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Naomi Osaka, the two-time champion withdraws from Australian Open

West News Wire: With her announcement that she won't compete in the Australian Open, Naomi Osaka joins a growing list of renowned players who have withdrawn. The Open winner from Japan in 2019 and 2021, Osaka, was informed by organizers...

Snowfall in Japan kills 17 people and injures dozens more

West News Wire: According to emergency management experts, heavy snowfall in wide parts of Japan has caused 17 fatalities, more than 90 injuries, and the loss of power in hundreds of houses. Since last week, strong winter fronts have dropped...

Fourth minister fired by Japanese PM to repair scandal-hit Cabinet

West News Wire: Fumio Kishida, the prime minister of Japan, fired his fourth minister in as many months on Tuesday to clean up a scandal-plagued Cabinet and allay concerns about the legitimacy of his hiring decisions. The Unification Church, whose...

Japan, UK and Italy will develop next-gen fighter jet amid Chinese pressure

West News Wire: Britain, Italy, and Japan announced their plans to work together to develop a future fighter plane on Friday. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak claimed that the project will ensure national security and protect thousands of employment. The...

Losses to Japan, South Korea ends Asian teams’ World Cup dreams

West News Wire: Asian aspirations at the World Cup in Qatar have been dashed by Japan's penalty shootout loss to Croatia and Brazil's impressive 4-1 victory over South Korea. All three Asian Football Confederation nations have been eliminated from the...

Costa Rica pulls off stunning victory over Japan

West News Wire: Costa Rica defeated Japan 1-0 to maintain its chances of moving on to the World Cup's knockout stages. The team of Luis Fernando Suarez played most of the game on the back foot but won thanks to...

Inflation touches highest levels in Japan since 1982

West News Wire: According to government data released on Friday, the weak national currency and pressure from imported costs caused Japan's consumer price rise to accelerate to a 40-year peak in October. The national core consumer price index (CPI) increased...

Ichiyanagi, a pioneer of Japanese avant-garde dead, aged 89

West News Wire: Toshi Ichiyanagi, an avant-garde pianist and composer who trained under John Cage and helped Japan lead the world in experimental modern music, has passed away. He was 89. According to the Kanagawa Arts Foundation, where Ichiyanagi had...

South Korean missile crashes during US-South Korean drill

West News Wire: In retaliation for North Korea's successful launch of a weapon that flew over Japan and has the range to strike the US territory of Guam the day before, a malfunctioning South Korean ballistic missile blew up as...

Storm hits Japan’s space center; 130K remain without electricity

West News Wire: Tuesday saw the entry of a tropical cyclone that had cut across Japan, dumped a lot of rain, injured more than 100 people, killed two people, paralyzed traffic, and left thousands of households without electricity. Typhoon Nanmadol...
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Shell’s profit doubles to record high as war hikes energy prices

West News Wire: As the oil supermajor benefited from the spike in energy prices brought on by Russia's invasion...
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