Kyodo News Digest: Nov. 8, 2021
Written by tokyoclub on November 8, 2021
The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
TOKYO – Japan saw no deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday for the first time in about 15 months amid progress in vaccine rollouts and the spread of medicines, authorities said.
A total of 162 new infections were reported in Japan on Sunday, with the number of patients with severe symptoms remaining unchanged from the previous day at 100, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.
TOKYO – The government plans to spend more than 30 trillion yen ($265 billion) on a set of measures to ease the fallout on the Japanese economy from the coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the matter said Sunday.
The stimulus package will include providing 100,000 yen in cash handouts for all children aged 18 or younger and restarting the “Go To Travel” subsidy program to promote domestic tourism, the sources said.
U.S. commerce chief to visit Japan, other Asian nations from Nov. 15
WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will visit Japan, Singapore and Malaysia from Nov. 15 to reaffirm U.S. commitment and strengthen economic ties with allies and key partners, the government said Sunday.
During her first official visit to Asia, she will meet with government leaders and private-sector partners to discuss key areas such as supply-chain resilience, digital economy and technology, common standards, and supporting regional infrastructure projects, according to the Commerce Department.
TOKYO – The chief of the German navy has said he is looking to dispatch vessels to the Indo-Pacific every two years to help maintain peace and order based on international law in the region.
Germany has been enhancing its defense cooperation with Japan and other partners amid China’s military buildup and assertive territorial claims in the area.
TOKYO – The Tokyo Paralympics held this summer has fostered a greater understanding of disabilities, a Kyodo News survey carried out shortly after the games showed Sunday.
Seventy percent of respondents in the survey, conducted on people with a wide variety of disabilities, such as hearing, mental, and visual impairments, in 45 of the 47 prefectures said the hosting of the sports event led to a better understanding of their own disability or disabilities, in general.
TOKYO – Japanese pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki was taken to hospital Saturday after performing at a concert in Nagoya, with her management later confirming she was suffering anaphylactic shock.
Although Hamasaki, 43, fell unconscious temporarily, her life is not in danger from the severe allergic reaction, Avex Management Inc. said on her official website on Sunday.
TURIN, Italy – Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama stormed home in Saturday’s free skate at the ISU Grand Prix Gran Premio d’Italia, overcoming a mistake-riddled short program to clinch the men’s singles title.
The 18-year-old world championship silver medalist came into the final day seventh after taking multiple tumbles in his short routine, but an outstanding free skate helped him top the table with 278.02 total points.