policy issues before his House of Representatives comes up again in 2021. However, his forces lost their two-thirds majority in the House of Councillors, scuttling a debate, for now, on the role of the military in pacifist Japan.
The Japanese police were trying to elucidate Friday the motive of the suspect in the aftermath of a terrible fire that killed 33 people in an animation studio in Kyoto. Witnesses described scenes of hell. The tragedy stirred up excitement in Japan and beyond, with fans around the world sending online messages of support to Kyoto Animation which produces successful cartoons.
First off, what is anime. Anime is simply animation created in a specific style that originated in Japan. The majority of anime are based off graphic novels called manga. Manga is similar to comics with a few differences. In regards to anime’s presence in America, it still can’t be considered mainstream, and is still not viewed in high regards by the majority of society. Despite this, there is no doubt in my mind that anime will become a major part of American Pop Culture.