Kyodo News Digest: Aug. 21, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on August 21, 2021
The Paralympic three agitos are pictured after being installed in Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront area on Aug. 20, 2021, ahead of the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on Aug. 24. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said Friday he will nominate Rahm Emanuel, who served as a top aide to former President Barack Obama, as U.S. ambassador to Japan, seeking to fill a key diplomatic post that has been vacant for about two years.
Biden also tapped Nicholas Burns, a former diplomat and currently a Harvard University professor, as U.S. ambassador to China.
TEHRAN – Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is planning to talk with new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on Sunday, diplomatic sources said Saturday.
The meeting with Raisi, an anti-U.S. conservative hardliner who took office this month, comes as Iran faces a deadlock in nuclear talks with the United States and Europe. Japan, meanwhile, has built friendly ties with Tehran while also being allied with Washington.
WASHINGTON – Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday departed for Singapore and Vietnam on a trip to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific region amid the growing clout of China.
Her travel comes as U.S. President Joe Biden faces strong criticism at home and abroad over a chaotic withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s recent takeover of the country.
TOKYO – Tokyo Paralympic flames lit across Japan were united in the host city on Friday, four days ahead of the opening of the biggest event for athletes with disabilities amid continued worries over coronavirus infections.
“We will do everything possible toward the success of the games,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said at a ceremony in the front garden of Akasaka Palace, a neo-baroque state guest house, held hours after the torch relay began quietly behind closed doors in the capital.
TOKYO – Mizuho Bank suffered its fifth system failure of the year on Friday that prevented the completion of deposits, withdrawals, transfers and other transactions at its branch counters across Japan, its parent company said.
Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. also suffered similar malfunctions at its branch counters, according to major banking group Mizuho Financial Group Inc., but the group’s internet banking and automatic teller machines were unaffected.
TOKYO – Japan’s governors urged the central government on Friday to consider imposing a lockdown to better contain a spike in COVID-19 cases, calling the current measures “ineffective” in fighting the highly contagious Delta variant rapidly spreading across the country.
The call by the National Governors’ Association during their online meeting came after a COVID state of emergency took effect in seven more prefectures the same day, with restrictions on business activity aimed at curbing Japan’s largest-yet wave of infections.
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s king appointed former Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the country’s new prime minister on Friday, the palace said, making him the third leader in a span of three years as politics remain fragmented after a 2018 general election.
The king, Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin, confirmed that Ismail Sabri, 61, has secured backing from a majority of lower house members needed to form a new government, Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement.
BERLIN – Former Japan captain Makoto Hasebe was named in the Bundesliga Legends Network by the German Football League on Thursday, the Eintracht Frankfurt talisman being the only active player in the selection.
The versatile 37-year-old, who won the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2009 and the German Cup with Eintracht in 2018, holds the record for most appearances by an Asian player in a European league.