Kyodo News Digest: May 26, 2022

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visit the Tokyo National Museum in the capital on May 25, 2022, to view an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japan. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

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Japan to start accepting foreign tourists again on June 10: Kishida

TOKYO — Japan will resume accepting foreign tourists from June 10, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday, as the country continues to ease its COVID-19 border controls.

Kishida’s announcement was made at an international event in Tokyo and came ahead of Japan’s decision to double the current daily admissions cap to 20,000 from next Wednesday. To reduce the potential spread of infections, tourist arrivals will initially be limited to tour groups.


Japan and Thailand plan to boost regional ties under new US-led framework

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha began talks in Tokyo on Thursday in which they are expected to agree on strengthening regional ties through an Indo-Pacific economic framework. led by the United States and launched earlier in the week.

Kishida is also expected to express Japan’s cooperation for a successful meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit to be held in November in Bangkok under the chairmanship of Thailand.


Japanese Prime Minister Kishida sees need for dialogue with Chinese President Xi

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that maintaining a dialogue with Chinese President Xi Jinping is important for maintaining “constructive” bilateral ties and cooperative relations despite ongoing challenges between Asian neighbors.

Speaking in a parliamentary session, however, Kishida said no specific date had been set for his summit meeting with Xi. No in-person discussions have taken place since Kishida became prime minister last October.


Chinese foreign minister arrives in Solomon Islands under security deal

SYDNEY — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in the Solomon Islands on Thursday, amid growing concerns over China’s growing military clout in the region following a controversial security pact signed by the two countries last month.

Hours after Wang landed in Honiara, leaked documents reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. revealed that China is seeking a regional agreement with nearly a dozen Pacific island countries, covering areas such as security, trade and data communication.


Japan confirms drill with US fighters after North Korean missile tests

TOKYO — Japan and the United States conducted a joint exercise involving fighter jets over the Sea of ​​Japan, the Defense Ministry announced Thursday, a day after North Korea tested three ballistic missiles .

Wednesday’s flight of four F-15s from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Chitose Base in Hokkaido and four F-16s from the US Air Force Base in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture, was aimed at confirm the “readiness posture” of the two forces,” the ministry said.


G-7 ministers meet in Berlin to determine when to end coal power

BERLIN — The Group of Seven major developed nations kicked off a two-day meeting of environment ministers in Berlin on Thursday, with the utmost focus on whether they can set a specific deadline for phasing out coal-fired power. .

Germany, which is chairing the G-7 meetings this year, proposed that ministers stipulate the goal of phasing out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030 in a joint post-meeting statement, and Other European countries and Canada have backed the idea, officials said. said.


Ex-minister sentenced for taking bribes from egg farmer

TOKYO – Japan’s former agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa was sentenced to two years and six months in prison on Thursday, suspended for four years, for receiving bribes from a food production company. eggs while he was on duty.

The Tokyo District Court ruled that Yoshikawa received a total of 5 million yen ($39,000) from the head of Akita Foods Co. between November 2018 and August 2019, when he was minister of agriculture, while being aware of the intention of the head of the company to seek favors.


A pair of Hokkaido melons fetches 3 mil. yen at the first auction of the year

SAPPORO – A pair of high-end melons on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido fetched 3 million yen ($23,550) at the year’s first auction on Thursday, beating 10% the winning bid from last year.

The auction record for a pair of Yubari melons, a Yubari city flagship, was 5 million yen in 2019. The winning bid at the first auction last year was 2.7 million yen.

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