Kyodo News Digest: Sept. 5, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on September 5, 2021
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
G-7, China, Russia to join ministerial talks on Afghanistan
TOKYO – Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations as well as China and Russia will join multilateral talks to be held possibly Wednesday to discuss the crisis in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan following the withdrawal of U.S. forces, a Japanese minister said Sunday.
Beijing and Moscow are expected to be among participants in an online ministerial meeting on Afghanistan grouping together more than 20 countries, which U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said he will co-host with German counterpart Heiko Maas.
TOKYO – Japan’s Misato Michishita won the gold medal in the women’s T12 marathon in a Paralympic record time of 3 hours, 50 seconds, for one of the host nation’s three marathon medals on Sunday, the final day of action at the games.
The 44-year-old visually impaired runner was a gold medal favorite in Tokyo after winning silver at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 and achieving a three-peat at the London Marathon in 2019.
TOKYO – Japan won two wheelchair badminton titles on the final day of the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday, Daiki Kajiwara taking WH2 singles and Sarina Satomi and Yuma Yamazaki WH doubles gold.
Kajiwara beat South Korean top seed Kim Jung Jun while Satomi and Yamazaki topped Chinese pair Liu Yutong and Yin Menglu.
TOKYO – Japan’s Shingo Kunieda won the gold medal in the men’s wheelchair tennis singles at the Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday, defeating Tom Egberink of the Netherlands in the final.
No. 1 seed Kunieda beat the eighth-seeded Egberink 6-1, 6-2 at Ariake Tennis Park to claim his third singles gold medal and first since 2012, following bouts with injuries that made him doubt he could ever top the Paralympic podium again.
TOKYO – The Tokyo Paralympics will close Sunday night after almost two weeks of physical feats by athletes with impairments from around the world, the event held despite numerous challenges created by the coronavirus.
The closing ceremony at the National Stadium will bring down the curtain on the games held almost entirely off-limits to the public as a result of the pandemic that threw eight years of preparations into disarray.
TOKYO – Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to back former internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi in the Sept. 29 Liberal Democratic Party presidential election to succeed incumbent Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, sources close to him said Saturday.
The backing by Abe increases the chances of Takaichi, who does not belong to a faction but is close to the former premier, gaining 20 supporters required to officially take part in the contest.
YOKOSUKA, Japan – British aircraft carrier the Queen Elizabeth made its first port call in Japan on Saturday, aiming to showcase the two countries’ defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China’s military has been growing increasingly assertive.
Taking part in a joint exercise since Thursday with Japan, the United States, the Netherlands and Canada, the flagship of Britain’s Carrier Strike Group arrived at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, and is scheduled to depart next Thursday.
TOKYO – Local governments in Japan are scurrying to set up temporary treatment sites for COVID-19 patients as the recent surge in infections has caused a serious shortage of hospital beds across the country, with 25 governments having already opened or are planning to open such facilities, a Kyodo News survey found Saturday.
The nationwide survey, conducted from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, also found, however, that most of the governments are facing difficulty in securing doctors and health care workers to operate such sites.