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Philippines’ Duterte will not cooperate with ICC probe into killings
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via Reuters/File PhotoPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte will not cooperate with an investigation of the Southeast Asian nation’s drug war killings planned by the International Criminal Court (ICC), his spokesperson said on Tuesday. Rights groups and critics of the drug killings have welcomed the step by the ICC, saying a full-scale investigation will bring justice closer for the thousands of people killed in Duterte's bloody war on drugs. "We do not need foreigners to investigate killings in the drug war because the legal system is working in the Philippines," Roque said, adding he believed launching a formal probe was "legally erroneous and politically motivated." An ICC prosecutor sought authorisation on Monday to open a full investigation into the killings, saying crimes against humanity could have been committed. Rights group say police were summarily executing suspects, but authorities say they were killed after violently resisting arrest.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Shinzo Abe, Kazuhiro, Harry Roque, Duterte, Roque, Antonio Trillanes Organizations: Japan's, International Criminal Court, ICC, Rights, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Philippines
From left, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a work session during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, in August 2019. But the G-7 is where decisions that will shape U.S. international relations and the world will or won't be made. President Joe Biden disembarks from Air Force One after landing at Joint Base Andrews, Md., last month. Joe Biden, then the vice president, met with Vladimir Putin, then the Russian prime minister, in Moscow in March 2011. Covid-19 looms large"I think it's no exaggeration to say that Friday's G-7 is a life-and-death matter," former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said this week at an event hosted by Chatham House.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Biden, Trump, Fabrice Pothier, Giuseppe Conte, Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Ian Langsdon, Vladimir Putin, Putin, , Xi Jinping, Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden disembarks, Evelyn Hockstein, Donald Trump wasn't, Leslie Vinjamuri, Pew, Joe Biden, Alexander Natruskin, Pothier, Gordon Brown, Brown Organizations: NATO, Canadian, British, Sunday, NBC, Air Force, Base, Chatham House, Pew Research Center, U.S, European Union, Trump, Reuters, International Institute for Strategic Studies Locations: Beijing, Italian, Japanese, German, Biarritz, France, Carbis Bay, England, Brussels, Geneva, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Crimea, India, Australia, South Korea, South Africa, China, Md, Americas, London, United States, Europe, Washington, Xinjiang, Russian, Moscow
REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File PhotoJapan's trade ministry colluded with Toshiba Corp's (6502.T) management to unduly influence a key shareholder vote last year, an independent probe found, undermining Tokyo's efforts to improve corporate governance and win over foreign investors. Toshiba's management "worked closely" with the ministry to exert "undue influence on some shareholders," the report found. The probe, conducted by three lawyers, found that Toshiba, with the ministry, tried to force Effissimo to withdraw shareholder proposals for board nominees aimed at improving governance. The ministry has previously said that it never asked the adviser to contact Toshiba shareholders. CVC's offer to take the Japanese conglomerate private and retain incumbent management was perceived by some in the company as designed to shield Kurumatani from activist shareholders, Toshiba sources have said.
Persons: Toru Hanai, Toshiba Corp's, Shinzo Abe, METI, barbecuing, Toshiba's, Yoshihide Suga, Abe, Suga, Effissimo, Nobuaki Kurumatani Organizations: Toshiba Corp, REUTERS, Toshiba, Harvard, Ministry, Economy, Trade, Industry, Reuters, Effissimo Capital Management, Investment Partners, CVC Capital, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Singapore
The probe's findings mark an explosive turn in a long battle between the Japanese company's management and foreign shareholders, which include activist investors and Harvard University's endowment fund. The investigators also allege that Suga encouraged the pressure on Toshiba investors in a breakfast meeting with a senior company executive last July. A spokesperson for the Harvard fund declined to comment, while 3D did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Harvard fund ultimately abstained from voting. Toshiba said at the time it was not involved in any efforts to pressure Harvard.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Suga, METI, Toru Hanai, Shinzo Abe, barbecuing, Nicholas Benes, Will, Hiromichi Mizuno, Nobuaki Kurumatani Organizations: Toshiba Corp, Toshiba, Harvard, Ministry, Economy, Trade, Industry, Effissimo Capital Management, Reuters, REUTERS, Investment Partners, Training, of Japan, CVC Capital, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Singapore, Japan
China defends cultural links with Japan amid online nationalist fury
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) sentiment -0.60   time to read: +2 min
Chinese and Japanese flags flutter in front of the Tiananmen Gate ahead of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit, in Beijing, China October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas PeterThe Chinese foreign ministry defended the value of cultural exchanges with Japan on Wednesday after Chinese intellectuals came under heavy attack from nationalists online for attending events sponsored by the Japanese government over many years. Some prominent Chinese scholars and writers came under fire last week after nationalistic netizens noticed their names among a list of 144 Chinese intellectuals who had been sponsored by the Japan Foundation to visit Japan from 2008 to 2016. "We must focus on setting the tone right, be open and confident but also modest and humble, and strive to create a credible, lovable and respectable image of China," Xi said, according to Xinhua news agency. Some Chinese diplomats and commentators have taken up hardline positions on social media in recent years, appealing to nationalist passions among their online followers.
Persons: Shinzo Abe's, Thomas Peter The, netizens, Diguaxiong Laoliu, Guyan Muchan, Wang Wenbin, Wang, Xi Jinping, Xi Organizations: Japan's, REUTERS, Japan, Japan Foundation, Communist Party, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, Japan, Britain, United States, Germany, France, Italy, Canada
Japan activists want to make a withdrawal
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
A man wearing a facial mask, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, stands in front of an electric board showing Nikkei (top in C) and other countries stock index outside a brokerage at a business district in Tokyo, Japan, January 4, 2021. Activists are back in Japan and they’re zeroing in on hoarded reserves as the country’s annual general meeting season kicks off. Small wonder: two-fifths of non-financial stocks in the top-tier Topix index have net cash worth more than a fifth of their equity – a new record, says Smith. Another property owner has an uncomfortably cosy relationship with its top tenant, the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The numbers are a reminder to investors of how far governance reforms began under former prime minister Shinzo Abe still have to go.
Persons: they’re, Nick Smith, CLSA, Smith, hasn’t, Shinzo Abe, Jennifer Hughes Organizations: Nikkei, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Kremlin Locations: Tokyo, Japan, EU
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via ReutersPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn up a list of possible successors that includes his daughter Sara, boxing star Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the presidential spokesman said on Thursday. Duterte, who is barred by the constitution from seeking re-election, will end his six-year term in June 2022. While looking at "many options", Duterte is considering endorsing his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, champion boxer and senator Pacquiao, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso and long-time aide and senator Christopher "Bong" Go, spokesman Harry Roque said. The offices of Domagoso, Go, Marcos and Pacquiao did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Shinzo Abe, Kazuhiro, Sara, Emmanuel, Manny, Pacquiao, Ferdinand Marcos, Duterte, Mayor Sara Duterte, Carpio, Ferdinand, Bongbong, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, Christopher " Bong, Go, Harry Roque, vendettas, Marcos Organizations: Japan's, Reuters, Mayor, Manila Mayor, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Davao, Marcos, Philippines, China
US taxpayers paid thousands of dollars to Donald Trump's resorts in Ireland and Scotland in 2017, during previously undisclosed visits. The Scotsman reported on expenses showing taxpayers were charged for Secret Service accommodation during stays by Trump's son Eric. They showed previously undisclosed expenses which included a $7,500 invoice from Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland dated August 14, 2017. The records also show US taxpayers were charged thousands of dollars for luxury car rentals during Eric Trump's visit. The Secret Service spent more than $1 million alone on stays at Trump-owned resorts during his presidency, the Washington Post reported.
Persons: Donald Trump's, Trump's, Eric, Eric Trump's, Austin Evers, Trump, Shinzo Abe Organizations: Service, Scotsman, American, Japanese, Politico, US Air Force, Trump, Washington Post, Trump Organization Locations: Ireland, Scotland, Washington, Trump's, Trump, Lago, Florida
Japanese ruling party to fare badly in votes for three parliamentary seats
  + stars: | 2021-04-25 | by ( Elaine Lies | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference on COVID-19 situation in Tokyo, Japan April 23, 2021. Yuichi Yamazaki/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoJapan's ruling party is set to lose at least two of three seats in parliamentary by-elections widely seen as a verdict on Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and bellwether of national elections later this year, exit polls predicted on Sunday. The votes, for seats in both the Upper House and the more powerful lower chamber, are the first significant ballots since Suga took power last September. Suga had support around 70 percent when he took office by replacing Shinzo Abe, who resigned due to health reasons after becoming Japan's longest-serving premier. The LDP did not field a candidate in the final election, on the northern island of Hokkaido, for a district whose lawmaker, a former agriculture minister, quit over a bribery scandal.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Yuichi Yamazaki, Suga, Shinzo Abe, Anri Kawai Organizations: Upper, Suga's Liberal Democratic Party, NHK, LDP, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, COVID, Nagano Prefecture, Hiroshima, Hokkaido
Japan ruling party election loss a blow to Suga government
  + stars: | 2021-04-25 | by ( Elaine Lies | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference on COVID-19 situation in Tokyo, Japan April 23, 2021. Suga's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lost all three seats in parliamentary by-elections on Sunday, polls widely seen as a verdict on his administration and a bellwether for a crucial Lower House election later this year. Two of the seats were left open due to political scandals and a third after the death of a lawmaker from COVID-19. But the loss in conservative Hiroshima prefecture, where the previous lawmaker was found guilty in a vote-buying scandal, is a serious blow to Suga, already facing dissent within the LDP. "There's no question that worry about whether Suga is the face the LDP wants to fight an election with is growing."
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Yuichi Yamazaki, Yoshihide, Suga's, Suga, Airo Hino, Shinzo Abe, Atsuo Ito Organizations: Liberal Democratic Party, Upper, Waseda University, LDP, Hiroshima prefecture, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, COVID, Hiroshima
“The joint action was unprecedented, which was made to express the collective opinion of small firms,” the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. In theory, higher minimum wages could also help garner political support as it boosts people’s purchasing power. But he said some fellow lawmakers are “urging us to think twice about calling for minimum wage hikes”. At about $8 per hour, Japan’s current minimum wage is higher than the United States’ $7.3 but ranks below France and Germany’s $12, Britain and Canada’s $10 and South Korea’s $8.6. “Given that Japanese firms are striving for survival, minimum wage hikes must be on hold.
Persons: Yoshihide, Suga, Suga’s, Akio Mimura, , ” Mimura, , Shunsuke Mutai, ” Mutai, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s, Ryohei Sugawara, Sugawara, ” Sugawara, Keiichi Hamano, ” Hamano, ” “ Organizations: TOKYO, Liberal Democratic Party, Japan Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Reuters Locations: Japan, United States, France, Britain, Tokyo, Belgian
Live Live Updates: Biden Will Host Japan’s Prime Minister at the White House Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will meet with President Biden and top aides in the afternoon, and the two leaders will hold a news conference. The visit is an opportunity for Mr. Biden to press Japan for its support in the effort to contain China’s economic and military ambitions. Mr. Suga will meet with Mr. Biden and top aides in the afternoon, and the two leaders will hold a joint news conference. Next week, Mr. Biden is hosting a virtual summit meeting of 40 world leaders aimed at bolstering global ambition to reduce planet-warming pollution. Mr. Biden decided to create the commission to defuse the thorny political question of whether to endorse adding seats to the Supreme Court.
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Live Updates: Biden Will Not Raise Refugee Admission Target
  + stars: | 2021-04-16 | by ( Zolan Kanno-Youngs | ) + 0.00   time to read: +32 min
Live Live Updates: Biden Will Not Raise Refugee Admission Target President Biden had promised to increase refugee admissions to 60,000 this year, but will keep to the 15,000 set by the Trump administration instead. Mr. Suga will meet with Mr. Biden and top aides in the afternoon, and the two leaders will hold a joint news conference. Next week, Mr. Biden is hosting a virtual summit meeting of 40 world leaders aimed at bolstering global ambition to reduce planet-warming pollution. The Biden administration, however, has been seeking promises for what the country will do this decade. Mr. Biden decided to create the commission to defuse the thorny political question of whether to endorse adding seats to the Supreme Court.
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TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden will highlight Tokyo’s central role in Washington’s strategy to counter the challenge of an increasingly assertive China at a summit on Friday. “This will be the precursor to a series of meetings among like-minded countries to send the right signal to Beijing,” Kunihiko Miyake, an adviser to Suga, told Reuters. Suga took over as premier last September, inheriting a China policy that sought to balance security concerns with deep economic ties. Human rights concerns have deepened over mass detentions of Muslim Uighurs in the Xinjiang region. “Asking Suga to meet the president first means a lot - that China competition is critical and who is the best partner?
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Joe Biden, Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump, Andrew Kelly, ” Kunihiko Miyake, Suga, Biden, , Toshihiro Nakayama, wasn’t, Organizations: U.S, Japanese, REUTERS, Reuters, South China Seas, Keio University, , European Union, Financial Times, Beijing Locations: TOKYO, WASHINGTON, China, Manhattan , New York, U.S, Tokyo, Beijing, East, South, Taiwan, Xinjiang, United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Britain, Canada, Washington, Taipei
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends a cabinet meeting at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan April 13, 2021, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Kyodo/via REUTERSTOKYO (Reuters) - The planned release of treated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean does not contradict a former prime minister’s statement that the plant situation is “under control,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the situation at the crippled plant was “under control” when bidding for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games. The Games are set to start on July 23 having been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Shinzo Abe Organizations: Japan's, Kyodo, REUTERS, , Former, Tokyo, Paralympic Games Locations: Tokyo, Japan, REUTERS TOKYO
TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan will release more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear station into the sea, the government said on Tuesday, a move opposed by neighbours including South Korea and its own fishing industry. FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows the storage tanks for treated water at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan February 13, 2021, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Tepco will then dilute the water until tritium levels fall below regulatory limits, before pumping it into the ocean. Slideshow ( 3 images )“It would be difficult to accept if Japan decides to release the contaminated water without sufficient consultations,” the government said said in a statement. Fishing unions in Fukushima have urged the government for years not to release the water, arguing it would have a “catastrophic impact” on the industry.
Persons: Shinzo Abe, , Ken Buesseler Organizations: Kyodo, REUTERS, Tokyo Electric, Olympic Games, International Olympics, Fukushima, Tepco, United, International Atomic Energy Agency, U.S . Department of State, Oceanographic Locations: TOKYO, Japan, South Korea, Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, Fukushima, Tokyo, United States, Korea, China, Taiwan, Massachusetts
Japan PM Suga signals chance of calling snap election - Asahi
  + stars: | 2021-04-07 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Japan's prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan March 18, 2021. Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said there was a chance he could call a snap general election before his current term as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ends in September, according to the Asahi newspaper. “There’s certainly a chance of dissolving parliament before the LDP leadership race,” Suga was quoted as saying during the programme, according to Asahi, referring to the ruling party’s appointment of a leader. Suga won the LDP leadership in September, taking over from outgoing prime minister Shinzo Abe, who resigned citing health reasons. He has repeatedly voiced caution over a snap election, stressing the need to focus on measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the economy.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Rodrigo Reyes Marin, “ There’s, ” Suga, Suga, Shinzo Abe Organizations: Liberal Democratic Party, Asahi Locations: Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO, United States
Biden to host Japanese leader Suga at White House on April 16
  + stars: | 2021-04-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) + 0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. and Japan flags fly together outside the White House in Washington April 27, 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday as part of his eight day visit to the United States. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will host Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House on April 16, the first visit by a foreign leader since Biden took office, a White House spokeswoman said on Friday.
Persons: Shinzo Abe, Barack Obama, Kevin Lamarque, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Biden Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, White Locations: U.S, Japan, Washington, United States
No new charges laid against Myanmar's Suu Kyi at court hearing: lawyer
  + stars: | 2021-04-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi waits for the arrival of her delegation before the Japan Myanmar Summit meeting with Japan's Prime Minster Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace State Guest House in Tokyo, Japan October 9, 2018. Nicolas Datiche/Pool via Reuters/File Photo(Reuters) - No new charges were laid against Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi at a court hearing on Thursday, one of her lawyers told Reuters. “No new charges have been added,” Min Min Soe said by telephone. A media report had said that Suu Kyi, who has been detained since a coup on Feb. 1 and charged with several minor crimes, could also be charged with treason.
Persons: Suu Kyi, Shinzo Abe, Nicolas Datiche, Myanmar’s, Aung San, Min Soe Organizations: Japan Myanmar, Japan's, Guest House, Reuters, Locations: Japan, Akasaka, Tokyo, Aung San Suu
Last week, Olympic organizers said the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games, now scheduled for July 23 to August 8, would go ahead without any overseas spectators . Earlier this year, a poll by public broadcaster NHK showed 77% of those surveyed want the Tokyo Games either canceled or postponed further. 10,000 torchbearers will help pass the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games torch around 47 prefectures until the torch arrives at the Tokyo stadium on July 23, 2021. He also highlighted Montreal, where taxpayers took three decades to pay off the debts for hosting the 1976 Summer Games. "In that sense, Tokyo's anti-coronavirus programme would be marked as a long-lasting legacy of this Olympic Games," said Lee.
Persons: Japan's, torchbearers, Lee Jung, Lee, Shinzo Abe, Simon Chadwick, Takayuki Ueno, Ryoji Sakuma, Saki Ookawara, Barbara Holthus, Chadwick, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Organizations: CNN, Training, team, NHK, Tokyo Games, International Olympic Committee, Olympic, University of Edinburgh, Mexico City, Games, Tokyo, Emlyon Business School, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Barcelona, Los Angeles Games, Future, IOC, Brisbane, Commonwealth, Olympic Games Locations: Fukushima, Japan, Tokyo, Naraha, Fukushima prefecture, Covid, Shimane, Naraha town, Athens, Mexico, Montreal, Eurasian, France, Minamisoma, Katsurao, reimagine, London, Paris, China, Beijing, Brisbane, Australia's Queensland, Gold, Queensland, Australia, Kajiwara
Lawmaker wife of former Japanese justice minister found guilty of vote-buying
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.87   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Japan's upper house lawmaker Anri Kawai, the wife of former Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, is surrounded by reporters after an upper house plenary session in Tokyo, Japan, June 17, 2020, in this picture taken by Kyodo on June 17, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERSTOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese court found on Thursday the lawmaker wife of a former justice minister guilty of vote-buying. Anri Kawai and her husband, Katsuyuki Kawai, were arrested last year on charges of paying money to help Anri win a seat in the upper house of parliament. Anri was sentenced to a jail term of one year and four months, suspended for five years, the Tokyo District Court said. At the time of their arrest, Katsuyuki denied any wrongdoing while Anri declined to comment on the advice of her lawyer.
Persons: Anri Kawai, Katsuyuki Kawai, Anri, Yoshihide Suga, Shinzo Abe, Prosecutors, Katsuyuki Organizations: Japanese, Kyodo, REUTERS Locations: Tokyo, Japan, REUTERS TOKYO, Katsuyuki
Japanese Trump supporters rally in Tokyo ahead of Biden's inauguration
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.95   time to read: +2 min
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump march ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Issei KatoTOKYO (Reuters) - A small group of Japanese fans of Donald Trump took to the streets of Tokyo on Wednesday, shouting support for the outgoing United States president hours before his successor Joe Biden is sworn into office. About 120 people joined the march in central Tokyo, with participants waving American and Japanese flags and holding banners claiming Trump was “the true winner” of the Nov. 3 election. “We wanted to show that many people in Japan are supporting President Trump,” rally organiser Naota Kobayashi told Reuters. Tokyo has seen a series of pro-Trump demonstrations since the election, with participants waving his campaign banners and wearing his signature red caps.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Issei Kato TOKYO, Trump, Democrat Biden, , Naota Kobayashi, Kobayashi, Shinzo Abe, Biden Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, United, Democrat, Electoral, , Reuters, Trump, Hollywood, Capitol Locations: Tokyo, Japan, United States, China, U.S, Washington
President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration. The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20, indicating the president's arrival. President Donald Trump appears to be traveling to a warmer climate instead of attending the inauguration of Joe Biden on Wednesday. Protecting the president while travelingThe FAA issues what it calls temporary flight restrictions whenever the president and vice president leave Washington. Trump's visits to Palm Beach became so frequent that the federal government began reimbursing flight schools for lost revenue.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden's, Joe Biden, choppering, Trump's, it's, , Trump, Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe, Read, Lago, Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue, Camp David, Mike Pence Organizations: Federal Aviation Administration, Biden, Marine, NBC, Japanese, Beach, New York Times, GOP, Twitter, FAA, Washington, Pilots, Beach International Airport, Local, Aircraft, Pilot's Association, Palm, White, White House, Air Force, Andrews Air Force Base, Trump, USA, Electoral Locations: Mar, Palm Beach , Florida, Beach , Florida, Washington, Lago, Palm, Palm Beach, Georgia, Texas
Palm Beach County in Florida said Thursday that it is exploring ending its lease with the president's prized Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. The news was first reported by The Palm Beach Post. “I don’t think we can do it, frankly," Falcon told NBC News. The Trump Organization pays Palm Beach County $88,338 a month to lease the land, Palm Beach County told NBC News. Aside from Palm Beach County, the Girl Scouts are also looking to withdraw from a lease with the Trump Organization.
Persons: Donald Trump, Howard Falcon, Falcon, , Trump’s, Shinzo Abe, Tiger Woods, Meridith Maskara Organizations: Capitol, Trump International Golf Club, NBC News, NBC, Trump Organization, Trump, The Trump Organization, Palm, Girl Scouts, The Girl Scouts, Manhattan's Financial, , Scouts, Greater New, Wakefield, Forbes Locations: Palm Beach County, Florida, West Palm Beach, Palm, Lago, Mar, Palm Beach, Greater New York, Manhattan's, Greater, New York City
Elizabeth Holmes intended to use Theranos "as a tool to better her personal situation," prosecutors wrote in a motion with the court Friday night. As CEO of Theranos, prosecutors said Holmes lived an extravagant lifestyle, which included "travel on private jets, stays in luxury hotels, and access to multiple assistants." The government intends to show evidence the alleged fraud at Theranos was directly related to the money and fame Holmes attained as CEO of Theranos. Prosecutors wrote Holmes was "the object of admiration in the business community locally and nationwide, and appeared in numerous publications and on television. Holmes was a Silicon Valley darling who attracted more than $700 million in investor funds.
Persons: Elizabeth Holmes, Christian Holmes, Barack Obama, Lady Michelle Obama, Shinzo Abe, Holmes, Ramesh, Sunny, Prosecutors Organizations: Theranos Inc, U.S, Japan's, White, Washington , D.C, Prosecutors, Theranos Locations: Washington ,
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