Kyodo News Digest: Aug. 30, 2022

Photo taken from Futaba in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Fukushima shows the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the morning of Aug. 29, 2022. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

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


Kazuo Inamori, founder, honorary chairman of Kyocera, dies at 90

OSAKA – Kazuo Inamori, founder and honorary chairman of electronics maker Kyocera Corp. who made the Kyoto-based company a leader in its field of industrial ceramics, has died, the company said Tuesday. He was 90.

Inamori, one of the country’s most respected business leaders, died of old age at his home in Kyoto on Aug. 24, Kyocera said. The company said it plans to hold a memorial service at a later date.


China Communist Party to convene once-in-5-yrs congress on Oct. 16

BEIJING – China’s ruling Communist Party will convene on Oct. 16 its once-in-five-years congress, the official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday, at which leader Xi Jinping is likely to secure an unprecedented third five-year term through 2027.

The congress, the most important political event in China this year, is expected to run for a week and be attended by about 2,300 delegates from across the country.


Japan travel agency to sell Huis Ten Bosch resort stake to Hong Kong fund

TOKYO – Major Japanese travel agency HIS Co. said Tuesday that it will sell its entire stake in the Dutch-themed Huis Ten Bosch seaside resort in southwestern Japan to a Hong Kong-based investment fund for 66.6 billion yen ($ 480 million).

The gain from the sale of its 66.7 percent stake in the theme park to Hong Kong private equity firm PAG is expected to help improve the balance sheet of the company, battered by the novel coronavirus pandemic that has dealt a heavy blow to the tourism sector.


Tokyo Gas, Kyushu Electric renew deals to buy Russian LNG

TOKYO – Japanese energy providers Tokyo Gas Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Tuesday they have renewed their contracts to buy liquefied natural gas from the Sakhalin 2 oil and gas project in Russia.

The decision follows Moscow’s establishment of a new operator for the project in the Russian Far East after Western energy firms withdrew their investments following the invasion of Ukraine.


Japan has “low incidence of tuberculosis” for 1st time

TOKYO – Japan has joined countries with a “low incidence of tuberculosis” for the first time with less than 10 TB patients per 100,000 people diagnosed in 2021, the health ministry said Tuesday.

However, an expert involved in the data compilation cautioned against prematurely celebrating the drop because some TB patients may not have been counted after they refrained from seeking hospital care amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Japan PM Kishida to hold news conference over ex-PM Abe’s state funeral

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to hold a news conference Wednesday to explain his decision to hold a controversial state funeral next month for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the top government spokesman said.

Kishida, who has been working remotely from his official residence since he was found to be infected with the novel coronavirus on Aug. 21, is scheduled to resume normal working on Wednesday.


Japan’s July job availability improves for 7th straight month

TOKYO – Japan’s job availability ratio improved for the seventh consecutive month in July, as services-related firms moved to secure workers during the summer holidays without coronavirus restrictions despite a resurgence of infections, government data showed Tuesday.

The job-to-applicant ratio rose 0.02 point from the previous month to 1.29, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said. The ratio means there were 129 job openings for every 100 job seekers.


Japan to host G-7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Karuizawa next year

TOKYO – Japan said Tuesday it will host a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries next year in the resort town of Karuizawa in the central prefecture of Nagano.

The Cabinet also endorsed a plan to hold a meeting of the finance ministers and central bank governors of the group in Niigata, a coastal city facing the Sea of ​​Japan northwest of Tokyo, top government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told a press conference.


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