Sumo grand champion Terunofuji (C) performs a ceremonial ring-entering ritual at Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine in Osaka on March 2, 2024, ahead of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament starting in the western Japan city on March 10. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Japan upper house ethics panel arranging LDP funds scandal hearings

TOKYO - Japan's upper house is preparing to hold hearings on a political funds scandal that has rattled the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the LDP secretary general in the chamber said Sunday.

The House of Councillors "will arrange a schedule so it does not hamper deliberations on a fiscal 2024 draft budget," Masaji Matsuyama said on a TV program, after the lower house's political ethics committee held sessions on the matter last week, one of which was attended by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.


Tokyo police mistakenly arrest Filipino man for allegedly overstaying

TOKYO - Tokyo police mistakenly arrested a Filipino man Saturday for allegedly overstaying his visa even though he was in the process of renewing his residence card, police said.

The technical intern in his 30s went to a police station voluntarily after an officer approached him at Ueno Station in Tokyo and asked him to show his residence card, which had expired. The man was quoted by police as saying he had "forgotten to apply."


Japan foreign minister says women's involvement key to peace efforts

TOKYO - Japan should pursue women's involvement in conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts as a key foreign policy to further contribute to global peace, Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said in a recent interview while acknowledging the "many challenges" her own nation faces in gender equality issues.

Kamikawa, 71, who became Japan's first female foreign minister in around two decades when she took the post in September last year, also expressed her resolve to become a "role model for women after her" as she carries out her diplomatic duties.


Malaysia mulls resuming search of missing MH370 as 10th anniv. nears

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian government said Sunday it is open to resuming the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that went missing en route to Beijing nearly 10 years ago, citing a potential collaboration with a U.S. ocean exploration company.

Speaking at a ceremony organized by family members of the crash victims ahead of the anniversary of the Boeing 777's disappearance, Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook said he will try to persuade the Cabinet to approve the search.


Athletics: Kenya's Kipruto, Ethiopia's Kebede win Tokyo Marathon

TOKYO - Kenyan Benson Kipruto and Ethiopian Sutume Kebede won Sunday's Tokyo Marathon with respective men's and women's race records.

Kipruto came home in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 16 seconds after outdueling countryman Timothy Kiplagat over the final stages.


Japanese model with Down syndrome fulfills dream, walks in Paris show

PARIS - A Japanese model with Down syndrome made a guest appearance at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday, making her dream come true as she walked down the runway in a glamorous kimono-inspired dress.

Nao Saito, known by her stage name Nao, walked in the show of international designer Samina Mughal, clad in a red gown tied with a gold "obi" sash. The dress was made by a Japanese company hoping to share Japan's culture with the world.


Boxing: Abe outgunned in IBF featherweight title shot against Lopez

VERONA, New York - Japanese boxer Reiya Abe fell short in his bid to unseat Mexico's Luis Alberto Lopez as IBF world featherweight champion on Saturday, losing a one-sided bout via eighth-round technical knockout.

The 30-year-old Abe suffered a setback early in his first world title shot at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York when a hook from Lopez left him with a badly swollen right eye.


Rugby: Steenkamp, Paltridge lead Dynaboars to upset over Spears

TOKYO - Lock Walt Steenkamp and winger Ben Paltridge each scored a brace of tries to lead Sagamihara Dynaboars to a 34-28 upset win against defending Japan Rugby League One champions Kubota Spears on Sunday.

In a see-sawing contest, Steenkamp edged the Dynaboars ahead 29-28 in the 70th minute before player of the match Paltridge extended the margin with his second try at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.


Japan eyes rules for firms to disclose greenhouse gas emissions data

TOKYO - Japan's financial watchdog is considering obliging companies listed on the top-tier section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange to disclose information on greenhouse gas emissions throughout their supply chains.

The Financial Services Agency will set up a panel this month to work out the details of the envisioned policy in support of global efforts to accelerate decarbonization, according to its plan proposed at a meeting of the Financial System Council.


Japan agency warns of more quakes as temblors continue east of Tokyo

TOKYO - Japan's weather agency has warned of more earthquakes in Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo following a series of temblors in recent days, detecting a movement known as "slow slip" in tectonic plates off the coast.

The slow-slip event is believed to be occurring off the Boso Peninsula on the boundary between the continental plate and the Philippine Sea plate, according to the Geospatial Information Authority.

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