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Government plans to accelerate introduction of personalized cancer treatment

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Government plans to accelerate introduction of personalized cancer treatment

- The government will accelerate the introduction of personalized cancer treatment at hospitals across the country by creating a database of patients’ genetic information and promoting development of new diagnostic methods, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday. Japan lags behind other industrialized countries in providing tailor-made treatment to cancer patients using data from their genetic tests. The government will designate several hospitals by March next year for introducing such treatment

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Map of 'imminent flooding' under development to urge prompt evacuation

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Map of 'imminent flooding' under development to urge prompt evacuation

- A land ministry research institute is developing a system of monitoring rivers in real time and sharing information on potential flooding with local governments and residents to help people evacuate before levees break or rivers overflow. The "Kozui kikendo mieruka project (Project for Sharing Flood Disaster Risk with Local Governments and Local Communities)," launched by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)'s National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, is set to be completed in fiscal 2018

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Concert at A-bomb dome celebrates Obama’s 2016 visit to Hiroshima

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Concert at A-bomb dome celebrates Obama’s 2016 visit to Hiroshima

- A concert was held in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima on Saturday to commemorate the first anniversary of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to the city. A nonprofit group organized the concert to highlight the preciousness of peace through music. About 800 people attended the event. Obama visited Hiroshima on May 27 last year, becoming the first sitting U

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Hall of Fame pitcher Bunning, a longtime U.S. senator, dies at 85

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Hall of Fame pitcher Bunning, a longtime U.S. senator, dies at 85

- LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an uncompromising advocate for conservative causes, has died. He was 85. Bunning’s family said the ex-senator and baseball great died late Friday of complications from a stroke suffered last October. Bunning was the patriarch of a large family that included his wife, Mary, and their nine children, 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren

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Kiwi pro Michael Hendry qualifies for The Open with runnerup finish in Japan

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Kiwi pro Michael Hendry qualifies for The Open with runnerup finish in Japan

- Kiwi golfer Michael Hendry has qualified for his first major championship, The Open. Hendry finished runnerup at the Mizuno Open at Okayama on Sunday, in what was a qualifying tournament for the British Open. Hendry finished 10-under par at the Mizuno Open, five shots behind winner Kim Chan. The top four at the Mizuno Open qualified for the 146th Open, which will be at Royal Birkdale, north of Liverpool, in July

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Media in frenzy as convicted Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home

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Media in frenzy as convicted Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home

- BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Australian Schapelle Corby battled a media storm as she returned home from Bali on Sunday — 12 years after her conviction for drug trafficking — in a dramatic end to a saga that captivated her homeland. The beauty school dropout hit Australian headlines when she was arrested in 2004 at Bali airport aged 27 with several kilograms of hashish stashed in her surfing gear, and was jailed the following year for 20 years

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Rugby events create surge of interest ahead of World Cup

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Rugby events create surge of interest ahead of World Cup

- The Yomiuri Shimbun Young and old, male and female, everyone is getting ready for the Rugby World Cup in autumn 2019 — the first to be held in Asia — thanks to various events and efforts to stoke public interest. The Rugby World Cup is said to be one of the three biggest sports events in the world, ranked third after the Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in terms of the number of spectators

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Tags: Rugby Football | 
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Final GSDF group returns to Japan from South Sudan

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Final GSDF group returns to Japan from South Sudan

- The Yomiuri ShimbunAOMORI — The fourth and final group of a Ground Self-Defense Force unit returned to Japan from South Sudan on Saturday after taking part in U.N. peacekeeping operations. The arrival of 40 personnel of the about 350-member 11th Engineer Unit marked the completion of the GSDF’s withdrawal from the country. The unit had been engaged in such activities as road maintenance and repair

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Toyota strengthens Lexus brand with boat

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Toyota strengthens Lexus brand with boat

- The Yomiuri ShimbunToyota Motor Corp. has unveiled in Tokyo a prototype for the first pleasure boat under its luxury car brand Lexus. The hull of “Sport Yacht Concept” was created based on the Lexus design philosophy. The boat has two five-liter gasoline engines, which the Lexus car uses. It is 12.7 meters long and carries eight people. Targeting wealthy consumers, Toyota aims to strengthen the image of the Lexus brand

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Tags: Vehicle Manufacturers |  Lexus |  Toyota | 
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Trump can’t stop climate movement, Gore says in Cannes

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Trump can’t stop climate movement, Gore says in Cannes

- CANNES, FRANCE – Donald Trump cannot stop the climate movement despite the president’s efforts to roll back environmental protections, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said Monday. Gore painted a hopeful picture for environmentalists at the Cannes Film Festival, claiming that new U.S. state regulations and clean-energy solutions are speeding ahead. “We now know after four months of the Trump administration that no one person can stop the climate movement, not even the president,” said Gore, who was in Cannes to promote the sequel to his Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth

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JAL eyes boost in Aussie and Hawaiian flights while reducing flights to France, South Korea

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JAL eyes boost in Aussie and Hawaiian flights while reducing flights to France, South Korea

- Japan Airlines is looking to open new routes to Australia and Hawaii this fall, sources said. The move comes after the transport ministry ended supervision of JAL’s management, including restrictions on new routes, in March following the carrier’s 2010 bankruptcy, public bailout and subsequent rehabilitation. Demand for flights to Australia and Hawaii remains solid because the risk of terrorism is low compared with areas such as Europe, which has been hit by several terrorist attacks in the past few years

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Shibuya indicted in slaying of Vietnamese girl in Chiba

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Shibuya indicted in slaying of Vietnamese girl in Chiba

- CHIBA – Public prosecutors on Friday indicted former parents’ association head Yasumasa Shibuya for allegedly murdering a Vietnamese school girl in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, in March. The Chiba District Public Prosecutor’s Office did not reveal whether the suspect, 46, has admitted to all the allegations, which include kidnapping, molesting and abandoning the body of 9-year-old Le Thi Nhat Linh. The indictment says Shibuya is suspected of using his vehicle to kidnap the third-grader on March 24, restrain her with handcuffs, and perform indecent acts on her

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Official visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe

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Official visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe

- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe, will be arriving visiting to Malta later this evening for official talks with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The Prime Ministers and their delegations will conduct discussions on bilateral relations at the Auberge de Castille. The two leaders are expected to issue a joint statement after the meeting

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Halal haven: Sampling Osaka’s famous food on a budget

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Halal haven: Sampling Osaka’s famous food on a budget

- Nicknamed "tenka no daidokoro", or "the nation’s kitchen", Osaka lives up to its reputation of being the standard bearer for Japanese cuisine. Its people live by the ethos of kuidaore - the concept of eating oneself bankrupt. And it is hard not to, considering how Japan’s third-largest city has a plethora of fine dining establishments, which collectively have a whopping 91 Michelin stars, including three 3-star restaurants

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Detours in Japan / New ‘Diamond Route’ aims to help Fukushima shine

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Detours in Japan / New ‘Diamond Route’ aims to help Fukushima shine

- By Yuka Matsumoto / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterFUKUSHIMA — With the aim of revitalizing its tourism industry in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukushima Prefecture is teaming up with neighboring Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures to establish a so-called “Diamond Route” to serve as an inbound tourism route linking major sightseeing spots. The name Diamond Route takes inspiration from the famed Golden Route — a popular travel itinerary for foreign tourists that takes in Tokyo, Mt

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Ex-bureaucrat says documents suggesting wishes of Abe do exist

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Ex-bureaucrat says documents suggesting wishes of Abe do exist

- The Yomiuri Shimbun Former bureaucrat Kihei Maekawa on Thursday asserted the existence of documents allegedly suggesting the Cabinet Office requested that the education ministry make a decision on a new university department as soon as possible in keeping with the wishes of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Kake Educational Institution, an Okayama-based school operator, plans to establish a university department of veterinary medicine in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, using the designation of national strategic special zone

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  • Map of 'imminent flooding' under development to urge prompt evacuation
    Map of 'imminent flooding' under development to urge prompt evacuation

    , mainichi.jp

    A land ministry research institute is developing a system of monitoring rivers in real time and sharing information on potential flooding with local governments and residents to help people evacuate before levees break or rivers overflow. The "Kozui kikendo mieruka project (Project for Sharing Flood Disaster Risk with Local Governments and Local Communities)," launched by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)'s National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, is set to be completed in fiscal 2018

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Politics & Government

Sports

  • China to play South Korea in Sudirman Cup final
    China to play South Korea in Sudirman Cup final

    , indianexpress.com

    Defending champions China will face three-time winners South Korea in the final of the mixed teams Sudirman Cup after fighting off a stern Japanese challenge in Gold Coast on Saturday. The 10-time winners needed a victory in the fifth match by women’s doubles pair Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan to seal a 3-2 win over the 2015 finalists Japan. Chen and Jia prevailed 21-12, 21-19 over the Japanese duo Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi after a 49-minute tussle

    Categories: Sports | 
    Tags: Tennis |  Badminton | 
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Business

  • JAL eyes boost in Aussie and Hawaiian flights while reducing flights to France, South Korea
    JAL eyes boost in Aussie and Hawaiian flights while reducing flights to France, South Korea

    , japantimes.co.jp

    Japan Airlines is looking to open new routes to Australia and Hawaii this fall, sources said. The move comes after the transport ministry ended supervision of JAL’s management, including restrictions on new routes, in March following the carrier’s 2010 bankruptcy, public bailout and subsequent rehabilitation. Demand for flights to Australia and Hawaii remains solid because the risk of terrorism is low compared with areas such as Europe, which has been hit by several terrorist attacks in the past few years

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Travel & Recreation

  • Women flock to afternoon tea at luxury hotels
    Women flock to afternoon tea at luxury hotels

    , the-japan-news.com

    By Rieko Mohara / Japan News Staff WriterOn a weekday afternoon, many small groups of women were having afternoon tea at a luxury hotel in central Tokyo. Koto music was being performed live by a woman in kimono, but the atmosphere of the chic, mostly black, spacious lounge of Aman Tokyo hotel on the 33rd floor of a high-rise building was not typically Japanese

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Law & Crime

Motoring

  • Toyota strengthens Lexus brand with boat
    Toyota strengthens Lexus brand with boat

    , the-japan-news.com

    The Yomiuri ShimbunToyota Motor Corp. has unveiled in Tokyo a prototype for the first pleasure boat under its luxury car brand Lexus. The hull of “Sport Yacht Concept” was created based on the Lexus design philosophy. The boat has two five-liter gasoline engines, which the Lexus car uses. It is 12.7 meters long and carries eight people. Targeting wealthy consumers, Toyota aims to strengthen the image of the Lexus brand

    Categories: Motoring | 
    Tags: Vehicle Manufacturers |  Lexus |  Toyota | 
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Life & Style

  • Actor Masaki Suda voted most popular handsome artiste in Japan
    Actor Masaki Suda voted most popular handsome artiste in Japan

    , sg.yahoo.com

    Keiko Kitagawa might be Japan’s “most beautiful female celebrity”, but she’s not alone at the top of the rankings, according to Japanese readers. Actor Masaki Suda, 24, topped the ranking of readers’ current favourite handsome male artiste in a questionnaire launched by Japanese fashion magazine, ViVi. “Finally, the first! It is a delightful thing to be first in everything,” said the actor, who has had lead roles this recently in “Death Note: Light Up The New World” and“Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High”

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    Tags: Beauty |  Handsome | 
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