Today in History for August 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Truman announces Japan’s surrender in World War II; Blackout hits Northeast U.S., Canada; FDR signs Social Security; British troops arrive in N. Ireland; A strike in Cold War Poland; Steve Martin born. (Aug. 14)

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Today in History for August 9th

Highlights of this day in history: The U.S. drops an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan; President Richard Nixon resigns; Charles Manson cult murders actress Sharon Tate and four others; Singer Whitney Houston born; Musician Jerry Garcia dies. (Aug. 9)

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Today in History for August 6th

Highlights of this day in history: The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II; LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act; Pope Paul VI dies; Scientist Alexander Fleming born; Funk singer Rick James dies. (Aug. 6)

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75 years on, Japan bomb survivors make final pleas for abolition | AFP

As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors are working to ensure their message lives on after them. The “hibakusha” — literally “person affected by the bomb” — have for decades been a powerful voice calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

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Japan’s purikura photo booths cling on | AFP

The photo booth might be something of a relic in much of the world, but the purikura — an abbreviation of the Japanese pronunciation of “print club” — offers much more than a simple passport photo.

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France charges Chilean with murder of Japanese ex-girlfriend | AFP

Chilean Nicolas Zepeda was charged with murder shortly after being extradited to France over the 2016 disappearance of his Japanese ex-girlfriend, prosecutors said on Friday. Zepeda, 29, is the only suspect in the disappearance and alleged murder of Narumi Kurosaki, whose body has not been found, in a case that has gripped Japan and France. fom local prosecutor and lawyer for Kurosaki’s familyN°1VQ6LO

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Japan aquarium opens new panoramic jellyfish space | AFP

Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium opens a new exhibition area called “Jellyfish Space”, featuring large panoramic fish tanks where visitors can feel as if they are surrounded by schools of the floating luminescent invertebrates.

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Here’s the latest for Monday, July 20th: Trump, Republicans to discuss COVID-19 relief; Congressional Democrats want federal response to Portland protests investigated; 9 shot in Washington, DC; UAE spacecraft launched from Japan, heading to Mars.

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Silent screams: Japan rollercoaster virus guide wins hearts | AFP

It might be the unlikeliest instructional video ever, but footage of two Japanese amusement park executives demonstrating how to “scream inside your heart” to avoid spreading COVID-19 while on a rollercoaster has been a roaring success. The video features the executives, one in a full suit and tie, the other in a shirt and bowtie, sitting stiffbacked and straightfaced in silence, with only the only sounds coming from the whipping of the wind and the grinding of the rollercoaster.

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Fighting coronavirus, dreaming of Olympics: meet Japan’s boxing nurse | AFP

Olympic boxing hopeful Arisa Tsubata is used to taking a hit in the ring but it is during her work as a nurse that she faces her toughest opponent: coronavirus. The 27-year-old juggles a brutal training regime in boxing gloves with long, irregular hours in surgical gloves at a hospital near Tokyo.

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Japan baseball fans flood back to stadiums despite virus spike | AFP

Japanese baseball fans shrugged off a record spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo as they flocked back to stadiums for the first time in months Friday.

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Fighting coronavirus, dreaming of Olympics: meet Japan’s boxing nurse | AFP

Olympic boxing hopeful Arisa Tsubata is used to taking a hit in the ring but it is during her work as a nurse that she faces her toughest opponent: coronavirus. The 27-year-old juggles a brutal training regime in boxing gloves with long, irregular hours in surgical gloves at a hospital near Tokyo.

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Destruction and debris on streets after deadly floods in Japan | AFP

Debris is piled up on streets and houses as well as vehicles are damaged in the city of Hitoyoshi after deadly floods hitJ apan’s southwest. IMAGES

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Japan: Robots warm up baseball stadium ahead of fans being allowed in | AFP

Boston Dynamics “Spot” and Softbank Robotics “Pepper” robots collaboratively dance to cheer for the Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks before their Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) game against Rakuten Eagles as no spectators are allowed in the stadium due to COVID-19. Up to 5,000 fans will be allowed to attend baseball games from July 10.

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With festival cancelled by virus, Japan fireflies dance alone | AFP

As the sun sets in the Japanese town of Tatsuno, thousands of fireflies begin to glow, creating a spectacle that usually draws tens of thousands of visitors. But this year the there are no spectators at the popular annual firefly festival, after coronavirus prevention measures forced the cancellation of the event.

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Rescuers in Japan search for survivors following deadly floods | AFP

Rescuers shovel dirt and excavators remove debris following floods and landslides that have claimed at least 52 lives in the southwest of Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says more troops will join in search and rescue operations.

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