Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 10, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on October 10, 2021
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
TOKYO – East Japan Railway Co. said it experienced extensive service disruption in the Tokyo area on Sunday afternoon due to a power outage.
While the cause of the outage is not yet known, a fire was reported at the railway company’s substation facility in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture neighboring the capital, local firefighter authorities said.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, known for transferring nuclear weapons technology to North Korea, Iran and Libya, died Sunday, state media reported. He was 85.
Dubbed the “father of Pakistan’s nuclear program,” Khan also played an instrumental role in the South Asian country’s nuclear weapons development.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai held talks with her Chinese counterpart Liu He on Friday over a bilateral trade deal signed last year, with Beijing saying that the removal of punitive tariffs imposed by the United States was among the topics discussed.
The virtual meeting, the first such engagement between the two in months, took place as the U.S. administration of President Joe Biden seeks to realign its trade policy with Beijing after four years under his predecessor Donald Trump that saw the two countries enter into a tit-for-tat tariff war and the “phase one” trade deal that failed to fully tackle U.S. concerns over China’s unfair trade practices and policies.
TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday he will work toward strengthening the country’s medical system amid the coronavirus pandemic by designating more public hospitals for COVID-19 patients.
Speaking to reporters after his first visit to a hospital that treats COVID-19 patients after taking office Monday, Kishida said the government must prepare for the “worst-case scenario” when it comes to ramping up the medical system.
TOKYO – Japan is considering exempting Australian soldiers from the death penalty for crimes committed during joint drills on its soil after the issue of capital punishment stalled negotiations for a defense cooperation pact between the two countries, government sources said Saturday.
Australia, which abolished the death penalty in 1985, has been concerned that its defense personnel could be sentenced to death over crimes committed in Japan, according to the sources.
U.S., Taliban delegations hold talks with counterterrorism on agenda
WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD – Senior Taliban figures met with a U.S. government delegation in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Saturday, an official of the interim administration in Kabul said on Twitter.
Taliban acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi was quoted as telling the U.S. side at the meeting that “weakening Afghanistan is not in the interests of the world.”
BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized Saturday that the Communist-led government can completely reunify Taiwan with the mainland as his leadership steps up military pressure on the self-ruled, democratic island.
But Xi also said, in a speech to commemorate Sunday’s 110th anniversary of the 1911 revolution that ended 2,000 years of imperial rule in China, that national reunification “by peaceful means” serves Beijing’s interests.