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Japan pulls off stunning upset of Spain, eliminates Germany from World Cup

  • Japan defeated Spain at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Quatar on Thursday, preventing Germany from advancing to the knockout rounds.
  • Ritsu Doan first scored to tie the game, then Ao Tanaka scored the next goal, placing Japan in the lead.
  • The Group E win means Japan will be facing Croatia in the Round of 16 as the European country tied with Belgium on Thursday morning. 
  • Japan has made the Round of 16 in four of their last six World Cup appearances. 

Japan defeated Spain in their FIFA World Cup 2022 match in Qatar on Thursday, preventing Germany from advancing to the knockout rounds.

Although the Spaniards took an early lead, the underdog Blue Samurais managed to score two goals in the first seven minutes of the second half.

‘All I was hoping for was a job’: Ke Huy Quan gives heartfelt acceptance speech at Gotham Awards

  • Ke Huy Quan won the award for Outstanding Supporting Performance at the Gotham Independent Film Awards for his role as Waymond Wang in A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
  • "Wow, this is incredible," Quan said in his emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech. "This time last year, all I was hoping for was just a job. And just when I think that it can't get any better, it does. What an incredible honor."
  • “Everything Everywhere All at Once” also won Best Feature Film, the biggest award of the night.
  • The Daniels-directed film also starred Michelle Yeoh in the lead role as Wang’s wife, Evelyn.
  • Quan also thanked A24 and Joe and Anthony Russo, who served as producers for the film.

Ke Huy Quan played various iconic characters early into his acting career, including Short Round in the 1984 film “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and Data in “The Goonies” (1985), but it’s his role in A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” that earned him high praise at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Quan took home the prize for the Outstanding Supporting Performance category at the Gotham Awards for his role as Waymond Wang in the Daniels-directed film.

Asian Santa to spread joy at Mall of America in historic first

  • Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the U.S., will have an Asian Santa as part of The Santa Experience this holiday season.
  • Allan Siu, who speaks English and Cantonese, will be the first Asian Santa in the mall’s history.
  • Siu joins five other Santas, including two African Americans, to create The Santa Experience’s most diverse set yet.

For the first time in its history, the largest mall in the U.S. will feature an Asian Santa Claus this holiday season.

Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, will have Allan Siu as part of The Santa Experience, which is returning after a three-year in-person hiatus due to COVID-19.

Japanese fans continue to clean up following World Cup loss to Costa Rica, inspires others to do the same

  • Japanese football fans continue to win hearts around the world after cleaning up again following their team’s loss to Costa Rica at the World Cup in Qatar, inspiring fans of other squads to follow suit.
  • Despite losing to Costa Rica 0-1, the Japanese team’s fans were praised by FIFA for helping staff at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium clean up after the match.
  • The Samurai Blue fans’ acts of cleanliness inspired fans from other countries to do good deeds of their own.
  • While some Japanese fans appreciated the outpour of support for their culture, some expressed confusion over making a big fuss about something as simple as cleaning.
  • Along with Japan, the Senegalese team also helped to pick up trash after winning a match at the 2018 World Cup.

Japanese football fans continue to win hearts around the world after cleaning up again following their team’s loss to Costa Rica at the World Cup in Qatar, inspiring fans of other squads to follow suit.

Despite losing to Costa Rica 0-1, the Japanese team’s fans were praised by FIFA for helping staff at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium clean up after the match.

Otter predicts Japan’s win against Germany one day before World Cup match

Japanese otter
  • An adorable otter in Japan accurately predicted Japan’s 2-1 victory against Germany in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
  • An 8-year-old river otter named Taiyo at the Maxell Aqua Park in Shinagawa, Tokyo, was brought out by his handler to predict a winner in the match between Japan and Germany.
  • Taiyo had to choose between dropping a mini soccer ball in a blue bucket with the Japanese flag on it, a red one with the German flag and a yellow bucket labeled “draw.”
  • The otter dropped the ball in Japan’s bucket, and the next day, the country defeated the four-time world champions 2-1.
  • Japan previously brought out an otter to predict a World Cup match against Greece in 2014.

An adorable otter in Japan accurately predicted the country’s 2-1 victory against Germany at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 8-year-old river otter named Taiyo at the Maxell Aqua Park in Shinagawa, Tokyo, was brought out by his handler to predict a winner in the match between Japan and Germany, Kyodo News reported.

Japanese World Cup team praised for tidying up locker room after victory over Germany

  • The Japanese national football team upheld their country’s reputation for cleanliness by tidying up their locker room after their massive 2-1 victory against Germany.
  • The team left their locker room “spotless,” FIFA tweeted on Wednesday.
  • The towels were left neatly folded up, no sweaty clothes can be seen hanging on hangers and the water bottles appeared as if they were untouched.
  • The team also left what appear to be 11 origami paper cranes and a message that reads “thank you” in Japanese and Arabic.
  • Impressed with the team’s cleanliness, one social media user asked where they could find a Japanese man to marry.

Japan’s national football team has gone viral for upholding their country’s reputation for cleanliness by tidying up their locker room at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Images of the team’s locker room blew up online just days after Japanese football fans went viral for cleaning up after the opening game on Monday.

‘Why can’t we win?’: Chinese influencer cries after Japan’s win at World Cup

  • Chinese Weibo influencer 山羊君GOAT filmed himself crying after witnessing Japan’s “Samurai Blue” score a clutch win against Germany at the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Wednesday.
  • “That’s our neighboring country. We have similar physiques, why can they win but we can’t?” he says in the video shared on Weibo.
  • Coming in from behind, Japan’s national football team scored the final two goals in the last 15 minutes of the game, beating four-time champion Germany.
  • Wednesday night's game was the first time Japan had beaten Germany in the four times the two teams had met.

A Chinese Weibo influencer broke down after witnessing Japan’s win against Germany at the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Wednesday, questioning why other Asian countries can win and not China.

The Weibo influencer, known to his over 200,000 followers as 山羊君GOAT, filmed himself crying in the stands at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday as Japan’s “Samurai Blue” took an intense 2-1 victory.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ lands 8 Independent Spirit Award nominations

  • The multiverse-spanning spectacle “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has proven to be an awards-season frontrunner after securing the most Independent Spirit Award nominations.
  • The film’s eight nominations include a pair of Best Supporting Performance nominations for Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan, a Best Leading Performance nomination for Michelle Yeoh and a Best Feature nomination.
  • A24, the production company behind “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” leads all studios with a grand total of 24 nominations across seven films.
  • The Spirit Awards is a celebration of independent cinema.

The multiverse-spanning spectacle “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has proven to be an awards-season frontrunner after securing the most Independent Spirit Award nominations on Tuesday.

The film’s eight nominations include a pair of Best Supporting Performance nominations for Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan, a Best Leading Performance nomination for Michelle Yeoh and a Best Feature nomination. 

Chinese man sets world record with 50-story house of cards built in 5 hours

  • Tian Rui of Qingdao, China, set a record for the world’s tallest house of cards built in 12 hours earlier this month.
  • His attempt took five hours and four minutes.
  • The 50-story build, which stood at 3.375 meters, remained erect for more than 10 minutes before it collapsed.
  • Tian previously set the Guinness record for tallest house of cards (27-stories) built in one hour.

A man from China’s Shandong province has set a new Guinness World Record by building a 50-story house of cards in 12 hours.

Tian Rui started building at 9:20 a.m. and finished at 2:24 p.m. for the Nov. 10 attempt, which was part of the 2022 Guinness World Records Day celebrations. His attempt took five hours and four minutes.

BTS makes history with fourth consecutive win for Favorite Pop Group at AMAs

  • BTS had a historic night at the 2022 American Music Awards (AMAs).
  • On Monday, the K-pop supergroup won the award for Favorite Pop Group or Duo for the fourth time, the most of any act in AMAs history.
  • BTS was also awarded the first-ever Favorite K-Pop Artist award, beating out BLACKPINK, SEVENTEEN, TWICE and TXT.
  • Created in 1974, the AMAs is an annual ceremony that commemorates the most popular artists, songs and albums of the year.

BTS had a historic night at the 2022 American Music Awards (AMAs).  

On Monday, the K-pop supergroup won the award for Favorite Pop Group or Duo for the fourth consecutive time, the most of any act in AMAs history. 

Chinese President Xi videoed confronting Canada PM Trudeau at G20 Summit

  • At the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Indonesia, Chinese President Xi Jinping confronted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for behaving “inappropriately” by leaking their meeting details to the media.
  • A video of the sideline interaction was posted on Twitter by Canadian reporter Annie Bergeron-Oliver on Wednesday.
  • Canadian media reports claimed that Trudeau raised concerns over alleged Chinese interference in Canada.
  • In another incident at the G20 summit, ABC News producer Molly Nagle said she was grabbed and pushed by a man wearing a white mask with the Chinese flag when she reportedly asked U.S. President Joe Biden if he will discuss human rights ahead of his meeting with Xi.
  • On Monday, Xi and Biden discussed the “concerns about PRC practices in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and human rights more broadly,” according to the White House.

At the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Chinese President Xi Jinping confronted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over “media leaks” and also spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden about human rights and Taiwan.

Annie Bergeron-Oliver, a Canadian reporter, posted a video of Trudeau and Xi’s sideline interaction at the summit on Twitter on Wednesday. 

San Diego launches inaugural ‘United Against Hate Week’

  • California’s San Diego county will hold its first United Against Hate (UAH) Week starting today.
  • The campaign, which started in 2017 in Bay Area cities, aims to “empower local residents and communities to stand against racism and alter the course of growing intolerance.”
  • San Diego’s UAH Week will consist of both in-person and virtual trainings, including those that focus on inclusive communication and bystander intervention.
  • Community members are also encouraged to host their own anti-hate events and help amplify the campaign online using the hashtag #SDUnitedAgainstHate.

California’s San Diego County is holding its first United Against Hate (UAH) Week starting today.

UAH, which started in 2017 in Bay Area cities, aims to “empower local residents and communities to stand against racism and alter the course of growing intolerance.” The local campaign is led by the San Diego Regional Anti-Hate Crime Coalition and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of California.