Japan's Hana Yoshida smiles after winning bronze at the Grand Prix Final figure skating competition in Beijing on Dec. 9, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Scandal-hit Japan spokesman faces no-confidence motion

TOKYO - Japan's largest opposition party submitted a no-confidence motion against the top government spokesman on Monday over accusations he failed to report millions of yen received as part of fundraising efforts for his ruling party faction.

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan brought the motion against Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno. Jun Azumi, Diet affairs chief of the opposition party, told reporters that keeping Matsuno, a Liberal Democratic Party member, in his post "would harm the national interest," given he has neglected to swiftly respond to the allegations.


Japan, ASEAN to map out "new vision" at Tokyo summit: gov't

TOKYO - Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will map out a "new vision" of cooperation in various fields in a joint statement to be issued after a commemorative leaders' summit in Tokyo later this week, the government said Monday.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesian President Joko Widodo are slated to co-host the gathering on Sunday, being held to mark 50 years of friendship and cooperation between Japan and ASEAN, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference.


Hong Kong sees record-low turnout as "patriots" dominate council election

HONG KONG - Hong Kong saw a record-low voter turnout for Sunday's district council election, with pro-Beijing candidates dominating under a new electoral system only allowing "patriots" to administer the city.

Only 27.5 percent of the 4.3 million eligible voters turned out in the first "patriots-only" local election, official data showed Monday, down sharply from a record-high 71.2 percent in the previous 2019 poll to the lowest level registered since Hong Kong's 18 district councils were established in 1982.


Philippines condemns China actions after South China Sea confrontations

EL NIDO, Philippines - Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. condemned Chinese actions following confrontations between the two countries' vessels in the South China Sea over the weekend, saying his government remains "undeterred" by Beijing's "aggression and provocations."

"No one but the Philippines has a legitimate right or legal basis to operate anywhere in the West Philippine Sea," Marcos said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday.


KDDI mobile phone network hit by 3-hr outage across Japan

TOKYO - KDDI Corp. said Monday its "au" mobile phone services experienced technical difficulties across Japan, causing disruptions to calls and internet connections for about three hours.

The service disruption, which began at 7:18 a.m., initially affected 31 prefectures in western Japan, including Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka, before extending across the country.


U.S. F-16 fighter crashes into sea off South Korea, pilot rescued

SEOUL - A U.S. F-16 fighter jet crashed into the Yellow Sea off South Korea on Monday during a routine training flight, and the pilot rescued by South Korean maritime authorities after ejecting from the plane, according to the U.S. Air Force.

The jet, assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing, left Kunsan Air Base located in Gunsan, a city south of Seoul, and experienced "an in-flight emergency" at approximately 8:43 a.m. before crashing into the sea, the U.S. Air Force said in a press release.


Japan's new de facto envoy vows to strengthen ties with Taiwan

TAIPEI - Japan's de facto ambassador to Taiwan, Kazuyuki Katayama, vowed Monday to further strengthen bilateral ties with the island during his meeting with its leader Tsai Ing-wen, describing the territory as one of the places in the world "most friendly" to Tokyo.

Katayama, who assumed the post last month, said he will continue to promote bilateral economic, cultural, academic, and personnel exchanges, while Tsai said she looks forward to working with him to enhance the bilateral friendship, according to her office.


Speed skating: Takagi wins 1,000 at World Cup in Poland

TOMASZOW MAZOWIECKI, Poland - Olympic champion Miho Takagi extended her overall World Cup lead Sunday by winning the women's 1,000 meters in the fourth round of the season in Poland.

Takagi clocked 1 minute, 15.28 seconds to finish 0.92 ahead of veteran U.S. skater Brittany Bowe at the Arena Lodowa in Tomaszow Mazowiecki. Kimi Goetz of the United States was third in 1:16.25.

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