Israeli soldiers stand on rubble in front of a destroyed building in Beit Lahia in the northern part of the Gaza Strip on Dec. 8, 2023, amid the Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territories. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Baseball: Shohei Ohtani, Dodgers agree to record $700 million, 10-year deal

LOS ANGELES - Two-way star Shohei Ohtani has agreed to a record $700 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, his agent's office said Saturday.

The deal's total value easily makes Ohtani the highest-paid athlete in history, eclipsing Lionel Messi's $673 million contract with football powerhouse Barcelona, according to CBS Sports.


PM Kishida mulls replacing all ministers from Abe faction: sources

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is considering replacing all ministers from the Liberal Democratic Party faction previously headed by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, over a series of political fundraising scandals, sources close to the matter said Sunday.

Kishida has already decided to sack Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno over his alleged failure to report millions of yen received as part of fundraising efforts for the party faction, which is the largest within the ruling party, the sources said.


Japan's large Pacific bluefin tuna catch limit to be raised in 2024

TOKYO - An international commission responsible for managing Pacific bluefin tuna stocks has decided to allow Japan to effectively increase its catch limit for large ones in 2024, reflecting a recovery in their population, the Japanese Fisheries Agency said Sunday.

The country, known as a major tuna consumer, can currently transfer 10 percent of its small bluefin catch quota to those weighing 30 kilograms or more, but the proportion will be increased to 30 percent for 2024.


Hong Kong holds 1st "patriots-only" district council election

HONG KONG - Hong Kong held its first district council election Sunday under a new electoral system based on Beijing's principle of only allowing "patriots" to administer the city, amid public dissatisfaction with the absence of pro-democracy candidates.

Pro-democracy parties were unable to field candidates after all of them failed to secure nominations from government-appointed local committees, a requirement under a revised law enacted in July by Hong Kong's legislature, meaning the election is influenced by Beijing.


People in Japan elated with Ohtani's record deal with Dodgers

MORIOKA, Japan - People in Shohei Ohtani's home prefecture and cities across Japan were elated Sunday by the two-way star's record $700 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ohtani grew up in the small city of Oshu in Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, before rising to stardom in Japanese baseball and then as an international sports phenomenon.


Baseball: Long road brings Ohtani to Dodgers at the right time

TOKYO - Shohei Ohtani is now on track to become the highest-paid athlete in the world, having agreed to a $700-million 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in part because 11 years earlier he turned down the same team out of high school.

On Saturday, Ohtani's agent announced a deal that would bring baseball's most unique player to Dodger Stadium. Instead of the hard-throwing pitcher MLB scouts envisioned him becoming, the Dodgers are getting that elite pitcher, but also one of the world's best hitters -- something he would not be now had he signed with them in 2012.


Rugby: Ozaki hat-trick steals show in Cane, Kolbe Sungoliath debut

TOKYO - Seiya Ozaki scored a hat-trick of tries Sunday as Tokyo Sungoliath overwhelmed reigning champions Kubota Spears 52-26 in the opening round of the Japan Rugby League One season.

New Zealand captain Sam Cane and South Africa speedster Cheslin Kolbe made their Japanese club debuts for Sungoliath, but it was home-grown winger Ozaki who stole the show at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.


Japan air force's Blue Impulse performs at festival in Okinawa

NAHA, Japan - The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's Blue Impulse aerobatic team performed at an aviation show at Naha Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday, despite local safety concerns.

The display came amid opposition in the southern island prefecture to aerobatic maneuvers that forced the local government to last month request the ASDF base to thoroughly implement precautionary measures.

Video: Water level continues to drop at Lake Biwa