【Today's English】Ghosn happy to be in Lebanon surrounded by family, friends

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While blasting the Japanese justice system for unfairly keeping him from his wife and family for months, Carlos Ghosn also thanked those who have welcomed him in Lebanon where he fled to in late December.

【Today's English】High level of unsafe chemicals found in well near Yokota base

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High levels of harmful organic chemicals were detected in a well in the vicinity of Yokota Air Base, and Japanese authorities suspect the contamination may be due to activity at the U.S. military facility in western Tokyo.

【Today's English】Kansai Airport plans renovation to meet influx of foreign visitors

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IZUMISANO, Osaka Prefecture--Passengers waiting to catch international flights at Kansai International Airport here or go through security checks are used to long waits, as 80 percent of airport users now travel to and from overseas.

【Today's English】Almost naked but not afraid; men fight for control of ball at shrine

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FUKUOKA--Hundreds of men in loincloths jostled to gain control of a wooden ball weighing 8 kilograms in a boisterous event held here Jan. 3 to divine if the land or the sea will provide a bountiful harvest this year.