Sun, 05 Dec 2021

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is likely to lose seats in the House of Representatives in Sunday's general election but it will maintain a majority together with its coalition partner Komeito, a survey by local media revealed Wednesday.

According to the survey, the LDP may fail to retain all of its 276 seats in the 465-seat lower chamber of parliament ahead of the election, while the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) is seeking to add its seats to 110. (Japan-LDP Majority-Poll)

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SEOUL -- "East Asia cooperation has been strengthened in the joint efforts on combating the pandemic, and it shows to the world that we must adhere to multilateralism and international cooperation to achieve recovery and development under the new normal," Ou Boqian, secretary-general of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS), told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

As a good model for multilateralism and international cooperation, the trilateral cooperation among China, Japan and South Korea could be even more dynamic if coordinated with ASEAN, she said. (South Korea-Japan-China-ASEAN 10+3-INTERVIEW)

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SYDNEY -- Researchers of Australia's University of Queensland (UQ) found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not infect blood vessels, despite the high risk of blood clots to COVID-19 patients.

Researchers used real, infectious viruses rather than fragments of the virus's spike protein in the experiment to detect how the virus causes damage to blood vessels. They used sophisticated microscopy facilities to track where the virus traveled in the cells and visualize how blood vessels respond to the live virus. (Australia-Research-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- An Indonesian cargo ship sank in the northern waters off the resort island of Bali with nine people missing and six others rescued, the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Office's spokesman Yusuf Latief said here on Tuesday night.

Another ship LCT Depasena Dua on Monday rescued six crew members of the cargo ship, the spokesman said.

The operation would continue within the next several days, he said, adding that storms were blamed for the sinking of the ship KM Liberty 1. (Indonesia-Ship-Sinking)

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