Saturday, December 3, 2022

Kyodo News Digest: Dec. 3, 2022

Santa Claus arrives at Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, from Finland on Dec. 2, 2022, as part of a promotional campaign by the northern European country’s airline Finnair. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


G-7 to set $60 per barrel oil price cap to hit Russia’s war chest

WASHINGTON – The Group of Seven advanced economies on Friday decided to set a cap on the price of Russian crude oil at $60 per barrel, ending months of talks over the new measure intended to hit Moscow’s major source of revenues as the war against Ukraine drags on.

The price limit on seaborne Russian oil will enter into force on Monday or soon thereafter among the “Price Cap Coalition” formed by Australia and G-7 members such as Britain, Japan, the United States and the European Union.


Japan PM vows to include women’s views in policymaking at int’l confab

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday he will include more women’s perspectives in policymaking to help enrich the lives of all people in society, while voicing concern over increased violence against women following the coronavirus pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

At an international conference held in Tokyo, aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, Kishida said, “Social disparities remain an issue.”



3 British men held over 2015 jewelry store robbery in Tokyo

TOKYO – Three men have been detained in Britain over their alleged involvement in a 2015 robbery that netted over 100 million yen ($742,000) worth of jewelry from a luxury shop in central Tokyo, an investigative source said Saturday.

The source said whether the three will be transferred to Japan is being determined by a court in Britain, which does not have an extradition treaty with Tokyo.


FOCUS: Hong Kong remains largely indifferent to China’s zero-COVID protests

HONG KONG – Despite an unprecedented show of civil disobedience in mainland China over its stringent “zero-COVID” measures, people in Hong Kong have so far demonstrated a notable lack of sympathy and support toward the situation across the border.

Over the past week, Hong Kong has seen a series of small-scale solidarity protests at local universities and on the streets, with individuals lighting candles and holding white placards in support of the demonstrations across China.


Football: Croatia standing between Japan and World Cup history

DOHA – After emerging as unlikely winners of a bruising World Cup group, Japan have a battle-tested Croatia team with a world-class midfield led by superstar Luka Modric between them and a first-ever quarterfinal berth.

Compared to the Samurai Blue, Croatia’s path to the round of 16 was relatively straightforward. A 0-0 draw with Group F winners Morocco, a 4-1 victory over Canada and a goalless, if nervy, encounter with Belgium were enough to put them through.


Manila prison buries bodies of 70 inmates, including Japanese man

MANILA – The bodies of 70 inmates at the Philippines’ largest and overly congested prison were buried on Friday, several weeks after justice authorities discovered decomposing bodies.

The bodies, including one of a Japanese man convicted of drug smuggling, interred in a mass burial, were among more than 170 corpses found to have been kept at a morgue in the capital Manila.


Malaysia’s Anwar unveils Cabinet, picks scandal-hit ally as deputy

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim unveiled his Cabinet Friday, naming himself finance minister and rewarding politicians who helped him secure power, including a scandal-tainted close ally.

Expectations for a reformist government had been high for Anwar, who had campaigned on a platform of fighting corruption in a recent general election that resulted in a hung parliament.


FEATURE: London-based art gallery fetes International Kimono Day with catwalk

LONDON – A London art gallery recently showcased its first-ever “Kimono Catwalk,” a modern take on the concept of fashion shows and haute couture, as models shuffled down the runway in a wide range of traditional Japanese garments.

The event arranged by the Japanese Gallery in Islington, which specializes in Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, was held to celebrate traditions around kimono, cultural diversity and inclusiveness among fans of Japan’s national dress.

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