Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 9, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on October 9, 2021
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
At least 50 killed in mosque blast in Afghanistan’s north
ISLAMABAD – An explosion tore through a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 50 people and leaving scores of others injured, according to a Taliban source.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly attack through its affiliate news website, while Reuters reported the death toll could exceed 70, citing officials from local health authorities.
TOKYO – The majority of the world’s economies on Friday sealed a deal on global tax reforms to be implemented from 2023 to ensure that major international firms pay their fair share of tax no matter where they are located, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.
In a virtual meeting of an OECD-led project to review the century-old international tax system involving 140 countries, 136 nations agreed on the new rules that include setting a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 percent, one of the unresolved issues when an outline agreement was concluded in July.
TOKYO – The Japanese government is considering financial support for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to build a chip-making factory, potentially with Sony Group Corp., in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto, sources with knowledge of the matter said Friday.
The aid for the world’s largest contract chipmaker, which may be worth several billion U.S. dollars, could be included in a supplementary budget that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida aims to compile by the end of December, underscoring his sharpened focus on the economic dimensions of national security.
TOKYO – The Foreign Ministry said Saturday that 53 Afghan evacuees have arrived in Japan, the first group to depart the Taliban-ruled country for Japan by air, with help from Qatar, rather than by land which is deemed more dangerous.
The group — 27 of whom are Japanese embassy staff members and their families, while the other 26 are workers of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and their families — landed at Narita airport near Tokyo on Friday night via Doha, by means of a commercial plane arranged by Qatar at the request of Japan.
TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida spoke by phone with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday, with the two agreeing to work together to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
The leaders affirmed cooperation with the other members of the “Quad,” Australia and the United States, the ministry said, and voiced “strong opposition to any economic coercion and any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force” in a veiled reference to China’s growing maritime assertiveness.
U.S. economy adds 194,000 jobs in Sept., far below market expectation
WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy added a fewer-than-expected 194,000 jobs in September, while the unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percentage point to 4.8 percent, Labor Department data showed Friday.
Growth in nonfarm payrolls sharply missed the market consensus of an increase of 500,000. The data came as the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled late last month that a decision is nearing on beginning a scaling back of its massive bond-buying program on the back of the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday for the first time since taking office and said they agreed to seek “constructive and stable” relations.
The call between the leaders came amid rising tensions between the United States, Japan’s security ally, and China over the Taiwan Strait.
Kishida vows to work closely with Tokyo Gov. Koike in tackling virus
TOKYO – Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed Friday to continue working closely with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike in tackling the coronavirus pandemic “while assuming the worst-case scenario.”
In their first meeting since Kishida assumed office earlier this week, Koike likewise reaffirmed a cooperative relationship in areas such as disaster management, saying, “I would like to continue working with the central government to protect lives and health.”