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Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

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Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities.

Helicopters and boats rescued more people from their homes in the Kumamoto region. More than 40,000 defense troops, the coast guard and fire brigades were taking part in the operation.

Large areas along the Kuma River were swallowed by floodwaters, with many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged almost up to their roofs. Mudslides smashed into houses, sending people atop rooftops waving at rescuers.

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At a flooded elderly care home in Kuma Village, where 14 residents were presumed dead after rescuers reached them on Saturday, rescue efforts continued Sunday for dozens of remaining residents and caregivers.

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Rescuers search missing people at the site of a mudslide caused by heavy rain in Natsugi town, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP)

Sixty-five residents and about 30 caregivers were trapped at the riverside care facility Senjuen when floodwaters and mud gushed in. All remaining 51 residents, including three who had hypothermia, had been rescued by boats and taken to hospitals for treatment by Sunday afternoon, officials said.

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Heavy rain in the Kumamoto region triggered flooding and mudslides Saturday and left dozens still being stranded at their homes and other facilities. (Kota Endo/Kyodo News via AP)

Shigemitsu Sakoda, a local rafting company operator who joined defense troops in the rescue effort at the nursing home, said floodwaters were still high on the first floor when they arrived at the scene on rafts.

“So we smashed windows with a hammer to get in,” he told Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Soldiers went up to the roof to rescue survivors who were able to go upstairs while the waters rose, he said.

“Unfortunately, some of the residents could not make it to the second floor” Sakoda said.

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A man walks on muddy road past houses damaged by flood in Kuma village, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)

Overall, 18 people were confirmed dead, while 16 others, including those at the nursing home, were presumed dead. Fourteen others were still missing as of Sunday afternoon. Dozens of others were still trapped in inundated areas waiting to be rescued, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

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A couple walks in front of houses damaged by flood in Kuma village, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)

In Hitoyoshi City, the deluge poured into houses near the main train station. “The water rose to the second floor so fast and I just couldn’t stop shivering,” a 55-year-old woman who was visiting her relatives told the Asahi newspaper.

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She and her relatives ran upstairs, swam out of a window and eventually took refuge on the roof to wait for their rescue.

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A car stands vertically on a muddy road after being washed away by flood, in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP)

As floods eased in parts of Kumamoto on Sunday, vending machines and cars lay scattered on mud-coated streets. Some people were cleaning their homes, taking out damaged furniture and rinsing off mud.

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More than 200,000 residents in Kumamoto prefecture were urged to evacuate following pounding rains on Friday evening and into Saturday. But the evacuation was not mandatory and many people opted to stay home because of concerns over catching coronavirus, even though officials say shelters are adequately equipped with partitions and other safety measures.

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People watch a search operation at the site of a mudslide in Ashikita town, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP)

Flooding also cut off power and communication lines, further delaying the search and rescue. Nearly 6,000 homes in Kumamoto were still without electricity Sunday, according to the Kyushu Electric Power Co.

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The rainfall that exceeded 4 inches per hour has since subsided, but the Japan Meteorological Agency kept mudslide warnings in place across Kumamoto. Prefectural officials said evacuation advisories were still in place due to more rain in the forecast.

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Japan opens baseball season after 3-month pandemic delay

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Japanese baseball managed to do what American baseball has not — play ball.

After a three-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s second-most famous baseball competition opened a season Friday that will be shortened from its regular 143 games to 120. That, of course, is twice as many as MLB figures to play — if it plays at all.

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The regular season had been scheduled to start March 20. It is slated to end on Nov. 7, followed by postseason play.

It wasn’t a perfect start, but all 12 league teams played. Two of the games were in open-air stadiums in Tokyo and Yokohama. They started about 30 minutes late with rain threatening.

The other four were in domed facilities in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Saitama prefecture northwest of Tokyo.

“I’m very happy, very excited about today’s game,” said Alex Ramírez, the manager of the Central League’s Yokohama BayStars. “Just to think about all the time we’ve had to wait, and stuff like that. It’s just the best feeling.”

All games in Japan will be played without fans until at least July. The league has also revised the schedule to limit travel. There will be periodic testing and quarantines and, according to league guidelines, players will be banned from spitting.

Teams can dress 26 players and choose from 31 players on an active roster. Non-baseball staff will wear masks.

Former Baltimore star Adam Jones went 0 for 3 in his debut for the Orix Buffaloes, a 9-1 loss to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Pacific League.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland pitcher Zach Neal threw one-hit ball for six innings to lead the Seibu Lions over the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in the Pacific League. Neal became Seibu’s first foreign opening-day starter since Taiwan’s Kuo Tai-yuan in 1995.

In the Tokyo Dome, Yomiuri defeated the Hanshin Tigers 3-2 in a Central League game, the Giants’ 6,000th victory dating from 1934.

The orange seats in the dome were empty, save for messages in large, block letters across the seat that read: “Tokyo Pride” or “With Fans.”

The stadium in Yokohama, which is the venue for next year’s Olympic baseball final, was typical of the atmosphere. Seats behind the plate and down the baselines were covered with 5,000 large panels, most carrying faces of fans with various goodwill messages.

“I have been waiting for such a long time,” a note on one panel read, written in Japanese.

Another said: “My heart is always here.”

BayStars captain Kenta Ishida spoke in pre-game ceremonies, thanking health care workers.

“Thanks to the medical professionals still on the front line and many others who are supporting us,” Ishida said. “Today, professional baseball can start the season because of them.”

Michael Peoples, an American who was scheduled to start for Yokohama on Saturday against Hiroshima, moved this season as a free agent from the Cleveland Indians organization.

“Obviously it’s a new environment, but one thing I think I can speak volumes about,” Peoples said. “Even with the layoff we had and the rough times around the country — and all around the world — I know the support I felt and a bunch of other players have felt from the fans and staff has been unbelievable.”

Japan has recorded almost 1,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19. That compares to almost 120,000 in the United States, which has 2.6 times the population of Japan but about 120 times more deaths.

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Fire breaks out on cruise ship docked near Tokyo; operator investigating cause

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A fire broke out on one of Japan’s largest cruise ships on Tuesday, though the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.

The Asuka II, which was docked in Yokohama with 153 crew members onboard, requested the assistance of the local coast guard at around 1 p.m., at which time crew members were already attempting to battle the blaze themselves, Kyodo News reported. The local fire department joined the efforts to eventually extinguish the fire about four hours later, according to a timeline provided by the ship’s operators.

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No one was injured, the coast guard confirmed.

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Firefighters are seen battling the fire as black smoke rises from the Asuka II docked at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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The parent company of NYK Lines, which operates the Asuka II, had later said the fire broke out in a storage room located on the top deck of the ship. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, NYK confirmed in a press release.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused to people living in the neighborhood or related organizations,” reads a message posted to the official website of the Asuka II.  We would also like to thank the Yokohama City Fire Bureau and the Coast Guard Headquarters of the Third Division for their rapid fire fighting activities.”

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Onlookers watch as smoke rises from the top deck of the Asuka II on Tuesday afternoon in Yokohama. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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The Asuka II had been docked in just outside of Tokyo in Yokohama since April, after returning from Singapore, where it was undergoing maintenance. The Asuka II is currently out of service until at least mid-July due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Protesters hold Black Lives Matter demonstration in Tokyo, say Japan must confront its race problems

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Thousands of protesters marched through Tokyo Sunday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. and to call out Japan’s own problems with race.

Organizers said the demonstration was attended by at least 3,500 people, Reuters reported.

The protesters marched through Tokyo’s Shibuya and Harajuku districts chanting and holding up signs spelling out slogans such as “Racism Is A Pandemic” and “No Justice No Peace”.

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People march to protest during a solidarity rally for the death of George Floyd in Tokyo Sunday, June 14, 2020. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  (AP)

The protests were one of hundreds held around the world in recent weeks inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. and the death of George Floyd while in the custody of a white police officer late last month.

“It is not enough to just send our prayers,” university graduate Shu Fukui said. “We need to change society, not only for George Floyd, but also for those who died in the past.”

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Many of the protesters at Sunday’s march said Japan needed to confront its own problems with racism.

Naho Ida told Reuters Japan has many “far-right people who discriminate against other races,” particularly Koreans and Chinese.

Koreans and Chinese in Japan are exposed to a lot of hate speech,” said Naho. “These things must not be allowed, and we need to oppose this.”

Mitsuaki Shidara, standing in the crowd at Yoyogi Park, where the march began, said Japan has plenty of discrimination problems, but they’re overlooked.

“We are all human first, but we are divided by nationality, gender, religion, skin color,” he said, wearing a pendant with the Japanese character for “love,” which he said was his favorite word.

“What’s happening in the U.S. shows racism is going on, even after 400 years,” said Shidara, who works for a food maker.

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Last week, a rally with similar themes in Tokyo drew several hundred people, and one in Osaka, in central Japan, drew about 2,000. More Black Lives Matter gatherings are planned for next week, in the southwestern city of Fukuoka and the central city of Nagoya.

Although Japan is not known for police brutality, people have come forward recently, complaining that police have treated foreigners, especially black people, unfairly, stopping them for no reason, or have handled people with unneeded force.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace on decision that ended World War II and changed the world

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PROGRAMMING ALERT: On Sunday at 10 p.m. ET and on Monday at 1 a.m. ET, Fox News Channel will broadcast “Countdown 1945,” hosted by Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. It is the gripping true story of the turbulent months leading up to one of the most consequential decisions in history — the order to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The director’s cut of “Countdown 1945,” will be available on Fox Nation following the broadcast.

On Aug. 6, 1945, under orders from President Harry Truman, the United States military dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, another nuclear weapon was used against the city of Nagasaki.

Japan announced its surrender to the U.S. and Allied forces on Aug. 15 — ending World War II.

Truman had been sworn in as commander-in-chief just months before, following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.  At the time, there was no way he could have known the magnitude of the choice that he would face.

Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace re-examined the period between Truman’s inauguration and the dropping of the A-bomb in the Fox Nation special “Countdown 1945,” which is based on his new book, “Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World.”

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“In the spring of 1945, a new president took office in the midst of a great war. That first day, he learned of a top-secret project that had been underway for years to develop a terrifying new superweapon to end the war,” narrates Wallace in the special airing Sunday night.

“It was a joint effort by America’s top officials, scientists and military leaders. But the new president still had to give the order to go ahead — perhaps the toughest decision any leader has ever faced.”

Wallace observes that Truman was so far out of the loop when he became president that he wasn’t sure what his own military was planning, even after he received a vague briefing by Secretary of War Henry Stimson.

“That the vice president didn’t know about the Manhattan Project is just one of many surprising facts I learned while researching my new book,” Wallace says.

“The mysterious briefing left the new president puzzled,” he says, “But days later, Stimson spelled it out in a memo, [writing], ‘Within four months, we shall, in all probability, have completed the most terrible weapon ever known in human history, one bomb of which could destroy a whole city.'”

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Wallace illustrates the history of that period with the powerful testimonials of two women, who lived through it.

One is an American woman, who unknowingly contributed to the creation of the atomic weapon, and the other, a Japanese woman, who survived the bombing of Hiroshima.

“All of a sudden, there was a white flash in the corner of my eyes, white-colored, like a waterfall was gushing down,” Hideko Tamura Snider, who was 10 at the time, tells Wallace.

She describes the incredible sound of the explosion and the terror that it unleashed — horrors that haunt her to this day.

“I can still remember what I said to myself, ‘So this is being killed in war,'” she recalled.

Wallace also delved into the secret U.S. Air Force missions to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the crew of the B-29 known as the Enola Gay, who were responsible for carrying them out.

“For all the questions about the morality of dropping the atomic bomb, it’s unrealistic to think Harry Truman would make any other choice,” Wallace says in the special.

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“He came to the presidency without warning about a project that had been underway for three years. He consulted, widely listening to advisers who argued against using the bomb, and he struggled with the decision through sleepless nights and fierce headaches.

“But in the end, he believed using his new super-weapon would end the war a year sooner and save hundreds of thousands of American lives. In just 116 days, a new, untested leader made one of history’s most consequential decisions,” Wallace says.

On Sunday at 10 p.m. ET and on Monday at 1 a.m. ET, Fox News Channel will broadcast “Countdown 1945,” hosted by Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. It tells the gripping true story of the turbulent months leading up to one of the most consequential decisions in history — the order to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The director’s cut of “Countdown 1945,” will be available on Fox Nation following the broadcast.

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Denver ramen shop vandalized by rioters just before scheduled reopening

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A Denver ramen shop owner was about to open her doors for business earlier this week when she discovered her restaurant had been targeted by rioters overnight.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends” with host Ainsley Earhardt, Menya Ramen & Poke owner Saki Melius remembered that the first thing she saw was that her dumpster was moved onto the street and was on fire. It was only as she walked into the store that she noticed the shattered glass.

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“I knew that our window was shattered that night. But, on the next day that I came in, [I] decided that I’m going to clean up to open the store. But, I couldn’t do it. I just stood there with a broom in my hands and just [stared] out the window. And, I just stood [there] and cried,” she recalled.

In response, Melius then lined the windows with messages pleading for rioters to leave the business alone. The messages read: “Please don’t destroy our restaurant” and “Minority-owned business.”

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Melius, a native of Japan, said her goal in opening Menya Ramen & Poke was a simple one: “serving good, authentic food.”

“It’s my passion and we have been doing this for a long time,” she explained.

“And, our business is still new. We purchased this business last August. And, we have been working really hard up to this point,” Melius told Earhardt. “And, [these] last couple [of] months [have] been really, really hard on us simply because we weren’t able to open for a little bit — for about a month. And, after we opened, I had to limit the number of employees that I could have inside in order to control the labor cost.”

She also reported that her restaurant’s sales had declined to about 10 percent compared to what it was making before the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Melius, they were hoping that they would be open to dining customers this week at 50 percent capacity.

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“And, we [were] really hoping that this [would] be our great new start,” she admitted. “But, unfortunately since our window is broken, I decided not to do the dining for now until it gets repaired.”

“So, that’s the way we are right now,” Melius said. But, I have received so many supportive [messages] and actual support from volunteers, our landlord. So, we are hoping to get through this.”

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Tokyo Olympics just beginning the race to reset themselves

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Just two months after the unprecedented Olympic postponement, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday about progress toward next year’s rescheduled Tokyo Games.

“If you ask, are we just around the first corner of the 400-meter race, I cannot answer that question,” said Muto, speaking through an interpreter during an online news conference. “But I can tell you this much. I do not feel we are late in our preparations. I do not feel we are being delayed in any way.”

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But from listening to the limited details that Muto provided, preparations seem to be barely out of the starting blocks.

A former deputy governor of the Bank of Japan, Muto has spoken cautiously ever since the coronavirus pandemic caused the postponement and says little about progress. He said not to expect much solid news until planning reaches the “second phase” in the fall.

This includes who pays for the the delay, which is estimated in Japan at $2 billion to $6 billion, how to keep fans, staff and athletes safe from the coronavirus, and deal-making to secure the same 43 venues and the same competition schedule.

“Right now we don’t have any details or specific items that we can talk about,” he said. “We all agree that in addition to heat countermeasures, we will have to have coronavirus measures.”

In the last week, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and IOC member John Coates, who oversees preparations for Tokyo, have speculated more openly on how the games might be held.

In interviews, Bach has suggested a possible quarantine for athletes, floated the possibility of little fan access, and has not ruled out empty stadiums.

Coates, speaking last week at a News Corp Australia digital forum and reported in The Australian newspaper, was very frank.

“We’ve got real problems because we’ve got athletes having to come from 206 different nations,” Coates said.

He ran off the numbers: 11,000 Olympic athletes, 5,000 technical officials and coaches, 20,000 media, and 60,000 volunteers.

“There’s a lot of people,” Coates said, without even adding 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff.

Muto said October loomed — and Coates said the same thing — as a time when “many thing will come clear in the process.”

“October will be that point when we start the detailed discussions,” Muto said.

He said that excluded any decision about “go or not to go” on with the Olympics. Muto has always said the games are on, though Bach and Tokyo organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori agree they cannot be delayed again.

Another delay will mean a cancellation.

“This is a huge undertaking. This is a big job,” Muto said. “We have to do in one year and a few months something that had taken years of actual preparations to do. So there are so many things we have to review and decide in such a short time.”

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Japanese theme parks will urge guests not to make loud noises on roller coasters upon reopening

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You’re still allowed to enjoy the thrill rides. Just don’t be audibly thrilled about it.

An association of theme park operators in Japan has outlined a set of recommended guidelines for the country’s popular amusements upon reopening, and it would seem they’ll be much cleaner — and quieter — than ever before.

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Among the guidelines proposed by the East Japan and West Japan Amusement Park Associations, operators are being urged to comply with dozens of expected coronavirus prevention measures already being utilized by parks across the globe, such as operating at reduced capacity, increasing the frequency of cleanings, installing handwashing stations, and pre-selling tickets to control the flow of guests. Visitors should also be given temperature checks before entering, wear masks at all times, and practice social distancing once inside, the guidelines stipulate.

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the East Japan and West Japan Amusement Park Associations, which count the operator of Japan’s Disney properties as members, updated its recommendations earlier this week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

But that’s not all — the East Japan and West Japan Amusement Park Associations would also prefer the country’s amusement parks to be a much quieter place, to help minimize any droplets emanating from the mouths of entertainers, employees or guests. To that end, they recommend that patrons and workers be asked to refrain from using a loud voice (with lots of “splashes”). In other cases, where possible, they even advise that employees refrain from using their voice to communicate with guests.

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“As a style, even if you are wearing a mask, you can combine smiles, eyes, gestures, etc.,” the associations advised, according to a translation. Other times, they recommend parks simply print and post signs to get their messages across.

Then again, being quiet in the ticketing line is no big deal — but it’s likely a lot harder on the roller coasters, where guests would also be asked to refrain from speaking loudly or making loud noises.

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Visitors and employees at Japan’s theme parks are being advised to refrain from making loud or unnecessary noises in order to minimize droplets or “splashes” emanating from their mouths. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

The Agence France-Presse further reports that these requests would apply to guests watching any of the parks’ live entertainment spectacles. Performers would also be aiding in this effort, the outlet reports, by discouraging viewers from being too audibly dazzled by what they see on stage.

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These latest guidelines, which are said to be based on the Japanese government’s latest recommendations for preventing the spread of coronavoirus, come as theme parks across the globe prepare to reopen. Popular attractions such as Universal Studios and Walt Disney World have already submitted their plans for reopening in June and July, respectively, and Shanghai Disneyland had already opened earlier this month with many of the same guidelines already in place, aside from the minimal noise requirements.

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An employee at Shanghai Disneyland holds a sign instructing guests on proper social-distancing practices upon reopening earlier this month. (Hu Chengwei/Getty Images)

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The East Japan and West Japan Amusement Park Associations count dozens of theme park and amusement operators as members, including Oriental Land Co., Ltd., which operates Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea; Sanrio Entertainment Inc., the parent company of Hello Kitty; and Universal Studios Japan, among others.

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Japanese man arrested in Kyoto anime arson after 10 months hospitalized with injuries

A man who Japanese police say set fire to a Kyoto anime studio last year, killing dozens of people, was finally arrested Wednesday after spending 10 months recovering from his own severe burns.

Kyoto police said they had obtained a warrant for 42-year-old Shinji Aoba’s arrest at the time of the fire, but had to wait for him to recover so he could be questioned in the investigation.

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Aoba is accused of setting fire to Kyoto Animation’s No. 1 studio on July 18 last year, killing 36 people and injuring more than 30 others.

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Shinji Aoba appeared on a stretcher as he was carried to Fushimi police station after being arrested in Kyoto, western Japan, Wednesday. (Suo Takekuma/Kyodo News via AP)

Witnesses have said Aoba burst into the building while carrying two containers of flammable liquid and shouting, “You die!” before dumping the fluids and setting it ablaze with a lighter.

It has been reported in Japanese media that Aoba bore a grudge against the studio, which he believed had “stolen novels” from him.

About 70 people were working inside the studio in southern Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, at the time of the attack. Many were young animators.

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In this July 18, 2019, file photo, firefighters respond to a building fire of Kyoto Animation’s No. 1 studio, in Kyoto, western Japan. The fire killed 36 people. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

One of the survivors, an animator, told Japanese media he jumped from a window of the three-story building gasping for air amid scorching heat after seeing “a black mushroom cloud” rising from downstairs.

Many others tried but failed to escape to the roof, fire officials said. Many died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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On Wednesday, Aoba appeared strapped to a stretcher as he was carried into a police station. His face and arms were badly scarred, and he wore a medical mask over his nose and mouth.

He had sustained severe burns on his face, torso, and limbs and was unconscious for weeks. He reportedly still cannot walk or feed himself without assistance.

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Formal criminal charges are expected to be filed against him within the next few weeks.

Kyoto Animation, better known as KyoAni, was founded in 1981 and has produced many mega-hit anime series. Their hits include “Lucky Star” of 2008, “K-On!” in 2011, “Haruhi Suzumiya” in 2009.

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Its new feature film, “Violet Evergarden,” about a woman who professionally writes letters for clients, was scheduled to open in April but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Japanese spirit Amabie, a mythical mermaid monster, revived to ward off coronavirus

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A mythical mermaid monster from Japanese folklore has made a resurgence in the country’s popular culture recently as people hope for the end of the coronavirus.

Amabie is a 19th-century Japanese spirit (known as yokai) who is said to ward of plagues.

According to legend, Amabie was said to have appeared to a Samauri and told him to draw a picture of her and show it to people to keep them safe from a coming pandemic, according to BBC News.

The fishy, longhaired, birdlike yokai has inspired everything in Japan in recent weeks — from cakes and noodles to face masks and hand sanitizers. She even sparked the “AmabieChallenge” on Twitter that urges people to draw her.

A sea lion named Leo at an aquarium in Yokohama recently drew a respectable likeness.

“He started drawing Amabie in late March, practicing for about a month,” the sea lion’s keeper Sae Ishino said, according to Channel News Asia in Singapore. “We perform the drawing of Amabie hoping the pandemic of the new coronavirus will come to an end soon.”

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Sea lion “Leo” draws an Amabie mascot, that is associated with viruses and it became popular after the pandemic in Japan, at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on May 14, 2020. (Getty Images)

Amabie’s comeback came in March when the Kyoto University Library tweeted an Amabie drawing from 1846.

A man who drew Amabie on the side of his truck said, “I travel all over the country with my [goods] and Amabie to pray for the disease to go away,” according to BBC News.

While some yokai are evil spirits, others like Amabie are said to have benevolent powers and are well-loved in Japan.

Another kind-spirited yokai known as Tofu Kozo morphs into the form of a child, follows people home and offers them tofu.

Yokai first appeared in Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868) and newspapers frequently reported yokai sightings until the early 20th century, according to BBC.

“Yokai often play the role of helping people process unpleasant feelings or situations. They can sometimes be a kind of pressure valve for when things get tense,” Hiroko Yoda, co-author of the book “Yōkai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide,” told BBC.

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“There is a lot of dark news at the moment,” Okazaki said. “I think people who see all of that want to enjoy themselves.”

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