Cosplayers clean a street in Osaka's Dotonbori area on May 27, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Biden strikes deal "in principle" with Republicans to avert default

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday struck a deal "in principle" with House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy to avert an unprecedented government debt default, bringing relief to financial markets around the world.

The federal government's debt ceiling will be raised for two years, while some of its spending will be slashed or capped over the same period, according to U.S. media reports.


60% in Japan against Diet dissolution by June for snap election: poll

TOKYO - Over 60 percent of respondents to a Kyodo News poll are opposed to a possible snap election before the current parliament session scheduled through late June ends, a survey showed Sunday.

The outcome of the weekend survey comes amid speculation that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will call a snap election if his Cabinet's approval rating improves following the Group of Seven summit meeting held in Hiroshima through May 21.


Japan's Koji Yakusho wins best actor at Cannes

CANNES, France - Japanese actor Koji Yakusho was named Best Actor at this year's Cannes International Film Festival on Saturday for his leading role as a toilet cleaner in Wim Wenders' "Perfect Days."

Yakusho, 67, became the second Japanese actor to win the prize since Yuya Yagira in 2004, who won it at age 14 for "Nobody Knows." The acclaimed veteran actor played a leading role in Shohei Imamura's "The Eel," which won the festival's top award, the Palme d'Or, in 1997.


Indo-Pacific nations vow to fortify supply chains for critical items

DETROIT - Ministers from the United States, Japan and 12 other Indo-Pacific nations agreed Saturday to strengthen supply chain resilience for critical items such as semiconductors and medicines to respond more promptly to emergencies.

The agreement on essential goods and technologies was reached at a meeting of the U.S-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in Detroit and is the initiative's first tangible outcome since launching in May last year. It is hoped the move will reduce overreliance on China, which has been increasing its economic clout in the region.


Baseball: Ohtani strikes out 10 but Angels fall in 10th inning

ANAHEIM, California - Shohei Ohtani struck out 10 batters on a frustrating day in which he left the mound with a lead before his Los Angeles Angels fell 8-5 to the Miami Marlins in 10 innings Saturday.

Going for his sixth win of the season, Ohtani allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. His first error in two years led to the visitors' first-inning run at Angel Stadium.


Sumo: Triumphant Terunofuji ends May tournament with 14-1 record

TOKYO - Sole yokozuna Terunofuji wrapped up the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a 14-1 record Sunday by beating ozeki Takakeisho in the final bout of the 15-day meet.

The 31-year-old grand champion had clinched his eighth Emperor's Cup by beating sekiwake Kiribayama a day earlier at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan after coming into the tournament under an injury cloud.


Japan ranks lowest for ratio of women in nuclear workplace at 15%: OECD

TOKYO - Japan ranked lowest for the ratio of women employed in the nuclear sector among 17 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a recent survey by an OECD agency showed.

In 2021, just 15 percent of Japan's nuclear workforce was comprised of women. Norway had the highest representation of women in the sector at around 60 percent, while France and Britain both recorded around 24.9 percent, the average figure for the 17 countries surveyed, according to the report by the Nuclear Energy Agency.


Japan to ease airport rules for foreign private jet arrivals

TOKYO - Japan will ease landing and other access procedures at airports for foreign private jets that arrive in the near future in hopes of attracting more big-spending tourists.

Under the new rules, the required period to apply for permission to land in Japan will be shortened from at least 10 days before arrival to three, with it made possible to submit an application up to 24 hours in advance under unavoidable circumstances, the government said.


Video: Cosplayers clean Dotonbori