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億万長者の前澤氏のツイートが史上最多のリツイート数を獲得【Billionaire Maezawa’s tweet gets most retweets ever】

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has set a record for the most retweeted tweet by promising to share 100 million yen among 100 randomly selected people who followed his account and retweeted the post. His tweet has been shared for over five million times so far.

僧侶らが運転摘発に抗議するため動画を投稿【Buddhist monks post videos to protest driving fine】

Buddhist monks throughout Japan have posted videos on Twitter showing off various athletic feats to prove their religious robes do not impair safe driving. The movement began after a monk in his 40s was fined by a police officer in central Japan for driving in the traditional attire.

小学4年生が最年少の囲碁プロに【4th grader to become youngest pro Go player】

A fourth-grade Japanese girl will debut as the youngest professional player of the Asian board game “Go” when she turns 10 this spring, the Japan Go Association announced on Saturday. The girl, a resident of Osaka, said she wants to win a title while being in junior high school.

日本が商業捕鯨再開のためIWC脱退へ【Japan to leave IWC to resume commercial whaling】

Japan is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling next year, government sources said on Thursday. The move would spark criticism from Australia and other anti-whaling nations over whale conservations.

札幌の爆発で不動産会社社長が謝罪【Real estate firm chief apologizes for Sapporo blast】

The president of a Japanese real estate firm apologized on Tuesday for causing a building explosion that injured 42 people in Sapporo on the weekend. He admitted that two employees emptied about 120 spray cans of deodorizer for disposal inside the room where doors and windows were closed.

紀平梨花がデビューシーズンでGPファイナル制覇【Rika Kihira wins Grand Prix Final in debut season】

Teenage prodigy Rika Kihira on Saturday became the first Japanese skater since Mao Asada in 2005 to win the Grand Prix Final in her debut season. The 16-year-old attributed the success to learning from her past failures.

ソフトバンクの携帯電話サービスが何時間も通信障害【SoftBank’s mobile service disrupted for hours】

SoftBank’s mobile service outage affected millions of users in many parts of Japan on Thursday afternoon. Sweden’s manufacturer Ericsson apologized and said its equipment fault was to blame for the disruption.

中国の遺伝子編集の科学者が行方不明に【China’s gene-edited scientist is missing】

A Chinese scientist, who claimed to have made the world’s first gene-edited babies, has been missing. He gave a presentation on his experiment at a conference in Hong Kong last week, which triggered controversy in the medical community.

日本の民間行事がユネスコに登録【Japan’s folk rituals added to UNESCO list】

A group of “visiting deity” folk rituals were added on Thursday to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. In the festivals, people in rural communities wearing masks or costumes visit homes to drive away evil spirits at the end of the year or when seasons change.

JAXAが宇宙から帰還したカプセルを公開【JAXA shows capsule returning from space】

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Tuesday showed a capsule that was successfully released from an unmanned cargo spacecraft and landed in the Pacific Ocean earlier this month. JAXA collected experiment samples from the capsule for analysis.

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