Japanese woman gives up baby, sues sperm donor for $3 million after learning he lied
A woman in Japan has filed a lawsuit against the sperm donor who impregnated her, alleging that he was dishonest about his civil status, educational background and ethnicity. The unnamed plaintiff, a 30-year-old woman from Tokyo, said she and her husband wanted to have a second child but were concerned after finding out that her husband has a hereditary condition, reported Tokyo Shimbun via Newsweek. After deciding to use a sperm donor, they found a man in his 20s on social media who claimed to be a single Japanese man who graduated from Kyoto University, one of Japan’s top universities.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine rule as Omicron continues to surge
The Supreme Court delivered a blow to the Biden administration's vaccine rule for employers. The ruling comes as new COVID-19 infections continue to rise across the country. CBS News correspondent Meg Oliver has more on how the recent spike in cases and hospitalizations is driving many hospitals to their breaking points. Then, Dr. Christopher Colbert, an assistant program director of emergency medicine residency at University of Illinois, joins Jamie Yuccas on CBSN to discuss the latest.news.yahoo.com
Japanese woman who makes $90,000 a month cosplaying shows off her costume warehouse in video
The 27-year-old professional cosplayer gave viewers a tour around her costume warehouse filled with organized containers holding over 400 costumes. Enako started cosplaying in 2012 and after four years became well-known throughout the community, making up to $9,000 a month at the time. The cosplayer’s success has also led to appearances in Japanese magazines and movies as well as her becoming a voice actress and a pop singer.news.yahoo.com
Tokyo gym-turned-bar featuring 'muscle girl' bartenders, fitness equipment goes viral
A TikTok featuring Japan’s first and only fitness-themed bar primarily featuring muscular women bartenders has gone viral. Patricia O'Connor, who goes by the TikTok handle @whatthepato, shared a video of her experience at a fitness-themed bar, Muscle Girls, a week ago, and it has since gone viral with over 8 million views and more than 2 million likes, as of this writing. The bar is located in Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo, Japan.news.yahoo.com
Prosecutor: Illinois cop was disarmed, killed with own gun
A prosecutor says police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic, an officer who was killed at a northern Illinois hotel, pleaded for her life before a man shot her with her own gun. Rittmanic and her partner were both shot on Dec. 29 while investigating a noise complaint.news.yahoo.com
Australia, Japan to sign 'historic' defense, security pact
Australia and Japan will sign a treaty on Thursday to increase defense and security cooperation in a move that has been hailed as “historic” but which might anger China. Prime ministers Scott Morrison of Australia and Fumio Kishida of Japan will meet in a virtual summit to sign the agreement, which Morrison said “will underpin greater and more complex practical engagement between the Australian Defense Force and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces."news.yahoo.com
Japan's emperor prays for pandemic dead in New Year message
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito offered prayers for those who died during the pandemic, taking to video for the second straight year for his New Year’s greeting on Saturday, having canceled public palace gatherings to curb coronavirus infections. Sitting before a bonsai tree with his wife Masako, Naruhito praised and thanked doctors and other health care workers, and expressed concern for countries lacking access to vaccines and adequate hospital systems. Japan has recorded more than 18,000 COVID-19-related deaths, but the pace of deaths has fallen in recent months.news.yahoo.com
New Year's Eve muted by omicron; many hoping for better 2022
In many places around the world, plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations were muted or cancelled for the second straight year due to a surge of coronavirus infections, this time driven by the highly contagious omicron variantwashingtonpost.com
‘Will it make it home?’: An eagle from Asia has been lost traveling around North America for over a year
A Stellar Sea Eagle from Asia who is thousands of miles away from home has been traveling around North America for more than a year. The lost eagle: The sea eagle, whose species is native to Japan, Korea, China and Russia, was first seen in the summer of 2020 in Alaska and last spotted two weeks ago along the Taunton River in Massachusetts, reported NPR.news.yahoo.com
‘Summer of Soul,’ ‘Drive My Car’ make Oscars shortlist
Documentaries about Julia Child, “Black Woodstock,” the pandemic and The Velvet Underground and acclaimed international films like Japan’s “Drive My Car,” Iran’s “A Hero” and Norway’s “The Worst Person in the World” just got a little closer to scoring Oscar nominations.
Defectors from North Korea pray for resettlement victims
Eiko Kawasaki was among some 93,000 ethnic Korean residents of Japan who, along with their family members, went to North Korea decades ago under a resettlement program that promised them a “Paradise on Earth” – a place where they could live happily without being discriminated against as Koreanswashingtonpost.com
Why the Aukus, Quad and Five Eyes Pacts Anger China
The newly sealed Australia-U.K.-U.S. defense accord, known as Aukus (“AW-kus”), reflects rising global concern over China’s ascendancy. So does renewed activity within two other groupings of leading democracies, Five Eyes and the Quad. Aligning against the world’s largest exporter and possessor of the largest active military is no easy task, but the effort has been helped by China’s own actions toward some of its neighbors.washingtonpost.com
Israel, Japan banning entry to foreigners as Fauci urges caution over new variant
<a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/israel-sees-drop-pfizer-covid-vaccine-protection-still-strong-severe-n1273101">Israel</a> on Sunday became the first country to ban the entry of all foreigners as the world races to understand and contain the worrying new variant of <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/health/coronavirus">Covid-19</a> that was identified in southern <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/africa">Africa</a>. The government also promised to use controversial phone-tracking technology to track and find cases of the new <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/variants-omicron-develop-makes-variants-concern-rcna6798">omicron</a> variant of the coronavirus.
Kishida reelected Japan's PM in parliamentary vote
Fumio Kishida, who was reelected as Japan’s prime minister after his governing party scored a major victory in key parliamentary elections, says the coronavirus remains the country’s most urgent issue and pledged to take steps to mend the pandemic-battered economy.
5 things that happened this summer that you probably already forgot about
Somehow, summer 2021 has come to a close (hello, sad girl fall!), so we’re going to take a look back at all the major things that happened this summer that you probably already forgot about, because this summer went by way too fast.