Japanese react to minister taking paternity leave | AFP

Japan’s environment minister caused a stir earlier this week when he announced that he would take two weeks of paternity leave – the first time a cabinet minister has publicly committed to such a move in the country. His decision is met with approval from ordinary citizens on the streets of Tokyo.

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On This Day: 16 January 1980

Paul McCartney was arrested in Tokyo, as Japanese authorities said he had more than seven ounces of marijuana in his luggage. (Jan. 16)

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Get Outta Here! Podcast: Vacation in Middle Earth

Former Associated Press Tokyo bureau chief Malcolm Foster was expecting gorgeous scenery when he took his family on vacation in New Zealand. They’re big fans of the Lord of the Rings movies, which were shot there. But they were gobsmacked by just how beautiful it was. Malcolm Foster reports on traveling through southern New Zealand with his wife and two teenage sons in the family’s first camper van trip.

And on #MyFavoriteTrip: an upcoming auction takes us inside the travels of the Nobel Prize novelist John Steinbeck in the 1950s and ’60s.

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11-year-old British skateboarding sensation Sky Brown ready to star at Tokyo 2020 | AFP

Sky Brown is only 11 years old, but she already dreams of making her Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “People think that you’re too young, you can’t do it, and I want to show them that it doesn’t matter about your size or your age,” she says.

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Japanese youths take part in ceremony ahead of Coming of Age Day | AFP

Students from Kokugakuin University in Tokyo take part in a ceremony on Saturday involving traditional costumes and performances, ahead of Japan’s Coming of Age Day which falls on January 13 this year.

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Carlos Ghosn: Tokyo residents react to Beirut press conference | AFP

Residents of Tokyo’s Ginza district react to Carlos Ghosn’s press conference in Beirut, in which the former Renault-Nissan chief slammed Japanese justice and said he had been forced to flee the country because he would not get a fair trial.

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Sumo champions perform New Year ritual | AFP

Sumo champions Hakuho and Kakuryu perform a New Year ritual at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine. Both Mongolians, the two wrestlers are currently the only Yokozuna grand champions in Japan’s national sport.

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Ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn arrives in Beirut | AFP

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who was on bail in Tokyo awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges, has arrived in Beirut, Lebanese official and security sources say.

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Japan journalist wins high-profile #MeToo case | AFP

A Tokyo court awards 3.3 million yen ($30,000) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a former TV reporter of rape in one of the most high-profile cases of the #MeToo movement in Japan. “I feel this is the closing of one chapter. However, that we won this case doesn’t mean this [sexual assault] didn’t happen. I still have to face up to the scar I suffered. This is not the end,” she says.

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Tokyo unveils heat-busting stadium ahead of Olympics | AFP

Tokyo formally unveils its 60,000-seater main Olympic Stadium, more than seven months before the 2020 Opening Ceremony — with a host of special features to beat the feared heat.

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ONLY ON AP Tokyo billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’

The torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will start in Fukushima, devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. The relay goes to 11 towns hit by the disaster, but bypasses Futaba, a part of Fukushima that Olympic visitors will never see. (Dec. 13)

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Celebration parade for Japan’s ‘Brave Blossoms’ | AFP

Thousands of flag-waving rugby fans cheer Japan’s national team at a celebratory parade in Tokyo, hailing the Brave Blossoms’ best-ever World Cup performance.

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Friday for Future: Youths in Japan take part in climate change protest | AFP

Protesters gather in Tokyo for a fresh round of global protests against climate change, heeding the call to action from 16-year-old climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg. IMAGES

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Pope Francis meets with Japan’s Abe during Tokyo visit | AFP

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Pope Francis in his official residence during the penultimate day of the pontiff’s Asian tour. IMAGES

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Balloon by Tokyo artist in NYC Thanksgiving parade

For the first time in the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade a balloon designed by a woman will be part of the procession. (Nov. 19)

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Scandal-hit Placido Domingo withdraws from Tokyo Olympic event | AFP

Scandal-hit opera star Placido Domingo, who is facing multiple sexual harassment accusations, says he would withdraw from a cultural event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, citing the project’s “complexity”. of Placido Domingo

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Springboks prepare for Rugby final against England | AFP

South Africa train in a Tokyo suburb three days ahead of their Rugby World Cup final clash against England.

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Munich skateboarder wants to represent Lebanon in Tokyo | AFP

Ali Khachab, 28, is German and has lived his whole life in Munich, but this skateboarder wants to represent his second country – Lebanon, where he goes at least once a year to visit his extended family – at the Tokyo Olympics. With his brother Pacel, they are the only Lebanese skateboarders vying for qualification to take part in competitions in all corners of the world. of Ali Khachab

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AP Top Stories October 23 P

Here’s the latest for Wednesday October 23rd: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says cease-fire permanent; Judge directed the State department to release Ukraine docs; 39 people found dead in a truck in England; Tokyo motor show gives glimpse into future.

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Japan emperor completes enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony | AFP

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito completes his ascension to the ancient Chrysanthemum throne in a solemn, ritual-filled ceremony performed before hundreds of dignitaries in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.

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‘Just a very class act’: Fans react after All Blacks rout Ireland | AFP

Fans react after the New Zealand All Blacks thrash Ireland 46-14 in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Tokyo. “The All Blacks were just a very class act,” says All Blacks fan Scot Tasker.

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Japan looks for missing as typhoon kills as many as 48

Water still covered a road and the surrounding field in Kawagoe, Saitama, north of Tokyo on Monday, two days after a typhoon swept Japan. (Oct. 14)

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