Sumo grand champion Terunofuji (2nd from L) performs a yokozuna ring-entering ritual at the All Japan Rikishi Championship, a non-ranking event held at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Oct. 2, 2023. (Kyodo)

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


Japan seeks to bolster maritime surveillance, eyeing China's presence

TOKYO - Japan is considering bolstering its maritime surveillance capabilities in the face of China's growing assertiveness in the region by sharing data owned by the public and private sectors, a government source said Tuesday.

An improvement of the "marine domain awareness" capabilities, which can also be utilized in disaster predictions and resource development, is aimed at visualizing the state of the sea in an integrated manner, according to the source.


Japan to provide 192 billion yen in extra aid to U.S. chipmaker Micron

TOKYO - Japan will provide up to 192 billion yen ($1.3 billion) in additional subsidies for U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc.'s plant in Hiroshima Prefecture, the industry minister said Tuesday, as the country tries to strengthen its chip supply chain.

The move, which comes on top of the up to 46.5 billion yen aid announced earlier, adds to Japan's efforts to ensure a stable supply of chips at a time when rising tensions between the United States and China are increasingly posing a threat to its economic security.


Pro-Moscow Japan lawmaker visits Russia in defiance of government advice

TOKYO - A Japanese lawmaker who has long championed close ties with Moscow has met with a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official, the ministry said Monday, on a trip that defied Japanese government advice against its nationals including legislators traveling to the country.

Muneo Suzuki, a member of the opposition Japan Innovation Party, met with Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko during the first known visit by a Japanese lawmaker to Russia since its invasion of Ukraine began in February last year.


Trio win Nobel physics prize for opening door to world of electrons

STOCKHOLM - Three scientists shared this year's Nobel Prize in physics for demonstrating that extremely short pulses of light can be used to explore the world of electrons inside atoms and molecules, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Tuesday.

The contributions of Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L'Huillier have "enabled the investigation of processes that are so rapid they were previously impossible to follow," the academy said.


Sex abuse reparations may just be tip of iceberg in Johnny's scandal

TOKYO - Male talent agency Johnny & Associates Inc. will begin from November paying compensation to the 325 men who claimed to have been sexually abused by its founder, but as more victims may come forward the scandal is not over.

How the company goes about compensating Johnny Kitagawa's victims will be watched closely by the agency's corporate clients and broadcasters that have said they would stop casting Johnny's performers until the issue is addressed.


Japan lifts coupon rate on 10-yr gov't bonds to decade-high 0.8%

TOKYO - The Finance Ministry on Tuesday raised its coupon rate on 10-year Japanese government bonds to 0.8 percent, a 10-year high, reflecting rising yields since the Bank of Japan's recent move to allow greater flexibility.

The coupon rate -- the interest rate stated on bonds when issued -- is double the previous 0.4 percent for issuance until September and marks the highest level since October 2013.


Japan eyeing all possible steps amid weak yen: finance chief

TOKYO - The government is monitoring foreign exchange movements with "a heightened sense of urgency" and an eye on all possible steps, Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said Tuesday, as the yen was trading just shy of the psychologically important 150 line against the U.S. dollar.

Suzuki reiterated that Japanese authorities are looking at volatility, not specific levels, when it comes to possible currency intervention, amid market vigilance about another yen-buying, dollar-selling operation.


80 women arrested in Tokyo's Kabukicho for alleged prostitution

TOKYO - Eighty women were arrested between January and September on suspicion of prostitution for allegedly soliciting customers on the streets of Tokyo's Kabukicho nightlife district, police said Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police Department has been cracking down on prostitution in Kabukicho amid a surge of activity in the wake of the relaxation of the country's COVID-19 restrictions and due to social media exposure of the trade there.


Trading of Evergrande shares resumes on Hong Kong market

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's stock exchange on Tuesday resumed trading of shares in embattled property developer China Evergrande Group, following their suspension last week.

The stock exchange also restarted stock trading of Evergrande Property Services, a subsidiary of China Evergrande Group that had also been suspended since Thursday, the bourse said.


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