Beatboxing for Buddha: Japanese monk makes musical outreach | AFP

Yogetsu Akasaka, a Japanese musician and formally trained Buddhist monk, has become a hit online with tracks marrying religious chanting and beatboxing.

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Canadian Parliament rings bell for Hiroshima bombing anniversary | AFP

The largest bell in the Peace Tower at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa rings 75 times at 8:15 am to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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Art in a pandemic: Tokyo gallery reopens with blockbuster exhibition | AFP

Tokyo’s influential Mori Art Museum reopens after a five-month hiatus with one of its most high-profile Japanese art shows in years, with works by Japanese Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami.

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WWII crew honored with Congressional Gold Medal

In a virtual ceremony, the U.S. Congress bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest honor to the crew of the USS Indianapolis that was sunk by a Japanese submarine in July 30, 1945. (July 30)

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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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Chilean suspect Zepeda in court for Japanese student murder trial | AFP

Murder suspect Nicolas Zepeda arrives in Besancon after his extradition from Chile to face a possible trial over the 2016 disappearance of his Japanese ex-girlfriend.

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Lawyer of murdered Japanese student arrives for French trial | AFP

Sylvie Galley, a lawyer for Narumi Kurosaki’s family, arrives at the Besançon courthouse ahead of the trial of Nicolas Zepeda, the Chilean national extradited to France on suspicion of having murdered his former Japanese girlfriend in 2016.

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Lawyers arrive before trial of Chilean accused of murdering Japanese ex | AFP

Defense lawyer Jacqueline Laffont and public prosecutor Etienne Manteaux, arrive at the Besançon courthouse ahead of the trial of Nicolas Zepeda, the Chilean national extradited to France on suspicion of having murdered his former Japanese girlfriend Narumi Kurosaki in 2016.

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Chile: Zepeda arrives at Santiago airport to be extradited to France | AFP

Nicolas Zepeda, accused of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend in the French city of Besancon in 2016, arrives at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago to be extradited to France.

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Chile: Zepeda arrives at Santiago airport to be extradited to France | AFP

Chilean Nicolas Zepeda, accused of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend in the French city of Besancon in 2016, arrives at the Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Santiago to be extradited to France.

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Extradition of Chilean man accused of murdering Japanese woman begins | AFP

Chilean Nicolas Zepeda, accused of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend in the French city of Besancon in 2016, leaves the house where he was under house arrest in Valparaiso escorted by police, to be extradited to France.

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Chile: images of building where Zepeda is under house arrest ahead of extradition | AFP

Images of the building where Nicolas Zepeda is currently under house arrest in Valparaiso, Chile, before his extradition to France to face charges for the murder of his Japanese ex-girlfriend.

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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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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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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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Dubai field hospital discharges its last coronavirus patient | AFP

Dubai closes its only field hospital set up at a convention centre to treat coronavirus cases after the last patient, a Japanese national, walked out in good health.

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Japan begins charging for plastic bags | AFP

Tokyo shoppers react after retailers in Japan begin charging for plastic bags, a move aimed at curbing Japanese consumers’ love for packaging and finally bringing the country in line with other major economies.

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