Kyodo News Digest: September 13, 2022


Japanese Princess Kako speaks in sign language to high school students participating in a speech contest in Tokyo on September 10, 2022. (Pool photo) (Kyodo) == Kyodo

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Japan aims to remove cap on daily arrivals in October to boost tourism

TOKYO — Japan is aiming to remove its cap on daily arrivals by the end of October, government sources said on Monday, as it seeks to revive the world’s third-largest economy hit hard by a lack of tourists amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s administration, facing pressure from the business community to ease strict COVID-19 travel rules, is expected to judge how to ease its border control measures as early as next week, the sources said. .


S. Korea eyes Japan’s Yoon and Kishida meet in New York

SEOUL – South Korea is planning a meeting between President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in New York on the sidelines of an upcoming UN General Assembly, a senior South Korean government official said Monday.

Yoon has yet to hold formal bilateral talks with Kishida since winning the presidential election in March. There have been signs of a thaw in bilateral relations under the leadership of Yoon, who called for a forward-looking approach to bilateral relations.


Japan approves distribution of Omicron booster shots starting this month

TOKYO — Japan’s health ministry on Monday approved the production and sale of vaccines against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, with the government set to ship the vaccines to local municipalities starting Sept. 19.

The additional inoculation, believed to be effective against the BA.5 subvariant of COVID-19 now prevalent in Japan, will initially be targeted at the elderly and medical personnel.


Japan should not ‘obscure’ position on Taiwan issue: Chinese Wang

TOKYO – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday that Japan should not “cloud” its position on the Taiwan issue, demanding that Tokyo respect the principle that Beijing is the only legitimate government in China.

The remarks in a video message to a symposium held in Tokyo came as tensions grew over Taiwan following an early August trip by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the third America’s top official, on the self-governing democratic island. , which China sees as a breakaway province to be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary.


Typhoon Muifa Brings Rain and High Winds to Okinawa Islands

TOKYO — Typhoon Muifa brought heavy rain and strong winds to islands in Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, on Monday, the weather agency said, with its slow progress expected to disrupt the islands through Wednesday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of strong winds and rough seas, as well as landslides and river overflows due to heavy rains. He also said high winds and stormy conditions capable of damaging homes could continue through Tuesday.


Sony pulls out of Russian music business amid Ukraine invasion

TOKYO – Sony Group Corp. has withdrawn from its music business in Russia, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday, as the humanitarian impact of the country’s invasion of Ukraine has made continued operations there untenable.

The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant, which had suspended operations in the country earlier this year, has sold its Russian music business unit and transferred signed artists to a local company, the sources said, although the value and other details of the transaction are not known.


Sapporo to restart brewing Yebisu beer at Ebisu in Tokyo after 35 years

TOKYO – Sapporo Breweries Ltd. announced on Monday that it will start brewing its flagship Yebisu beer at the brand’s birthplace in Tokyo’s Ebisu district for the first time in 35 years.

The brewing company will set up in late 2023 Yebisu Brewery Tokyo, a facility that contains a brewery and museum where customers can taste Yebisu beer while learning about the history of the popular brand.


Chinese President Xi to visit Central Asia on first overseas trip since pandemic

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay an official visit to two Central Asian countries from Wednesday, in what will be his first trip abroad since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the early of 2020, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

Xi’s three-day trip to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will be closely watched as he is expected to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin — the first meeting between the two leaders since Moscow invaded Ukraine — during their participation at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. in Samarkand.


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