The Daily Populous

Monday March 1st, 2021 evening edition

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KYODO NEWS - 7 hours ago - 21:33 | All, Coronavirus, Japan.

The Japanese government has requested China not to subject Japanese citizens entering the country to anal COVID-19 tests after receiving complaints of "psychological distress" from some of them, the top government spokesman said Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said the government has made the request through the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, although it has not been informed of any change in China's policy on how it conducts the polymerase chain reaction tests for the novel coronavirus.

Already the United States has protested to China after learning some U.S. officials were subjected to the testing method, according to CNN.

Many Japanese employees in Beijing have criticized China's carrying out coronavirus tests using anal swabs as an action that would humiliate people and could violate their human rights and dignity.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters later in the day that China has adjusted anti-epidemic measures "in a scientific manner" in accordance with "relevant laws and regulations.".

Japan travel campaign to remain suspended even after emergency lifted. »

Texas power cooperative files for bankruptcy, citing $1.8 billion grid debt

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - The largest and oldest electric power cooperative in Texas filed for bankruptcy protection in Houston on Monday, citing a disputed $1.8 billion debt to the state’s grid operator.

The grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), on Friday said that $2.1 billion in initial bills went unpaid, underscoring the financial stress on utilities and power marketers.

Debt analyst Fitch Ratings, meanwhile, has warned of potential downgrades to all Texas municipal power firms that use the state’s grid. »

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption

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The judge Christine Mée, the president of the tribunal, said there was serious evidence of a “corruption pact” between Sarkozy, Herzog and Azibert.

Sarkozy supporters have accused French judges of making the former president the target of an unfair and relentless legal crusade.

After the verdict, Damien Abad, the president of LR’s parliamentary group, tweeted: “Today I want to again express my friendship with President Nicolas Sarkozy. »

Warren bill would impose wealth tax on $50M households

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The bill, called the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act, would create an annual tax of 2 percent on the net worth of households and trusts between $50 million and $1 billion and a tax of 3 percent on net worth above $1 billion.

The rate for net worth above $1 billion would increase to 6 percent if a "Medicare for All" health care plan is enacted.

The bill resembles a proposal that Warren released during her unsuccessful presidential campaign and frequently touted on the campaign trail. »