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Shiba Inu behind “Doge” meme diagnosed with cancer and liver disease, owner says

Kabosu, the Shiba Inu behind the viral "Doge" meme, is seriously sick with cancer and an acute liver disease, her owner said.In a series of Instagram posts this week, the beloved pup's owner, Atsuko Sato, said her dog is in a "very dangerous condition" after being diagnosed with chronic lymphoma leukemia and acute cholangiohepatitis, which is characterized by an inflamed liver."Right now the liver level is very bad and jaundice appears," said Sato, who is a teacher in Japan. "But antibiotics will definitely improve" Kabosu's condition, she said. Earlier this week, Kabosu's owner revealed that the 17-year-old Shiba Inu had not been eating or drinking water on Christmas Eve. But in her most recent post, Sato said the dog's appetite had returned and showed Kabosu in several videos eat...
Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator arrested for alleged insider trading
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Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator arrested for alleged insider trading

Tokyo — The co-creator of classic video game series Sonic the Hedgehog has been arrested for alleged insider trading, according to public prosecutors in Tokyo. Yuji Naka, a 57-year-old programmer known for making Sonic and other major titles at Japanese game firm Sega, was arrested on Friday, a prosecution document obtained by AFP said. His alleged misdeed took place nearly three years ago, when Naka was an employee at "Final Fantasy" creator Square Enix, the Tokyo District Prosecutors Office document said. A photo posted on Twitter by Japanese video game programmer Yuji Naka in December 2021 shows him pointing at screens displaying a new game he created. Twitter/Yuji Naka Nak...
Biden celebrates Democrats holding the Senate on second day of Asia summits
Politics

Biden celebrates Democrats holding the Senate on second day of Asia summits

Phnom Penh, Cambodia CNN  —  President Joe Biden landed in Cambodia on Saturday still reveling in midterm election results that have produced an unexpected boost at home for his second two years in office. A day after he arrived in Asia, he got another piece of news from back home that could give him a lift through the rest of his international swing – CNN and other outlets projected his party would retain control of the Senate. “We feel good about where we are. And I know I’m a cockeyed optimist,” he said from his hotel lobby on Sunday after the projection. Yet the scale of the challenges abroad, and the effort to translate 21 months of intensive engagement into tangible results for US al...
Japan space agency aborts launch, bringing down Epsilon-6 rocket with a self-destruct command
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Japan space agency aborts launch, bringing down Epsilon-6 rocket with a self-destruct command

An Epsilon-6 rocket takes off from the launch pad at the Uchinoura Space Center (USC) in Kimotsuki-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, October 12, 2022. STR/JIJI Press/AFP/Getty Tokyo — Japan's space agency said a rocket carrying eight satellites failed just after liftoff Wednesday and had to be aborted by a self-destruction command. It was the country's first failed rocket launch in nearly 20 years. The Epsilon-6 rocket was not in the right position to orbit around the Earth and its flight had to be aborted less than seven minutes after takeoff from the Uchinoura Space Center in the southern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency President Hiroshi ...
Ex-Tokyo Olympic exec, business ally allegedly shared bribe
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Ex-Tokyo Olympic exec, business ally allegedly shared bribe

Haruyuki Takahashi, a former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee executive at the heart of a widening corruption scandal over games sponsor selection, and one of his closest business partners allegedly shared a bribe from an advertising company, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. Takahashi and Kazumasa Fukami, both former executives of Japan's largest advertising agency Dentsu Inc., are suspected of using consulting firms that they now head to receive the money. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (L) waves the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 8, 2021, at the National Stadium. Paris will host the next Summer Games in 2024. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo The two were served with fresh arrest warrants Tuesday for alleg...
Japan is struggling to quit floppy disks and fax machines
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Japan is struggling to quit floppy disks and fax machines

Tokyo — With its azure ocean views and terraced rice paddies, the city of Hamada, population 50,000, is far from Japan's major urban centers of Tokyo and Osaka. But Hamada is no digital slouch. Just like cities in other advanced nations, Hamada collects taxes, health insurance premiums and social security contributions from residents' bank accounts by sending invoice orders online to local financial institutions. But in some respects, Hamada's transactions are a throwback to the 20th century. One of eight local banks the city administration does business with insists that payment instructions be handed over physically, on floppy disks. Here's what a floppy disk looks like, for anyone under a certain age: A file photo shows a woman holding a new Fujifilm 200MB capaci...
World leaders mourn assassination of “friend” Shinzo Abe
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World leaders mourn assassination of “friend” Shinzo Abe

World leaders past and present mourned the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after the man many called their friend was assassinated while campaigning in western Japan Friday. Abe, the country's longest-serving prime minister, was 67.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Abe's murder is "incredibly shocking," and he is "deeply saddened.""The world has lost a great man of vision, and Canada has lost a close friend," Trudeau tweeted. "My thoughts are with his wife, Akie, and the people of Japan as they mourn this loss. You'll be missed, my friend." South Korea's president, Yoon Suk Yeol, sent his condolences to Japan and condemned the assassination. "I send my condolences to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's family and the ...
Randy Bachman tells CBS News about the surprise reunion with his “American Woman” guitar
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Randy Bachman tells CBS News about the surprise reunion with his “American Woman” guitar

Tokyo — The song "American Woman" is a rock anthem and one of the biggest hits to come out of the 1970's. In 1976, however, guitarist Randy Bachman of The Guess Who discovered that the guitar he used to write the classic — and a string of other hits — had been stolen from his hotel room. The theft haunted Bachman for almost 50 years, but as CBS News senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, when two musicians embraced on a stage in Tokyo last Friday, it was a happy ending to the story that started 46 years ago. Japanese musician Takeshi (left) embraces Canadian guitarist Randy Bachman after Bachman received his original Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins guitar during a Canada-Japan Friendship Concert to coincide with Canada Day at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, ...