Kyodo News Digest: Sept. 3, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on September 3, 2021
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
TOKYO – Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday pledged an economic package with “tens of trillions of yen” to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a pillar of his policy platform, as he faces off against Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s upcoming leadership race.
The package includes a plan to strengthen financial aid to businesses affected by government policies such as a request for shorter hours and people hit by the economic slump in the wake of the pandemic, Kishida said at a press conference.
BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged Thursday that China will set up a stock exchange in Beijing, the third of its kind in the mainland after Shanghai and Shenzhen, in an attempt to foster smaller companies.
In his video speech for an event aimed at boosting trade and services of China, Xi also said that his nation will build digital trade demonstration zone, while promising to encourage innovative emerging firms.
ISLAMABAD – The Taliban plan to launch a government in Afghanistan soon, with supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada at the helm, a senior official of the fundamentalist group that has seized control of the country said Thursday.
Amid speculation that a hard-line member designated by the United States as a global terrorist may join the new Cabinet, the outside world, which wants to avoid seeing Afghanistan revert to being a breeding ground for terrorism, is likely to face a hard choice on whether to recognize the new government.
TOKYO – Tokyo is still behind nits goal of securing 7,000 beds for COVID-19 patients, the metropolitan government said Thursday, as the medical system remains strained due to a surge of coronavirus cases amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
The capital has newly added 150 beds since asking Tokyo hospitals to secure beds and accept as many COVID-19 patients as possible in late August, bringing the total capacity to 6,117 beds.
SEOUL – Major Japanese cosmetics maker DHC Corp., which has been criticized for being discriminatory against ethnic Korean residents of Japan, said Thursday it will withdraw from the South Korean market.
The company has been under fire since its chief executive wrote a message on its Japanese website in November last year apparently attacking a rival company that he said uses many Japanese TV personalities with Korean roots in its commercials.
TOKYO – A 90-year-old former top bureaucrat was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for negligence over a 2019 car accident in Tokyo in which a woman and her 3-year-old daughter were killed and nine others injured.
The Tokyo District Court ruled that Kozo Iizuka, a former chief of the now-defunct Agency of Industrial Science and Technology under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, was guilty of mistakenly pressing down on the gas pedal instead of the brake for around 10 seconds during the incident, accelerating the car to a speed of up to 96 kilometers per hour.
TAKAMATSU, Japan – A 23-year-old woman was arrested Thursday over allegedly causing fatal injuries to her 3-month-old son by punching him repeatedly at their home in the western Japanese city of Takamatsu, with the mother suspected of having been involved in abusing the boy, police said.
Ayami Tsumori admitted to the charge, saying, “I punched my child in the head as he would not stop crying,” the police said, adding that an autopsy showed the baby’s skull and ribs were broken.
OSAKA – Japan slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against Oman in the opening game of the 2022 World Cup final Asian qualifying round on Thursday.
Issam Al Sabhi scored the 88th-minute winner four minutes after coming off the bench as Hajime Moriyasu’s men remained disjointed and second-best throughout the Group B game at a rainy Panasonic Stadium in Suita.