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News: Top 5 Headlines For April 16, 2021 (Reuters)

Five stories to know for April 16: The Indianapolis FedEx shooting, Chicago police body camera video of Adam Toledo shooting, Derek Chauvin 5th amendment, Biden meets Japan’s Suga and Jimmy Lai gets 14 month prison sentence.

1. A gunman opened fire at an Indianapolis Fedex. The mass shooting left eight people dead and several others injured. The gunman took his own life, police said.

2. Chicago releases body camera footage of police shooting Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old boy. Toledo appeared to be raising his hands in an alley more than two weeks ago. The nine-minute video from officer Eric Stillman’s body camera showed showed Stillman yelling “Stop” to Toledo before he caught up to him and ordered him to show his hands. Toledo appeared to raise his hands right before Stillman fired one shot and then ran to the boy as he fell to the ground. Following the incident Chicago police department said Adam Toledo had a gun in his hand.

3. Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin waived his right to testify to the jury about his part in the deadly arrest of George Floyd . Judge Peter Cahill denied the prosecutor’s request to admit test results as new evidence in the case, saying it was too last-minute in a way that was prejudicial to Chauvin. Cahill warned prosecutors that if a witness even mentioned the existence of the new test results, he would declare a mistrial.

4. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will present a united front on Taiwan, China’s most sensitive territorial issue, in a summit meeting.

5. Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 14 months in prison while nine other activists received jail time or suspended sentences for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during mass pro-democracy protests in 2019.

News: Five Top Stories – April 13, 2021 (Video)

Five stories to know for April 13: Protests continue after Minneapolis shooting, Knoxville school shooting, Japan nuclear waste water, Derek Chauvin trial and Russia warns U.S. on Crimea.

1. Minnesota police released body camera footage that shows police officer Kim Potter apparently drawing her gun by mistake, instead of her Taser, when she shot a young Black man, Daunte Wright, to death during a traffic stop. Protests continued overnight in Minneapolis following the incident.

2. A Knoxville school shooting ends with a student shot and killed by police and one officer wounded. Police said the high school student opened fire on them in a campus bathroom, wounding an officer.

3. Prosecutors neared the end of their case in the Derek Chauvin trial. George Floyd’s younger brother Philonise Floyd gave emotional testimony about how his sibling grew up obsessed with basketball and doting on his mother.

4. Japan will release more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, the government said, a move China called “extremely irresponsible,” while South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador in Seoul to protest.

5. Russia warned the United States to ensure its warships stayed well away from Crimea “for their own good,” calling their deployment in the Black Sea a provocation designed to test Russian nerves.

Walks: ‘Hirado City Castle Nagasaki, Japan’ (5K Video)

Hirado City is the administrative area of Hirado Island and its surroundings in the northwestern part of Nagasaki Prefecture. The central Hirado district is the castle town of the former Hirado clan Matsuura, and before the isolation, it was an international trading port with China, Portugal, the Netherlands, and so on.

Video timeline: 00:00​ タイトル(Title) 00:16​ 平戸港交流広場(Hirado Port Square) 00:49​ 幸橋 – オランダ橋(Saiwaibashi Bridge) 01:11​ 宗陽公のお墓(The Grave of the Lord Matsura Takanobu) 01:55​ 城下町(Castle Town) 02:26​ 大ソテツ通り(Dai Sotetsu Street) 02:30​ 六角井戸(Rokkaku Ido Well) 02:34​ 観音地蔵堂(Kannon Jizo-do) 02:38​ 松浦史料博物館(Matsura Historical Museum) 02:42​ 大ソテツ(Dai Sotetsu) 02:57​ 平戸オランダ商館(Hirado Dutch Trading Post) 03:43​ 薄香の町並み(Usuka townscape) 06:00​ オランダ塀(Dutch Wall) 06:32​ 崎方公園(Sakigata Park) 07:54​ フランシスコ・ザビエル記念碑(St. Francis Xavier Monument) 09:20​ 三浦按針の墓(The Grave of William Adams) 09:40​ 崎方公園展望台(Sakigata Park Observatory) 10:08​ 大ソテツ通り(Dai Sotetsu Street) 11:13​ 寺院と教会の見える風景(View of temples and churches) 12:00​ 平戸ザビエル記念教会(St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church) 12:12​ 平戸城(Hirado Castle)

Spring Views: ‘Wisteria In Bloom’ – Tokyo, Japan (4K)

Date taken: April 11, 2021

The city’s wisteria blossoms will bloom earlier than usual this year.

MAP:TOKYO 東京 0:00​ Opening 0:31​ Bisyamonten Zenkokuji Temple https://bit.ly/3d8HeDp2:05​ Hie Jinja https://bit.ly/32cajY94:43​ Funabashiya Kameidotenjinmae. https://bit.ly/3s71byQ6:11​ Kameido Tenjin Shrine https://bit.ly/323uBmX12:56​ Tokyo Big Sight https://bit.ly/3s4Lfgh

Global News: A Worker’s World, Amazon Effect On Sports, Japanese Poetry

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, riding high in a workers’ worldthe Amazon effect on live sport (9:45) and even transience is mutating (17:35).

Views: ‘Cherry Blossom Mountain Park’ – Japan

“Sunday Morning” takes us this spring Sunday to a setting known in English as “Cherry Blossom Mountain Park” outside Tokyo, home to some 10,000 cherry trees. Videographer: Jiro Akiba.

The aptly named Sakurayama Park, which translates to Cherry Blossom Mountain Park, has around 10,000 cherry trees. The park has around 7,000 Fuyuzakura cherry trees, which bloom in the winter and the spring, as well as around 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees which bloom in the spring. During the blooming periods, the park is lit up at night, giving it a surreal, fluffy appearance. Tea ceremony events are held in the daytime during peak viewing seasons.

Artistry: Making ‘Hikihaku Obi’ Textile In Japan (Video)

Nishijin-ori textiles are known for their exquisite detail, and have been made in the Nishijin area of Kyoto, Japan for over 1,200 years. Follow the intricate process involved in creating obi (the sash worn with traditional Japanese clothing), using a specialised technique called hikikaku – weaving with precious metallic thread. From the making of the thread itself, to the weaving on the loom, watch as three obis are made – one from 100-year-old silver foil, one from mother of pearl, and one from the semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli.

Processes: Silver foil obi: 1:26​ Mother of pearl obi: 4:17​ Lapis lazuli obi: 6:35

Nishijin-ori (西陣織, Nishijin fabric) is a traditional textile produced in the Nishijin (西陣) district of Kamigyō-ku in KyotoJapan.

Originating in Heian-kyōto over 1200 years ago, Nishijin weaving is known for its highly-decorative and finely-woven designs, created through the use of tedious and specialised production processes. It is well-regarded for the high quality and craftsmanship of the resulting fabrics, commonly used for high-quality obi and kimono.

Travel Guides: ‘Takayama – Central Japan’ (HD Video)

Takayama is located at the base of the Northern Japan Alps and was initially built up by the Kanamori clan, which ruled over the region beginning in 1586. Central Takayama today retains much of the elegant architecture and flavors of the past, causing many to call it a “Little Kyoto.” In addition to the outstanding historical district here, visitors will find an ample amount of temples and shrines, shops, restaurants, cultural experiences, and year-round outdoor activities making it an excellent stop to any travel itinerary!

Spring Walks: Cherry Blossoms – Tokyo Parks

Yoshino Cherry Trees in Tokyo parks on March 26 and 27, 2021.

Video timeline:

0:00​ Inokashira Park https://bit.ly/3u3Jpxw3:13​ Sumida Park(ASAKUSA) https://bit.ly/2O3wPPM5:19​ Sensoji Temple(ASAKUSA) https://bit.ly/2NZLxat7:15​ Nihonbashi https://bit.ly/2PB8Wze8:30​ Joenji Temple(Shinjuku) https://bit.ly/3w8r5VQ9:27​ Ueno park https://bit.ly/3w4Snwy11:52​ Kitanomaru Park https://bit.ly/31pgoAb13:07​ Chidorigafuchi https://bit.ly/3w4d0c816:08​ Naka-Meguro Station https://bit.ly/3lWURIy16:18​ Meguro river https://bit.ly/3w54REe21:05​ ARK Hills https://bit.ly/3d5xqss21:48​ Sotobori Park https://bit.ly/3u3RORA22:43​ Hibiya Park https://bit.ly/3u1vw3a24:29​ Zojoji Temple https://bit.ly/3w8pPC824:59​ Tokyo Tower form Zojoji Temple 25:14​ Akasakamitsuke https://bit.ly/2PuYMAh27:22​ Shibuya https://bit.ly/3dgQQe429:04​ Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi) https://bit.ly/3d8waF8