Kyodo News Digest: November 23, 2022

Argentine players leave the field after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia during a World Cup Group C soccer match at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on November 22, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Japan grants emergency use authorization to Shionogi’s oral COVID-19 drug

TOKYO — Japan’s Health Ministry on Tuesday granted accelerated approval for Shionogi & Co.’s COVID-19 tablet Xocova, becoming the country’s first domestically-made oral drug for the coronavirus.

The drug, for COVID-19 patients ages 12 and older with mild symptoms, also became the first drug to be approved under the new emergency admissions system launched in May.


Japan begins investigating Unification Church and robs tax benefits

TOKYO – The Japanese government on Tuesday opened investigations into the Unification Church, paving the way for asking a court to strip the controversial group of its status as a religious corporation with tax benefits.

The Agency for Cultural Affairs directed its inquiries to the organization, often referred to as a cult, in the first case in which the “right of consultation” under the Religious Bodies Act was exercised.


Daughter seen with Kim Jong Un, presumably his 2nd child: S. Korea

SEOUL — South Korea’s spy agency has told lawmakers that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s daughter, who was recently seen with him at a missile launch site, is believed to be his second child, a ruling party member said Tuesday.

National Intelligence has confirmed that it believes the girl who escorted the leader to the ICBM launch site is Kim Ju Ae, ruling People Power Party lawmaker Yoo Sang Beom told reporters.


Football: Japan must “go with the flow” to beat Germany, says Moriyasu

DOHA – Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu said on Tuesday his players will “go with the flow” and be flexible as they attempt to defeat an impressive German side in their first group match of the World Cup.

Japan face the daunting task of repelling one of the world’s most dangerous attacks in the first World Cup meeting between the nations, and Moriyasu has urged his side to “adapt to the situation”.


Football: Germany star Sane eliminated from the World Cup opener against Japan

DOHA – The German Football Association announced on Tuesday that star winger Leroy Sane will miss his team’s World Cup opening game against Japan.

In a blow to the team, the Bayern Munich player will not play in Qatar on Wednesday due to a “knee problem”, according to a statement on the federation’s website.


The number of earthquake deaths in Indonesia rises to over 250, 151 more are missing

CIANJUR, Indonesia — The death toll in Monday’s 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Java island rose to more than 250, according to the country’s disaster management agency, of which 151 were unreported.

According to the agency, more than 20,000 homes were damaged and over 58,000 people displaced after the 1:21 p.m. quake struck the Sukabumi Regency in West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers.


Pentagon chief warns China against destabilizing measures against Taiwan

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urged China to refrain from further “destabilizing measures” on Taiwan during talks with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe on Tuesday, while stressing the need to maintain open lines of communication between the two countries the US Department of Defense.

The meeting came in Cambodia, about a week after their countries’ leaders held talks on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Indonesia to deal with increasing competition between the world’s two largest economies.


Japan’s Foreign Minister will visit the US and 4 Latin American countries in January.

TOKYO – Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi is considering visiting the United States and four Latin American countries – Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Argentina – in January, government sources said on Tuesday.

Hayashi plans to attend a “two-plus-two” security ministerial meeting with the United States in Washington after holding a public debate on “rule of law” at the UN Security Council in New York while Japan holds the rotating monthly presidency of the council for this month, according to the sources.


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