Combined photos taken on July 29, 2023, show fireworks and Tokyo Skytree in the Japanese capital. (Kyodo)

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


Japan grants long-term visas to 2 Russians who oppose Ukraine war

TOKYO - Japan has granted long-term visas as a special exception to two Russian women who left their country in opposition to its invasion of Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday.

The two women in their 20s were permitted to switch their short-term stay statuses to student visas without first returning to their home country as normally required, in a rare approval made in consideration of political views.


30% of disaster base hospitals are in areas at risk of flooding

TOKYO - Nearly 30 percent of hospitals in Japan, including specially designated hospitals for emergencies, are located in areas at risk of flooding by rivers, a government panel survey showed Sunday, underscoring the need to fully grasp all the hazards in order to continue operating during disasters.

The research panel of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare found the risk in 221 facilities out of 765 so-called disaster base hospitals as of late August 2022. These hospitals are equipped to provide medical care to patients around the clock in natural disasters and also have helipads and specially trained medical staff.


FOCUS: Sapporo's faltering 2030 Olympic bid victim of Tokyo Games scandals

TOKYO - Japan's bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics in Sapporo has looked less and less likely to progress with public support cratering amid court hearings and guilty verdicts over bribery and bid-rigging scandals related to the Tokyo Summer Games.

The prefectural capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan is now exploring the possibility of instead bidding for 2034 or later, after the scandals that surfaced last summer forced the city and the Japanese Olympic Committee to halt promoting a 2030 bid in December.


Elderly couple found dead in Tokyo home, heatstroke suspected

TOKYO - An elderly husband and wife were found dead in their Tokyo home Saturday, with police suspecting they may have died of heatstroke as an air conditioner in their bedroom was turned off amid sweltering conditions in the Japanese capital.

The man in his 90s and the woman in her 80s were found collapsed on their bed by a carer who visited their home in the western Tokyo area of Higashimurayama. The carer called emergency services around 5:45 p.m. and police officers confirmed the deaths.


N. Korea registers 7 judoka for Asian Games: report

SEOUL - North Korea is set to send athletes to a major international sporting event for the first time since the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, as it eases coronavirus restrictions and reopens its borders.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday that the North has registered seven judoka to compete at the Sept. 23-Oct. 8 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China -- three men and four women, all in their 20s.


Football: Nadeshiko Japan expect tough World Cup clash with Spain

WELLINGTON - Nadeshiko Japan players and coaching staff made final preparations Sunday on the eve of their showdown with Spain to decide the Women's World Cup Group C winners.

World No. 11 Japan and No. 6 Spain have already booked their tickets to the round of 16 with two wins from two, but the match at Wellington Regional Stadium will determine each team's path through the knockout stage.


Video: Firework festival in Tokyo