Kyodo News Digest: Aug. 22, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on August 22, 2021
People walk in Kabul on Aug. 19, 2021, following the Taliban’s recent return to power. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
TOKYO – Japan has effectively refused to issue visas for two Myanmar military-appointed diplomats the junta seeks to send to Tokyo in place of two it fired in March, according to Japanese government sources.
Japan allowing the two replacements to be posted to the Myanmar Embassy in Tokyo would be tantamount to recognizing the Feb. 1 military coup that ousted the country’s elected government under civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
YOKOHAMA – Voting is under way in the Yokohama mayoral election Sunday, with the result set to have major implications for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s hopes of remaining in power beyond the fall.
Hachiro Okonogi, a former chairman of the National Public Safety Commission and a close Suga ally, and the opposition-backed Takeharu Yamanaka appeared to be neck-and-neck heading into the poll with incumbent Mayor Fumiko Hayashi trailing.
TOKYO – Japan will extend up to 32.7 billion yen ($300 million) in low-interest loans to Iraq to assist the country’s plan to upgrade one of its oil refineries, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein on Saturday.
Motegi made the pledge during an unannounced trip to Baghdad, the first visit to Iraq by a Japanese foreign minister after Taro Aso in August 2006.
TOKYO – The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 5,074 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, topping the 5,000 level for the fourth straight day.
The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 infections came to 4,719.0 per day, up 11.5 percent from the previous week, according to the capital’s government.
Former Deputy PM Ismail Sabri sworn in as Malaysia’s new leader
KUALA LUMPUR – Former Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob was sworn in as Malaysia’s new prime minister on Saturday, taking over from Muhyiddin Yassin who resigned earlier this week after losing majority support in parliament.
Dressed in traditional black and gold Malay attire, and masked up amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 61-year-old took the oath before King Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin at the National Palace in a ceremony.
TOKYO – The success of the Tokyo Paralympics all depends on whether organizers of the games will be able to control coronavirus infections, International Paralympic Committee head Andrew Parsons said Saturday, as the host city continues to reel from record daily numbers of COVID-19 cases.
In an interview with Kyodo News in Tokyo three days before the opening of the Paralympics, Parsons said other criteria to measure success, such as the number of world records and how many people will watch the world’s biggest event for athletes with disabilities, will be less important.