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Japan’s infamous ‘happy’ cult sets sights on the United States

Happy Science is among the most enduring and far-reaching “new religious movement,” as they’re called in Japan. 

Japan’s infamous ‘happy’ cult sets sights on the United States
The Manuscript Café in Tokyo helps writers to bring their projects to completion.

Tokyo café specializes in aiding procrastinators 

Tokyo café specializes in aiding procrastinators 
Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media as he arrives at the prime minister's office for a cabinet meeting in Tokyo, Japan

Japan's ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated during a speech

Japan's ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated during a speech
People walk across the famed Shibuya scramble crossing as the sun sets behind the skyscraper, Oct. 11, 2021, in Tokyo.

A Tokyo train company moves to become net-carbon neutral

A Tokyo train company moves to become net-carbon neutral
Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese, center back, celebrates with his partner partner Jodie Haydon, right, and Labor senate leader partner Penny Wong at a Labor Party event in Sydney, Australia

Albanese sworn in as PM in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit

Albanese sworn in as PM in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit
a young kid walking down the sidewalk

Netflix’s 'Old Enough!' reality TV show sends very young kids on errands by themselves

To an American audience, toddlers crossing the road to go to the supermarket unsupervised or helping with household chores would be considered alarming or negligent. But in Japan, children as young as 6 can be seen taking the train or walking to school. And it’s not viewed as something unusual.

Netflix’s 'Old Enough!' reality TV show sends very young kids on errands by themselves
A woman is shown holding back a curtain and entering a salon with painted over pictures of women on either side of the doorway.

UN warning of Taliban actions and impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Top of The World: The Taliban are increasingly under scrutiny over their promises of a different governance. And, North Korean officials said the country had successfully tested long-range cruise missiles over the weekend. Also, Peruvian officials are debating what to do with the body of Abimael Guzmán, the leader of the brutal Shining Path insurgency who died on Saturday.

UN warning of Taliban actions and impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan
Brazil's libero Camila Brait and teammate Rosamaria Montibeller fist bump during a women's volleyball semifinal match against South Korea, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. 

Move over soccer: Brazil’s award-winning volleyball teams compete for Olympic gold

Brazil may not be top-of-mind as a volleyball powerhouse. But since the 1980s, the men’s and women’s teams have been making waves on the court.

Move over soccer: Brazil’s award-winning volleyball teams compete for Olympic gold
An several storeys tall stone church is shown carved into the side of a hillside.

Tigrayan forces take over Ethiopian town known for its ancient churches

Top of The World: Tigrayan forces have taken over the Ethiopian town of Lalibela, known for its rock-hewn churches that are on the list of UN World Heritage Sites. And, the International Olympic Committee has expelled two Belarus coaches from the Tokyo Olympic Games. Also, President Joe Biden has deferred the deportation of Hong Kong residents living in the United States, over fears of repression by Chinese authorities upon return.

Tigrayan forces take over Ethiopian town known for its ancient churches
Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is shown through a frosted glass window speaking into microphones.

2 coaches removed from Tokyo Olympics in Belarus case

Two Belarus team coaches have been removed from the Olympics, four days after they were involved in trying to send sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya back to their country.

2 coaches removed from Tokyo Olympics in Belarus case
Sakura Yosozumi is shown wearing a red shirt and purple helmet while skateboarding down a wall with "Tokyo 2020" painted on it.

Japan continues to dominate in skateboarding at the Olympics

The park skateboarding event made a memorable debut at the Tokyo Olympics — with the host country continuing to dominate.

Japan continues to dominate in skateboarding at the Olympics
Athing Mu is shown mid-stride on the track in blurred motion.

Athing Mu races to gold in Tokyo, makes US Olympic history

Nineteen-year-old Athing Mu made history on the track in Tokyo on Tuesday by winning gold for the US in the 800-meter race.

Athing Mu races to gold in Tokyo, makes US Olympic history
George Nissen appears on a trampoline at the 2000 Olympics.

The Olympic trampoline tradition: Remembering the man who taught the world to bounce

George Nissen, an acrobat and tumbler from Iowa, invented what's known today as the modern trampoline. His daughter, Dian Nissen, a trampoline coach, reminisces about her father's joy of jumping.

The Olympic trampoline tradition: Remembering the man who taught the world to bounce
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is shown running and wearing the track and field uniform for Belarus.

Activists: Belarus Olympian plans to seek asylum in Poland

A Belarusian Olympic sprinter plans to seek asylum in Poland, an activist group said Monday, after the athlete alleged that her team's officials tried to force her to fly home, where she feared she wouldn't be safe from an autocratic government.

Activists: Belarus Olympian plans to seek asylum in Poland
A crowd of people are show walking in various directions outside of a railway station in Tokyo with tall buildings in the background.

Officials in Tokyo alarmed as virus cases hit record highs

Japanese officials sounded the alarm Thursday as Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for the third-straight day with the Olympics well underway.

Officials in Tokyo alarmed as virus cases hit record highs