A Danjiri float is pulled by people through a street in Kishiwada in the western Japan prefecture of Osaka on Sept. 16, 2023, the first day of the two-day Danjiri festival. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Japan eyes setting more missile depots under new security strategy

TOKYO - Japan plans to build more ammunition depots at Self-Defense Forces facilities from fiscal 2024 to store long-range missiles as it is set to acquire enemy base strike capabilities, sources close to the matter said Monday.

The plan comes as a part of Japan's efforts to increase 130 such depots by fiscal 2032 from roughly 1,400 at present, following its decision in December to acquire the strike capabilities to deter attacks, in a major shift in the pacifist country's security policy amid mounting regional military threats.


China's Japan seafood imports dive 68% in Aug. over Fukushima water

BEIJING - China's seafood imports from Japan dived 67.6 percent from a year earlier in August, Chinese customs data showed Monday, as Beijing introduced a total ban on marine products shipped from the neighboring country late that month.

The pace of decline accelerated from 28.5 percent in July, with China slapping the total ban in response to the discharge of treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea beginning Aug. 24.


Biden's top security adviser holds "substantive" talks with China

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden's top security adviser and China's highest-ranking diplomat held hours of "candid, substantive and constructive" talks over the weekend in Malta, their governments said Sunday, amid lingering tensions between them.

The White House said that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Wang Yi, a Chinese Communist Party Politburo member in charge of foreign affairs, agreed to "maintain this strategic channel of communication and to pursue additional high-level engagement and consultations in key areas" between the two countries "in the coming months."


China sends 103 warplanes near Taiwan on weekend as tensions rise

TAIPEI - Taiwan said China flew 103 warplanes in skies near the self-ruled island over a 24-hour period through early Monday morning, the most intense period of activity in recent years, amid increased cross-strait tensions.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry also said nine Chinese navy vessels were detected near the island in the same period through 6 a.m. and demanded Beijing immediately halt its "destructive, unilateral behavior."


Boxing: Junto Nakatani retains WBO super flyweight title

TOKYO - Japanese boxer Junto Nakatani made a successful first defense of his WBO super flyweight title Monday with a unanimous decision over Mexico's Argi Cortes.

Nakatani knocked Cortes down twice in the fifth round and again in the ninth en route to improving his record to 26-0 with 19 knockouts.


ANALYSIS: Rugby: Brave Blossoms wither against all too predictable England

NICE, France - Japan spent all week saying they knew what England would do in Sunday's Rugby World Cup Pool D game, with assistant coaches Tony Brown and Shin Hasegawa both proclaiming "England have been playing the same style for 100 years."

The problem was, at the end of the day, the Brave Blossoms could not deal with it as they went down 34-12 on a hot and muggy night at Stade de Nice.


Baseball: Buffaloes rough up Tanaka in win over Eagles

OSAKA - The Orix Buffaloes got to former New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka early en route to a 6-3 win over the Rakuten Eagles on Monday.

Tomoya Mori went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, and Yutaro Sugimoto also drove in two runs for the Pacific League-leading Buffaloes, who built a 5-0 lead after three innings at Kyocera Dome Osaka.


Sumo: Leaders Takayasu, Atamifuji secure winning record after 9 days

TOKYO - No. 7 maegashira Takayasu and No. 15 Atamifuji won to secure a winning record after nine days of action at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, chased by No. 16 Tsurugisho with two defeats as they seek their maiden Emperor's Cup.

Takayasu (8-1) had little trouble in forcing out Kotoeko (2-7) after the former ozeki's opening two-handed push and ensuing shoves gave the No. 8 rank-and-filer little breathing space at Ryogoku Kokugikan.


Baseball: Shintaro Fujinami extends scoreless streak, Orioles reach playoffs

BALTIMORE, Maryland - Shintaro Fujinami threw a scoreless two-thirds of an inning as the Baltimore Orioles walked off the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 in 11 innings Sunday.

The two American League East teams secured their places in the playoffs after the Texas Rangers lost to the Cleveland Guardians.


Japan's new foreign minister Kamikawa to meet Blinken on Sept. 18 in N.Y.

TOKYO - Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa will hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday in New York on the sidelines of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders, the U.S. State Department said, with Kamikawa making her first overseas trip as top diplomat.

Kamikawa will also attend a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations the same day, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry. She will chair the G-7 meeting, as Japan holds the group's rotating presidency this year.


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