A mother duck and her ducklings are on their way to the Kamo River in Kyoto on July 3, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


KDDI network almost recovered, compensation in focus for disruptions

TOKYO - KDDI Corp. said Monday voice calls and data communications have almost been restored nationwide, two days after the Japanese telecom giant suffered disruptions on up to 39 million mobile connections during maintenance work.

But the operator of the "au" mobile phone service did not have a firm timetable set for complete service restoration as of 4 p.m.


Chinese, Russian warships spotted near Senkaku Islands, Japan protests

TOKYO - Chinese and Russian warships were spotted Monday just outside Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the government said.

A Chinese frigate sailed in the so-called contiguous zone of the uninhabited islets, which are Japanese-administered but claimed by Chinese, for about six minutes from 7:44 a.m., shortly after a Russian frigate entered the waters, according to the Defense Ministry. Beijing calls the islets Diaoyu.


S. Korea, Japan must work together to address pending issues: Yoon

SEOUL - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol told a Japanese business leader Monday that South Korea and Japan must work together to address pending issues between the two countries.

"The two countries should make efforts and combine their wisdom to build a future-oriented partnership," Yoon told Masakazu Tokura, the leader of the Japan Business Federation, in their meeting in Seoul.


Typhoon Aere expected to make landfall on southwest Japan on Tues.

TOKYO - A slow-moving typhoon is expected to make landfall on Japan's southwestern main island of Kyushu on Tuesday, possibly causing landslides and flooding, the weather agency said Monday.

Typhoon Aere was moving north in the East China Sea on Monday but is projected to move eastward, possibly bringing torrential rains to Kyushu and other western parts of the country through Wednesday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.


Japan gov't to launch survey on weight, dietary habits of young women

TOKYO - The government has set up a research group to investigate issues including body image attitudes and diet and lifestyle habits, as part of attempts to lower the high proportion of underweight young adult women in Japan, the health ministry said Monday.

Being underweight puts individuals' health at greater risk, and can present dangers to newborn children, so the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare intends to use the group's findings to improve understanding of the importance of maintaining a normal weight by spreading awareness on the risks of excessive and unbalanced diets.


Australia PM pledges further aid to Ukraine in surprise visit

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has made a surprise visit to Ukraine and pledged a further A$99.5 million (US$67.7 million) in military assistance in response to Russia's "illegal" invasion of the neighboring country.

In a meeting Sunday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, Albanese unveiled a new aid package involving 14 armored personnel carriers, 20 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles and other military equipment supplied by Australia's defense industry, the prime minister said in a statement released Monday.


Skateboarding: Japan women sweep podium at Paris Olympic qualifier

ROME - Funa Nakayama led an all-Japanese podium sweep in the women's event at the World Street Skateboarding Pro Tour leg in Rome on Sunday, with Momoji Nishiya and Yumeka Oda filling the other two places.

It was the first major international victory for the 17-year-old Nakayama, the bronze winner at the Tokyo Olympics, who totaled 264.13 points. Tokyo gold medalist Nishiya finished second with a combined score of 255.64 points, followed by Oda who had 254.91 points.