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Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 3, 2021

Written by on October 3, 2021

Photo taken on Oct. 1, 2021, shows rice crackers featuring new Liberal Democratic Party President Fumio Kishida, set to become Japan’s next prime minister, on sale at a shop at the parliament building in Tokyo. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.


Kishida to take office as Japan prime minister, form Cabinet on Oct. 4

TOKYO – Fumio Kishida, the new leader of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, will take office as prime minister on Monday and form his Cabinet, tasked with keeping COVID-19 under control while reviving a battered economy.

The former foreign minister will also be looking to bolster cooperation with the United States to counter China’s rising assertiveness and military buildup and address the recent resumption of ballistic missile tests by North Korea.


Next Japan PM Kishida to dissolve lower house Oct. 14

TOKYO – Prospective Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida plans to dissolve the House of Representatives on Oct. 14 and a general election is likely to be held Nov. 7, government and ruling party sources said Saturday.

With the plan, campaigning for the general election is expected to start Oct. 26 with voting and ballot counting on Nov. 7, the sources said.


Philippine president Duterte says he is retiring from politics

MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he is retiring from politics at the end of his term next year, adding he will no longer run in the vice presidential election.

Duterte, who is limited to a single six-year term as president under the Constitution, had said that he would run as his party’s candidate in the vice presidential race in May.


Taiwan says nearly 60 China warplanes enter defense zone over 2 days

TAIPEI – Nearly 60 Chinese warplanes have entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone over two days, including 38 on Friday, a one-day record since the self-governed island began disclosing relevant information in September, according to the Defense Ministry.

A total of 20 Chinese military planes, such as fighter jets and bombers, entered the area on Saturday, it said.


Athletics: Japan bidding to host 2025 world championships

TOKYO – The Japan Association of Athletics Federations has entered a bid to host the 2025 world athletics championships, a source with knowledge of the matter said Saturday.

The federation submitted its bid by the Oct. 1 deadline, and though there was no coordination with local governments, Tokyo is one of the candidates to host the event.


Baseball: Yu Darvish laments up-and-down 1st season with Padres

LOS ANGELES – Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish said Saturday his first season with the San Diego Padres was one of missed opportunities.

After an outstanding first half of the season in which he made his second career Opening Day start and earned his fifth career All-Star selection in the majors, things went downhill.

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