Russia deploys coastal missile system on island chain near Japan

Russia has deployed its Bastion coastal missile defence system to a remote part of the Kuril island chain in the Pacific near Japan, the Ministry of Defence’s Zvezda TV channel said on Thursday. Japan lays claim to the Russian-held southern Kuril islands that Tokyo calls the Northern Territories, a territorial row that dates back toContinue reading “Russia deploys coastal missile system on island chain near Japan”

Japan Officials Escalate Concerns About Possible China Attack on Taiwan

Political leaders and senior defense officials in Tokyo have upped their concerns about the potential for conflict across the Taiwan Strait, further linking an attack on Taiwan to Japan‘s own national security this week. China‘s Foreign Ministry said it expressed its “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to Japanese counterparts on Thursday following remarks by Japanese Deputy Defense MinisterContinue reading “Japan Officials Escalate Concerns About Possible China Attack on Taiwan”

Japan confirms first case of new type of delta variant

The first case in Japan involving a new mutation of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus — of which only eight cases have been reported so far worldwide — has been confirmed, according to researchers. A research team from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, headed by associate professor Hiroaki Takeuchi, announced Monday in a statement thatContinue reading “Japan confirms first case of new type of delta variant”

Anti-feminism backlash on the rise in South Korea

Condemnation of quotas for women, vilification of a short-haired Olympic gold medallist, and calls to abolish the gender ministry itself: a backlash against feminism is on the rise in South Korea — with even presidential candidates joining in. While South Korea is the world’s 12th-largest economy and a leading technological power, it remains a male-dominatedContinue reading “Anti-feminism backlash on the rise in South Korea”

Tokyo Covered Up Arrival of Deadly New COVID Variant Just Before the Olympics

Three days before the Olympics began, on July 20, Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) reported to an international organization that the highly infectious Lambda variant had been detected in an airport test in Japan for the first time, but did not announce it widely to the public. The report was submitted to an international COVID-19Continue reading “Tokyo Covered Up Arrival of Deadly New COVID Variant Just Before the Olympics”

IOC yet to talk to Belarus officials, China probe ongoing

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has yet to talk to any Belarussian team officials involved in the case of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who took refuge in Poland this week after refusing to return to her homeland from Tokyo. The committee also said it was waiting for a report from the Chinese team on why two of its medallists appearedContinue reading “IOC yet to talk to Belarus officials, China probe ongoing”

Taiwan’s national flag anthem played in front of Chinese athletes for 1st time

Badminton gold medalist Wang declares himself from Taiwan, Chinese competitor Li congratulates ‘China’s Taipei team’ Taiwan’s badminton duo on Saturday (July 31) not only captured the country’s first Olympic gold in the sport, but their win over a Chinese team meant that the Taiwanese national flag’s anthem was played in front of Chinese athletes forContinue reading “Taiwan’s national flag anthem played in front of Chinese athletes for 1st time”

Belarus Olympic sprinter arrives in Vienna amid safety fears

A plane carrying a Belarusian Olympic sprinter seeking refuge landed in Austria on Wednesday after she resisted an attempt by her Olympic team’s officials to send her home, where she feared reprisals from the authoritarian government. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya boarded a plane at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport that left for Vienna, but she was expected toContinue reading “Belarus Olympic sprinter arrives in Vienna amid safety fears”

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open

Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games. Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is determined to hold the Olympics, placed TokyoContinue reading “Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open”

As COVID-19 cases tied to Tokyo Olympics rise, experts warn of ‘worrying’ situation on the ground

Roughly 15 per cent of those staying on site are likely unvaccinated COVID-19 cases among Olympic delegates are on the rise and roughly 15 per cent of those staying on site are unvaccinated, prompting warnings from medical experts about potential ripple effects if the world’s largest sporting event doesn’t clamp down on virus transmission. SetContinue reading “As COVID-19 cases tied to Tokyo Olympics rise, experts warn of ‘worrying’ situation on the ground”

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