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Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 37,232: health authorities

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Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 37,232: health authorities

2024-06-14 09:00 Last Updated At:10:07

The Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has risen to 37,232, health authorities in the enclave said on Thursday.

The Israeli army killed 30 Palestinians and wounded 105 others in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of injuries to 85,037 since the outbreak of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in October 2023, the health authorities said in a statement.

Israeli military spokesperson Avichay Adraee said in a statement on Thursday that Israeli forces continued to engage in combat operations in the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah and the central Gaza Strip.

Over the past 24 hours, Israeli forces continued raids and eliminated "terrorists" in face-to-face clashes, the statement noted, adding they eliminated more than 10 "terrorists" in central Gaza in the last few hours, including a "terrorist" who participated in the Oct. 7, 2023 attacks.

Israel launched a large-scale offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip to retaliate against a Hamas rampage through the southern Israeli border on Oct. 7, 2023, during which about 1,200 people were killed and around 250 were taken hostage.

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 37,232: health authorities

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 37,232: health authorities

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Japanese seek diversified investment options as yen devalues

2024-07-14 12:04 Last Updated At:12:37

The Japanese people are eyeing diversified investment options at a three-day wealth management exhibition which started on Friday in Tokyo, as the depreciation of their fiat currency yen goes on.

Since July, the retail price of gold in Japan has repeatedly hit new highs, and the price per gram rose to 13,612 yen (about 86 U.S. dollars) on Thursday.

As inflation continues in Japan, precious metals are increasingly popular as a way to beat it.

In addition to paper gold, rare precious metal coins have gradually become one of the new financial investment favorites in Japan in recent years.

"The gold content of coins determines their value as precious metals. But as collectibles, their price on the auction market will go up," said Mitsuru Hayama, an exhibitor.

In addition to traditional financial products which include real estate, there is a trend of diversification at this exhibition.

For example, for investment products such as agricultural blueberry gardens and mushroom farms, investors can choose to make investment only, or they can participate in specific business operations.

Investable wines and whiskies are also a big draw at the expo. Among them, wine investment has an online trading model, where investors can view the latest prices of wines on their mobile phones in real time and conduct transactions .

"You buy it when it's cheap and drink it whenever you want. This is the prime pleasure of investing in the wine. Even if you don't drink it yourself, you'll be happy if its price rallies," said Eiji Odawara, an exhibitor.

According to the latest data released by the Bank of Japan in June, as of the end of March this year, the scale of Japanese household financial assets inched up 7.1 percent compared with the same period last year, reaching 2,199 trillion yen (about 13.9 trillion U.S. dollars), hitting record highs for five consecutive quarters.

Among them, cash and deposits accounted for 50.9 percent, much higher than other advanced economies such as the United States and some European countries.

Japanese seek diversified investment options as yen devalues

Japanese seek diversified investment options as yen devalues

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