Kyodo News Digest: September 11, 2022
People attend an event in Pyongyang on September 8, 2022, a day before the 74th anniversary of North Korea’s founding. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo
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Japan to remove entry cap in ‘not-too-distant future’, official says
TOKYO — Japan is reviewing its border control policy of keeping daily entries below 50,000 and will phase it out in “the not-too-distant future,” a government spokesman said on Sunday.
The government will simultaneously ease other restrictions, including visa requirements and travel package requirements when it completely lifts the daily cap on arrivals abroad, the secretary said in Deputy Chief of Staff Seiji Kihara on a Fuji Television show.
Voting begins to choose the government of Okinawa. with a focus on the American base, the economy
NAHA, Japan — Voting for governor of Okinawa began on Sunday with the focus on a controversial plan to move a United States Marine Corps base to the southernmost island prefecture. of Japan and the economic recovery after the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Pre-election polls suggested opposition-backed incumbent Denny Tamaki, 62, was leading the race, followed by former Ginowan mayor Atsushi Sakima, 58, who has the backing of the ruling coalition. Former lower house lawmaker Mikio Shimoji, 61, was a distant third.
10 years. birthday of the China-Japan Senkaku dispute arises in the context of high tensions
TOKYO — Sunday marked 10 years since Japan’s decision to place the Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands under state control, and comes at a time when Tokyo says it is “extremely concerned” about Beijing’s ongoing activities around disputed islets.
The Senkaku, called Diaoyu by China, have posed a problem for bilateral relations since the Japanese government bought three of the islets a decade ago, including the largest island Uotsuri, from a Japanese man.
Japan’s Emperor plans to attend Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral
TOKYO (Reuters) – Emperor Naruhito plans to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in Britain, Japanese government sources said on Saturday, in a rare move for the monarch who traditionally does not make a appearances at funerals in his country or abroad.
The sources said that depending on her medical condition, Empress Masako, who has been battling a stress-induced illness for a long time, is also expected to attend the ceremony. According to local British media, the funeral is expected to take place around September 19.
Baseball: Shohei Ohtani scores 12th win in shortened outing
HOUSTON — Shohei Ohtani set a pair of personal MLB milestones on Saturday by raising his career winning record to 12 in the Los Angeles Angels’ 6-1 win over the Houston Astros.
Ohtani (12-8) was lifted with a blister in the middle finger of his pitching hand after five effective innings in which he allowed one run and six hits on a 79-pitch outing at Minute Maid Park.
FOCUS: Japan’s nationalization of Senkakus calls for caution in the face of Chinese threats
TOKYO — Japan’s nationalization of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea has sparked security tensions in the region for the past 10 years, prompting Tokyo, known for its pacifist constitution, to be keenly suspicious of military threats from Beijing.
Japan administers the Senkakus, but China has claimed the uninhabited islets since the early 1970s, calling them Diaoyu, after United Nations studies indicated there could be potentially lucrative gas reserves around them.
The Deaflympics will come to Japan for the 1st time in 2025
VIENNA — The International Sports Committee for the Deaf named Tokyo as the host of the 2025 Summer Deaflympics on Saturday.
The Olympic Games for Deaf Athletes will be held in Japan for the first time after the sole bidder to host the next quadrennial event was chosen at the ICSD Congress.
FOCUS: How the Japanese Ministry of Justice took steps to accept Ukrainian evacuees
TOKYO — Japan has taken in more than 1,800 evacuees since Russia began war on Ukraine more than six months ago, in an unusual move for a country with a generally poor record of acceptance of people seeking asylum.
On March 1, just five days after the invasion was launched, Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa told senior immigration officials and others in his office that Japan “has a responsibility to act at this historic moment.”