Kyodo News Digest: September 23, 2022

People hold a rally against the September 27 state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe killed on September 22, 2022 in Kyoto, western Japan. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

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Rare footage from The Beatles’ iconic 1966 visit to Japan will be screened

NAGOYA — Rare footage from the Beatles’ 1966 visit to Japan recorded by police will be released on Saturday after a legal battle over the release of the video documenting the legendary rock band’s iconic journey.

Footage from the band’s first visit to Japan will finally be seen, albeit with the faces of fans and masked police, after a Nagoya-based nonprofit organization lost a lawsuit seeking the release of the uncensored footage.

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Japan, US, South Korea oppose status quo change amid Taiwan tension

NEW YORK — Top diplomats from Japan, the United States and South Korea said Thursday they oppose any attempt to change the territories’ status quo by force amid growing assertiveness of the China in the Asia-Pacific region, while showing their determination to respond resolutely to any nuclear test by North Korea.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin met in New York on the sidelines of the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly United. It came amid fears that North Korea could carry out its first nuclear test in years.

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US, Filipino leaders affirm freedom of navigation in South China Sea

NEW YORK — U.S. President Joe Biden and his Philippine counterpart Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday affirmed their support for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, where Manila has overlapping territorial claims with Beijing, according to the White House.

Marcos took office in June, succeeding Rodrigo Duterte, whose foreign policy was largely defined by his pivot to China. The Biden administration apparently hopes to improve ties with the Southeast Asian nation’s new leader to better counter Beijing.

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Young women in Japan want fewer than 2 children, the 1st time since 1940

TOKYO – Most young women in Japan who hope to marry want only one child or none at all, the first time in post-war history that the average number of desired births has fallen below two, according to a survey, adding to concern about the country’s aging population.

The National Institute for Population and Social Security Research also found in the survey conducted in 2021 that interest in marriage has declined significantly among young adults since its last survey in 2015, although more than 80% still wanted to get married.

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FEATURE: Iidabii proves to be an unlikely savior for those suffering from religious abuse

OSAKA – It took more than a decade for iidabii to reach a point where he could create performances about his painful experiences with his mother and his strict beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.

Before turning into a rapper and slam poet, he started street performances at the age of 15, around the time he had an irreparable break with his mother who vehemently opposed his artistic activities. .

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US, Japan and others to boost climate and technical support to Pacific Islands

NEW YORK — The United States, Japan and other U.S. allies and partners pledged Thursday to strengthen support for Pacific island nations in areas including climate change and technology infrastructure. news amid China’s growing influence in the region.

The deal was struck as members of the Partners in the Blue Pacific initiative, launched in June with participation from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, gathered for their first meeting Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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FOCUS: Japan’s intervention should not stem the fall of the yen

TOKYO – Japan’s monetary intervention is likely to prove ineffective in reversing the yen’s underlying weakness against the US dollar, even as its first attempt in 24 years in the foreign exchange market to bolster its currency took immediate effect.

The dollar briefly dipped below 141 yen from a 24-year high near 146 yen on Thursday after the government intervened in the market to stem the yen’s slide. The stock took the market somewhat by surprise, although Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki’s repeated warnings of the yen’s recent rapid decline to a 24-year low against the US currency had made the market jittery. said Masahiro Yamaguchi, head of investment research at SMBC Trust. Bank.

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Kishida introduces Japan’s permanent investment tax relief to the New York Stock Exchange

NEW YORK — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday unveiled a plan to make Japan’s system of tax breaks for small-lot investments a permanent program aimed at attracting more individual assets to the markets.

It is ‘essential’ to establish a permanent system of tax exemption for investment income, Kishida said in a speech at the New York Stock Exchange, the world’s largest stock exchange, to encourage more investment foreigners in Japan.


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