A 20-meter-tall Christmas tree is illuminated with about 150,000 LED lights in Hakodate on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Dec. 1, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Remains of 5 found in search for crashed U.S. Osprey crew in Japan

TOKYO - U.S. forces said Monday that the remains of five people and the main part of a U.S. military Osprey aircraft that crashed last week in waters off southwestern Japan were discovered underwater during a joint search operation with Japan for the missing crew.

Along with another crew member whose death has already been confirmed, the current death toll of six already makes it the deadliest accident involving U.S. Ospreys, according to the Japanese Defense Ministry.


Democracy activist Agnes Chow in Canada, not to return to Hong Kong

HONG KONG - Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow said Sunday she has left the territory to study in Canada and has no plans to return, two years after her release from prison where she served time for inciting an unauthorized protest in 2019.

In her first public Instagram post since her release in 2021, the 27-year-old claimed she had been taken to mainland China by Hong Kong's national security police.


Japan's possibly oldest molds for bronze relics found at Saga ruins

SAGA, Japan - Relics including stone casting molds for bronze artifacts, potentially the oldest of their kind in Japan, have been discovered at an archaeological site in the western prefecture of Saga, the prefectural government said Monday.

One of the molds could date back to around 200 BC, according to the local government. The discoveries between September and October at the Yoshinogari ruins followed the finding in April of a stone coffin tomb believed to have belonged to a person of high status in an area of the site.


Japan PM "not aware" Unification Church member present at 2019 talks

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minster Fumio Kishida said Monday he is "not aware" of holding a reported meeting involving a senior member of a group affiliated with the controversial Unification Church in 2019, when he was serving as the ruling party's policy chief.

His remarks came after the daily Asahi Shimbun reported earlier in the day that the leader of the Japan branch of the Universal Peace Federation was also present at a gathering Kishida held with former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich that year.


11 bodies found following volcanic eruption on Indonesia's Sumatra

JAKARTA - At least 11 bodies, believed to be those of mountain climbers, were found Monday after a volcanic eruption occurred on Indonesia's Sumatra Island the previous day, with rescuers continuing to search for 10 other climbers reportedly missing, a local search and rescue agency official said.

Mt. Marapi in West Sumatra Province erupted Sunday and spewed ash columns as high as 3 kilometers into the air, burning everything on the mountain slopes, said Jodi Harmawan, spokesman of the search and rescue agency in provincial capital Padang.


Nvidia to work with SoftBank, other Japan firms to push AI research

TOKYO - U.S. semiconductor giant Nvidia Corp. will join Japanese companies such as SoftBank Corp. in accelerating research into generative artificial intelligence, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said Monday after meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Kishida asked the U.S. company to supply Japan with as many graphics processing units, or GPUs, as possible, Huang told reporters after their meeting at the premier's office. Nvidia is one of the world's biggest suppliers of GPUs, an integral component in developing generative AI.


FEATURE: Manga bringing realities of fertility treatment to mass audience

TOKYO - The issue of infertility can be contentious, but a manga in Japan is nonetheless providing a context for it to gain wider recognition while touching the hearts of many readers through a popular comic magazine.

The delicate task of nurturing life in a lab is the central thesis of the serial about the work of embryologists, which is run by the weekly Big Comic Spirits published by Shogakukan Inc. and targeted mostly at young men.


Japan gets "fossil" award again as climate action slammed

DUBAI - An international environmental group gave Japan the thumbs down with its "fossil" award again on Sunday, criticizing the country for placing emphasis on coal-fired power despite its pledge to "contribute to global decarbonization."

The dud award is given to countries seen as backwards in addressing climate change threats by the Climate Action Network at the venue of the U.N. climate change conferences. Japan was also the recipient in 2019, 2021 and 2022.


Japan to introduce electronic arrest warrants, interrogation records

TOKYO - Japan's Justice Ministry plans to introduce electronic arrest warrants and interrogation records as the country seeks to promote the digitalization of its criminal procedures, ministry officials said Monday.

The ministry is set to submit revisions to the Code of Criminal Procedure in the Diet next year based on proposals made Monday by its advisory panel, they said.


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