Kyodo News Digest: April 29, 2022

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Children make a bonfire in the village of Kunigami in Okinawa prefecture on April 28, 2022, on the 70th anniversary of the San Francisco peace treaty that restored Japan’s sovereignty after its defeat during the Second World War. The people of Okinawa regard April 28, 1952 as “a day of humiliation” because the southern island prefecture remained under American occupation until May 15, 1972. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

Here is the latest list of news digests selected by Kyodo News.

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Japanese Prime Minister Kishida meets Indonesian President at start of 5-country tour

JAKARTA — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday as he embarked on a trip to five countries in Southeast Asia and Europe in a bid to strengthen relations amid growing assertiveness of China and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Japan regards Indonesia, host of this year’s Group of 20 major economies summit to be held in November and a key economy in Southeast Asia, as a strategic partner sharing universal values ​​such as democracy and the state. by right.

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Missing tourist boat found underwater off Hokkaido

SAPPORO – A tourist boat that went missing six days ago with 26 people on board was found underwater off the coast of Hokkaido on Friday, the Japanese coast guard said.

The 19-ton Kazu I was located after the Maritime Self-Defense Force searched with an underwater camera off the Shiretoko Peninsula. So far the bodies of 14 people have been found since contact with the boat was lost on April 23.

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Japan asks Kazakhstan to align with international community against Russia

TOKYO – Japan on Friday called on Kazakhstan to align itself with the international community against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi made the request during a meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tileuberdi in Nur-Sultan, after Kazakhstan abstained last month from the UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia. .

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China suspends freight train operations with North Korea due to virus

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has suspended freight train operations with North Korea amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the Chinese border city of Dandong, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Since the start of the week, many residential compounds in Dandong, which sits across from the North Korean city of Sinuiji, have been locked down amid the spread of the highly contagious variant of Omicron, while people living in these areas were forced to stay at home. .

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Travelers swarm trains and airports as Japan’s Golden Week vacation begins

TOKYO — Mask-wearing travelers swarmed Japan’s train stations and airports as the Golden Week holiday kicked off on Friday without the issuance of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in three years.

Transportation bookings rose sharply from those of the previous year, although they did not recover to pre-pandemic levels.

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FEATURE: Pop idol Kyary Pamyu Pamyu collaborates with Little Tokyo stores in LA

LOS ANGELES — Pop singer and Harajuku fashion icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu took her unique brand of Japanese sweetness to Little Tokyo, Los Angeles in mid-April.

The artist visited as part of her “Local Power Japan” project, in which she shines a light on various regions of her home country through collaborations with local businesses.

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Death row inmate seeks retrial for 2016 mass murder at nursing home

YOKOHAMA — A 32-year-old Japanese man sentenced to death for the 2016 mass murder of 19 mentally disabled residents of a nursing home near Tokyo is seeking a new trial, Yokohama District Court officials said Friday.

The death sentence for Satoshi Uematsu, a former guard at the Tsukui Yamayuri En facility in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, who also injured 26 people in the rampage, was finalized in March 2020.

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South Korea to allow masks to be removed outdoors from May 2

SEOUL — South Korea will allow people to remove their masks outdoors from next Monday amid a downward trend in the number of daily COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Kim Boo Kyum said Friday.

“The government has decided to adjust the preventive measures (for the coronavirus) in view of the downward trend that has continued for six weeks,” Kim said at his regular COVID-19 response meeting.

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