Photo taken on May 4, 2023, in Miyazaki Prefecture shows a baseball glove made from wagyu cattle leather, manufactured by Co., based in the southwestern Japan prefecture well known for beef cattle. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Japan deems export of lethal defense equipment feasible: source

TOKYO - The Japanese government explained to ruling parties that non-combat cars and vessels equipped with lethal arms can be exported under the nation's stringent regulations on weapons exports, a source close to the matter said Sunday.

The explanation indicates that the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida might have altered its stance on the country's three principles on arms exports under the war-renouncing Constitution behind the scenes amid Russia's prolonged invasion of Ukraine.


Mercenary group halts uprising against Russian military leadership

TOKYO - The founder of a Russian mercenary group announced Saturday that his armed troops will stop their advance to Moscow after rising up against Russia's military leadership.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the private military company Wagner Group, will head to neighboring Belarus, while the charges leveled against him for mounting an armed rebellion will be dropped, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.


G-7 vows to narrow gender economic gaps after COVID-19

TOKYO - The Group of Seven industrialized nations pledged Sunday to take measures to eliminate gender economic gaps by bolstering female empowerment, while acknowledging the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equality between men and women.

In a joint statement released after their two-day meeting in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, the G-7 gender equality ministers also agreed to continue working to realize a society where the human rights and dignity of sexual minorities are respected.


FOCUS: Yen fall may prove a debilitating blow to Japan, spotlights BOJ

TOKYO - The yen's recent weakening may not be as rapid as last year when it lost around 20 percent of its value relative to the U.S. dollar, but the prospect of it staying longer at current levels is already a cause for alarm for Japan Inc. and consumers.

The yen is in the 143 zone to the U.S. dollar, far from around 130 that major Japanese firms expect the currency pair to average in the current business year to next March. The euro has also hit a 15-year high versus the yen near 157.


Japan's ultra-wealthy population to shrink in 5 years to 2027: report

TOKYO - Japan's ultra-wealthy population is forecast to shrink by 1.8 percent in the five years to 2027, the only member among the Group of Seven industrialized nations to see a decline in the period, a recent report by a British real estate consulting firm showed.

Japan, however, will remain home to the second largest number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals -- a person with a net worth of at least $30 million -- in Asia, behind mainland China, according to the latest annual Wealth Report by Knight Frank.


Baseball: Ohtani chips in as Angels put up franchise-record 25 runs

DENVER - Shohei Ohtani looked like an underachiever Saturday, producing just one RBI single while his Los Angeles Angels teammates set a franchise record for runs scored in a 25-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

The Angels broke the game at Coors Field open in a 13-run third inning. Mike Trout, Brandon Drury and Matt Thaiss homered on three consecutive pitches to open the third and make it 5-0. Ohtani, who went 1-for-7, singled in a run and scored in the inning.


Baseball: Bauer earns 5th win as DeNA sweeps Hanshin, moves into 1st

YOKOHAMA - Troubled former Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer pitched into the seventh inning to earn his fifth win in Japan as the DeNA BayStars held on to beat the Hanshin Tigers 5-3 Sunday to complete a series sweep, and move past them into the Central League lead.

Before 33,178 on a hot humid afternoon at Yokohama Stadium, Bauer (5-2) allowed three runs on seven hits over 6-1/3 innings. He left the mound with two runners on base in the seventh, and reliever J.B. Wendelken prevented both from scoring.


Horse racing: Equinox justifies world No. 1 tag at Takarazuka Kinen

TAKARAZUKA, Japan - Japanese thoroughbred Equinox lived up to his billing as the world's top-rated racehorse by claiming his fourth straight Grade 1 victory in a thrilling finish to the Takarazuka Kinen on Sunday.

Piloted by Christophe Lemaire, the 4-year-old colt began making his move from out wide on the final bend at Hanshin Racecourse, chasing down the front-runners in the home stretch of the 2,200-meter race for 3-year-olds and up.


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