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World News >> Japan

North Korea says Japan ‘may not get a ticket for Pyongyang’ if pressure policy continues
North Korea threatens Japan over Tokyo’s policy of pressuring it and says it “may not get a ticket for Pyongyang” if it continues.
03/18/2018 - 03:56 AM


65% say Abe’s wife should face Diet over scandal: poll
Amid a deepening scandal linked to the cronyism allegations leveled against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 52.0 percent of the public thinks Finance Minister Taro Aso ...
03/18/2018 - 09:33 AM


Japanese couple first to get married in Taiwan aboriginal wedding
A Japanese couple has tied the knot in a traditional aboriginal wedding ceremony in southern Taiwan, becoming the first foreign couple to do so since ...
03/18/2018 - 02:55 AM


Government secretly prepared for Emperor Hirohito’s funeral about a year before his death: book
Secret work to prepare for the funeral of Emperor Hirohito, posthumously called Emperor Showa, began about a year before his death in 1989, a former ...
03/18/2018 - 02:27 AM


China’s new vice president — a former Xi enforcer — has a reputation as ‘Mr. Fix-It’
Wang Qishan is known as China’s “Mr. Fix-It,” a trustworthy official deployed to tackle the thorniest of crises — from crumbling banks to deadly illness ...
03/18/2018 - 01:44 AM


Obama to launch Asia-Pacific tour Monday that concludes on March 25 in Japan
On the last leg of the four-nation Asia-Oceania tour, former U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan, where he will attend an international conference.
03/18/2018 - 01:37 AM


Special counsel now has memos that fired FBI deputy Andrew McCabe kept on his dealings with Trump
Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos detailing interactions ...
03/18/2018 - 01:35 AM


Recalled products caused 1,283 accidents, six deaths in Japan over 10 years: survey
The continued use of defective products subject to recalls caused 1,283 serious accidents over a 10-year span ending in March 2017, a government-affiliated organization has ...
03/18/2018 - 01:32 AM


Expert says half of stolen NEM likely converted on darknet; Coincheck drops Monero, Dash and Zcash
The hacked cryptocurrency exchange says it will no longer handle Monero, Dash or Zcash because their anonymity features present a high money laundering risk.
03/17/2018 - 10:32 AM


The other side of crime: ‘Victims left behind’
The 1995 Aum sarin gas attacks in Tokyo laid the foundations for the creation of support networks to help protect those affected by the incident.
03/17/2018 - 09:58 AM


Japan struggles to overcome its groping problem
A group of men boarded the women-only car of the Chiyoda Line subway in Tokyo during the morning commute on Feb. 16 as a form ...
03/17/2018 - 09:57 AM


With amnesty or death, Japan seeks to draw a line under Heisei Era crimes
Those with the conviction that members of Japan’s Imperial family have negligible impact on the lives of their subjects should bear in mind that for ...
03/17/2018 - 09:54 AM


Reactions to GoPro sushi train video reflect gaps in etiquette between East and West
Every piece of content on the internet can be divisive these days, even the innocuous stuff. This truism was on full display over the past ...
03/17/2018 - 09:42 AM


State does not plan to have female members of Imperial family attend key enthronement ceremony
The government does not plan to invite female members of the Imperial Family to the Kenji to Shokei no Gi, one of the core ceremonies ...
03/17/2018 - 09:33 AM


Till death do us unite: Japan’s dark tales of love
Has ever a civilized people lived in greater intimacy with death than the Japanese?
03/17/2018 - 09:32 AM


Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono raises abduction issue with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence
Japan’s top diplomat wants U.S. President Donald Trump to address the issue with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit in May.
03/17/2018 - 04:47 AM


Komeito favors ¥8,000 admission fee for casinos to match Singapore
To stave off gambling addiction, the smaller partner in Japan’s ruling coalition is pushing more stringent limits on number of casinos and visits than the ...
03/17/2018 - 03:42 AM


Abe less popular than Kim Jong Un, Trump, Xi and Vladimir Putin in South Korea: Gallup survey
Japan’s hawkish prime minister is at the bottom of the list.
03/17/2018 - 03:09 AM


‘Oh, konnichiwa‘: U.S. interior secretary’s remark to lawmaker of Japanese descent draws fire
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came under fire this week for what critics said was a “flippant” and “juvenile” use of a Japanese greeting when ...
03/17/2018 - 02:21 AM


Momoka Muraoka claims silver on final day as Japan wraps up strong showing in Paralympics
Competition wrapped at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on Sunday, closing out 10 days marked by strong performances by the younger members of Team Japan.With 10 ...
03/18/2018 - 04:38 AM


SeaHorses beat Sunrockers for 12th straight win
The SeaHorses Mikawa opened the season with a road loss to the defending champion Tochigi Brex in late September.Then they rattled off a team-record 16 ...
03/18/2018 - 09:30 AM


Kakuryu, Kaisei stay perfect at Spring Basho
Yokozuna Kakuryu and No. 6 maegashira Kaisei each won on Sunday to remain unbeaten and in the lead on the eighth day of the Spring ...
03/18/2018 - 06:35 AM


S-Pulse hold on to claim draw with Vegalta
Shimizu S-Pulse fended off a persistent attack by visiting Vegalta Sendai for a 1-1 draw in the J. League first division on Sunday.Shimizu midfielder Shota ...
03/18/2018 - 05:20 AM


NPB stars look to build momentum in spring
While most baseball fans know spring numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, some players make it hard to remember at times. Because ...
03/18/2018 - 05:14 AM


Grizzlies snap 19-game skid with victory over Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets did something no NBA team has done in almost seven weeks — lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, Tyreke ...
03/18/2018 - 05:13 AM


Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga edge Ohio State to reach Sweet 16
Zach Norvell Jr. pulled up for 3-pointers, drove fearlessly to the rim and bulled his way into the trees to snare rebounds.A spectator during Gonzaga’s ...
03/18/2018 - 05:12 AM


Ireland beats England to secure Grand Slam
To pull off a Grand Slam in Six Nations rugby, planning, talent and commitment takes you only so far.“You need some luck,” Ireland coach Joe ...
03/18/2018 - 01:42 AM


Shohei Ohtani working diligently to get up to speed on MLB level
Now that slugging pitcher Shohei Ohtani has reached the promised land, it’s time for him to make good on his promise — although the day ...
03/18/2018 - 12:55 AM


Sunwolves come up just short of improbable upset of Lions
The Sunwolves may have once again tasted Super Rugby defeat on Saturday but the manner in which they played in their 40-38 loss to the ...
03/17/2018 - 11:59 PM


Brex make pivotal plays in closing seconds to beat Jets
The defending champion Tochigi Brex didn’t have the same swagger and chemistry when the season began.But they have made steady progress over the past few ...
03/17/2018 - 10:15 AM


Marcel Hirscher ties pair of legends with 13th World Cup win in a single season
Marcel Hirscher took the season closing giant slalom on Saturday to equal the record of 13 wins in a single campaign.The 29-year-old Austrian entered a ...
03/17/2018 - 09:36 AM


Evander Kane nets four goals for Sharks
Evander Kane scored four goals to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Calgary Flames 7-4 on Friday.Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist ...
03/17/2018 - 09:16 AM


Kakuryu, Kaisei improve to 7-0 at Spring Basho
Yokozuna Kakuryu survived a scare to remain unbeaten and tied for the lead on Saturday, the seventh day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.After a ...
03/17/2018 - 07:03 AM


Hideki Matsuyama falls nine strokes off pace at Arnold Palmer Invitational
Hideki Matsuyama carded an even-par 72 in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Friday, sliding down the leaderboard into a tie for ...
03/17/2018 - 05:47 AM


Naomi Osaka routs world No. 1 Simona Halep to make BNP Paribas Open final
Naomi Osaka booked her place in the BNP Paribas Open final in emphatic fashion Friday night, powering past world No. 1 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 ...
03/17/2018 - 04:56 AM


Shohei Ohtani gets shelled by Rockies
Shohei Ohtani was rocked for seven runs over 1⅓ innings in his second major league spring training start for the Los Angeles Angels, allowing long ...
03/17/2018 - 04:32 AM


Yoshihiro Nitta wins cross-country 10-km classical gold medal
Yoshihiro Nitta won gold in the standing cross-country 10-km classical skiing on Saturday at the Winter Paralympics.Nitta crossed the finish line at Alpensia Biathlon Centre ...
03/17/2018 - 04:01 AM


Ed ‘The Glider’ Charles, third baseman of 1969 World Series champion Mets, passes away at 84
Ed Charles, the third baseman known as “The Glider” who helped lead the Miracle Mets to the 1969 World Series title with his veteran guidance ...
03/17/2018 - 03:36 AM


Raptors top Mavs for 11th straight
The Toronto Raptors are on top of the Eastern Conference and learning how to deal with the view.DeMar DeRozan made the game-winning basket in overtime ...
03/17/2018 - 03:36 AM


UMBC pulls off historic upset by beating No. 1 Virginia
Jairus Lyles couldn’t suppress a smile, knowing that a school known more for chess than hoops had finally made it happen — a 16 ousting ...
03/17/2018 - 03:27 AM


Minami Itahashi collects two bronze medals at FINA Diving World Series event
Minami Itahashi earned a pair of bronze medals on Friday, the second day of a FINA Diving World Series event.Itahashi took third in the women’s ...
03/16/2018 - 10:10 AM


Brave Thunders run past Lakestars
The Kawasaki Brave Thunders had more points through three quarters than the visiting Shiga Lakestars accumulated in Friday’s game.Not a good sign for the Lakestars. ...
03/16/2018 - 09:49 AM


Kakuryu whips former ozeki to stay tied for top spot with Kaisei
Yokozuna Kakuryu remained on top of the heap on Friday, the sixth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, with a solid win over former ...
03/16/2018 - 07:09 AM


MLB warns Yankees’ Aaron Judge about tampering rules
Major League Baseball has told New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge his comments attempting to recruit Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado violate the sport’s tampering rules, ...
03/16/2018 - 06:53 AM


Gurimu Narita captures men’s snowboarding gold medal at Pyeongchang Paralympics
Gurimu Narita won gold Friday in men’s snowboarding banked slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics.The Osaka native claimed his second medal at these games after ...
03/16/2018 - 06:07 AM


Capitals thrash struggling Islanders
T.J. Oshie scored twice, Dmitry Orlov and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and two assists, and the first-place Washington Capitals beat the struggling New ...
03/16/2018 - 05:13 AM


Vikings give quarterback Kirk Cousins a welcome party, $84 million contract
The leverage of free agency in his prime brought Kirk Cousins the market-setting contract with Minnesota.Now the Vikings have their latest franchise quarterback to try ...
03/16/2018 - 04:42 AM


Could ‘Black Panther’ change how Japanese view people of color?
While the film may mean one small step for attitudes here, it represents a big-cat leap for black people's view of ourselves.
03/18/2018 - 06:20 AM


The Japanese lessons of a ‘plastic Paddy’
A Briton of Irish stock finds the "Irishness" he seeks not on the Emerald Isle itself but in the expat pubs of his adopted land.
03/14/2018 - 04:07 AM


Schools plus rules equals Japan minus two
Having experienced schools around the world, why do Colin P.A. Jones' daughters rank Japan's bottom of the class?
03/11/2018 - 05:50 AM


A shooting at my school, Florida’s Douglas High, viewed from afar in Japan but still so close
The rest of the world cannot understand America's problem with guns. This hit home for me when yet another school shooting occurred at my alma ...
03/11/2018 - 05:49 AM


White supremacists and Japan: A love story
Far-right fanboys see in Japan an ethnostate that gets a free pass on the world stage, but it's a reputation that Japan needs to shake ...
03/07/2018 - 05:30 AM


The strange taste of Japanese immigration Kool-Aid: How living in Japan can transform you into a conservative
When it comes to thinking of the role that they themselves should play in Japan, many progressive expats are actually more in line with the ...
03/07/2018 - 05:29 AM


South Korean ‘job nomads’ follow their dreams to Japan
Millennials drawn to not only more jobs but also a perceived less competitive working environment.
03/04/2018 - 04:15 AM


Jolly good fun: Cheeky kittens Preto and Melas find a family
Born as strays in a public garden, this devilishly handsome pair have now found paradise with the Miksche family.
03/04/2018 - 04:14 AM


Doling out some truths about Japan’s ‘share houses’
Many Japanese people are wary of investment as a means of growing their savings. There are a variety of reasons for this caution, so most ...
03/04/2018 - 03:45 AM


Florian Busch, the architect who floated the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium
Japan-based German architect warns that Tokyo risks squandering a historic chance to offer an ambitious, sustainable vision in 2020.
02/28/2018 - 04:30 AM


High-tech Pyeongchang Olympics needed more low-tech support for foreign tourists
Attending the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea reminded me of what Japan still needs to do as it gears up to host one of the ...
02/25/2018 - 03:10 AM


Lessons on life, love and compassionate leave from a silly old bunny
Having just suffered a string of painful losses, this month I will explore compassionate leave (kibiki kyūka), the days you take off in Japan after ...
02/25/2018 - 03:09 AM


A big-eyed, beautiful tabby named Pei seeks a home
Pei is new to ARK, having just arrived last month after his owner had to be hospitalized.
02/25/2018 - 03:08 AM


What Trump’s tax reforms mean for Americans in Japan
Changes under the U.S. Republican administration are likely to affect the bottom line for individuals and companies here alike.
02/21/2018 - 04:45 AM


Japan Times readers sound off on courtesy, blackface and education
A selection of letters about recent stories on the Community pages.
02/21/2018 - 04:36 AM


A fuzzy tale of Japan’s famous cats in hats
When Ryo Yamazaki picked up a chunk of one of his cat’s shed fur and fashioned it on top of his Scottish fold’s head in ...
03/18/2018 - 06:55 AM


Go west to enjoy a family hanami party
At last, winter’s grip is loosening and spring in Japan is on its way. Soon cherry blossoms will explode across the archipelago, and parks around ...
03/18/2018 - 07:15 AM


Figurative and literal lifesavers
Keep your ears open for BoCo Bone-conduction earphones, a relatively new development in personal tech that allows users to listen to devices without blasting the ...
03/18/2018 - 06:54 AM


Long journey on winding road leads back to Japan
The welcome that Brad Bennett, senior vice president, Chubb Group and regional president, Far East, received when he first visited Japan in 1979 was textbook ...
03/18/2018 - 04:24 AM


Miki Bartley: A guiding spirit for Japanese tourists
After 27 years in the United Kingdom, Blue Badge tourist guide Miki Bartley still loves to show visitors around.
03/17/2018 - 09:56 AM


Cabbage: The brassica that found a new home in Japan
The humble cabbage is the third most consumed vegetable in Japan according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, following daikon radishes and onions. ...
03/17/2018 - 09:55 AM


The Blind Donkey: Serving up nature in the inner city
Among the brash drinking holes and boisterous old-school izakaya taverns clustered in the narrow alleys that surround Kanda Station, The Blind Donkey is an unexpected, ...
03/17/2018 - 09:52 AM


OnJapan Cafe&: Reimagining the fermenting tradition
Shibuya’s Kamiyamacho district continues to bubble up with worthy new dining venues. One of the most intriguing new arrivals on its increasingly popular shopping street ...
03/17/2018 - 09:50 AM


Nihonbashi: The culinary crossroads of Tokyo
For the rest of the world all roads might lead to Rome, but in Japan all roads lead to Nihonbashi. Just as the Milliarium Aureum ...
03/17/2018 - 09:48 AM


Ministop’s ‘Adult Tiramisu’ a caffeinated delight unsuitable for kids
Ministop often gets overlooked when discussing convenience store chains in Japan. Due to the sheer number of outlets found across the country, the big three ...
03/17/2018 - 09:46 AM


Canoeing with a twist on Hokkaido’s volcanic Lake Kussharo
To experience the best of canoeing in Japan, many choose Hokkaido for its wide-open spaces and relatively easy access to wilderness. Hokkaido boasts six national ...
03/16/2018 - 06:17 AM


A journey by kayak through Iriomote’s mangrove forests
Thanks to the maze of narrow waterways that crisscross Iriomote Island, kayaking is a popular choice for anyone wishing to venture deeper into the island's ...
03/16/2018 - 06:15 AM


Cheat your way to better Japanese with walkthrough video game guides
Learners of Japanese, why not try offsetting the guilt of cheating at video games by changing your device's settings to Nihongo and checking ...
03/12/2018 - 04:00 AM


More than one way to use ‘ippo’ in Japanese
Looking at the noun 一方 (いっぽう, one side/the other side) and its related expressions.
03/12/2018 - 03:59 AM


Huis Ten Bosch debuts aquatic pod hotel
Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture has introduced its new traveling pod hotel room, designed to float at sea, to the media.
03/12/2018 - 03:58 AM


Let’s discuss passports and visas
Japanese and Singaporean passport holders have the greatest travel freedom worldwide, according to a survey.
03/12/2018 - 03:57 AM


Daruma wish comes true after nearly 4-decade wait
"What would you like to be in the future and what would you like to do?" It's 1978, and Sujan Chinoy is an exchange student ...
03/12/2018 - 02:30 AM


Rising opera star was discovered in karaoke bar
Swinging with the karaoke microphone, Lucas Meachem belted out an “I Believe I Can Fly” that would instantly put to shame any unsuspecting amateur who ...
03/18/2018 - 01:13 AM


The Irish influence on Soseki, a pioneer of Japanese literature
St. Patrick’s Day is the time of year when many raise a glass in their local “authentic Irish” pub to Ireland’s literary greats, from master ...
03/17/2018 - 09:38 AM


In ‘The Rape of Nanking’ Iris Chang deconstructs the horrors of war
Iris Chang’s groundbreaking work, “The Rape of Nanking” is widely credited with publicizing the World War II atrocity that many in Japan continue to deny ...
03/17/2018 - 09:36 AM


‘Tokyo Poetry Journal’ is back, this time exploring the beats
The fifth issue of the Tokyo Poetry Journal (ToPoJo) shows it has the scope of ambition and the depth of talent to become a lasting ...
03/17/2018 - 09:34 AM


Documentary takes a look at friendship in the aftermath of wrongful imprisonment
Kim Sung-woong, a documentary film director, says he listened with awe as he heard remarks by a man who was falsely accused in a high-profile ...
03/16/2018 - 03:04 AM


Netflix’s new yakuza flick has Jared Leto on the outs with critics
In his 1999 book “Tokyo Underworld,” Robert Whiting told the real-life story of Nick Zappetti, a former American GI in postwar Japan who becomes embroiled ...
03/15/2018 - 03:46 AM


Dairakudakan’s ‘unearthly’ butoh meets a tortured Russian tale
Following a January press conference in which the New National Theatre, Tokyo, announced that Dairakudakan, one of the world’s leading butoh companies, would be staging ...
03/15/2018 - 03:38 AM


‘Sakura Guardian in the North’: A melodrama ‘Sayurists’ can be proud of
Sayuri Yoshinaga is the last star of Japan’s postwar studio era to still be a box-office force. Playing a pure-hearted teen in films for Nikkatsu ...
03/14/2018 - 06:00 AM


‘B: The Beginning’: Netflix anime gets a ‘B’ for effort
Whatever you’ve thought of their quality up until now, Netflix’s original animated series have definitely rocked the boat in some way, whether by assembling an ...
03/14/2018 - 05:59 AM


Hollywood producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Michael Jordan and Paul Feig adopt inclusion rider
“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig said on Tuesday that his production company was adding an inclusion rider for future shows, the latest Hollywood figure to take ...
03/13/2018 - 08:33 PM


The films and the fury of punk moviemaker Gakuryu Ishii
Last year’s release of “Blade Runner 2049” and this year’s Netflix series “Altered Carbon” have rekindled interest in the futuristic cyberpunk aesthetic, though those works ...
03/13/2018 - 10:50 AM


Turner: The landscaper of art genres
J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) remains among the most adored of British landscapists. His natural draftsman talent, in union with the hard work ethic of his time ...
03/13/2018 - 05:49 AM


French couturier to the stars Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91
French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” has died at the age ...
03/12/2018 - 09:39 PM


Time to rethink the nation’s post-3/11 energy policy
even years on, the government should revisit the lessons of the Tepco plant accident and reconsider whether it should continue to promote nuclear power despite ...
03/18/2018 - 05:59 AM


China’s quest: To be a status superpower
Beijing wants the space and respect accorded top powers, but not the responsibilities.
03/18/2018 - 05:58 AM


Stephen Hawking taught us it was right to be wrong
By making bets he was happy to lose, the English physicist showed that science progressed with each mistake.
03/18/2018 - 05:57 AM


After 3/11 ‘reconstruction period’
The experiences of the communities hit by the 3/11 disasters should be reviewed and shared by the national government so that the lessons drawn from ...
03/17/2018 - 05:02 AM


Questioning Australia’s kangaroo killings
Australia's relationship with its national animal has a dark and bloody side.
03/17/2018 - 05:00 AM


What to expect in the wake of ‘Rexit’
Japan and other U.S. partners must prepare for uncertainty and confusion in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.
03/16/2018 - 06:18 AM


For good or bad, Pompeo is the anti-Tillerson
Trump's foreign policy hasn't been the disaster that many feared, but he may still capsize the ship
03/16/2018 - 06:16 AM


Why Japan will never reach its inflation target
After five years of unprecedented stimulus, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda should recognize reality.
03/16/2018 - 06:15 AM


President Putin thumps his chest
Putin is ratcheting up tensions between Moscow and Washington, and there's a very real danger of returning to a nuclear arms.
03/15/2018 - 05:54 AM


Trump’s understanding of war is outdated
In the nuclear age, security depends less on technology and more on psychology.
03/15/2018 - 05:53 AM


For Putin’s Russia, a poisoned spy sends a political message
The poisoning is a sign of how just committed Vladimir Putin's Kremlin has become at eradicating its enemies — and reminding others it can do ...
03/15/2018 - 05:52 AM


Get to the bottom of Moritomo deal’s altered documents
The act is a grave breach of public trust that places the credibility of the entire government in doubt.
03/14/2018 - 06:20 AM


Could the Kim-Trump summit succeed?
The Kim-Trump summit is an opportunity that will be difficult to seize and easy to squander.
03/14/2018 - 06:19 AM


Tillerson fall shows Trump learning game of politics
The U.S. president is becoming more successful at marrying his idiosyncratic style with the levers of power to get his own way.
03/14/2018 - 06:18 AM


CPTPP: A victory for reason in trade
The CPTPP is a bold statement in favor a multilateral, rules-based approach to international governance — at a time when other troubling approaches are gaining ...
03/13/2018 - 06:10 AM


Japan’s overworked and underpaid teachers
The nation's school teachers are in dire need of better working conditions.
03/13/2018 - 06:09 AM


Why fossil fuels will survive
The real obstacle to dealing with climate change is the world's vast dependence on oil, natural gas and coal.
03/13/2018 - 06:08 AM


The end of little Germany?
With a new government taking power, Europe's powerhouse must start thinking of itself as the major economic player it is.
03/13/2018 - 06:07 AM


Cambodian views on the U.S., Japan and China
Is it time for Washington to rethink its diplomatic approach toward Phnom Penh?
03/13/2018 - 06:06 AM


North Korea isn’t the biggest problem in Asia
Kim is a tactical difficulty, maintaining alliances against China is the strategic issue
03/13/2018 - 06:05 AM


Trump rolls the dice on North Korea
New and creative thinking is needed to end the stalemate and change trajectories on the Korean Peninsula. But this is a very risky gamble.
03/12/2018 - 06:30 AM



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