Kyodo News Digest: May 20, 2022


Black smoke rises in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia on May 18, 2022, amid Russia’s invasion of the country. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

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Japan’s inflation jumps 2.1%, above BOJ target for first time since 2015

TOKYO – Japan’s consumer inflation in April accelerated to 2.1% from a year earlier as rising commodity prices and a weak yen helped push the key figure to a low. seven-year high and above the Bank of Japan’s 2% target for the first time since 2015, government data showed on Friday.

The sharp rise in the core consumer price index came as the effect of sharply lower mobile charges – a big drag for months – began to fade from inflation data. The figure compares with a 0.8% increase in March and marked eight consecutive months of gain.


Biden travels to Asia to pitch key alliances amid China’s rise

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday embarked on his first trip to Asia since taking office to deepen security and economic ties with Japan and South Korea, while committing to a “free and open” amid China’s growing assertiveness and Russia’s invasion of Russia. Ukraine.

One of the highlights of the five-day visit will be the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which the Biden administration has proposed as a key vehicle for U.S. engagement in a region that is expected to drive global growth for years to come. to come.


Japanese PM Kishida to tell Biden Japan plans G-7 summit in Hiroshima

TOKYO — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is likely to sound out U.S. President Joe Biden during his visit to Japan about holding a G7 summit in Hiroshima next year, Japanese government sources said Thursday.

At the summit, Kishida, an elected official from the city that suffered a US atomic bombing in 1945, wants to advocate for a world without nuclear weapons as the world faces nuclear threats from Russia following its invasion of the Ukraine, the sources said.


North Korea may test ICBM in coming days: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO – North Korea could test an intercontinental ballistic missile in the coming days, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on Friday ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit to Seoul and Tokyo this weekend.

Kishi told reporters there was a “possibility that (North Korea) would take further provocative actions,” including launching such a long-range missile.


Japan to start 4th vaccine for elderly and at-risk groups from May 25

TOKYO — Japan will start offering a fourth coronavirus vaccine to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions next week, the health ministry said Friday.

People aged 60 and over as well as people aged 18 to 59 with chronic health conditions or at high risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19 if infected with the coronavirus will be eligible for second injections. reminder, starting Wednesday.


Senior Japanese ministry official arrested for alleged assault on train

TOKYO — A senior Japanese finance ministry official was arrested on Friday for allegedly beating and kicking another passenger on a moving train in Tokyo, investigative sources said.

Heihachiro Ono, the 56-year-old deputy deputy minister for policy planning and coordination, was drunk when he allegedly assaulted the passenger early on Friday and denies having any memory of the incident, the sources said. . It is not known if his victim was injured.


Divers end up searching inside sunken tour boat off Hokkaido

SAPPORO — Deep-sea divers ended their two-day search inside a sunken tourist boat off Hokkaido on Friday, finding no trace of the 12 people still missing after the crash in late April, announced the Japanese coast guard.

Divers are continuing to examine the 19 tonne boat, which is currently lying on the seabed some 120 meters below the surface, to see if it can be salvaged. The boat disappeared off the Shiretoko Peninsula on April 23 and 14 of the 26 people on board were confirmed dead.


IAEA chief says he plans to visit Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine

TOKYO — International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi said Friday he plans to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine soon.

The planned visit to the factory, now under Russian control after its invasion of Ukraine, was announced as Grossi met Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo.


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