Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 2, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on October 2, 2021
Beijing’s Tiananmen Square is crowded on Oct. 1, 2021, the first day of China’s seven-day National Day holiday. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
TOKYO – Fumio Kishida, set to take office as Japan’s prime minister next week, plans to appoint senior ruling party lawmaker Shunichi Suzuki as finance minister and retain Toshimitsu Motegi as foreign minister, party sources said Friday.
Kishida, the new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, is considering Daishiro Yamagiwa, 53, for economic and fiscal policy minister in a new Cabinet he will launch after being elected prime minister on Monday, the sources said.
TOKYO – Japan’s Princess Mako will marry her boyfriend Kei Komuro on Oct. 26 without traditional ceremonies, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday, as a three-year controversy continues to simmer following media reports of a financial dispute involving his mother.
The agency also revealed that Princess Mako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, has been feeling unwell since around 2018 and had been diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder caused by what she described as psychological abuse of the couple and their families.
TOKYO – Japan’s COVID-19 state of emergency was fully lifted on Friday, making it the first time since April that the entire country is not under the measure to curb infections.
The state of emergency, which covered Tokyo and 18 other prefectures, and a quasi-state of emergency ended Thursday following a steady decline in new coronavirus cases nationwide and the eased strain on the country’s medical system.
M’bishi Electric chairman quits, closed culture behind test cheating
TOKYO – Mitsubishi Electric Corp. Chairman Masaki Sakuyama resigned Friday after a panel of outside experts said an “inward-looking and closed” corporate culture was to blame for decades of cheating by the company in inspections for train-use equipment.
The panel also said Mitsubishi Electric employees involved in the scandal lacked awareness of the need to ensure quality through proper procedures, urging the major electronics maker to improve its culture.
TOKYO – Many people expressed congratulations to Japanese Princess Mako and her boyfriend Kei Komuro following Friday’s announcement of their marriage later this month, but some aired concerns over the princess’ mental health and a money dispute involving Komuro’s family.
Daina Ito, a 21-year-old university student from Sapporo on the northern main island of Hokkaido, was among those who viewed the news positively, saying, “As a woman, I want to celebrate.”
TOKYO – The Japanese government will, from this month, start experimenting with using proof of COVID-19 vaccination at eateries and other places in 13 prefectures after it relaxed restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.
The experiment, also to be carried out at sports stadiums, small live music venues and theaters, aims to confirm whether checking visitors’ proof of vaccination or negative test results can be conducted smoothly.
TOKYO – About 30 more Afghan evacuees arrived in Japan on Friday after fleeing the Taliban, who regained control of the war-torn country in August, raising the total number of such evacuees to more than 50.
The new arrivals include local workers for the Japan International Cooperation Agency, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said. The latest group, who will be quarantining after COVID-19 testing, landed after 16 Afghans arrived in Japan on Thursday and 10 last month.