Kyodo News Digest: July 4, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on July 4, 2021
Voters wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus listen to a speech by a candidate in Tokyo on July 3, 2021, a day before the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
TOKYO – Voting is under way Sunday in Tokyo’s metropolitan assembly election, with the outcome possibly a foretaste of the House of Representatives election to be held by this fall.
The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito party in national politics aims to displace Tomin First no Kai, a regional party founded by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, as the leading force in the assembly and win a combined majority in the 127-seat chamber.
TOKYO – Two people died and about 20 others remained missing Saturday after torrential rain triggered a large mudslide southwest of Tokyo, destroying more than 10 houses, local authorities said.
A video posted on Twitter showed dark water mixed with soil and sand flowing rapidly from the top of a mountain at about 10:30 a.m. in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, and making a rumbling sound.
TOKYO – About 40 percent of sessions, or time slots, of the Tokyo Olympics are expected to be held without spectators if the current attendance cap of 10,000 people per venue is lowered to 5,000 as part of precautions against a potential fresh wave of coronavirus infections, officials involved in the planning process said Saturday.
In the wake of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, the organizing committee and the Japanese government are finding it increasingly difficult to stick to the 10,000-spectator cap and they have begun to look at an alternative.
BANGKOK – Myanmar pro-democracy protesters demonstrated against the ruling military government by burning mock coffins of its leader, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, in several cities on Saturday, his 65th birthday.
In the second-largest city Mandalay, people calling for democracy burned mocked coffins attached with photos of Min Aung Hlaing and protested by holding placards that said, “Wish you die on your birthday.”
Rugby: Japan fail to exploit their chances in loss to Ireland
TOKYO – Second-half indiscipline ruined an often sparkling effort from Japan’s Brave Blossoms in a 39-31 loss to Ireland on Saturday in Dublin.
After an evenly matched entertaining first half at Aviva Stadium, Japan were completely undone by repeated penalties that negated the visitors’ ability to score electric tries and allowed Ireland to avenge their 19-12 2019 World Cup loss to Japan.
TOKYO – Teenage shogi sensation Sota Fujii ascended to the highest rank of ninth “dan” on Saturday, becoming the youngest professional player of the traditional Japanese board game to achieve the feat.
He reached the milestone at 18 years and 11 months after defending one of the two major titles he had held in a straight 3-0 victory over Akira Watanabe, 37, in a best-of-five series.
BEIJING – China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday the Indo-Pacific strategy led by the United States is aimed at countering Beijing in a group and claimed the strategy “should be dumped at a trash heap.”
Speaking in a forum on global security issues discussed under China’s initiative, held at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Wang warned the strategy adopted by the United States, Japan and other countries is forming a siege against Beijing.