Kyodo News Digest: Sept. 16, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on September 16, 2021
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
BEIJING – North Korea tested a “railway-borne missile system” on Wednesday, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday, a day after Japanese authorities said the nuclear-armed nation launched two ballistic missiles in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The mission was to strike a target area 800 kilometers away in the sea off North Korea’s east coast, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. Japan said the two missiles flew around 750 km before falling into the sea within its exclusive economic zone, in the first launches of ballistic missiles by North Korea since March.
TOKYO – Nearly all major factions in Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party plan to allow members to vote for whoever they prefer in the party’s upcoming leadership election, as candidates on Wednesday stepped up preparations for the race to choose Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s successor.
With six of the LDP’s seven major factions essentially allowing a free vote, the Sept. 29 ballot will be different from typical elections to choose party leaders, who won or lost on the support of faction bosses.
NEW YORK – The Taliban has pledged to respect women’s rights and allow access for humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan in written commitments with a U.N. relief office, but the international community needs to monitor whether the Islamist group will keep its word, the head of the office said.
In an exclusive interview with Kyodo News on Tuesday, Martin Griffiths, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, revealed that the Taliban agreed “not to interfere with” humanitarian operations, including recruitment of female staff, when they held talks in early August in Kabul.
WASHINGTON – The United States on Wednesday announced the launch of a new security partnership with Britain and Australia in an apparent effort to counter China’s assertiveness in the region, starting with efforts to help Canberra’s bid to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.
“Today, we’re taking another historic step to deepen and formalize cooperation among all three of our nations because we all recognize the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo Pacific over the long term,” Biden said at the White House, joined in virtual format by his counterparts from the two countries.
WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden will convene a virtual meeting of world leaders from major economies and greenhouse gas emitters on Friday to galvanize efforts to tackle the climate crisis, the White House said Wednesday.
The meeting will follow an online climate summit Biden hosted in April as part of a bid to demonstrate U.S. leadership on the issue in a shift from his predecessor Donald Trump, who withdrew the country from the Paris climate accord.
Japan logs 635.4 bil. yen goods trade deficit in Aug.
TOKYO – Japan had a goods trade deficit of 635.4 bil. yen ($5.8 billion) in August, government data showed Thursday.
Exports rose 26.2 percent from a year earlier and imports increased 44.7 percent, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report.
S. Korea successfully tests submarine-launched ballistic missile
SEOUL – South Korea succeeded in testing its submarine-launched ballistic missile underwater on Wednesday, becoming the seventh country in the world to possess such weaponry, the presidential office said, but the move swiftly triggered backlash from the North.
The underwater launch was held at a local test center of the Agency for Defense Development with major government officials present including President Moon Jae In, who hailed the success which follows those of the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and India.
7 Hong Kong pro-democracy district councilors disqualified
HONG KONG – Seven pro-democracy district councilors were unseated from Hong Kong’s legislature on Wednesday after the government ruled their oaths of office to be invalid, local media reported.
The ruling comes after an oath-taking ceremony last Friday, during which district councilors were required to pledge allegiance to the government, as well as to uphold the Basic Law, the territory’s mini-constitution. Those who failed to take the oath were disqualified.