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Poll shows majority of Japanese want prime minister to resign soon

Poll shows majority of Japanese want prime minister to resign soon

World
April 5 (UPI) -- The majority of respondents to a Japanese poll said they would prefer to see Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga resign either immediately or by fall, according to a local press report. The Yomiuri Shimbun reported that a recent survey of more than 1,000 people showed 47% of respondents said they would prefer Suga resign in September, when a ruling party leadership contest is scheduled to take place. Advertisement Another 12% of respondents said they would prefer Suga "resign immediately," indicating nearly 60% of respondents do not see a need for Suga to stay in office in the long term, according to the Yomiuri. Report of the Japanese survey comes as the health ministry disclosed data showing 80% of COVID-19 deaths occurred in Japan's third wave of coronavirus infecti...
Naomi Osaka: Japanese tennis star becomes world’s highest-paid female athlete

Naomi Osaka: Japanese tennis star becomes world’s highest-paid female athlete

Sports
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world's highest-paid female athlete, displacing US rival Serena Williams at the top of the list.According to Forbes magazine, Osaka, 22, a two-time Grand Slam champion, made £30.7m in prize money and endorsements over the past 12 months.That was £1.15m more than the amount earned by 38-year-old Williams. Both shattered the previous single-year earnings record of £24.4m set in 2015 by Russia's Maria Sharapova.Since Forbes began tracking women athletes' income in 1990, tennis players have topped the annual list every year.Osaka, whose father was born in Haiti and whose mother is Japanese, is 29th on the 2020 Forbes list of the world's 100 top-pai...
Astronomers reveal source of ‘red sign’ in ancient Japanese literature

Astronomers reveal source of ‘red sign’ in ancient Japanese literature

Science
March 31 (UPI) -- In the early 7th century Japan, a fan of bright red feathers flamed across the night sky. Onlookers likened the cosmic phenomenon to the tail of a pheasant. In written accounts, witnesses speculated about the cosmic origins of the "red sign," but until now, the phenomenon's true identity was a mystery. In a new study, published this week in journal Sokendai Review of Culture and Social Studies, astronomers claim a powerful aurora best explains the red light that flashed above Japan in 620 A.D. "It is the oldest Japanese astronomical record of a 'red sign,'" Ryuho Kataoka, an expert on space weather and an associate professor at Japan's National Institute of Polar Research, said in a news release. "It could be a red aurora produced during magnetic storms. However, convin...
Valtteri Bottas wins Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes win constructors’ title

Valtteri Bottas wins Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes win constructors’ title

Sports
Valtteri Bottas won the Japanese Grand Prix with team-mate Lewis Hamilton third behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, securing a Formula 1 record sixth straight World Championship double for Mercedes.The result sealed the constructors' title with four races to go and, while Hamilton is not quite world champion yet, only Bottas can catch him.It breaks the record set by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari from 2000 to 2004, and confirms this Mercedes team as the greatest in F1 history. Briton Hamilton leads Bottas by 64 points and needs to be 78 clear of the Finn to win his sixth drivers' title at the next race in Mexico.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "It has never been done before an...