Vehicles are encased in dirt in Itami, Hyogo Prefecture, on May 8, 2023, after the Tenjin River flooded in the western Japan city following heavy rain. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Putin accuses West of sowing discord, unleashing "real war" on Russia

TOKYO - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the West of sowing discord and unleashing a "real war" against his homeland during his speech at an annual event marking the anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

In a public address during Victory Day celebrations at Red Square in central Moscow, the second since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year, Putin said the war has placed the world at a "turning point" that will determine his country's fate as he called on his people to unite.


Japan eyes Hiroshima peace museum visit by G-7 spouses during summit

TOKYO - Japan is arranging a visit by the Group of Seven leaders' partners to a museum dedicated to documenting the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack on Hiroshima, and a meeting with atomic bomb survivors on the sidelines of the G-7 summit starting next week in the city, government sources said Tuesday.

A similar program is also being arranged for the G-7 leaders, with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hoping to use the summit, to be held in his home constituency of Hiroshima in western Japan, to add fresh impetus to nuclear disarmament efforts toward achieving his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.


Japan lower house passes controversial revision of immigration law

TOKYO - Japan's House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a controversial bill that would amend an immigration law to enable authorities to deport individuals who repeatedly apply for refugee status.

The passage by the powerful lower chamber came despite strong opposition from supporters of asylum seekers who claim that the envisioned revisions could result in the return of people at risk of persecution in their home countries. The bill is now set to be debated in the House of Councillors.


Gov't to pitch safety of Fukushima water release to South Korea experts

TOKYO - The Japanese government hopes to pitch the safety of a planned release of treated radioactive water into the sea from the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear complex when South Korean experts visit the site later this month, the industry minister said Tuesday.

"We hope the inspection will help deepen understanding in South Korea of the safety of the release," Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told a press conference after the two countries' leaders agreed Sunday to dispatch the experts amid concerns among the South Korean public over the issue.


Japan, France vow to ensure peace, stability in Indo-Pacific region

TOKYO - Japan and France pledged on Tuesday to remain committed to ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, where China has been expanding its economic and military clout.

The two nations' foreign and defense ministers also confirmed during their "two-plus-two" talks that their basic positions on Taiwan remain unchanged, apparently in light of French President Emmanuel Macron's controversial remarks last month in relation to the self-ruled democratic island.


North Korean foreign minister meets, goes fishing with new China envoy

BEIJING - North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui has held talks with new Chinese Ambassador to North Korea Wang Yajun before going fishing with him and welcoming him at a reception, the two countries said Tuesday.

Wang, who arrived in North Korea in late March, told Choe on Monday that China is willing to work with the North to implement the "important consensus" the two countries' leaders have reached, strengthen strategic coordination and promote regional peace and stability, the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang said.


4 unacquainted teens investigated over Tokyo Rolex store robbery

TOKYO - The four individuals under investigation for possible involvement in the robbery of a Rolex specialty store in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza shopping district are aged between 16 and 19 and were unacquainted with each other, investigative sources said Tuesday.

The four were arrested Monday after being spotted near a minivan apparently used to flee from Quark Ginza 888, where more than 100 wristwatches are believed to have been stolen earlier that day. Their arrest was not due to the robbery but for suspected trespassing in a nearby apartment building in Tokyo's Minato Ward during their escape.


Nintendo net profit falls for 2nd straight yr on weaker Switch sales

OSAKA - Nintendo Co. said Tuesday its net profit for the year ended March fell 9.4 percent from a year earlier to 432.77 billion yen ($3.2 billion), the second straight year of decline, pressured by a fall in its Switch game console sales.

Operating profit decreased 14.9 percent to 504.38 billion yen on sales of 1.60 trillion yen, down 5.5 percent.


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