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Japanese defy typhoon warnings to protest state funeral

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Thousands have defied typhoon warnings to protest against a state funeral for Japan’s former prime minister

Around 13,000 people, including some opposition MPs have marched through the rain in Tokyo.

The protesters want plans for Japan’s former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe’s funeral to be scraped because of his links to the Unification Church and the use of taxpayer’s money.

Abe was gunned down at a public campaign event in July, with the suspected perpetrator telling investigators his life was ruined because of donations to the religious movement.

The funeral is expected to cost 1.65 billion yen with costs sky-rocketing because of the extra security needed.

Japanese polling shows 56 per cent of respondents were opposed to the plan, which is an increase from the month prior.

The state funeral will take place at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, with thousands of attendees and delegates from around the world expected to attend.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has confirmed U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be in attendance.

The funeral is set to take place on 27 September.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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Can big tech be trusted to use AI ethically?

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Big tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and IBM announced comprehensive plans to enhance AI safety measures – but is that enough to convince the everyday worker?

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Can big tech be trusted with AI? “The Fall Guy” takes a hard hit, Apple’s Top Ten controversy and a robot performs surgery on a piece of corn.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured

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Biden slams the brakes on EV overcapacity

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President Biden has imposed new tariffs on Chinese EV imports, just as the Chinese EV industry is facing a critical challenge: overcapacity.

The move comes amidst escalating trade tensions between the two economic giants, with repercussions likely to reverberate across the automotive sector.

David Zhang, the China Insider explores this issue and more. #featured #trending

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