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In an era when the selected nation got the option of hosting both the Summer and Winter Games in the same year, Japan was a surprising choice as the first non-Western country to be awarded the Olympics. Tokyo was to be the summer host, with Sapporo getting the winter version.

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People flocked to temples and shrines in Japan, offering incense with their prayers to celebrate the passing of a year and the the first New Year's of the Reiwa era.

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TRUMP, on his daughter Ivanka: “She has been so extraordinary, in terms of her advocacy for America’s working families. Fourteen million people she’s gotten jobs for, where she would go into Walmart, she would go into our great companies and say, ‘They really want help. They really want you to teach them.’ ... She’s done over 14 million.” — remarks Thursday at White House meeting on child care and paid leave.

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Widely recognized as the first Japanese American novel, John Okada's "No-No Boy," about a Japanese American man struggling to find his place in the U.S. and in his community in the years after WWII, is a historic work of literature. But the book wasn't always celebrated. A new edition of "No-No Boy," published by Penguin Classics in May in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage ...

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Scouting Report: Third-ranked England - led by Nikita Parris, Lucy Bronze, and Fran Kirby - is looking for a happier finish after losing in the 2015 semis on a dramatic own-goal against Japan. The English defense is fierce, having allowed one goal or fewer in 11 of the past 12 matches. Never count out Japan, which won the 2011 World Cup and was runner-up in 2015. Argentina is back for first time since 2007.

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