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Saturday January 18th, 2020 day edition

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There is still a possibility that final tallies, which will be published in March, will show a slight increase to above 20,000, the ministry said.

The ministry’s figures show that 2019 marked a 10th consecutive year-on-year decrease in the number of suicides, down 881 people — or 4.2 percent — from a year earlier.

Nonaka cited economic recovery and concerted efforts led by the government to rein in the number of suicides as possible reasons behind the recent decline, although the official said singling out specific factors is difficult.

Yasuyuki Shimizu, who runs Lifelink, a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization aimed at preventing suicides, said the 2006 enactment of a landmark anti-suicide law triggered the overall trend of declines.

“Municipalities should do more to help their residents live their lives, and the government should support such policies more robustly,” he said.

Japan may have witnessed a general decline in the number of suicides, but there is one demographic that has proven to be an outlier: youth.

“Preventing suicides of the young is an issue of utmost urgency,” he said. »

Apple may have to abandon Lightning connector cable

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Apple could be forced to abandon its Lightning connector cable if European lawmakers get their way.

Two other charging cables - USB-C and micro-USB - are used on Android devices, and Apple has already stopped using Lightning on the 2018 iPad Pro.

It is likely Apple would then adopt USB-C, considering the company's 2018 iPad Pro ditched Lightning in favour of the technology. »

Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures

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The 20th Century Fox film studio will become 20th Century Studios, and Fox Searchlight Pictures will become simply Searchlight Pictures.

On the TV side, however, no final decisions have been made about adjusting the monikers of production units 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.

The original 20th Century Fox was formed in a merger in 1935 between Twentieth Century Pictures and Fox Film Corporation. »

New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds'

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The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC.

There have been nearly 50 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, but UK experts estimate a figure nearer 1,700.

The crucial clue to the scale of the problem lies in the cases being detected in other countries. »

Germany confirms Trump made trade threat to Europe over Iran policy

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“This threat exists,” said the German defence minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, at a press conference in London.

Following the meeting the ministers called for an independent and transparent investigation governed by international civil aviation conventions.

As a result they claim the Trump threat did not push Europe into abandoning its policy of trying to keep the nuclear deal with Iran alive. »