Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 5, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on October 5, 2021
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
TOKYO – Fumio Kishida got to work as Japan’s prime minister on Tuesday, holding talks with foreign leaders, a day after taking office and forming a Cabinet to meet challenges including reviving an economy battered by COVID-19.
“I have a sense of tension like the one I feel just after a playball announcement in baseball,” Kishida told reporters at the prime minister’s office after holding a teleconference with U.S. President Joe Biden.
TOKYO – Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday he received “strong words of commitment” from U.S. President Joe Biden on Washington’s promise to defend the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
China claims the Japan-administered uninhabited islets and calls them Diaoyu, one of several areas of concern among the United States and its allies over Beijing’s growing assertiveness in regional waters.
WASHINGTON/TAIPEI – The United States criticized Beijing on Monday over the intrusion of over fifty-six Chinese military planes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, saying it undermined regional peace and stability.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the United States urges China to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. administration of President Joe Biden said Monday it will start talks with China soon to press the world’s second-largest economy to comply with a bilateral trade deal signed by his predecessor Donald Trump, without ruling out the use of new tariffs.
Following a months-long review of trade policy with China, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the “phase one” deal has not fully addressed concerns over China’s unfair trade practices, while Beijing is falling short of some of its commitments included in the deal.
Malaysia summons Chinese envoy over incursion in South China Sea
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Chinese ambassador to lodge a protest against an incursion by Chinese vessels into its maritime economic zone in the South China Sea.
The foreign ministry said in a statement that Chinese Ambassador Ouyang Yujing was called in to “convey Malaysia’s position and protest against the presence and activities of Chinese vessels, including a survey vessel, in Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Sabah and Sarawak.”
Japan’s neighbors congratulate Kishida, seek improved ties
TOKYO – Japan’s neighbors, including China, Taiwan, South Korea and Russia, on Monday voiced eagerness to improve their ties with Tokyo after Fumio Kishida succeeded Yoshihide Suga as prime minister.
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent Kishida a congratulatory letter saying he would like to boost mutual trust and cooperation through dialogue and communication.
TOKYO – Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and atomic bombing survivor and peace advocate Setsuko Thurlow urged Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday to take an active role in realizing a world free of nuclear weapons.
Matsui expressed hope that Kishida, who hails from a political family in Hiroshima, will take the initiative by making use of his experience as a foreign minister. The mayor urged the Japanese government to participate as an observer in a conference next year of the parties of the U.N. treaty to ban nuclear arms.
STOCKHOLM – U.S. researchers David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering receptors for temperature and touch.
The discoveries by the two scientists explain how nerve impulses are initiated so that temperature and pressure can be perceived, paving the way for developing treatments for chronic pain and other conditions, the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute said in a statement.