Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets showered with sunflower seeds by teammates in celebration of the 176th home run of his major league career during a game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles on April 21, 2024. (Kyodo)

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


Google pressed to reform search ad practices in Japan

TOKYO - Japan's antitrust watchdog said Monday it has asked Google LLC to voluntarily reform its business practices after finding that it imposed unfair restrictions in its search advertising agreement with Yahoo Japan.

The Japan Fair Trade Commission concluded that the practices by the U.S. search giant have compromised the fairness of the digital advertising market. It is the first administrative step taken by Japanese authorities against Google.


Baseball: Ohtani passes Matsui for most MLB homers by Japanese player

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Shohei Ohtani hit the 176th home run of his major league career Sunday, breaking a tie with Hideki Matsui for the most by a Japanese-born player.

Ohtani's No. 176, off New York Mets right-hander Adrian Houser, was a no-doubter as soon as the ball left his bat at Dodger Stadium. The two-run homer went deep into the seats in right-center field, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the third inning of what would eventually be a 10-0 victory.


North Korea fires ballistic missile into waters outside Japan's EEZ

TOKYO - North Korea on Monday fired at least one ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan, but no damage was reported as it fell into waters outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, the Japanese government said.

The missile, launched in a northeasterly direction at around 3 p.m., is estimated to have flown more than 250 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 50 km before falling near the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, according to Japan's Defense Ministry.


Families of late "comfort women" suing Japan government, 1st case in China

BEIJING - The family of a former Chinese "comfort woman" who claims to have worked in Japan's wartime military brothels has sued the Japanese government, demanding an apology and compensation in what is believed to be the first such suit against Tokyo filed in China.

The suit was lodged with a high court in Shanxi Province, a lawyer for the family of the deceased woman said Monday. It remains unknown whether the court will accept the suit.


Japan watching case of Chinese prof. of Tokyo university missing in China

TOKYO - Japan is "closely monitoring" the case of a Chinese professor working for a Tokyo university who went missing last year while visiting his home country, raising concerns about a potential human rights issue, the top government spokesman said Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi confirmed recent reports that Fan Yuntao of Japan's Asia University remains unaccounted for.


Abe's widow to attend Taiwan presidential inauguration in May

TAIPEI - Akie Abe, the widow of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will attend Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te's inauguration ceremony next month, a ruling Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker said Monday.

Lin Chu-yin, a member of the territory's Legislative Yuan, said on a social media post that Abe's upcoming participation in the ceremony reflects the relationship between Taiwan and Japan as "family members and brothers."


Turkish Airlines diverges from instructed landing route at Haneda

TOKYO - A Turkish Airlines passenger flight diverged from its instructed landing route at Tokyo's Haneda airport and performed a go-around, prompting Japan's transport ministry to investigate the incident, ministry officials said Monday.

Turkish Airlines Flight 198 from Istanbul was meant to land on Runway B at around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, but air traffic controllers noticed it approaching Runway D and instructed it to perform a go-around so it could land safely. The aircraft landed some 25 minutes later on Runway D, according to the ministry.


Japanese "sugar baby" gets 9 years for scamming men out of 155 million yen

NAGOYA - A 25-year-old Japanese woman was given a nine-year prison sentence on Monday for defrauding three men out of a total of 155 million yen ($1 million) on a dating app and selling a manual on how to scam men out of their money.

The Nagoya District Court also fined Mai Watanabe, known by the moniker "itadaki joshi Riri-chan," literally "sugar baby Riri," 8 million yen ($51,700) for the scams.

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