G-7 says will closely coordinate over Russia amid alleged uprising
TOKYO – The Group of Seven foreign ministers on Saturday agreed to closely coordinate over the situation in Russia, the Japanese government said, in the wake of an alleged armed uprising against President Vladimir Putin.
In an urgently arranged conference call, the ministers discussed “pressing issues facing the international community, including the situation in Russia,” the Foreign Ministry said in a press release. They “shared the view that the G-7 will continue to work closely together.”
Boxing: Kazuto Ioka defeats Franco to win WBA super flyweight title
TOKYO – Japanese boxer Kazuto Ioka claimed the WBA super flyweight title via unanimous decision Saturday over Joshua Franco of the United States in their rematch.
The bout at Tokyo’s Ota City General Gymnasium came after the World Boxing Association stripped Franco of his super flyweight belt for failing to make weight a day earlier.
G-7 ministers meet in Japan to discuss women’s empowerment post-COVID
UTSUNOMIYA, Japan – Gender equality ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations gathered in Japan on Saturday to discuss women’s empowerment after the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated inequalities between the sexes and highlighted social and economic disparities between men and women.
The G-7 ministers will adopt a joint statement on Sunday following the meeting in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, and will likely agree to measures aimed at addressing issues such as the gender wage gap, as well as decreasing employment opportunities for women, a Japanese government official in charge of the meeting said.
2 Japan dancers win gold medals at int’l ballet competition in U.S.
JACKSON, Mississippi – Two Japanese dancers won gold medals Friday at the prestigious USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
Sayako Toku, 21, from Kobe in western Japan, won in the senior women’s division and Ryo Sasaki, 24, from Osaka Prefecture, won in the senior men’s division.
Woman in Japan dies of Oz virus in world 1st, possibly tick-borne
TOKYO – A woman in her 70s died in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, after contracting the Oz virus, making her case the world’s first death by the possibly tick-borne infection, Japanese authorities said Friday.
The virus was discovered in the country in 2018, and while there may have been cases of humans and wild animals being infected, there had been no confirmation of its onset on a person until now, the authorities said.
Baseball: Maeda wins in return from injury, Ohtani hits 25th HR
DETROIT – Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda picked up his first win since August 2021 in his return from the injured list Friday, while Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 25th home run in the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Maeda (1-4) struck out eight over five scoreless innings in the Twins’ 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. He allowed three hits and walked two.
Japan to issue new banknotes in July 2024, 1st renewal in 20 yrs
TOKYO – Japan will issue new banknotes as early as July next year in their first renewal since 2004, putting the face of Eiichi Shibusawa, known as “the father of Japanese capitalism,” on the new 10,000 yen bill, a source familiar with the matter said Saturday.
The new 5,000 yen note will carry Umeko Tsuda, an educator who pioneered women’s higher education, while the new 1,000 yen note will feature microbiologist Shibasaburo Kitasato, who developed a serum therapy for tetanus.
Ex-lawmaker, YouTuber GaaSyy faces new intimidation charge
TOKYO – Former Japanese lawmaker and YouTuber GaaSyy was served with a fresh arrest warrant Saturday for alleged online intimidation of individuals who filed criminal complaints against him, including a celebrity.
The 51-year-old, whose real name is Yoshikazu Higashitani, is suspected of intimidating Go Ayano, 41, and jewelry designer Kimio Fukutani, 47, on Instagram and the Twitcasting livestreaming service in February, police said.
Chinese public sees Japan, U.S. as least trustworthy: survey
BEIJING – Chinese citizens view Japan and the United States as the least trustworthy nations among 10 global actors and the most likely to engage in military conflict with Beijing in the next decade, a recent survey in Canada found.
The University of Alberta survey, which drew some 2,000 valid responses from across mainland China between January and March, also found that Japan was rated as having the least important relationship with China. Russia topped the rankings both for trustworthiness and long-term importance.
FEATURE: “Holy Land” Hibiya Park music hall to be rebuilt bigger, better
TOKYO – The iconic, century-old Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park, commonly abbreviated as “Yaon” in Japanese, will be knocked down and rebuilt bigger and better after fiscal 2024.
As the host to numerous legendary concerts, Yaon is known as the “Holy Land of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and the “Folk Hall of Fame.” It will be reborn as a more accommodating facility for performers and guests while maintaining the same openness as an outdoor music hall.
Video: Dance rehearsal by maiko, or apprentice geiko, in Kyoto