Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 13, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on October 13, 2021
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
TOKYO – Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies agreed Tuesday on the need for the international community to work together to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and promote human rights in the country including for women and ethnic minorities, the White House said.
During a virtual summit hosted by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the G-20 leaders also discussed counterterrorism efforts, including against threats from an Islamic State affiliate, and ways to ensure safe passage for foreign nationals and Afghans with documentation seeking to depart the war-torn country, the White House said in a press release.
WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday forecast Japan’s economic growth to be 2.4 percent in 2021 from a year before, down 0.4 percentage point from its July estimate as the most recent wave of coronavirus infections further curtailed business activities in the world’s third largest economy.
Global growth projection for 2021 was trimmed 0.1 point to 5.9 percent, reflecting forecast downgrades for advanced economies, partly due to longer-than-expected supply disruptions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, and also for low-income developing countries struggling with the slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
KOFU, Japan – A 19-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a girl the previous day in a house in Kofu, west of Tokyo, shortly before the house burned down in a suspected arson incident that killed two people presumed to be the girl’s parents, police said.
The boy, whose name is being withheld as he is a minor, admitted to the charge and also hinted at his involvement in the fatal arson, the police said, adding that he sustained burns on his face.
TOKYO – Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party pledged Tuesday to bolster the middle class through “new capitalism” that focuses on economic growth and redistribution of wealth as it announced its campaign platform for a general election later this month.
Among seven other areas of its policy focus is strengthening economic security, an issue new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is promoting amid intense competition over technology development between the United States and China.
WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday offered assurances as to the credibility of its data and forecasts after allegations surfaced that IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva, in her previous capacity as a top World Bank official, pressured staff to manipulate a flagship report in a way that would appease China.
“In the case of the IMF, we take data integrity incredibly seriously, which is why we have many processes in place to make sure that our data and forecasts are…reviewed carefully by multiple departments, multiple economists,” IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath told a press conference.
BEIJING – Debt-laden property developer China Evergrande Group has missed interest payments on bonds totaling $148 million, Reuters reported Tuesday, fueling concerns over a possible default by the company.
This was the third round of Evergrande’s failure in coupon payment in three weeks, following the two other payments it missed in September, the Reuters report said. But the company has not commented on the non-payments.
Hong Kong’s Democratic Party opts out of legislative election
HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s largest pro-democratic party has announced that it will not field any candidates for December’s Legislative Council election after none of its members expressed a desire to stand in the polls, local media Mingpao Daily reported Tuesday.
The Hong Kong Democratic Party said in a statement that no one from the party had submitted an application to stand in the election within the designated period, marking the group’s absence from a local election for the first time in over two decades, according to the South China Morning Post.
TOKYO – Japan revived their World Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday, beating Australia 2-1 after late substitute Takuma Asano provided the impetus for their 85th-minute winner.
The Group B clash at Saitama Stadium looked set for a stalemate until VfL Bochum forward Asano broke into the box and chipped Australia keeper Mathew Ryan, the shot hitting the post and deflecting off defender Aziz Behich for an own goal.