Tourists visit Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 2, 2023, two days ahead of the 34th anniversary of the military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Japan, China defense chiefs meet amid spats over Taiwan, Senkakus

SINGAPORE - The defense ministers of Japan and China on Saturday began talks in Singapore that are expected to center on spats over Taiwan and Chinese vessels' intrusions into waters near the Tokyo-controlled, Beijing-claimed Senkaku Islands as well as bilateral mechanisms to avoid contingencies.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada and his Chinese counterpart Li Shangfu met on the margins of the annual Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, which is being held for three days through Sunday.


Japan, U.S., S. Korea to launch system to share N. Korea missile info

SINGAPORE - Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Saturday to launch a system that will allow information about North Korean missiles to be shared in real-time by the end of this year, amid Pyongyang's repeated ballistic missile tests.

In a joint statement issued following their talks on the sidelines of the Asia Security Summit in Singapore, Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada and his U.S. and South Korean counterparts, Lloyd Austin and Lee Jong Sup, said they will "make further progress" toward making the new system operational "over the next few months."


Man dies, 3 missing after heavy rain pounds Japan

TOKYO - A man died and at least three people went missing after heavy rain pounded wide areas of Japan, local authorities said Saturday, with the weather agency warning of an increased risk of landslides and flooding of rivers in eastern Japan including Tokyo.

Thunderstorms were observed developing in succession from Friday through Saturday morning in western and central prefectures, causing concentrated heavy rainfall.


U.S. warns impact of conflict in Taiwan Strait would be devastating

SINGAPORE - U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned Saturday that any conflict in the Taiwan Strait would be devastating.

Speaking at the Asia Security Summit in Singapore, Austin expressed concern that China "continues to conduct an alarming number of risky intercepts of U.S. and allies' aircraft flying lawfully in international waters."


Golf: Matsuyama gets into contention with flawless 65 at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio - Hideki Matsuyama shot Friday's low round, a bogey-free 7-under 65, to climb into second place at the midway point of the Memorial Tournament.

The Japanese star, who began the day in a tie for 33rd, moved to a 7-under 137 total, one stroke behind Justin Suh of the United States at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Suh carded a 66 in the second round.


Baseball: Ohtani suffers 2nd loss after giving up 5 runs to Astros

HOUSTON - Shohei Ohtani gave up five runs over six innings and was tagged with his second loss Friday as the Los Angeles Angels were defeated 6-2 by the Houston Astros.

Yordan Alvarez blasted a two-run homer in the first inning off Ohtani (5-2), who regrouped in the next two innings but struggled again after the fourth at Minute Maid Park. He allowed nine hits and a walk while striking out six.


Video: Heavy rain disrupts Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train service