The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
WASHINGTON - The leaders of the United States, Japan, Australia and India on Friday showcased their deepening ties in the face of China's rise, as they expanded areas of cooperation to space and infrastructure, and decided to regularize their "Quad" summit meetings.
During the first in-person summit of the group of major Indo-Pacific democracies, the four leaders also affirmed their progress toward supplying 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines across the region as promised in their virtual summit in March.
TOKYO - The government will agree to Princess Mako's request that she not receive a lump sum amount that is usually given to female members of the Japanese imperial family upon their departure from the royal household, sources close to the matter said Saturday.
Amid controversy about a money dispute involving her boyfriend's mother, the 29-year-old princess, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, has expressed her intent to decline the up to 150 million yen ($1.3 million) payment, the sources said.
WASHINGTON - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed in a meeting Friday to strengthen the security alliance between their countries and continue efforts to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region, Japanese officials said.
The two met in Washington on the sidelines of the first in-person leaders' summit among the "Quad," a group of countries also including Australia and India.
BEIJING/NEW YORK - The chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co., who has admitted to fraud charges, was released by Canadian authorities Friday around three years after she was detained in Vancouver on behalf of the United States, the Justice Department said.
Making a remote appearance from Canada for a proceeding of a federal district court in New York, Meng Wanzhou "entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and was arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and wire fraud," the department said in a press release.
ANAHEIM, California - Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani equaled a Major League Baseball record on Friday by drawing 11 walks in a three-game span.
Ohtani, third in the majors with 45 home runs, struck out once in Friday's series opener against the Seattle Mariners but drew four walks. He was even walked intentionally to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning in the Angels' 6-5 loss to the Mariners.
TOKYO - The health ministry has begun reviewing Japan's health care system in preparation for a possible sixth wave of coronavirus infections, following numerous cases of people dying at home during the previous resurgence.
In addition to asking existing medical institutions to secure sufficient hospital beds, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare also plans to increase the number of temporary medical facilities such as gyms and strengthen coordination of personnel, according to officials.
TOKYO - The Haruki Murakami Library will open at the Japanese author's alma mater Waseda University in Tokyo on Friday to house his personal archive, including handwritten manuscripts previously donated.
During a recent interview with Kyodo News ahead of the opening of the library officially known as The Waseda International House of Literature, Murakami talked about how he envisions his works being passed on.
TOKYO - One of the sisters of a Sri Lankan woman who died in March following mistreatment at a Japanese detention facility has called on the immigration agency to accept responsibility for her sibling's death as she left Japan.
The family members of Ratnayake Liyanage Wishma Sandamali, 33, have been demanding that the immigration agency disclose two weeks' worth of a security camera footage of her final days and clarify the cause of death, but their requests have not been granted.