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Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 16, 2021

Written by on October 16, 2021

The launch pad for the Long March-2F Y13 rocket is pictured at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Gansu province on Oct. 15, 2021, ahead of the launch of the rocket carrying the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft in the country’s second crewed mission to build its own space station. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


ASEAN arranges to exclude Myanmar military leader from summit

SINGAPORE – ASEAN foreign ministers arranged on Friday to exclude the military leadership of Myanmar from the regional group’s summit meeting later this month in favor of a non-political representative, an ASEAN source said.

The decision to exclude Myanmar’s military leader marks a historic shift for ASEAN from its principle of non-interference in the domestic affairs of member countries.


Japan’s Kishida visits areas hit by 2011 disaster for 1st time as PM

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday visited Japan’s northeastern region for the first time since taking office to check on the progress of reconstruction in areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Kishida, who became prime minister earlier this month, offered flowers and prayed at a tsunami memorial park in the coastal city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, the first stop on his visit to the region to also hold discussions with local people.


At least 47 killed in mosque blast in southern Afghanistan: AP

ISLAMABAD – An explosion struck a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan in an apparent suicide attack on Friday, killing at least 47 people and injuring 70 others, according to The Associated Press.

Usually about 500 people gather there for weekly Friday prayers, the AP said. No claim of responsibility has been confirmed.


Japan calls for developing world natural gas projects to be funded

WASHINGTON – Japan on Friday called on international financial institutions to continue supporting natural gas projects in developing countries if they are deemed in each case to be the most effective means to reduce greenhouse emissions.

The proposal was made during a virtual meeting of the Development Committee, a joint panel of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, according to the Japanese government.


3 killed after M4.8 quake hits Indonesia’s Bali

JAKARTA – At least three people were killed after a magnitude 4.8 earthquake hit the Indonesian resort island of Bali early Saturday morning, local authorities said.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, seven others were seriously injured.


Baseball: Sawamura flat in MLB playoff debut as Astros beat Red Sox

HOUSTON – Japanese right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura made his major league postseason debut for the Boston Red Sox on Friday, struggling to get one out in a 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

The Red Sox took a 3-1 lead in a three-run third at Minute Maid Park, sparked by a Kike Hernandez leadoff home run, but a two-run Jose Altuve homer in the sixth and a Carlos Correa solo blast in the seventh launched the Astros back on top.


Woman stabbed to death in western Japan, suspect on run

KOBE – A 28-year-old woman was stabbed to death on Friday in the compound of her apartment in the western Japan city of Amagasaki with a suspect apparently fleeing on a motor scooter, police said.

Sayaka Morimoto was found lying face-down with multiple stab wounds in her back near a bicycle parking area, an investigative source said, adding she and the suspect are believed to have known each other. A delivery man called an ambulance at around 8:20 p.m. saying that “a man possibly in his 20s or 30s is stabbing” the woman.


Peach Aviation to offer unlimited travel passes to revive tourism

OSAKA – Low-cost carrier Peach Aviation Ltd. will offer an unlimited travel pass that will allow holders to take any of the airline’s domestic flights for one month in an effort to revive the tourism industry hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Osaka-based company will begin selling a total of 150 passes from noon on Tuesday with the price ranging from 19,800 yen ($170) to 39,800 yen depending on different options, after Japan eased travel restrictions following a decline in COVID-19 cases nationwide.

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