Kyodo News Digest: May 26, 2022

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Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visit the Tokyo National Museum in the capital on May 25, 2022, to view an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japan. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

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

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Chinese foreign minister arrives in Solomon Islands under security deal

SYDNEY — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in the Solomon Islands on Thursday, amid growing concerns over China’s growing military clout in the region following a controversial security pact signed by the two countries last month.

Hours after Wang landed in Honiara, leaked documents reported by Australian Broadcasting Corp. revealed that China is seeking a regional agreement with nearly a dozen Pacific island countries, covering areas such as security, trade and data communications.

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Japan confirms exercise with US fighters after missile tests in North Korea

TOKYO — Japan and the United States conducted a joint exercise involving fighter jets over the Sea of ​​Japan, the Defense Ministry announced Thursday, a day after North Korea tested three ballistic missiles .

Wednesday’s flight of four F-15s from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Chitose Base in Hokkaido and four F-16s from the US Air Force Base in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture, was aimed at confirm the “readiness posture” of the two forces,” the ministry said.

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Ex-minister sentenced for taking bribes from egg farmer

TOKYO – Japan’s former agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa was sentenced to two years and six months in prison on Thursday, suspended for four years, for receiving bribes from a food production company. eggs while he was on duty.

The Tokyo District Court ruled that Yoshikawa received a total of 5 million yen ($39,000) from the head of Akita Foods Co. between November 2018 and August 2019, when he was minister of agriculture, while being aware of the intention of the head of the company to seek favors.

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A pair of Hokkaido melons fetches 3 mil. yen at the first auction of the year

SAPPORO – A pair of high-end melons on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido fetched 3 million yen ($23,550) at the year’s first auction on Thursday, beating 10% the winning bid from last year.

The auction record for a pair of Yubari melons, a Yubari city flagship, was 5 million yen in 2019. The winning bid at the first auction last year was 2.7 million yen.

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2nd attempt to salvage advances from sunken tourist boat in Hokkaido

SAPPORO — The second attempt to rescue a tourist boat that sank off the coast of Hokkaido last month, leaving 14 dead and 12 missing, advanced on Thursday, after the ship sank to the sea floor earlier this week, delaying the investigation into the cause of the tragedy.

Nippon Salvage Co., contracted by the Japanese Coast Guard, restarted the operation to raise the 19-tonne Kazu I from the seabed to a depth of 182 meters, with the aim of bringing the tour boat to the surface more late in the day.

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FEATURE: Japanese society begins to fight against microaggressions

TOKYO – A couple are shopping for an expensive item, but the store clerk is only talking to the man. A person of ethnic Korean descent but born and raised in Japan is praised for their impeccable Japanese. Someone from the LGBTQ community is told by a friend, “You’re going through a phase. You’ll be cured one day.”

These are just some of the examples of microaggression and unconscious bias that Kayo Fujiwara, a researcher on the issue, recently listed to raise awareness of how the problem manifests itself in Japan, a country that, according to her, could now be ready to start tackling the problem. sincerely.

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North Korean media are silent on Wednesdays. ballistic missile launch

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korean state media made no mention on Thursday morning of the previous day’s ballistic missile launches, with speculation growing that the country could conduct a nuclear test in the near future.

The South Korean government said North Korea fired three missiles, including one capable of intercontinental range, off its east coast on Wednesday, a day after US President Joe Biden completed his first trip to Asia since his input function.

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