Many face an education gap that is difficult to overcome. For example, Ryuichi Komura left the Yamaguchi-gumi at age 38. His formal education ended at middle school, and he had served four prison sentences.he decided to take the test to become a judicial scrivener, a job similar to being a paralegal that has a 3 percent acceptance rate. It took him eight years of study, and on his seventh try, he passed. He was 46.
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A wildfire raging through southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down on Wednesday, as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise the risk of infernos.
China’s decision to build more coal plants is a setback for climate action, but analysts say it could still meet its long-term emission reduction targets and may even have scope to raise its ambition at Cop26 in Glasgow.
Greta Thunberg has excoriated global leaders over their promises to address the climate emergency, dismissing them as “blah, blah, blah”.
She quoted statements by Boris Johnson: “This is not some expensive, politically correct, green act of bunny hugging”, and Narendra Modi: “Fighting climate change calls for innovation, cooperation and willpower” but said the science did not lie.
Thunberg said: “They invite cherry-picked young people to meetings like this to pretend that they listen to us. But they clearly don’t listen to us. Our emissions are still rising. The science doesn’t lie.
“We can no longer let the people in power decide what is politically possible. We can no longer let the people in power decide what hope is. Hope is not passive. Hope is not blah, blah, blah. Hope is telling the truth. Hope is taking action. And hope always comes from the people.”
The government made clear they were “entering the country as persons of special merit, not as refugees” and were given short-term visas. Should they wish to stay, they will be given the option to switch to long-term F2 residence visas, which allow employment, through a legal revision to grant F2 visas to persons of special merit.
National MP Simeon Brown, who represents the Pakuranga electorate, says “enough is enough” and is continuing his call to bring back Armed Response Teams, which were trialled by police last year but discontinued.
An unvaccinated 58-year-old man in the country’s largest city Auckland tested positive for the virus. The man had traveled to other parts of the country, and had no obvious link to the border, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Tuesday.
Laurel Hubbard made history in Tokyo on Monday night, becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics, but failed to make a successful lift in the women’s +87kg weightlifting event.
“Thank you so very much for your interest in my humble sporting performance tonight,” Hubbard said to the media. “I know from a sporting perspective I did not live up to the standards I put upon myself.”
That was illustrated at the Tokyo International Forum, as few of Hubbard’s fellow lifters wanted to venture an opinion on the subject du jour. However, the Austrian Sarah Fischer did speak up to say: “I honestly felt sorry for her. I was actually hoping she would win a medal – that way, everybody would shut up.” The last sentiment was sincere, at least, but utterly fanciful.
Japan is the only G7 nation not to fully recognise same-sex partnerships, but a recent court ruling raised hopes for a change in the law after it stated that not allowing gay couples to marry was unconstitutional.
Düsseldorf, Frankfurt Das Münchener Flugtaxiunternehmen Lilium wagt den Gang an die Börse. Lilium wird dabei mit 3,3 Milliarden Dollar (2,8 Milliarden Euro) bewertet – und 830 Millionen Dollar einnehmen. Lilium will 2024 die Zulassung für den Geschäftsbetrieb erhalten, wie Mitgründer und CEO Daniel Wiegand im Gespräch mit dem Handelsblatt sagte. Dafür arbeitet das Unternehmen an einer neuen Technologie für einen elektrischen Senkrechtstarter, der sieben statt der bislang geplanten fünf Sitze haben, 282 Stundenkilometer schnell sein und 250 Kilometer weit fliegen können soll.
Hundreds of workers, students and residents are fleeing to higher ground after a third, massive Pacific earthquake this morning – and a tsunami threat that affects much of the Northland, Bay of Plenty and East Coast coastlines.
Residents have been told to move immediately to higher ground after the magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands, 1000km northeast of New Zealand, at 8.28am (NZT). There is gridlock in cities such as Whangarei and on other roads around the affected regions.
Brazil’s first Covid-19 vaccine has been administered after more than 209,000 deaths, sparking an outpouring of emotion and a ferocious political skirmish that saw one of President Jair Bolsonaro’s key rivals accuse him of revelling in the “stench of death”.
That a few days off in the middle of a heatwave would trigger such a domino effect highlights Japan’s obsession with gambaru, a virtually non-translatable concept that means doing one’s best and persevering through the hardest of times. Striding into his official residence after his latest hospital visit, Abe said: “I will return to work and try to gambaru.” The do-or-die mentality gambaru permeates Japanese society, where the pursuit of a goal can carry more significance than the outcome.
Guterres said: “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Nature always strikes back – and it is already doing so with growing force and fury. Biodiversity is collapsing. One million species are at risk of extinction. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes … Human activities are at the root of our descent toward chaos. But that means human action can help to solve it.”