Mexico fans wearing wrestling masks cheer in the stands during a World Baseball Classic quarterfinal game against Puerto Rico at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida, on March 17, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Only 4% of missile shelters in Japan located underground

SENDAI - Only 4 percent of emergency evacuation sites designated by local governments in Japan as missile shelters are located underground, with the figure reflecting a lack of buildings with basements in regional areas, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.

With North Korea increasing its test-launches of missiles amid increased concern about the security environment in the region, the Japanese government has recommended municipalities increase the number of designated evacuation shelters under the civil protection law, especially those underground, over five years from fiscal 2021.


North Korea fires short-range missile days after Japan-S. Korea summit

TOKYO - North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile eastward on Sunday, the Japanese Defense Ministry said, the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang and coming days after Japanese and South Korean leaders demonstrated the two countries' improving ties.

The missile, launched around 11:05 a.m., is believed to have fallen in the Sea of Japan outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, and may have flown on an irregular trajectory, the ministry said. There were no reports of damage to aircraft or ships.


Sota Fujii becomes 2nd player in shogi history to hold 6 major titles

NIKKO, Japan - Twenty-year-old Sota Fujii became only the second player in the history of the shogi board game to hold six major titles Sunday when he took the Kio crown from Akira Watanabe.

Fujii won Game 4 in the tourist city of Nikko, eastern Japan, to finish the best-of-five Kio series against his 38-year-old opponent, joining Yoshiharu Habu, who won his sixth title in 1994 at age 24 and completed a sweep of all of what were then the game's seven major titles in 1996.


Japan "closely monitoring" Solomon Islands-China pact: minister

TOKYO - Japan said Sunday it has been "closely monitoring" the security pact signed last year between the Solomon Islands and China that could see the Chinese military station forces in the South Pacific nation.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who met with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara, also expressed Japan's view on how the island country can "achieve long-term development while maintaining autonomy," the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.


Sumo: Midorifuji keeps outright lead on Day 8 of Spring meet

OSAKA - Undefeated Midorifuji overcame a 72-kilogram disadvantage against fellow rank-and-file wrestler Aoiyama as he maintained the outright lead Sunday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament

Fighting as a fifth-ranked maegashira, the 26-year-old became the first wrestler to secure a winning record for the 15-day tournament by racking up his eighth straight victory on Day 8 at Edion Arena Osaka.


Japanese brokerage, schools work to improve kids' financial literacy

TOKYO - Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. has recently signed agreements with Japanese junior and senior high schools to help them offer a curriculum that will improve the financial literacy of students.

The move comes after financial education was made compulsory in public senior high schools last year along with the country lowering the age of adulthood to 18 from 20.


Curling: Japan loses both games on Day 1 of world women's c'ship

SANDVIKEN, Sweden - Beijing Olympic runner-up Japan lost its first two games of the world women's curling championship Saturday.

Denmark edged Japan 7-6 before defending champion Switzerland trounced Japan 11-2 on the opening day in Sandviken, Sweden.


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