Kyodo News Digest: November 18, 2022

Women display half-filled glasses with this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau at a tasting event in Tokyo November 17, 2022, the day the red wine produced in France’s Beaujolais region was released. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Japan, USA and 4 other nations condemn North Korea’s missile launch

BANGKOK — Leaders of Japan, the United States, South Korea and three other countries strongly condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile launch on Friday while holding an emergency meeting during a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Bangkok.

The three other countries are Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The six nations agreed that the launch is a “blatant violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions” and “completely unacceptable,” according to the Japanese and US governments.


Consumer prices in Japan rose 3.6% in October, the fastest in 4 decades

TOKYO – Japan’s core consumer prices rose 3.6 percent year on year in October, the fastest pace in about four decades, government data showed on Friday, providing new evidence of a broadening of price hikes hitting household spending and the The Bank of Japan’s determination to put its ultra-low rate policy to the test.

The BOJ expects recent inflation, fueled by higher energy and commodity costs and exacerbated by the weakening yen, to be short-lived. But the nation’s core CPI has remained above the central bank’s 2 percent target for the past seven months, excluding volatile fresh groceries.


Japan is preparing bills to help people hit by sales by religious groups

TOKYO – The Japanese government on Friday prepared two bills to revise consumer contract laws to help people financially affected by the dubious sales practices of the Unification Church and other religious organizations.

The government, which is also planning separate legislation to impose criminal sanctions when religious organizations maliciously solicit donations, presented its summary to the ruling and opposition parties, despite differences between the two over how illegal fundraising by such groups should be regulated shall be.


North Korea fires ICBM, likely to land in Japan’s exclusive economic zone

TOKYO/BANGKOK – North Korea on Friday tested an ICBM-class missile that is likely to have fallen in Japan’s exclusive economic zone outside its northern territory, the Japanese government said, and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned it as “completely unacceptable”.

The missile, which flew about 69 minutes, could potentially travel over 15,000 kilometers and reach the US mainland if it followed a normal trajectory, Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters.


Japanese filmmaker jailed in Myanmar returns home after amnesty

TOKYO – Japanese documentary filmmaker Toru Kubota returned to Japan on a commercial flight on Friday after being released from a prison in Myanmar under an amnesty by the junta the previous day.

Kubota was arrested on July 30 while filming an anti-coup protest in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, and sentenced by a military-controlled court to 10 years in prison on charges including sedition.


Japan condemns North Korea and Russia at APEC summit

BANGKOK – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday condemned North Korea for launching an ICBM-class projectile during a summit in the Pacific Rim.

On the first day of a two-day summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Bangkok, Kishida has also blasted Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, saying it is hampering the recovery of the global economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Japanese Officer.


The US reaffirms its economic commitment to the Indo-Pacific at APEC

BANGKOK — The United States has an enduring commitment to the Indo-Pacific and there is “no better economic partner for this region” than Washington, Vice President Kamala Harris said at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation event in Bangkok on Friday.

Harris, who is in Thailand on President Joe Biden’s behalf for an annual summit of the Forum’s 21 Pacific Rim economies, said in her speech at the APEC CEO Summit that Washington will “continue to uphold and strengthen international economic rules,” she added he added essential to “protect nations from economic coercion”.


Japanese crew a US-led space station in lunar orbit

TOKYO — Japan and the United States on Friday signed an agreement to send a Japanese astronaut to Gateway, a lunar-orbiting space station to be built under NASA-led leadership, in exchange for the Asian country providing logistical transportation and other support .

However, the Japanese astronaut who was brought to the space station as part of the deal will not land on the moon. Such a possibility will be identified through consultations in the future.


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