Super Hakuto Detective Conan Ver. train at a depot in Tottori City. Photo taken Dec. 2, 2023.

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


Japan PM Kishida urges his party factions to forgo fundraisers amid scandal

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday that he has told executives of his ruling party to hold off on fundraising parties, as he strives to regain public trust undermined by a political funds scandal involving its factions.

Kishida asked the Liberal Democratic Party executives at a meeting to forgo such parties until the implementation of measures to address growing criticism over the alleged underreporting of income from fundraising parties linked to the creation of secret funds.


Japan Diet passes bill to legalize cannabis-derived medicines

TOKYO - Japan's parliament on Wednesday passed a bill to legalize medical products using substances derived from cannabis while also plugging a loophole in existing prohibitions against the drug by criminalizing use.

Drugs made from cannabis plants are currently only permitted in clinical trials in Japan, but patient groups have been calling for access to cannabis-derived cannabidiol medicines already approved in Europe and the United States for conditions such as severe epilepsy.


3 more bodies of crashed U.S. Osprey crew members recovered in Japan

KAGOSHIMA, Japan - Three more bodies of crew members of a U.S. military Osprey aircraft that crashed last week in waters off southwestern Japan were recovered on Wednesday, people close to the matter said.

With the latest retrieval from the sea, six of the eight crew members aboard the aircraft have been recovered.


China becomes 1st nation to accept envoy from Afghan Taliban gov't

BEIJING - China has become the first nation in the world to accept an envoy from the Taliban interim government of Afghanistan, with the move seen as a step toward recognizing the hard-line Islamist movement as the legitimate ruler of the country.

No country has recognized the Taliban as the legitimate government due to its brutal treatment of women and minorities. The Taliban said last Friday its ambassador Bilal Karimi had arrived in Beijing and submitted his credentials to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.


Hong Kong activist Chow recalls terrifying time in China before fleeing

HONG KONG - Prominent pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow, who recently revealed that she had left Hong Kong to study in Canada with no plans to return, recalled in an online interview on Wednesday that agreeing to spend time in mainland China before her departure overseas was a high-stakes decision for her.

"It was a gamble for me. I was scared," Chow said, speaking of her experience of staying in mainland China as a condition imposed by the Hong Kong police for studying overseas.


Japan to host online G7 summit later Dec. 6, Zelenskyy to join

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will host an online summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations later Wednesday as the Asian nation wraps up its role as this year's rotating chair, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy set to join them.

The G7 leaders are expected to discuss Russia's war against Ukraine and the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference.


China's top diplomat calls for stable ties with U.S. after summit

BEIJING - China's top diplomat, Wang Yi, urged his U.S. counterpart, Antony Blinken, to work toward stabilizing Sino-U.S. ties and promoting their development in a healthy and sustainable fashion following a summit between their leaders last month, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

During their telephone talks, Wang also stressed Beijing's "solemn position" on issues surrounding Taiwan, the self-ruled democratic island that China regards as its own, and demanded that Washington "not interfere in China's internal affairs or support or condone any 'Taiwan independence' forces," the ministry said.

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