Security officers stand guard on a road near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in the early hours of June 4, 2023, the 34th anniversary of a military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Japan seeks over 30% of female executives in key firms by 2030

TOKYO - Japan set a target for companies listed on the top-tier Prime Market of the Tokyo bourse to achieve the ratio of female board members surpassing 30 percent by 2030, a draft policy blueprint on women's empowerment showed Monday.

The administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida would strive to foster a more inclusive and diverse corporate landscape by promoting the appointment of women to higher positions and advancing gender equality in the workplace, his aides said.


Japan high court denies retrial of 95-yr-old woman over 1979 murder

MIYAZAKI, Japan - A Japanese high court on Monday denied a retrial for a 95-year-old woman who served 10 years in prison for the murder of her brother-in-law in 1979 in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

The Fukuoka High Court's Miyazaki branch rejected a call by Ayako Haraguchi to reopen the case, saying there was "no error in judgment" in the previous decision in June 2022 by the Kagoshima District Court that had deemed new evidence presented by the defense to be insufficient.


Nikkei jumps to 33-year high on U.S. stock surge, robust jobs data

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks closed Monday at 33-year highs as investor sentiment was boosted by a surge in U.S. stocks late last week and robust jobs data for May.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 693.21 points, or 2.20 percent, from Friday at 32,217.43, its highest close since July 20, 1990, when Japan was experiencing an asset price bubble.


1 arrested, 23 detained in Hong Kong on Tiananmen anniversary

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police have arrested one person and detained 23 others amid heightened security on the 34th anniversary of a 1989 military crackdown on a student-led pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, local media reported Monday.

The 53-year-old woman was arrested Sunday for allegedly obstructing police officers after refusing to show her identity card outside Victoria Park, while the others -- 11 men and 12 women aged between 20 and 74 -- were detained on suspicion of "breaching public peace," said the reports by Hong Kong Free Press and other media.


Japan Supreme Court upholds man's death sentence for Manila murders

TOKYO - The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a death sentence for a man convicted of murdering two other Japanese men in Manila in 2014 and 2015, rejecting his appeal to have the ruling overturned.

Toshihiko Iwama, 49, was sentenced to death by the Kofu District Court in 2017 for murdering the two men for insurance payments. The judgment was upheld by the Tokyo High Court in 2019.


India train crash may have been caused by signal error: report

NEW DELHI - The cause of one of India's deadliest train crashes was signal error coupled with a fault in the interlocking safety system, the railway minister said according to local media reports on Sunday.

"The setting of the point machine was changed. How and why it was done will be revealed in the probe report," the minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying.


Ex-lawmaker, internet personality GaaSyy arrested

TOKYO - Japanese former lawmaker and social media personality GaaSyy was arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening to defame some individuals, including a celebrity, after returning to Japan from the United Arab Emirates, where he had been residing, police said.

The 51-year-old, whose real name is Yoshikazu Higashitani, became a popular YouTuber posting videos about celebrity scandals on his channel. He was stripped of his status as a lawmaker in March by the House of Councillors for not attending any sessions since being elected last year.


13% of students prone to depression due to pandemic: Japan study

TOKYO - Thirteen percent of elementary to high school students in Japan had depressive tendencies warranting medical attention last October due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a recent study by a medical institute said.

Behavioral restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus, such as wearing masks and eating meals without conversing, are believed to have been among the factors affecting children's mental well-being, the National Center for Child Health and Development said.


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