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Parents Makiko Nakamura holds a new born baby Soma on the first day of Reiwa era on May 1st at a hospital in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. (The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images)

Efforts fail to improve low birthrate in Japan

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) -- The number of babies born in 2019 is expected to be about 864,000, dropping below 900,000 for the first...

China cuts tariffs to spur growth, plug key shortages

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) — Beijing will lower tariffs on over 850 goods and products coming into the country from Jan. 1, including Frozen...

Modi defends citizenship decision

NEW DELHI (THe Statesman/ANN) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, that unity in diversity is integral to India while addressing ‘Aabhar Rally’ at Delhi’s...

North Korea beefs up self-defense capabilities in military reorganization

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a meeting of the top military decision-making body to accelerate the development...
Jotaro Ueji, a former vice president of Mizuno Corp., has collected commemorative postage stamps for all 16 summer and winter Olympics since the 1988 Games in Seoul, amassing a vast collection of ingeniously designed stamps. (The Japan News/ANN)

A way to enjoy Olympics: collecting stamps

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — Jotaro Ueji, a former vice president of Mizuno Corp., has collected commemorative postage stamps for all 16 summer and...

S. Korean tech giants to showcase advanced AI for life at CES 2020

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) -- South Korean tech companies said Sunday they are gearing up for the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas...

Prospects dim for U.S.-N. Korea nuclear talks: ministry

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) — Prospects are dim for denuclearization talks between the US and North Korea next year, with the possibility of the...

Who should pay for cleanup of former U.S. military bases?

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) -- When the U.S. returned four bases to Korea last week, the environmental issue was reignited as Seoul announced it...
Tokyo Station sees about 180,000 Shinkansen passengers every day. The key to the plan will be how to balance checks with smooth operation of the trains. (Shutterstock)

Japan gov’t eyes Shinkansen luggage checks during Tokyo Games

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) -- As part of efforts to prevent terrorism, the government is considering checking the luggage of passengers on Shinkansen bullet...

China: Stability, GDP get top priority for year ahead

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) — China's top priority for economic work in 2020 is to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all...

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