Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (L) visits the site of a market gutted by a fire in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Feb. 24, 2024, in his second inspection of central Japan areas devastated by a powerful earthquake on Jan. 1. (Pool photo) (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


G7 leaders vow support for Ukraine on 2nd anniversary of Russian invasion

TOKYO - Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations pledged continued "unwavering" support for Ukraine on Saturday as the country marked the second anniversary of Russia's invasion, committing to further pressuring Moscow and slamming its arms transactions with North Korea.

"As Ukraine enters the third year of this relentless war, its government and its people can count on the G7's support for as long as it takes," the leaders said in a statement issued after their video conference hosted by the group's rotating chair Italy.


Trump beats Haley in Republican primary in her home state

COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Donald Trump on Saturday won South Carolina's Republican presidential nominating contest by a decisive margin, dealing another loss to former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and further solidifying his path to a potential November rematch with his Democratic successor Joe Biden.

Haley, the former president's sole remaining rival in the primary race, was this time defeated in her home state, where she served two terms as governor from 2011 to 2017.


Elderly driver fatally hits Taiwanese man near Japan UNESCO temple

NARA, Japan - A 79-year-old man hit two pedestrians with his car Sunday outside Todaiji, a Buddhist temple in western Japan designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the two, a man from Taiwan, died, police said.

The police arrested Akira Ikenaga at the accident site, a pedestrian walk that approaches a gate of the temple in Nara, known for its large Buddha statue, on suspicion of negligence while behind the wheel.


Athletics: Marathon debutant Hirabayashi claims surprise Osaka win

OSAKA - Kokugakuin University junior Kiyoto Hirabayashi won the Osaka Marathon in his marathon debut Sunday with the seventh-fastest time in history for a Japanese runner.

Hirabayashi crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 18 seconds at Osaka Castle Park, 4 seconds ahead of Ugandan runner-up Stephen Kissa, in the second-to-last race of Japan's Olympic team selection series.


1 dies after stabbing at convenience store in Japan's Sapporo

SAPPORO - A convenience store employee died after a man stabbed him and two other co-workers in Sapporo, northern Japan, on Sunday, with police arresting the assailant at the scene.

The incident happened at a Seicomart store in Sapporo's Kita Ward in Hokkaido around 6:50 a.m. The employee in his 40s was taken to hospital where his death was confirmed. The two other workers are a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s.


Japan diversifying seafood export destinations after China ban

TOKYO - Faced with China's ban on Japanese marine product imports, sparked by the release of treated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan's fisheries industry has been casting a wider net, seeking new export destinations to reduce its dependency on the world's second-largest economy.

Yasuhiro Yamazaki, president of wholesaler Yamaharu Co. at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market, is among the many affected by the ban and has been forced to turn to new buyers.


Senate election held in Cambodia, ex-PM Hun Sen seen to get top post

PHNOM PENH - Members of Cambodia's lower house and local councilors voted on Sunday to elect senators, with former Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is running from the ruling party of his eldest son's government, seen to win a seat and get the top post at the upper house.

Hun Sen resigned as prime minister last August after 38-year-rule and his son Hun Manet succeeded him in a de facto hereditary power transfer. Hun Sen still serves as the head of the ruling Cambodian People's Party that controls 120 seats in the 125-seat National Assembly, the lower house.


Retro Japanese video games enjoy intergenerational revival

NAGOYA - Japanese video games released decades ago are making a comeback, gaining popularity among players of all ages in Japan and visitors from overseas, with retailers launching consoles compatible with old cartridges.

Second-hand goods trading retailers Bookoff Group Holdings Ltd. and Geo Holdings Corp. have separately developed consoles capable of playing old games for Nintendo Co.'s iconic Nintendo Entertainment System, released in 1983 as "Famicom" in Japan, while the game reselling market is flourishing both in stores and online.


Video: Protest in Tokyo on 2nd anniversary of Russian invasion