Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 28, 2021

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


U.S., Japan square off with China on maritime security amid tensions

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – The United States, China and Japan squared off over maritime security at a regional summit on Wednesday, with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida taking part in the online meeting for the first time since they took office.

The virtual gathering of the East Asia Summit took place as tensions between the United States and China have been intensifying recently over several issues in the Asia-Pacific region, such as the South and East China seas and the Taiwan Strait.


Japan to ease limits on attendance at large-scale events from Nov.

TOKYO – The government plans to ease restrictions on attendance at large-scale events, such as sports games and concerts, from next week in response to a steady decline in coronavirus cases across Japan, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Currently the maximum number of spectators allowed at such events is limited to 10,000 or 50 percent of venue capacity.


Pfizer to seek Japan COVID-19 vaccine approval for kids aged 5-11

TOKYO – U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. is in talks with Japan to apply for approval to administer its COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 5 to 11, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

The revelation came a day after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel of independent experts voted in favor of issuing emergency use authorization for the vaccine to be administered to children in that age group.


Leading Hiroshima A-bomb survivor, campaigner Sunao Tsuboi dies at 96

HIROSHIMA – Sunao Tsuboi, an influential campaigner for nuclear disarmament who survived the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, died Sunday of arrhythmia caused by anemia, his family said Wednesday. He was 96.

Tsuboi, who served as a chairperson of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, drew international attention in 2016 when he met with then U.S. President Barack Obama during the latter’s historic visit to the western Japanese city, the site of the world’s first atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945.


Japan PM Kishida vows to boost Japan-ASEAN ties amid China’s assertiveness

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday vowed to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region in response to China’s assertive territorial claims and military buildup.

After attending a series of meetings with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other countries, Kishida told reporters he raised concerns over the human rights situation in Hong Kong as well as the Xinjiang region in northwestern China and stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.


Ex-Ghosn aide maintains innocence in final hearing over Nissan case

TOKYO – Former Nissan Motor Co. executive Greg Kelly maintained Wednesday his innocence against a charge that he helped his former boss Carlos Ghosn underreport his remuneration by billions of yen.

“I was not involved in a criminal conspiracy, and I am not guilty of any crime,” Kelly, an American lawyer, said in a final hearing at the Tokyo District Court. The court will hand down the ruling on March 3.


Tokyo Gov. Koike admitted to hospital due to fatigue

TOKYO – Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike was admitted to hospital Wednesday due to severe fatigue, the Tokyo metropolitan government said.

She is expected to take about a week off from her duties, according to the metropolitan government. She had been seen clearing her throat often in recent press conferences.


U.N. panel adopts Japan’s anti-nuke resolution, China, Russia oppose

NEW YORK – A U.N. committee on Wednesday adopted a Japan-sponsored resolution calling for the total elimination of nuclear arms, with a divided response from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council as seen in recent years.

In the vote, 152 countries supported the resolution, while four countries including council members China and Russia opposed the resolution, with 30 abstaining.

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