News Headlines - 31 December 2020

Tokyo daily COVID cases top 1,300 | NHK WORLD

Tokyo Metropolitan Government sources say over 1,300 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the Japanese capital on Thursday.
That marks the first time the daily tally has risen above 1,000. The previous high was 949, hit on Saturday... Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko warned on Wednesday that citizens face an unprecedented third wave of infections. She said cases could surge at any time, and urged people to avoid holding parties at home with friends or getting together with groups of relatives.

Japan awarded more than 100 contracts over 10 years to Dentsu-linked non-profit groups | Reuters

The Japanese government has awarded more than 100 contracts over the last decade to two non-profit groups set up by Dentsu Inc, according to a Reuters analysis of government data, in arrangements that some opposition lawmakers say obscured the role of the advertising giant in winning public funds.
The contracts, which ranged from administering tourism-promotion projects to distributing coronavirus relief funds, were worth at least $1.6 billion, according to  public disclosures by  government ministries and data provided by those ministries to Japan’s parliament, seen by Reuters, which has not previously been reported.
Dentsu Inc received at least $1.2 billion of that amount as a subcontractor to the two non-profit groups, according to government records, and many of the contracts were awarded in non-competitive bids.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai back in custody as top court accepts gov't bid to challenge bail | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Hong Kong’s top court has approved a leave for an appeal against the decision to extend bail to pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai. He remains effectively under house arrest pending trial for offences linked to the Beijing-enacted national security law and alleged fraud.
The Court of Final Appeal ruled on Thursday that the Department of Justice (DoJ) could challenge the High Court’s decision to release the 73-year-old mogul on bail last week after he was remanded in custody for almost one month.

British PM Johnson's father applying for French citizenship | Reuters

The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was in the process of applying for a French passport to maintain his ties with the European Union after Brexit.
Stanley Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament who voted Remain in Britain’s 2016 referendum, told RTL radio he wanted to become a French citizen because of strong family links to France.

Yemen war: Deadly attack at Aden airport as new government arrives - BBC News

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 50 wounded in an attack at the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, officials say.
There was at least one explosion shortly after a plane carrying the war-torn country's newly formed government arrived from neighbouring Saudi Arabia.


英議会、EUとの貿易協定を承認 31日深夜に完全離脱 - BBCニュース


伊コロナ死者、発表はるかに上回る恐れ 「超過死亡」分析で | ロイター


トランプ一族経営ホテル 大統領より先に敗北認める? 就任式の週の予約受け付け - 毎日新聞


日本、ウイグル弾圧を米英に提供 対中懸念で情報の出所秘匿 | 共同通信


来年6月に柔道世界選手権 東京五輪直前、異例の日程に:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


News Headlines - 30 December 2020

Nikkei up 16% in 2020 for highest year-end close since 1989 - Japan Today

Tokyo stocks closed lower Wednesday, the final trading session of the year, but the Nikkei index advanced 16 percent in 2020, gaining for the second consecutive year to reach its highest year-end finish since 1989 despite the coronavirus pandemic... The Nikkei finished trading in 1989 at a record high of 38,915.87 in the midst of Japan's asset-inflated bubble economy.

China sentences 10 seeking to flee Hong Kong to prison terms | The Japan Times

A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced 10 pro-democracy activists and protesters who sought to flee Hong Kong by speedboat to between seven months and three years in prison, in a case with major political overtones for the territory.
The Yantian District Court in the southern city of Shenzhen gave the harshest sentence to one of the two accused organizers of the ill-fated Aug. 23 attempt to reach self-ruled Taiwan. Relatives said all defendants pleaded guilty, a move apparently aimed at receiving lighter sentences.

Covid-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in UK - BBC News

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, with the first doses due to be given on Monday.
There will be 530,000 doses available from next week, and vaccination centres will now start inviting patients to come and get the jab... The UK has ordered 100 million doses of the new vaccine - enough to vaccinate 50 million people.

Argentina abortion vote: Senate approves historic bill allowing legal terminations - CNN

Argentina's Senate approved a bill to legalize abortion Wednesday in an historic vote seen as a major victory for abortion rights advocates in the Catholic-majority country.
The Senate voted 38-29 to give millions of women access to legal terminations under a new law supported by President Alberto Fernández. The margin was expected to be much smaller.

Killer of Tokyo family still on run after 20 years despite clues | The Japan Times

Much about the killer of a four-member family in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward still remains a mystery despite many clues, including fingerprints and bloodstains, having been left at the site of the high-profile homicide case in December 2000.
Although Tokyo police were confident at the time of the incident that they would be able to capture the killer quickly, the brutal murder case has yet to be solved, with Wednesday marking 20 years of the tragedy with the murderer still on the run. The Metropolitan Police Department, which has detected a DNA sample of a man, is pinning high hopes on advancements in forensic science.


旧ソ連諸国の指導者、強権維持へ「全国会議」: 日本経済新聞


ピエール・カルダン氏死去 仏巨匠デザイナー、98歳:AFPBB News

フランスのファッションデザイナー、ピエール・カルダン(Pierre Cardin)氏が29日、死去した。98歳。家族がAFPに明らかにした。
 カルダン氏は革新的なデザインを生み出し、またそれをプレタポルテ(既製服)として大衆化したことで一世を風靡(ふうび)した。……パリに移ったカルダン氏は、詩人で芸術家のジャン・コクトーJean Cocteau)が監督を務めた映画『美女と野獣(Beauty and the Beast)』のセットと衣装をデザインした。
 クリスチャン・ディオールChristian Dior)で働いた後、1950年には自身のブランドを立ち上げた。……国際的に成長したブランドは日本で人気を博し、冷戦(Cold War)の最中だった1978年にソ連でも契約を結んだ。またフランスのデザイナーとしては初めて、1979年に中国にも進出し、基盤を固めた。同氏の家族は「早くからグローバル化の波に乗った」とたたえている。

NYポスト紙、トランプ氏に「狂乱を終わらせよ」と1面で呼び掛け - Bloomberg


米大統領選・世論調査のずれ トランプ氏を過小評価 メディア不信影響か - 毎日新聞


ダルビッシュがパドレスへ 球団が発表 7選手絡む大型トレード - 産経ニュース


News Headlines - 29 December 2020

Chinese Gaming Company CEO Dies After Alleged Poisoning : NPR

The Chinese billionaire CEO of video game developer Yoozoo Group died on Christmas Day following a suspected colleague's alleged poisoning plot.
Lin Qi died at the age of 39, according to Shanghai police. Lin's company, Yoozoo, is best known for its Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming game.
Before his death, Lin was attached to an upcoming, high-profile Netflix project. Lin'z Yoozoo Group had purchased the rights to the Chinese sci-fi trilogy The Three Body Problem in 2015.

Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk - BBC News

A Japanese company and Kyoto University have joined forces to develop what they hope will be the world's first satellites made out of wood by 2023.
Sumitomo Forestry said it has started research on tree growth and the use of wood materials in space... Space junk is becoming an increasing problem as more satellites are launched into the atmosphere.
Wooden satellites would burn up without releasing harmful substances into the atmosphere or raining debris on the ground when they plunge back to Earth.

All sponsors to extend contracts for postponed Tokyo Olympics - Nikkei Asia

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has reached basic agreements with all 68 domestic sponsors on additional support money needed due to the one-year postponement to next summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic... The 68 companies include some with dismal earnings prospects amid the COVID-19 crisis. But they reached agreements with the committee to show their support for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on an "all-Japan" basis, analysts said.
The committee thus expects to secure more than 22 billion yen ($212 million) in additional support, including the supply of materials.

Hundreds of British tourists escape quarantine in Swiss ski resort

Hundreds of British tourists forced into quarantine in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier fled in the night rather than seeing their holidays go downhill, the local municipality said Sunday.
Around 200 of the 420 or so affected British tourists in the luxury Alpine ski station quit under the cover of darkness, the SonntagsZeitung newspaper reported... The drastic ruling by the Swiss government also included a 10-day retroactive quarantine for anyone who arrived from Britain since December 14, following the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus which experts fear spreads more quickly.

Boeing 737 Max Resumes Flying U.S. Passengers After 2-Year Halt - The New York Times

Boeing’s troubled 737 Max plane returned to American skies on Tuesday, carrying paying passengers in the United States for the first time in almost two years... The Max was grounded worldwide in March 2019 after 346 people were killed in a pair of crashes, separated by months, in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The accidents and revelations about the plane’s shortcomings sullied the company’s reputation and cost it tens of billions of dollars in damages, government fines and lost orders.


イギリスの感染者、初の1日4万人超え イングランドでは「前例ない」レベルに - BBCニュース


トランプ氏、経済対策法案と歳出法案に署名-政府機関の閉鎖回避 - Bloomberg

トランプ米大統領は27日、新型コロナウイルス禍に対応する9000億ドル(約93兆円)規模の追加経済対策法案と2021会計年度(20年10月-21年9月)歳出法案に署名、両法が成立した。……追加経済対策法案と1兆4000億ドル規模の歳出法案を合わせた計2兆3000億ドル規模の包括案は厳しい交渉の末、21日に上下両院を通過していた。トランプ氏はこれまで、個人向け直接給付額が不十分だとして経済対策法案に不満を表明していた。 : 米下院、国防権限法案を再可決 トランプ大統領の拒否権覆す


今年殺害された記者50人 非紛争地で増加―国際団体:時事ドットコム


東南ア・米、駆け込み合意: 日本経済新聞


News Headlines - 28 December 2020

Ex-transport minister Hata dies of coronavirus | NHK WORLD

Japan's former transport minister Hata Yuichiro, who died on Sunday at the age of 53, has become the first incumbent lawmaker in the country to die of the coronavirus.
Hata developed a fever on Thursday and was due to take a PCR test on Sunday. His condition deteriorated suddenly while on his way to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A posthumous test confirmed that he had been infected with the coronavirus.

Japan halts new entries from around world over coronavirus variant | The Japan Times

Japan on Monday suspended new entries into the country by nonresident foreign nationals arriving from most of the world through the end of January as it seeks to prevent the spread of the new, potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant.
The government will also require Japanese citizens and foreign residents coming from countries and territories where the new variant is confirmed to submit negative virus test results within 72 hours of departure and undergo tests upon arrival from Wednesday through the end of January.
The new virus strain, first detected in Britain, has since been confirmed in more than 20 countries as well as in Hong Kong.

'Demon Slayer' becomes Japan's highest-grossing film | The Japan Times

An animated movie based on the blockbuster “Demon Slayer” manga series has become the highest-grossing film in Japanese box-office history, its distributors said Monday, ending the reign of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” (“Spirited Away”) from 2001.
The film, a tale of an adolescent boy fighting human-eating demons, amassed as of Sunday ¥32.47 billion and drew more than 24 million to theaters since its opening on Oct. 16, according to co-distributors Aniplex Inc. and Toho Co.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic limiting cinema audiences, the movie had raked in ¥32.12 billion as of Saturday, surpassing Oscar-winning director Miyazaki’s film, which chalked up ¥31.68 billion in box-office sales.

China jails citizen-journalist for four years over Wuhan virus reporting | Reuters

A Chinese court on Monday handed down a four-year jail term to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of this year’s coronavirus outbreak on the grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, her lawyer said.

Saudi Arabia jails women′s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul | DW

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison, local media reported on Monday. The jail term comes despite pressure from international organizations and human rights groups to release her.
Al-Hathloul was convicted of "various activities prohibited by the anti-terrorism law," Saudi media allowed to attend the trial cited the court as saying. The charges included agitating for change, pursuing a foreign agenda and using the internet to harm public order.


2年で4度目総選挙へ イスラエル国会が解散:時事ドットコム


ユダヤ教会堂近くで2人射殺、男に終身刑 ホロコースト否定、犯行を中継 ドイツ - 毎日新聞


米ナッシュビル爆発事件、容疑者を特定 現場で自爆 - 産経ニュース


イギリスの有名二重スパイ、亡命先のロシアで死去 - BBCニュース


英語でシベリア抑留記を書いた謎の特務機関員 長勢了治氏が発掘 - 産経ニュース

ソ連の独裁者スターリンによる北方四島奪取と並ぶ国家犯罪、シベリア抑留。その過酷な実体験を日本に生還後まもなく、なぜか英文で出版した男がいる。シベリア抑留問題研究家・翻訳家の長勢了治氏(71)が70年近くも戦後史に埋もれてきたこの本の存在を発掘し、出版に至った謎と背景を月刊「正論」2月号で詳しく分析している。……この本は「Four Years in HELL(地獄の4年間)」。著者は「ヤマモト・トモミ」で、A5判の300ページ。東京の「An Asian publication(アジア出版)」から米国による日本占領最後の年の1952年に出版された。

News Headlines - 27 December 2020

Bitcoin hits record above $28,000 - CNN

Bitcoin is crashing -- upward. It just passed $28,000 and shows no signs of stopping... Bitcoin passed $20,000 for the first time just 11 days ago. Now it's knocking at $30,000's door... But there's some logic to the run-up: Investors are pouring money into bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies during the Covid-19 pandemic as the Federal Reserve sent interest rates near zero (and expects to keep them there for several more years), severely weakening the US dollar.
That makes bitcoin, comparatively, an attractive currency. There's a set limit to the number of bitcoins on the planet, and investors believe that once the supply runs out, the digital coin's value can only increase.

China to leapfrog U.S. as world's biggest economy by 2028: think tank | Reuters

China will overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries from the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank said... The CEBR said China’s “skilful management of the pandemic”, with its strict early lockdown, and hits to long-term growth in the West meant China’s relative economic performance had improved.
China looked set for average economic growth of 5.7% a year from 2021-25 before slowing to 4.5% a year from 2026-30.

Birmingham 'memory cop' Andy Pope spots 2,000 suspects - BBC News

A police officer with a remarkable talent for remembering faces has now identified more than 2,000 suspects.
West Midlands Police PCSO Andy Pope says he can remember faces for years and has even been able to single out wanted people wearing face coverings.
The 43-year-old was recognised by the force's chief constable in 2018 when he passed the 1,000 milestone and is now aiming to reach 2,500 by 2022.

KFC launches game console that keeps your chicken warm - CNN

Fast-food chain KFC has launched a new Intel-powered games console that comes with a built-in "chicken chamber" to keep your snacks warm.
The KFConsole is part of a partnership with hardware manufacturer Cooler Master, KFC said in a statement on Tuesday... Your chicken will be kept hot thanks to a custom-built cooling system that keeps the console hardware at a regular temperature while using heat produced by its components to warm the chicken chamber.

Pompeii: Ancient 'fast food' counter to open to the public - BBC News

A "fast food" shop from the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was destroyed in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, is to open to the public - for viewings only - next year.
The food counter, known as a thermopolium, would have served hot food and drinks to locals in the city.
The shop, with its bright frescoes and terracotta jars, was discovered in 2019 and unveiled on Saturday.


新型コロナ感染者、世界で8000万人超え…15日間で1000万人増は過去最短 米ジョンズ・ホプキンズ大集計:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


EUもワクチン接種開始 ファイザー製、仏伊など:時事ドットコム


ロシアメディアに「差別行為」なら接続遮断 米国系SNSへの規制強化法案可決:東京新聞 TOKYO Web

ロシア上院は25日、米大手の会員制交流サイト(SNS)、フェイスブックなどがロシアのメディアに対して「差別行為」をした場合、国内から接続できなくする法案を可決した。……新法によりロシア検察と外務省は連携して、SNSサイトへの接続を遅くしたり、一部もしくは完全な遮断をしたりすることが可能となる。下院は可決済みで、プーチン氏の署名を経て発効する。 : ロシア反体制派指導者、スパイだまし毒盛られた方法聞き出す パンツに毒と判明


「命のビザ」杉原千畝にバトン オランダ人外交官ツバルテンダイク:中日新聞Web


News Headlines - 26 December 2020

Twitter Will Reset @POTUS Account To Zero Followers After Biden Transition : NPR

Right now it's over 33.2 million, but that number will drop to zero after President-elect Joe Biden takes over the official @POTUS account on Inauguration Day.
Twitter has confirmed that the institutional White House Twitter accounts will not "automatically retain their existing followers."
Biden's team is pushing back against Twitter's decision, which is a reversal from the last presidential transition. Former President Barack Obama's 13 million followers were moved to the new @POTUS account after President Trump took over.

My Baggage sells bottles of 'fresh air' from different UK locations | Daily Mail Online

If you're stuck on what to buy friends and relatives from the UK living abroad this Christmas you can breathe a sigh of relief – and send them some fresh air. Literally.
Bottles of 'fresh air' from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales can be shipped for £25 and are being marketed as the perfect gift for homesick Britons living overseas over the festive period. Bottles featuring air captured on the London Underground and air from the inside of a busy Norfolk fish and chip shop are also available.

Japan to Fully Halt Go To Travel Program from Mon. - JIJI PRESS

The government will suspend its Go To Travel tourism support program from Monday until Jan. 11 across Japan in response to a surge in new coronavirus infection cases.
The government hopes to slow the spread of the coronavirus by taking intensive countermeasures, including the nationwide suspension, during the year-end and New Year's holiday period.

Tokyo reports record high 949 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,881 - Japan Today

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported a record high 949 new cases of the coronavirus, up 65 from Friday. The number is the result of 9.502 tests conducted on Dec 23.
The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 55,851... Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 3,881. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (480), Osaka (299), Aichi (265), Saitama (265), Chiba (201), Hyogo (175), Hokkaido (161), Fukuoka (160), Kyoto (135), Hiroshima (87), Miyagi (56), Shiga (49), Gifu (45), Kumamoto (44), Tochigi (42), Gunma (37) and Okinawa (36).
As of 8 p.m., 47 coronavirus-related deaths had been reported.

Melted fuel removal at Fukushima delayed by pandemic - The Mainichi

Japan's government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday that the removal of melted reactor fuel planned to start in 2021 will have to be postponed by about one year due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
This 2017 photo shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Mainichi)
The economy and industry ministry and Tokyo Electric Power Co. had planned to start removing a first batch of melted debris from the Unit 2 reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi sometime next year, marking the 10th anniversary of the disaster triggered by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March, 11, 2011.
The start of the melted debris removal will now be delayed until late 2022, officials said.


新型コロナ: 変異種、空港検疫以外で初確認 英国渡航の男性ら2人: 日本経済新聞


パスポートの旧姓表記を4月から改善 手続きも容易に|TBS NEWS

 外務省は見直しを進めていましたが、来年4月から発行するパスポートでは、旧姓の上に英語で「Former Surname」、漢字で「旧姓」と明記します。

エリザベス英女王、無私の思いやりに感謝 クリスマスのあいさつ - BBCニュース


投票機メーカー幹部がトランプ陣営を名誉棄損で提訴、デマ拡散 | ロイター


ネバーランド22億円で売却 故マイケル・ジャクソン氏宅: 日本経済新聞


News Headlines - 25 December 2020

Abe apologies over political funding misconduct | NHK WORLD

A political funding scandal that dogged former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resurfaced Thursday as Tokyo prosecutors brought a summary indictment against one of his aides. But the prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to charge Abe.
The scandal involves allegations of illegal subsidizing of dinner parties for voters. Abe secretary Haikawa Hiroyuki is accused of misreporting income and expenditure totaling about 30 million yen - around $290,000 - for the gatherings, which were held on the eve of state-funded cherry blossom-viewing events between 2016 and 2019 while Abe was in office.
Haikawa also headed the political support group that organized the parties. He was ordered by a summary court in Tokyo to pay a fine of one million yen.

Japan top court sends back 1966 murder case to lower court over retrial

Japan's top court has sent back to a lower court a 1966 quadruple murder case in which a former professional boxer was sentenced to death, rejecting a high court's refusal to reopen the case, his lawyers said Wednesday.
Based on the top court decision dated Tuesday, the Tokyo High Court will again examine whether to reopen the case of Iwao Hakamada, 84, who was freed in 2014 after spending nearly half a century on death row. He has been struggling to clear his name over the murder in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan.

S.Korea court reinstates top prosecutor | NHK WORLD

A South Korean court has granted an injunction against the suspension of the country's top prosecutor and reinstated him.
Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl had led an investigation into corruption allegations involving the administration of President Moon Jae-in. Yoon has been at odds with Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae, who was tapped by the president to reform the prosecution.
Moon formally suspended Yoon for two months last week, following a decision by the Justice Ministry's disciplinary panel.

Next Digital's Jimmy Lai Freed on Bail in Hong Kong: Apple Daily - Bloomberg

Hong Kong media tycoon and Next Digital Ltd. founder Jimmy Lai has been granted bail by Hong Kong’s High Court, local media including the Apple Daily newspaper reported.
Lai was charged earlier this month with colluding with foreign forces under the city’s new national security law. He is the owner of the pro-democracy Apple Daily.
Lai was released on HK$10 million ($1.3 million) bail, Apple Daily said. He must also hand over his travel docs and be forbidden from taking meetings with foreign politicians, giving any interviews and posting and commenting on social media, the paper reported.

Nashville Explosion Appears Intentional, RV Played Warning Message of Bomb - The New York Times

First came the warning, then came the blast, shattering the Christmas morning silence in the heart of the city’s tourist district.
Before dawn on Friday, Nashville police officers rushed to calls of gunfire on Second Avenue, a strip of honky tonks, restaurants and boot shops. Instead of gunfire, they found an R.V., blaring a strange and unsettling message: There was a bomb. It would detonate in 15 minutes.
When the R.V. did explode, it sent plumes of smoke billowing above the city, blew out windows in shops and offices for several blocks, left three people hospitalized - and Nashville shaken.


コロナ変異種、感染者を国内初確認 空港検疫で5人: 日本経済新聞


変異種、やはり強い感染力 「これまでより56%」―英大学:時事ドットコム


米大富豪、資産百兆円増 コロナ禍の株高、恩恵集中:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


英EU貿易協定合意 関税ゼロ維持、来月1日暫定発効へ―離脱問題に終止符:時事ドットコム


アップルの脱炭素が取引先に波紋 部品メーカー、対応に苦慮 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


News Headlines - 24 December 2020

Channel 4 under fire for deepfake Queen's Christmas message | The Guardian

Channel 4 has sparked controversy and debate with a deepfake video of the Queen as an alternative to her traditional festive broadcast, to be aired on Christmas Day.
The broadcaster will show a five-minute video in which a digitally altered version of the Queen shares her reflections on the year... The deepfake Queen, voiced by the actor Debra Stephenson, can also be seen performing a dance routine from social media platform TikTok.
Channel 4 said the broadcast was intended to give a “stark warning” about the threat of fake news in the digital era, with its director of programmes, Ian Katz, describing the video as a “a powerful reminder that we can no longer trust our own eyes”.

Paws for thought: Macron's dog in video plea for sensible pet adoption - France 24

French President Emmanuel Macron's dog has starred in a video urging people to adopt pets sensibly over the holidays.
Nemo, a black Labrador-Griffin mix, was a rescue dog who Macron and his wife Brigitte reportedly adopted in 2017... France's parliament will debate a pet adoption bill to combat animal cruelty in January, the text adds, envisaging roughly 20 million euros ($24 million) to improve animal rescue centres.

Cho Kuk’s wife sentenced to 4 years in prison for forgery and illegal investment

Chung Kyung-sim, the wife of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk, was sentenced to four years in prison for forging documents to help her daughter gain admission at a medical school and for making illegal investments in a private equity fund.
The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday immediately put Chung under detention and slapped her with a fine of 500 million won ($451,000), alongside the forfeiture of 140 million won.

Hong Kong court rules mask ban constitutional for all public meetings | Reuters

Hong Kong’s highest court on Monday ruled the city’s government had the right to invoke colonial-era emergency powers last year to ban the wearing of masks at all public processions and meetings during the height of 2019’s protests.

Comedian Hikari Ota wins defamation case against weekly magazine - Japan Today

Hikari Ota, 55, from the Japanese comedy duo Bakusho Mondai, has won a defamation suit against the weekly magazine Shukan Shincho.
The tabloid magazine published a story claiming that Ota bribed his way into the Department of Fine Arts at Nihon University.