Black Lives Matter supporters brave the rain in Tokyo | AFP

Dozens of protesters brave the rain to join the Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Tokyo. People march through the city’s popular shopping district of Shibuya, hoping to raise the public’s awareness of racial discrimination. Protests have erupted across the globe since the killing of African-American George Floyd in the United States on May 25 when a police officer, who has been charged with second-degree murder, knelt on his neck for several minutes.

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Japanese give views on coronavirus state of emergency | AFP

“It’s so scary”, “It is depressing”… two weeks into a state of emergency in Tokyo due to the coronavirus, people in the city’s central Shibuya neighbourhood give their views.

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VICE News Daily: A Milestone for Japan’s LGBT Community

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Tokyo district recognizes same-sex unions, a one-day general strike shuts down Argentina, Burmese government and rebel groups sign draft ceasefire, and it’s light’s out across large parts of Turkey.

Breakthrough for LGBT Rights in Tokyo
The popular shopping and entertainment district of Shibuya has just approved a law that recognizes same-sex couples.

Nationwide Strike Shuts the Country Down
Most domestic and international flights were cancelled, and banks and businesses were shuttered.

Government and Rebels Sign Draft Ceasefire Agreement
Representatives wouldn’t provide specific details, but they say they left the most contentious issues out to accelerate the peace process.

Power Outages Across Dozens of Provinces
Some officials blamed an issue with transmission lines. It was the biggest nationwide blackout in decades.

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