Photo taken on Sept. 25, 2023, shows a 100-meter statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, temporarily colored pale pink amid renovation work in Sendai in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Miyagi. (Kyodo)

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


South Korea proposes summit with Japan, China in December: sources

SEOUL - South Korea proposed holding a trilateral summit with Japan and China in December, the first in four years, during a meeting of the three countries' senior officials held in Seoul on Tuesday, according to diplomatic sources.

Seoul also suggested that a joint declaration be issued following the planned summit, with neither Tokyo nor Beijing voicing opposition to the proposals, according to the sources.


Japan mulls support for low-income earners in new economic package

TOKYO - The Japanese government and ruling party are considering including relief measures for low-income households in a fresh economic package to be compiled to mitigate the pain of inflation, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida earlier in the day instructed his Cabinet ministers to deploy "all possible tools" to alleviate the burden of surging prices and support the economy when putting together the economic package by the end of October.


Ukraine evacuees eligible for Japan long-term residency from Dec. 1

TOKYO - Japan's immigration agency said Tuesday that foreigners fleeing conflict zones such as war-hit Ukraine will be eligible for long-term resident status with a working visa under a revision to the immigration law, starting from Dec. 1.

The new system is designed to help enable the approval of residence for individuals from conflict zones whose circumstances do not conform to the requirements for refugee approval.


South Korea's Yoon says use of nukes would spell end of North Korean regime

SEOUL - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol warned Tuesday that any use of nuclear weapons by the North Korean regime would spell its end, as the country held a large-scale military parade in Seoul for the first time in a decade in commemoration of Armed Forces Day.

Speaking at a ceremony held at Seoul Air Base near the South Korean capital, Yoon said, "The North Korean regime must realize that nuclear weapons will not keep them safe."


Asian Games: Tomoru Honda bags Japan's 1st swimming gold in Hangzhou

HANGZHOU, China - Tomoru Honda finally gave Japanese swimming something to smile about at the Asian Games on Tuesday, winning the men's 400-meter individual medley for the country's first gold medal in the Hangzhou pool.

Honda led a 1-2 finish with compatriot Daiya Seto, clocking 4 minutes, 11.40 seconds, 1.48 ahead of the four-time world individual medley champion. China's Wang Shun came third in 4:15.12 two days after winning the 200 individual medley.


Singapore detonates WWII bomb likely dropped by Japanese army

SINGAPORE - Singapore's military on Tuesday detonated a 100-kilogram bomb, which could have been dropped by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, after evacuating nearby residents.

Singapore police said in a statement issued the previous day the unexploded bomb was discovered during excavation activities at a construction site Wednesday. The police added the Singapore Armed Forces has confirmed it was a World War II aerial bomb but did not elaborate on its origin.


Japan keeps economic view in Sept., cautious about global outlook

TOKYO - The government on Tuesday maintained its assessment of the Japanese economy as recovering moderately, supported by resilient domestic demand, while it warned of downside risks from slowing Chinese growth and monetary tightening abroad.

The same assessment has been used for the fifth straight month in September. The Cabinet Office upgraded its view on corporate profits for the first time since March 2022, saying they are "improving as a whole." But rising material costs led the view on housing construction to be cut for two months in a row to "weak."


Chinese top diplomat vows "constructive role" for APEC success

BEIJING - Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi said Tuesday that China is willing to play a "constructive role" in the success of this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit to be held in San Francisco in November.

China and the United States have been exploring the possibility of a summit between President Xi Jinping and his counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the APEC summit amid an intensifying rivalry between the world's two largest economies.


Over 60% of Taiwanese worried about Fukushima water release: poll

TAIPEI - Over 60 percent of Taiwanese people polled expressed worry that the release of treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea may pollute the marine environment, a survey showed Tuesday.

The poll conducted Sept. 18-20 by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation covered 1,077 randomly selected respondents aged 20 and above. In the survey, a total of about 32 percent were not worried.


Video: Giant Kannon statue temporarily pink