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Abe: Nationalist blueblood at home, shrewd diplomat abroad

Abe: Nationalist blueblood at home, shrewd diplomat abroad

2017-10-19 12:04:55, sg.yahoo.com

Japan's Shinzo Abe, seeking a fresh term in Sunday's election, is seen as a pragmatic and canny diplomat who has cozied up to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin while pushing a nationalist agenda at home. Groomed for power from birth, the 63-year-old is often viewed as arrogant but has also shown a self-deprecating sense of humour, dressing up as video game icon Super Mario as the Rio Olympics closed to give a zany preview of Tokyo 2020

 

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Olympics - Champions League winner Park to be first South Korean to carry Games flame

Olympics - Champions League winner Park to be first South Korean to carry Games flame

2017-10-19 12:00:44, channelnewsasia.com

ATHENS: Champions League winner Park Ji-sung will be the first South Korean to carry the flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics after the torch lighting ceremony in Olympia next week, the Greek Olympic committee said on Thursday. Park, 36, who won a string of titles with Manchester United and Eindhoven before retiring, will be the second torchbearer in Olympia, site of the ancient Greek Olympics, after Greece's Nordic skier Apostolos Aggelis at the start of the Greek relay

 

Technology

U.S. government issues warning as Wi-Fi security flaw makes millions of internet users’ data vulnerable to hackers

U.S. government issues warning as Wi-Fi security flaw makes millions of internet users’ data vulnerable to hackers

2017-10-17 13:17:29, japantimes.co.jp

WASHINGTON – A newly discovered flaw in a widely used Wi-Fi encryption protocol could leave millions of users vulnerable to attacks, prompting warnings Monday from the U.S. government and security researchers worldwide, including Japan. The U.S. government’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) issued a security bulletin saying the flaw can open the door to hackers seeking to eavesdrop on or hijack devices using wireless networks

 

Health

Video DJ with ALS uses only eyes to perform

Video DJ with ALS uses only eyes to perform

2017-10-15 04:46:15, the-japan-news.com

By Yuko Inazawa / Yomiuri Research Institute Fellow Masatane Muto, 30, calls himself an “eye video disk jockey” (VDJ). He is probably the only video and music director in the world who only uses his eyes. Muto was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) three years ago. ALS is an intractable disease that gradually weakens muscles, and he can no longer use his hands

 

Education

School heads knew about scolding of boy before his death: report

School heads knew about scolding of boy before his death: report

2017-10-18 08:46:21, mainichi.jp

IKEDA, Fukui -- The principal and vice principal had witnessed a junior high school student, who took his own life here in March, being harshly scolded by his teachers before it allegedly led to his death, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned. The fact that the heads of Ikeda Junior High School had seen the teacher loudly scolding the student and the assistant teacher coldly and relentlessly reprimanding him before the 14-year-old leapt to his death from the third floor of the school building was disclosed in the expert third-party investigative committee's detailed reports of the incident which were obtained by the Mainichi Shimbun

 

Family & Parenting

Yonhap, Save the Children host annual mini marathon to help needy children in Asia, Africa

Yonhap, Save the Children host annual mini marathon to help needy children in Asia, Africa

2017-10-15 08:05:44, yonhapnews.co.kr

SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Yonhap) -- Thousands of children and their families took part in a mini marathon Sunday that was hosted by South Korea's key news service Yonhap News Agency and the international charity Save the Children to raise funds for children suffering from hunger and disease in Asia and Africa. The 4.2195-kilometer race, one-tenth of a full marathon, was held at Seoul's World Cup Park, with about 3,000 people running along a course that also offered chances to learn about what it's like to be suffering from malaria, hypothermia, malnutrition and a lack of drinkable water

 

Society & Culture

Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

2017-10-17 06:05:46, todayonline.com

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, to mark its annual autumn festival, the shrine said on Tuesday. Abe was expected to refrain from visiting the shrine during the festival, which will last until Friday, the Nikkei business daily and Kyodo news agency reported

 

Entertainment & Arts

Singer Jackson Browne highlights nuclear dangers ahead of Japan concert

Singer Jackson Browne highlights nuclear dangers ahead of Japan concert

2017-10-17 15:46:51, mainichi.jp

Jackson Browne, an American singer-songwriter with an anti-nuclear message, is gearing up for his first performance in Japan in 2 1/2 years. Browne, 69, is set to play at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo's Shibuya district on the evening of Oct. 17. A representative singer of the U.S. West Coast, Browne played a leading role in the "No Nukes" concerts held in New York in September 1979 -- the first anti-nuclear rock concerts staged after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident earlier that year

 

Motoring

Japan carmakers vouch for safety of some Kobe Steel parts; company future uncertain

Japan carmakers vouch for safety of some Kobe Steel parts; company future uncertain

2017-10-19 11:45:22, straitstimes.com

TOKYO (Reuters) - Three Japanese automakers on Thursday (Oct 19) said they found no safety issues with aluminium parts made by Kobe Steel Ltd, allaying some concerns that falsified quality data on products from the steelmaker had compromised their vehicles. Kobe Steel shares surged after the car makers' statements, but the steelmaker still has to contend with a US Justice Department probe, while checks continue at hundreds of companies involved in complex supply chains spanning the globe

 

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