Japanese react after PM Suga sets 2050 deadline for carbon neutrality | AFP

Tokyo residents react after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga set a 2050 deadline for the world’s third-largest economy to become carbon neutral, significantly firming up the country’s climate change commitments.

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Tokyo opens 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics centre | AFP

Tokyo opens a 15,000-seat swimming venue for next year’s Olympic Games, with a swimming star who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year demonstrating freestyle at the ceremony. The $542 million Aquatics Centre for swimming, diving and artistic swimming was completed in February, but its grand opening ceremony scheduled for March was postponed due to the coronavirus.

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The underground ‘Parthenon’ protecting Tokyo from floods | AFP

It has been called Japan’s underground “Parthenon,” a cavernous complex charged with protecting Tokyo from catastrophic flooding — a risk experts warn is growing as the climate changes.

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Greg Kelly, former aide to Nissan’s Ghosn, goes on trial | AFP

Greg Kelly, former aide to ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, arrives at a court in Tokyo where he goes on trial, facing a single charge — conspiring to under-report tens of million of dollars in pay that Ghosn was allegedly promised after his retirement.

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Loo and behold: Tokyo park gets transparent toilets | AFP

Spacious, clean, and almost completely see-through, an unusual new public toilet block has been built in a Tokyo park – but thankfully, the walls turn opaque when you lock the door.

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Veteran marks 75th anniversary of WWII surrender

Jerry Pedersen, 95, was on board the USS Missouri battleship in Tokyo Bay for the official ceremony that ended World War II Sept. 2, 1945. The former Marine celebrated the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender with his family in California. (Sept. 2)

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AP Top Stories August 29 P

Here are the top stories for Saturday, Aug. 29th: Trump surveys Hurricane Laura damage; Biden, aiming at Trump, says he won’t use military as ‘prop’; ‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer; See-through toilets installed in Tokyo parks.

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Thousands of goldfish in exhibition at Japan’s Art Aquarium | AFP

Japan’s Art Aquarium in Tokyo opens its latest goldfish exhibition, where thousands of colourful creatures splash in art forms designed by Hidetomo Kimura.

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Drive-in haunted house offers socially distanced horrors

Production company Kowagarasetai (roughly translated as “Scare Squad’) has launched a drive-through haunted house in Tokyo in answer to the coronavirus pandemic. (Aug. 19)

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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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‘Model’ customers keep Tokyo diners at social distance | AFP

The coronavirus pandemic might have left many restaurants empty, but one establishment in Tokyo is relying on some model customers to enforce social distancing: life-like mannequins keeping diners from getting too close.

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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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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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Up for grabs: Tokyo art exhibit invites theft | AFP

The Tokyo art exhibit opened to enthusiastic visitors, but many of those circulating weren’t just there to soak in some culture — they were casing the joint for a midnight raid. Hours after the gallery closed for the night, a crowd had gathered ready to pounce on the artworks. The police station was nearby, but officers only intervened for crowd control, because all the pieces at the Stealable Art Exhibition were up for grabs.

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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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Today in History for July 8th

Highlights of this day in history: Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Tokyo Bay; Industrialist John D. Rockefeller born; Word of what becomes known as ‘The Roswell Incident’; North Korea’s Kim Il Sung dies; Ziegfeld stages first ‘Follies.’ (July 8)

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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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