Mongolian-born sumo wrestler Kirishima (2nd from R), a newly promoted ozeki, draws a bow during a festival in his home town in Dornod Province, some 700 kilometers east of the capital Ulaanbaatar, on June 9, 2023. He was making his first trip home in four years. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Tennis: Oda wins French Open wheelchair title at 17

PARIS - Seventeen-year-old Tokito Oda of Japan won the French Open men's wheelchair tennis singles title Saturday, making him the category's youngest Grand Slam champion in history.

Oda, who has emerged as his country's next wheelchair tennis star following Shingo Kunieda's retirement, defeated top-seeded Alfie Hewett of Britain 6-1, 6-4, avenging his loss in their Australian Open final matchup this past January.


Plane contact leads to runway closure at Tokyo's Haneda airport

TOKYO - Two passenger planes came into contact at Tokyo's Haneda airport Saturday morning, leading to the temporary closure of one of its four runways, the Japanese transport ministry said.

While no injuries were reported as a result of the incident that occurred on a taxiway at around 11 a.m., Thai Airways confirmed that a winglet on its plane had been damaged. The closed runway resumed operation after about 2 hours.


Japanese opposition party mulls no-confidence motion against Kishida

TOKYO - Japan's major opposition party is considering submitting a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida by the end of the current parliamentary session through June 21, lawmakers said Saturday.

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan wants to show its opposition to a bill that would secure funds to bolster the nation's defense capabilities, legislation they believe would lead to higher taxes, the lawmakers said.


FOCUS: Refugee law deportation changes empower Japan gov't amid distrust

TOKYO - After fierce debate and numerous setbacks, Japan enacted on Friday controversial amendments to the immigration and refugee law enabling the government to deport repeat refugee applicants back to their countries of origin.

But while the government has sought to assure its critics that it will "respond appropriately" to refugee cases that it sees, its ability to ensure the safety of the rising number of vulnerable people worldwide is under serious doubt at a time when it has given itself greater powers over them.


FOCUS: Japan faces headwinds in drawing foreign workers despite visa change

TOKYO - Japan has been gearing up to attract more foreign workers to address its severe labor shortage, with its Cabinet approving a plan to expand the number of industries covered by the blue-collar skilled worker visa that effectively grants permanent residency.

But the country faces headwinds as an attractive workplace amid a weakening yen and competition from other Asian locations such as Taiwan and South Korea with fewer visa requirements.


Major Japan firms expect FY 2023 net profit to rise 4% to record high

TOKYO - Major Japanese companies are expected to see a 4.0 percent rise in combined net profit to 42.9 trillion yen ($307 billion) this fiscal year, on course to log a record profit for the third consecutive year led by the auto sector, according to the latest tally by a securities house.

The projected profit for the current fiscal year through March 2024 will eclipse an aggregated net profit of 41.3 trillion yen in the last fiscal year, according to SMBC Nikko Securities' data on earnings forecasts at about 1,400 listed companies on the Tokyo stock market.


Baseball: Padres power Darvish to 100th MLB win

DENVER - Yu Darvish became the second Japanese pitcher after Hideo Nomo with 100 MLB wins Friday despite a less-than-stellar effort in the San Diego Padres' 9-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

The Padres spotted Darvish (5-4) an early 6-0 lead at Coors Field, and the right-hander allowed four runs on five hits and four walks over 5-1/3 innings while striking out six.


Tennis: Nishikori to play in Puerto Rico in return from injury

NEW YORK - Former world No. 4 tennis player Kei Nishikori is set to return to competition at the Caribbean Open, an ATP Challenger Tour event, starting Monday in Puerto Rico, his management firm said.

The 33-year-old Japanese, who last played on the ATP Tour in October 2021, has been out of the world rankings since mid-October due to his long injury layoff.


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