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Serena Williams raises doubts over playing at the Olympics
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Serena Williams raises doubts over playing at the Olympics

Tennis star, Serena Williams has raised doubts over playing at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer due to the current travel restrictions in place which could prevent her from taking her three-year-old daughter Olympia with her.     The 39-year-old American is the joint-most successful Olympian in tennis history alongside sister Venus having won one gold medal in singles and three in doubles.   But the decision not to allow international visitors to the Games, including family members of athletes, may see her miss the tournament.   Asked whether she would travel to Japan under what will be severe restrictions she cited Olympia in responding: 'I haven't spent 24 hours without her, so that kind of answers the question itself. We're best friends. ...
Klopp hints at Liverpool future for Minamino as Southampton loanee remains an ‘important player’
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Klopp hints at Liverpool future for Minamino as Southampton loanee remains an ‘important player’

The Japan international was allowed to head out of Anfield in the winter window, but will be welcomed back to Anfield over the summer Jurgen Klopp has assured Takumi Minamino that he remains part of the long-term thinking at Liverpool, with the Japan international considered to be an "important player" for the Reds. The 26-year-old forward was deemed surplus to requirements on Merseyside over the winter, with a loan switch to Premier League rivals Southampton sanctioned. Minamino has admitted that questions will have to be asked of his future at the end of the season, but Klopp says a versatile operator will be given every chance to prove his worth back at his parent club.
Man Arrested For Dating 35 Women At The Same Time In Japan
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Man Arrested For Dating 35 Women At The Same Time In Japan

A serial dater has been arrested in Japan after seeing 35 different people at the same time and receiving gifts and cards from all of them. Takashi Miyagawa, a part-time worker of no fixed abode from the Japanese region of Kansai, had told each of the women he had been dating that his birthday was on a different date. The 39-year-old was arrested for defrauding the 35 women after pretending to be serious about relationships with them. Miyagwa's real birthday in November 13. In one case, the Miyagwa told a 47-year-old lover that his birthday was on February 22, while another victim, 40, said he told her it was in July. A third woman, who is 35, said she believed it was in April. According to SoraNews24, the total number of victims stands at 35 with the possibility of more...
Hideki Matsuyama becomes first Masters champion from Japan
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Hideki Matsuyama becomes first Masters champion from Japan

Hideki Matsuyama delivered golf-mad Japan the grandest and greenest prize of all. Ten years after Matsuyama made a sterling debut as the best amateur at Augusta National, he claimed the ultimate trophy Sunday with a victory in the Masters to become the first Japanese winner of the green jacket. Matsuyama closed with a 1-over 73 and a one-shot victory that was only close at the end, and never seriously in doubt after Xander Schauffele’s late charge ended with a triple bogey on the par-3 16th. Moments before Dustin Johnson helped him into the green jacket, Matsuyama needed no interpreter in Butler Cabin when he said in English, “I’m really happy.” So masterful was this performance that Matsuyama stretched his lead to six shots on the back nine until a few moments of drama. Wi...
Emir Cup: Olunga on target as Al Duhail SC beat Al-Shamal to reach semis
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Emir Cup: Olunga on target as Al Duhail SC beat Al-Shamal to reach semis

The towering Harambee Star scored his fourth goal for the Qatari club as they qualified for the semi-finals on Tuesday Kenya international Michael Olunga was on target to help Al Duhail SC beat Al-Shamal 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the Emir Cup on Tuesday. The towering striker, who joined the Qatari club from Kashiwa Reysol of Japan, started in the game played at Suheim bin Hamad Stadium and put his team ahead in the 45th minute before Abdullah Al-Ahrak grabbed the second goal in the 84th minute. Duhail started the game on a high note, raiding their opponents with long balls, which Al-Shamal did well to contain, but in the 20th minute, Olunga received a through-ball from Ian Diakite which he did well to control but his final shot was weak and did not trouble the keeper.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl outlines plans for ‘special’ Liverpool loanee Minamino
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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl outlines plans for ‘special’ Liverpool loanee Minamino

The attacking midfielder sealed a deadline-day move from Anfield to St Mary's and his new coach hopes he can provide an instant impact Takumi Minamino will be afforded the minutes he was missing at Liverpool following his switch to Southampton, says Ralph Hasenhuttl, with the Saints boss backing the Japan international to thrive. The attacking midfielder sealed a deadline-day loan move from Anfield to St Mary's and has gone straight into the Austrian's squad for Saturday's trip to Newcastle United. Having arrived at Merseyside at the start of 2020 - and with enough games last term to earn a Premier League winners' medal - Minamino has nevertheless found his chances limited this season.
‘If Liverpool fancied Minamino they wouldn’t have let him go’ – Klopp has no use for winger, says ex-Southampton boss Redknapp
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‘If Liverpool fancied Minamino they wouldn’t have let him go’ – Klopp has no use for winger, says ex-Southampton boss Redknapp

The Reds have sent the Japan international to St Mary's on loan, with it suggested that he does not enjoy the full faith of his manager at Anfield If Liverpool "fancied" Takumi Minamino "they wouldn’t have let him go" to Southampton, according to Harry Redknapp, who says Jurgen Klopp has no use for the winger. Liverpool snapped up Minamino from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, which was seen initially seen as a smart piece of business. The 26-year-old had shone during his five-year stay at Salzburg, and even found the back of the net against the Reds in a Champions League group-stage encounter, impressing with his dynamic style of play in the final third of the pitch.
Kazu Miura, 53, extends Yokohama contract
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Kazu Miura, 53, extends Yokohama contract

    The oldest scorer in Japanese professional football Kazuyoshi Miura will still be playing aged 54 after extending his contract with Yokohama FC for another season. Miura turns 54 on 26 February, the day before the 2021 J League campaign begins. The former Japan striker joined Yokohama in 2005 and will play his 17th season for the club. "My aspirations and passion for football are only increasing," he said. Miura started his career with Brazilian side Santos in 1986 and became the oldest player to score in a Japanese professional league game with his 2017 goal against Thespakusatsu Gunma aged 50 years and 14 days. Dubbed 'King Kazu' in Japan, Miura is one of the country's most loved sportsmen and was the face of the J League when it launched in 1993. He...
Trump puts G7 summit proposal to Putin
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Trump puts G7 summit proposal to Putin

US President Donald Trump on Monday proposed his plan to include Russia in an expanded G7 summit in a phone call with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said. It said Trump “informed,” Putin of his plan to hold a rescheduled G7 “with the possible invitation of the leaders of Russia, Australia, India and South Korea,” without making further comment. The Kremlin called the conversation as a whole “constructive, business-like and substantive.” The US leader on Saturday said he would delay the G7 summit and hold an expanded event later, possibly in September, calling the current lineup of countries “very outdated.” The meeting was due to take place via video conference in June but Trump said he would delay it and aim to hold the gathering in-person instead. Kremlin spokesman ...
Japan Set To Lift Coronavirus State Of Emergency In Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo
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Japan Set To Lift Coronavirus State Of Emergency In Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo

Japan’s Economy minister says experts have approved a government plan to remove a coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka and two neighboring prefectures in the west where the infection is deemed slowing, while keeping the measure in place in the Tokyo region and Hokkaido, AP reports. Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters that experts at the meeting approved the plan to lift the measure in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. The measure will be kept in place in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, as well as Hokkaido, where the infections have slowed but need further improvement. The three are among the eight prefectures still under the emergency status after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the measure last week in all but eight of the 47 Japanese prefectures. Abe declared...
Avigan: Japan To Supply Coronavirus Drug To 43 Countries For Free
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Avigan: Japan To Supply Coronavirus Drug To 43 Countries For Free

Japan plans to ship the anti-flu drug Avigan to 43 countries after its holiday period ends this Wednesday. The drug is seen as a potential treatment for people infected with the coronavirus. Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu said on Friday that nearly 80 countries have requested free supplies of Avigan, which was developed by a Japanese company. He said the first batches will be delivered to the 43 countries through a UN organization. Recipient countries will then send clinical trial data to Japan. Motegi said taming the pandemic will require the development of effective remedies in the short term. He said there are hopes that Avigan will serve as an early-stage treatment for the coronavirus. Motegi added that Japan will press ahead with public-private partnerships and inter...
X-raying Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under Covid-19
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X-raying Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under Covid-19

But times have changed and today, with the world on lockdown from Minna to Minneapolis and Lagos to Lisbon, the word de jour is Covid-19, a disease caused by the novel Coronavirus. Total global infections now stand at over 2.8m with a total fatality rate of almost 200,000 which is well over 5%. Of the global number of infections, 808,024 people have recovered. Figures are based on statistics available on April 25, 2020. Nigeria with 1,095 confirmed cases and 32 deaths is fast closing the gap against Ghana which has 1,279 confirmed cases and 10 fatalities as well as South Africa which has reported 4,220 cases with 79 fatalities. Prognostications from the Nigeria Center of Disease Control (NCDC) are dire with the figures expected to rise further in the coming days as more tests are ...
Japan Declares A State Of Emergency Nationwide
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Japan Declares A State Of Emergency Nationwide

Japan has expanded its state of emergency to cover the entire country, AFP reports. My colleague in Tokyo, Justin McCurry, earlier reported that Shinzo Abe, the country’s prime minister, was poised to announce the expansion of measures, which had already been declared in seven regions, including Tokyo. On Thursday evening, Abe told a special meeting of medical experts called to discuss the disease: Areas where a state of emergency should be carried out will be expanded from the seven prefectures to all prefectures According to AFP, the declaration allows regional governors to urge people to stay indoors, but with no punitive measures or legal force, the measure is far weaker than strict lockdowns seen in other parts of the world. Despite recording its first case in mid-J...
Real Mallorca whiz Kubo only thinking of Real Madrid future
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Real Mallorca whiz Kubo only thinking of Real Madrid future

Real Mallorca whiz Takefusa Kubo is confident of a future with parent club Real Madrid. Kubo, who was originally brought to Spain from Japan by Barcelona as a junior, has been on-loan this season with Mallorca. He told AS: "First, I have to say I am very grateful to Barcelona and also FC Tokyo who took me in after the sanction, to Yokohoma Marinos, who loaned me for half a season and now Mallorca. "Also, all of the players managers and the people who helped me grow and helped me to be who I am. When I reached the right age, I had a massive chance to pick a team and I picked Real Madrid because of their interest in me. "I am very grateful. And now I am very Madridista."
Japan To Fund Firms To Shift Production Out Of China
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Japan To Fund Firms To Shift Production Out Of China

Japan has earmarked of its record economic stimulus package to help its manufacturers shift production out of China as the coronavirus disrupts supply chains between the major trading partners. The extra budget, compiled to try to offset the devastating effects of the pandemic, includes 220 billion yen ( ) for companies shifting production back to Japan and 23.5 billion yen for those seeking to move production to other countries, according to details of the plan posted online. The move coincides with what should have been a celebration of friendlier ties between the two countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping was supposed to be on a state visit to Japan early this month. But what would have been the first visit of its sort in a decade was postponed a month ago amid the spread of t...
Japan Declares State Of Emergency Over Coronavirus
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Japan Declares State Of Emergency Over Coronavirus

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday April 7, declared a one-month state of emergency following increased cases of Coronavirus in the country. In a televised news conference, Abe said the recent sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo and other urban areas made him rethink their approach in curbing the spread of the virus. He said; “We are not at a stage where rapid nationwide spread is being observed, but some areas are under pressure, so we don’t have the luxury of time. The rise in infections is straining our health service. “To relieve that pressure there will have to be a transformation in people’s behaviour. Preventing an explosion in cases, saving people in serious conditions and protecting you and your loved ones depends on how we change our behaviour.” Abe...
COVID-19: Japanese University Conducts Graduation Ceremony Using Remote Robots
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COVID-19: Japanese University Conducts Graduation Ceremony Using Remote Robots

While the whole world is struggling not only to fight the novel coronavirus but also to figure out a way to carry on with their day-to-day life, some countries seem to be one or two steps ahead of us. While South Korea showed a brilliant effort to keep people who were exposed to confirmed coronavirus cases at home by sending them amazing comfort packages full of essentials, Japan enters the competition of who’s done it better by solving the problem of how to make public events such as graduation risk-free. BTT University in Japan has found a genius way to conduct a graduation ceremony without having the students physically attend it. The genius way is that they just resolved to using robots to represent the students. The graduation ceremony was held on March 28th at Hote...
Japan Begins Clinical Trials For Coronavirus Drug
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Japan Begins Clinical Trials For Coronavirus Drug

Japan has begun clinical trials to test the effectiveness of the anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with coronavirus, according to latest report. Following promising result in China, Japan commenced the trials for the drug which shortens the recovery time for China’s coronavirus patients. A company spokesman said on Wednesday: “The trial will be conducted on 100 patients until the end of June. “We will collect data, analyse them and file for approval after that,” he added. The drug will be administered for a maximum of 14 days to coronavirus patients between 20 and 74 years old with mild pneumonia, the spokesman said. The study excludes pregnant women due to side effects shown in animal testing, he added. The phase three trial comes after Prime Minister Shinzo ...
Plane Carrying Coronavirus Supplies To Japan Crashes & Explodes, Eight Dead
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Plane Carrying Coronavirus Supplies To Japan Crashes & Explodes, Eight Dead

The jet, bound for Haneda, Japan, crashed at Manila International Airport in the Philippines and it is believed all eight people on board were killed A plane carrying emergency medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic crashed during takeoff before exploding into a fireball. The jet crashed at Manila International Airport in the Philippines and it is believed all eight people on board were killed. The flight was bound for Haneda, Japan. It had reportedly been chartered by the government and was carrying emergency supplies to the country as it battles against the spread of coronavirus. Footage from the crash scene showed huge flames as emergency services were scrambled, reports the Daily Star. Thick plumes of black smoke could also be seen billowing into the air fro...
Coronavirus: FG Adds Sweden, Austria to Restricted Countries
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Coronavirus: FG Adds Sweden, Austria to Restricted Countries

  The Federal Government has added Sweden and Austria to the list of high-risk countries following the outbreak of coronavirus. Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement at a media briefing on Friday in Abuja. “We have identified two more high risks countries – Austria and Sweden which were added in the past 24 hours to the list,” Ehanire said. On Wednesday March 18th, the Federal government announced the restriction of travellers from 13 countries identified as high risk countries with over 1000 recorded cases of Coronavirus. They are China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, Norway, United Kingdom, Netherlands & Switzerland.
Black rain falls in Japanese city after lightning storm
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Black rain falls in Japanese city after lightning storm

Days after one of the fiercest lightning storms on record struck Tokyo a mysterious black rain has fallen in Japan. The rain, which looked like thin black paint, was not found to be radioactive and the cause of the strange colouration is currently being investigated. Black rain is a particularly shocking sight for older Japanese, who remember a similar dark rain falling in the wake of the atomic bomb blasts over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Japanese social media users shared photos of the bizarre phenomenon, with some saying it was “a little too scary” and “about as bad an omen as you can get these days.”
Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be postponed over coronavirus
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be postponed over coronavirus

Japan’s Olympic minister says the Tokyo 2020 Games could be postponed from the summer until later in the year amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak. In a response to a question in Japan’s parliament, Seiko Hashimoto said Tokyo’s contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) “calls for the Games to be held within 2020”.She added that “could be interpreted as allowing a postponement”. The Games are due to be held from 24 July to 9 August. “We are doing all we can to ensure that the Games go ahead as planned,” Hashimoto added. IOC president Thomas Bach said last week that the organisation is “fully committed” to hosting the event as scheduled. Under the hosting agreement the right to cancel the Games remains with the IOC. A number of high-profile sporting events...
Israeli Who Recovered In Japan Develops Coronavirus Again In Israel
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Israeli Who Recovered In Japan Develops Coronavirus Again In Israel

Four new cases were discovered on Friday alone, including the first case of transmission on Israeli soil. Friday saw a worrisome spike in Israeli coronavirus cases, as four more citizens were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in Israel, the Health Ministry reported. Shimon Dahan returned from quarantine in Japan after having having been presumed to be "recovered", following his infection with the virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and subsequent quarantine in Tokyo. Later on Friday, two men from northern Israel were also diagnosed with coronavirus after returning from separate trips to Italy, according to the ministry, making them the sixth and seventh Israeli citizens to be infected so far.
A British Man Dies From Coronavirus In Japan
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A British Man Dies From Coronavirus In Japan

A British man who had been on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship has died from coronavirus, Japan's Health Ministry says. He is the first British person to die from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Foreign Office said it is investigating the reports. It comes as three more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the UK, including the first one in Wales. Two new patients in England contracted the virus while in Iran, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Friday.
Coronavirus: PM Abe Asks Japan Schools To Close Over Disease
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Coronavirus: PM Abe Asks Japan Schools To Close Over Disease

Japan's entire school system, from elementary to high schools, will be asked to close from Monday until spring break late in March to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday. The dramatic escalation of Japan's fight against the virus follows rising criticism of what has been seen as a lukewarm government response. "This coming week or two are an extremely important period," Abe told a coronavirus task force.
Israel Confirms First Coronavirus Case In Cruise Ship Returnee
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Israel Confirms First Coronavirus Case In Cruise Ship Returnee

Israel confirmed Friday its first case of new coronavirus in a citizen who flew home from Japan earlier this week after being quarantined on the stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess. “One of the passengers who returned home from the cruise ship in Japan tested positive in a checkup by the health ministry’s central laboratory,” a ministry statement said. A total of 15 Israelis were among the passengers quarantined on board the Diamond Princess, of whom 11 have flown home. The others all tested negative for the virus. The returning Israelis had all been placed in quarantine for 14 days at the Sheba Hospital in the central town of Tel Hashomer. “They are in full isolation,” said Dr Gili Regev-Yochay, director of the hospitals’ infectious diseases unit. “It’s in many way...
Coronavirus: Thieves Steal 6000 Hygiene Masks In Japan
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Coronavirus: Thieves Steal 6000 Hygiene Masks In Japan

Thieves in Japan have made off with some 6,000 surgical masks from a hospital, with the country facing a mass shortage and a huge price hike online due to the coronavirus. Four boxes containing the face masks disappeared from a locked storage facility at the Japanese Red Cross hospital in the western port city of Kobe, a hospital official said on Tuesday. “We still have a large number of masks — enough to continue our daily operations at the hospital, but this is so deplorable,” the official told AFP. Police have launched an investigation as they suspect the thieves intend to resell the masks. Masks have sold out at many drug and discount stores across the nation as the number of infections have increased in Japan — one of the most affected countries after China where the deat...
Ten people on quarantine cruise ship test positive for coronavirus
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Ten people on quarantine cruise ship test positive for coronavirus

Around 3,700 people are facing at least two weeks locked away on a cruise liner anchored off Japan after health officials confirmed on Wednesday that 10 people on the ship had tested positive for coronavirus and more cases were possible. While the infected patients were transferred by Japan’s coast guard to hospitals on the mainland, the remainder of the passengers and crew on board the Carnival Corp ship were placed in quarantine. Japan’s Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said: ‘I want to take sufficient care of the health of passengers and crew and make every effort to prevent the spread of the virus.’ The decision means that passengers on Carnival’s Diamond Princess, who had embarked for a planned eight-day round trip that was due begin on Tuesday, will instead spend at least 14...
Seven Countries to Discuss joint response to Coronavirus crisis
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Seven Countries to Discuss joint response to Coronavirus crisis

G7 countries will discuss a joint response to the coronavirus epidemic, Germany's health minister said on Sunday. Jens Spahn said he had talked on the phone with his US counterpart and "we agreed that there should be a conference call, a discussion by G7 health ministers about this question with the aim of dealing with it together". Spahn added: "There is no point in each country deciding on measures alone". The Group of Seven (G7) comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. China imposed a lockdown Sunday on a major city far from the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic, as its death toll from the disease soared to 304 and the first fatality outside the country was reported in the Philippines. Prof. Dr. Maria Vehresschild...
Coronavirus: Algeria, Morocco, Other Countries Evacuate Citizens From China
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Coronavirus: Algeria, Morocco, Other Countries Evacuate Citizens From China

Thousands of foreigners are among millions of people stuck in the central Chinese city of Wuhan as the country struggles to get to grips with the spread of a SARS-like virus which has claimed 132 lives nationwide. These are the plans so far by foreign governments to evacuate their citizens from the epicentre of the outbreak: – ASIA PACIFIC – Australia The foreign ministry said Tuesday it was working on a plan to transport home all Australian nationals, most of whom it said are dual nationals. Officials added they had received about 400 calls from Australians in China registering for evacuation. Canberra does not have a consulate in Wuhan but Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government is negotiating with Chinese officials over the arrangements. He said officials are talking...
US Arranging Charter Flight to Evacuate American Diplomats and Citizens Out of China
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US Arranging Charter Flight to Evacuate American Diplomats and Citizens Out of China

The United States has started plans to evacuate it's citizens and diplomats living in Wuhan, the Chinese city from which the deadly strain of Coronavirus originated from. Coronavirus, a SARS like disease, has killed over 50 people in China already with 2000 cases of infection confirmed already, with the Chinese government putting the city of Wuhan under lockdown as they try to contain the deadly virus.                                                    But the US, in keeping with principles of protecting it's diplomats and citizen all over the world, has finalized plans to evacuate about three dozen diplomats and their families from the US consulate in Wuhan, China and even though the city is in lockdown the Chinese government has been very supportive of the US' move. According to...
Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski completes move to Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor
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Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski completes move to Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor

Former Arsenal striker and German footballer, Lukas Podolski, has completed a move to Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor on a free transfer. The retired Germany star, 34, was a free agent after he ended his three-year stay in Japan with Vissel Kobe, where he bagged 17 goals in 60 appearances as well as winning the Emperors Cup with the Japanese club. He also won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. Antalyaspor are currently in the relegation zone after 18 matches but with the addition of Podolski in the team, the club will be hoping his arrival can help them get out of relegation. Lukas Podolski, who also played for Arsenal between 2012 and 2015 scored 31 goals in 82 games for the premiership club.
China Locks Down Two Cities to Curb Virus Outbreak
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China Locks Down Two Cities to Curb Virus Outbreak

China locked down nearly 20 million in two cities at the centre of a deadly virus outbreak on Thursday, banning planes and trains from leaving in an unprecedented move aimed at containing the disease which has already spread to other countries. The respiratory virus has claimed 17 lives since emerging from a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, infected hundreds of other people nationwide and been detected as far away as the United States. Streets and shopping centres in Wuhan, a major port city in central Hubei province with a population of 11 million people, were eerily quiet after authorities told residents not to leave town “without a special reason”. Trains and planes out of Wuhan were indefinitely suspended, tollways on roads out the city were closed, leading to fea...
Kazu Miura puts pen to paper on new deal at the age of 52
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Kazu Miura puts pen to paper on new deal at the age of 52

Kazuyoshi Miura, the world's oldest professional footballer, has signed a new contract that will seem him continue playing until the age of at least 53. The former Japan international, whose career has so far spanned an incredible 34 years, has put pen to paper on a new 12-month deal with the J1 League side, who won promotion to the top flight last year. Nicknamed 'King Kazu', Miura made just three appearances in the league last season, including a three-minute cameo during the final game of the season at home to Ehime FC. In a statement on the club's website, Miura said: 'In the 2020 season, I was able to renew the contract with Yokohama FC. With the team in J1, I will make every effort to help the club stay in the division. 'I hope to enjoy playing soccer and remember to...
Rolls-Royce Sold A Record 5,152 Cars In 2019, The Highest Ever
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Rolls-Royce Sold A Record 5,152 Cars In 2019, The Highest Ever

BMW-owned Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sold a record 5152 luxury cars across more than 50 countries in 2019, the highest annual figure ever in the Rolls-Royce’s 116-year history. That marked a 25% increase over the 4,107 vehicles it sold in 2018. The Americas remained the Rolls-Royce’s largest market in 2019, with about a third of its sales. This is followed by China and Europe. Russia, Singapore, Australia and Japan all reported record sales. Despite being dismissed as too big and expensive, the Cullinan was Rolls-Royce’s major contribution to the sales growth in 2019. The 3-ton high-riding SUV, which starts at $330,000, typically retails for over $400,000 after the usual add-ons and customizations. Rolls-Royce also claims their were high demands for Ghost, Dawn and its top of the ...
Former Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuhiro Nakasone dies at the age of 101
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Former Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuhiro Nakasone dies at the age of 101

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone has died at the age of 101. Nakasone was Japan’s prime minister from November 1982 to November 1987. According to Xinhua news, sources informed that Nakasone, a politician known for his support of expanding Japan’s defense provisions, passed away at a hospital in Tokyo just after 7:00 a.m. local time Friday. Widely regarded as a strong figure in politics, the former Japanese leader, in terms of diplomacy, was also known to have a close, first name-basis relationship with former U.S. President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s. During his tenure, he was an advocate for and worked towards the privatization of Japan’s national railway system and was also a proponent of revising Japan’s pacifist Constitution. Born in Gunma Prefecture’s ...
David Villa Announced Retirement
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David Villa Announced Retirement

The Spanish attacker will hang up his boots at the end of the season in Japan Former Barcelona star David Villa has confirmed his plans to retire once the current J-League season finishes. The 37-year-old has been playing for Japanese side Vissel Kobe alongside former barcelona star andres iniesta,this year with three league matches remaining before an Emperor's Cup semi-final in late December. At a press conference on Wednesday, Villa revealed he will be hanging up his boots, declaring he wanted to finish his career on his own terms. “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time," Villa said. "This is the result of discussions I had with my family and people around me. "I wanted to retire from football, not be forced to retire from football." The 2010 World Cup winn...
Onikan, Lagos Is The 3rd Coolest Neighborhood In The World
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Onikan, Lagos Is The 3rd Coolest Neighborhood In The World

CNN has ranked Onikan in Lagos as the 3rd coolest neighborhood in the world. At last, Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has made the news for all the right reasons on the world stage. A CNN magazine publication, Time Out , has listed Onikan, a Lagos neighborhood, as one of the coolest places to visit in the world. Only Arroios in Lisbon, Portugal and Shimokitazawa in Tokyo, Japan, were ranked higher than Lagos by the global publication. 50 neighborhoods around the world made the cut. CNN writes that: “When you're deciding where to spend your vacation, you might think about famous attractions or gorgeous natural wonders. "But if you really want to get to know a city like a local, your best bet is to look for the neighborhoods where they hang out, where the most inter...
El-rufai Spent 3 Days In Abuja Lobbying To Accompany Buhari To Japan – Shehu Sani
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El-rufai Spent 3 Days In Abuja Lobbying To Accompany Buhari To Japan – Shehu Sani

A former senator, Shehu Sani has reacted to a comment credited to the governor of Kaduna State, who on Thursday said Mr Sani had been reduced to a mere “blogger” since his defeat in the last general elections. In his reaction on Thursday, Mr Sani mocked Mr El-Rufai saying the Kaduna State governor was busy focusing on his presidential ambition while kidnappers had taken over his state. Mr Sani, who recently lost senatorial election, said Mr El-Rufai has been reduced from “dwarf” to a leper after being abandoned by President Muhammad Buhari and his men. He said; “I’m pleased to have reduced the height of El-Rufai from a dwarf to a leper who was rejected by the Governors forum. “Mr El-Rufai, I’m not responsible for removing your name from the entourage of those who traveled t...
Nigerians Engaging In Criminal Activities Do Not Represent Our Values – Buhari
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Nigerians Engaging In Criminal Activities Do Not Represent Our Values – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Yokohama, Japan said that the few Nigerians abroad indulging in criminal activities do not represent the values of the majority of the people of the country. Meeting with leaders of the Nigerian Community living in Japan on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), the President declared: “Let me also say that there are few Nigerians in the Diaspora that are giving us a bad name by engaging in criminal activities. These Nigerians are a minority, they do not represent the values of our country, and I plead with them to change their ways.” According to him, “We will not condone any crime whether at home or abroad, and we will also not allow these Nigerians to define us as a people with a reputa...
Buhari seeks Japanese support to fight piracy in Gulf of Guinea
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Buhari seeks Japanese support to fight piracy in Gulf of Guinea

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Yokohama, Japan, sought the support of the Asian government in combating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea as well as illegal fishing in that region. The President made the request during a bilateral meeting between the Nigerian delegation and Japanese officials led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the margins of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7). The Nigerian leader, who commended Mr. Abe for the invitation extended to him to attend the triennial Forum, also thanked the Japanese government for attending the pioneer celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria. In his remarks, Prime Minister Abe, according to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, welcomed Presid...
“Withdraw Your Threat On IPOB,” – Fani-Kayode To Junaid Mohammed
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“Withdraw Your Threat On IPOB,” – Fani-Kayode To Junaid Mohammed

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has urged a second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, to withdraw his threat on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Mohammed had threatened that IPOB members would pay with their blood if they attempt to attack President Muhammadu Buhari in Japan. “IPOB will pay with their blood if they attempt an attack on Buhari,” he said. The group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, had on Saturday called on Biafrans to ‘arrest’ and ‘disgrace’ Buhari when he arrives Japan for the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama from August 28 to 30. In several tweets on Wednesday, Mr Fani-Kayode said Mohammed’s threat shows that Nigeria is on the “brink of a terrible conflagration which could be...
Why Japan Can’t Stop IPOB Members From Protesting Against Buhari – Ubani
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Why Japan Can’t Stop IPOB Members From Protesting Against Buhari – Ubani

Monday Ubani, former Second Vice- President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Wednesday said Japan cannot stop members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) from demonstrating against President Muhammadu Buhari because the constitution of Japan protects freedom of speech and expression. He said protests against leaders who are attending foreign meetings and summits is a normal practice all over the world. He however said the host country may not allow the protesters to have direct access to the President so as not to attack him which may lead to retaliation by the security forces on the protesters. While urging President Buhari to address the grievances of the IPOB members, Ubani said while the President may not do that in Japan where he is currently participating i...
Why We Closed Nigeria’s Border With Benin Republic – Pres. Buhari
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Why We Closed Nigeria’s Border With Benin Republic – Pres. Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed the partial closure of Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic to the massive smuggling activities especially of rice, taking place on that corridor. The Nigerian leader gave the reason during an audience granted his Beninois counterpart, Patrice Talon, on the margins of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD7), in Yokohama, Japan on Wednesday. Buhari, who expressed great concern over the smuggling of rice, said it threatened the self-sufficiency already attained due to his administration’s agricultural policies. According to him, “Now that our people in the rural areas are going back to their farms, and the country has saved huge sums of money which would otherwise have been expended on importing rice u...
Okonjo-Iweala Applauds UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres At TICAD7 In Japan
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Okonjo-Iweala Applauds UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres At TICAD7 In Japan

  Former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has applauded the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, on his presentation at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in Japan. The conference, the largest in Japan, is being attended by presidents and business leaders and will last from August 28-30. In a tweet on Wednesday, Mrs Okonjo-Iweala thanked Mr Guterres’ for the ‘simplicity’ and ‘clarity’ of his vision and recognition of accomplishments in Africa despite challenges. “Thumbs up �� UNSG antonioguterres for the simplicity and clarity of your vision and your positive recognition of Africa’s accomplishments in the midst of challenges ticad7 at Yokohama,” she said. The former minister also appreciated Prime Minist...

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