Kyodo News Digest: Sept. 1, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on September 1, 2021
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
TOKYO – Princess Mako, a niece of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, and her boyfriend Kei Komuro will marry by the year-end and may start a new life in the United States, but without holding the related ritual ceremonies in a rare decision, a government source said Wednesday.
Amid public unease about their marriage due to a money dispute between Komuro’s mother and her former fiance, the princess will likely decline a lump-sum payment of up to about 150 million yen ($1.36 million) usually given to female royal family members upon their departure from the household, the source said.
TOKYO – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday ruled out dissolving the House of Representatives for a general election anytime soon given Japan’s severe COVID-19 situation, tamping down speculation he will do so in mid-September.
Suga also denied planning to postpone the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership race scheduled for Sept. 29, which he must win in order to remain in power.
China implements revised law to boost power of maritime authorities
BEIJING – China on Wednesday implemented a revised law to strengthen the power of its maritime safety authorities, amid concern that the move could escalate tensions with other countries, including Japan, in nearby waters.
As Beijing claims that the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are part of its territory, the amended Maritime Traffic Safety Law could target Japanese vessels navigating around the uninhabited islets, called Diaoyu in China.
TOKYO – Japanese swimmer Keiichi Kimura has had a long swimming career in which he has collected multiple Paralympic medals and world titles, but he remains on a mission at his home games to achieve the one accolade he is missing — his first Paralympic gold.
Prior to the opening of the world’s biggest sporting event for disabled athletes, the 30-year-old said he took much inspiration from the Japan Olympic team’s record haul of 27 gold medals.
Japan’s April-June capital spending sees 1st rise in 5 quarters
TOKYO – Capital spending by Japanese companies rose 5.3 percent in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, the first increase in five quarters, rebounding from last year’s sharp fall caused by the coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Wednesday.
Investment by all nonfinancial sectors for purposes such as building factories and adding equipment totaled 10.15 trillion yen ($92 billion), marking the fastest growth since a 7.1 percent gain logged in July-September of 2019, the Finance Ministry said.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Tuesday defended what was widely perceived as a poorly handled pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, while signaling that the end of the 20-year war will help the United States focus more on new challenges posed by China.
In his first public remarks since the last U.S. military plane left Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, Biden hailed the operation to evacuate American citizens and locals who worked alongside the United States during the war as an “extraordinary success.”
LONDON – English Premier League side Arsenal announced the signing Tuesday of Japan international defender Takehiro Tomiyasu on a full transfer from Bologna in the Italian top flight.
The London club paid a transfer fee of 19.8 million pounds ($27 million) to sign the 22-year-old Tomiyasu to a four-year deal, with an option for a one-year extension, British outlet Sky Sports reported.