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Starbucks misses sales, revenue estimates as China falters | The ...

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...During a conference call with investors, Starbucks" interim CEO Howard Schultz said China's decision to end its zero-COVID policy in December caused... ...Starbucks misses sales, revenue estimates as China falters.... ...Chief Financial Officer Rachel Ruggeri said an ongoing revamp designed to improve U.S. store efficiency could help boost U.S.... ...But Schultz said Starbucks remains optimistic about China, its second-largest market outside the U.S....

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INTERVIEW/ Former justice minister: Death penalty a tool of the ...

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...Yasuhiro Hanashi was forced to resign as justice minister in November last year after he jokingly said that he served in a "low-profile position... ...Hideo Hiraoka has not forgotten the barbs and sneers directed his way over his cautious stance toward ordering death penalties when he was justice... ...Born in 1954, Hiraoka joined the Finance Ministry before taking a counselor's post at the Cabinet Legislation Bureau and serving as a Lower House... ...He was justice minister under the DPJ-led administration of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in 2011....

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ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ David McMurray | The Asahi Shimbun ...

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...ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ David McMurray. unusually quiet morning a crow caws thrice. birds sing at sunrise. "Why do crows cry so?".... ...Today is "setsubun" in Japan, the day before the spring season begins. 3 on the Gregorian calendar has been set as a holiday since 1873 for children... ...Joshi screened a shadow play using a lantern. Ed Bremson similarly played in Raleigh, North Carolina. Pippa Phillips finished-up sewing in St.... ...Louis, Missouri. Radhika De Silva looks forward to a happier, more peaceful year in Colombo, Sri Lanka....

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Canadian lawmakers back resettlement of 10,000 Uighur Muslims ...

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...from China's Xinjiang region into Canada over two years.... ...The House of Commons voted 322-0 for Liberal member of parliament Sameer Zuberi's bill, which also called on the government to recognize that Uighurs... ..."Canada will always do its part in helping those in need of protection," Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said in a statement.... ...While the passage of the bill does not compel Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to follow the proposal, the undivided support is likely...

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Special train in Hokkaido offers chance to witness drift ice at sea ...

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...and Shiretoko Shari Station in Shari twice a day until Feb.... ...ABASHIRI, Hokkaido--Hokkaido Railway Co.... ...Drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk became visible from the land for the first time this winter on Feb. 2, the Abashiri Local Meteorological Office announced... ...The train stops at Kitahama Station for 10 minutes when it departs from Abashiri Station. There, passengers can enjoy a grand view of the sea....

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Quirky readings of first names to be struck off from fiscal 2024 | The ...

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...By KOSUKE TAUCHI/ Staff Writer.... ...A committee of the Justice Ministry's Legislative Council on Feb. 2 compiled recommendations for revising the Family Register Law that said only... ...The Legislative Council committee did not include specific standards for deciding what readings would be allowed.... ...name readings in the family register to promote digitalization of administrative procedures and to allow for the use of MyNumber cards outside of Japan...

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Kabuki actors toss beans for good luck at Fukuoka shrine | The ...

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...Kabuki actors toss beans for good luck at Fukuoka shrine. By JUN KANEKO/ Staff Writer.... ..."I love Hakata," said Ennosuke Ichikawa, a popular Kabuki actor. "I wish you all good luck.".... ...Ichikawa and others will perform at the local Hakataza theater later this month....

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Grooming among acts punishable under revisions on sex crimes ...

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...By KOSUKE TAUCHI/ Staff Writer.... ...A Justice Ministry draft of legal revisions to improve the way sex crimes are handled from the perspective of victims proposed raising the statute... ...Perpetrators who render victims "mentally incompetent" or incapable of rejecting a sexual assault due to the ingestion of drugs, alcohol or other... ...cases to make the range of what constitutes sexual assault more transparent....

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Police bust wide voyeurism ring that filmed women bathing | The ...

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...Shizuoka police sent papers on Feb. 1 on three of the 16, including a 31-year-old doctor in Tokyo, to the Shizuoka District Public Prosecutors Office... ...Police arrested Karin Saito, 50, in December 2021 for violating a nuisance prevention ordinance issued by Hyogo Prefecture, and his case has been... ...They also secretly drugged female acquaintances by slipping them sleeping pills, then committing lewd acts and filming them, police said.... ...These men got together to learn voyeurism techniques from Saito, who was known as "a charismatic voyeur," investigators said....

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Setsubun beans can pose choking hazard for kids, agency warns ...

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...Setsubun beans can pose choking hazard for kids, agency warns. By TAKASHI ENDO/ Staff Writer.... ...The Consumer Affairs Agency warns that children 5 years or younger should not be given hard beans and nuts.... ...A 4-year-old boy died after choking on beans in a setsubun event at a certified child care center in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture.... ...In the decade from December 2010, the agency and another consumer protection regulator received 31 reports of people 14 or younger choking on or...



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