The Daily Populous

Saturday May 22nd, 2021 evening edition

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A lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender goes against the preservation of the species at a party meeting on Thursday, participants said Friday.

Kazuo Yana, a three-term House of Representatives member, was also quoted by participants as saying at the gathering that LGBT people resist the basis of biology.

The 42-year-old’s comments are certain to draw rebukes from within his own party as well as from the opposition.

In a written response to Kyodo News, Yana said, “I will refrain from commenting about the (LGBT) remark as it was a closed meeting.”.

In the meeting, Yana repeatedly said he does not intend to discriminate against LGBT people, according to a participant.

LDP lawmaker and former economy minister Hiroshige Seko told a news conference Yana should thoroughly explain his remarks.

“How much does he have to hurt (LGBT) people and neglect their human rights to be satisfied?”. »

Jeffrey Epstein prison guards admit to falsifying records, make deal to avoid jail time

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Epstein, who was a well-connected financier who socialized with princes and presidents, was facing up to 45 years behind bars on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial on accusations of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

The deal would need to be approved by a judge, which could come as soon as next week. »

Bitcoin tumbles 11% after China reiterates call for a mining and trading crackdown

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Bitcoin slid as much as 11% Friday, erasing earlier gains after China again called for a crackdown on mining and trading of the cryptocurrency .

Bitcoin was recovering from a mid-week selloff before China took renewed aim at crypto mining.

Bitcoin turned sharply lower Friday following reports that China has reiterated its call to restrict mining and trading activities surrounding the world's largest cryptocurrency. »

UK animal rights group blockades four McDonald’s depots

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Animal rights protesters have set up blockades at four McDonald’s distribution centres across Britain, which they say will affect about 1,300 restaurants.

Activists from Animal Rebellion used trucks and bamboo structures to blockade distribution sites at Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood in Greater Manchester from about 4.30am on Saturday, the group said.

Locked on for workers rights, animal justice & to end the climate emergency. »