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Kyodo News Digest: Dec. 3, 2023

Photo shows a special “stove train” equipped with coal stoves in Goshogawara in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Dec. 1, 2023, the first day of operation this season. Tsugaru Railway’s popular train service will run through the end of March 2024. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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Piece of Osprey wreckage given to U.S. after crash off Japan

KAGOSHIMA, Japan – A piece of wreckage from a crashed Osprey military aircraft was handed over to U.S. military Sunday, a southwestern Japanese town said, as an around-the-clock search continued for seven crew missing in nearby waters.

The wreckage was collected by local fishermen, according to the town of Yakushima, after the tilt-rotor aircraft went down on Wednesday during a training exercise near the island town.


North Korea’s spy satellite operation office begins work: KCNA

SEOUL – North Korea began operating a satellite control office on Saturday, the official Korean Central News Agency said, after last month successfully launching a spy satellite into orbit.

The announcement indicates North Korea may officially have put its Malligyong-1 reconnaissance satellite into service in the wake of the Nov. 21 launch. The office was set up at the Pyongyang General Control Center of the National Aerospace Technology Administration, KCNA said Sunday.


Japan firms pick kanji for “change” to describe turbulent 2023

TOKYO – The kanji character for “change” was the top pick among Japanese firms to summarize 2023, a year that many saw as marked by turbulence, a research firm said.

The character, picked by nearly 60 firms, was followed by ones for “patience” and “endurance,” according to Teikoku Databank, which conducted an online survey of almost 1,000 companies.


Small tsunami recorded in areas along Japan’s Pacific coast

TOKYO – Small tsunami were observed in areas along Japan’s Pacific coast early Sunday following a 7.7-magnitude earthquake off a southern Philippine island, Japan’s weather agency said.

Tsunami up to 40 centimeters in height were measured at Hachijo Island in the Izu chain near Tokyo and up to 20 cm for some other islands in the chain, while surges of 20 cm were also seen in coastal areas of Wakayama and Kochi prefectures in western Japan after warnings were issued for the areas.


Half of hospitals see no merit in “My Number” health insurance cards

TOKYO – About half of the hospitals that accept “My Number” identification cards as health insurance certificates in Japan say they see no benefit for patients, a recent labor ministry survey showed, despite the government’s push for people to register for the integrated cards.

The number of people who have already adopted the cards as their health insurance certificates has surpassed 70 million, but the actual use of them remains low among patients, standing at around 4 percent, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.


Freestyle skiing: Horishima wins World Cup moguls season opener

RUKA, Finland – Japanese freestyle skier Ikuma Horishima won the World Cup’s season-opening men’s moguls event Saturday in Ruka, Finland.

The bronze medalist at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics picked up his 15th career World Cup victory with 82.68 points.


Japan, France unveil new road map to boost defense, economic security

DUBAI – Japan and France agreed Saturday on a new road map to bolster defense and economic security cooperation between their countries, with China’s expanding clout in the Indo-Pacific region apparently in mind.

The road map, which set goals for cooperation in a broad range of areas through 2027, called for maintaining a free and open international order based on the rule of law.


Football: Tomiyasu assist helps leaders Arsenal down Wolves

LONDON – Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu set up a goal before coming off with apparent leg discomfort as league leaders Arsenal beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at home on Saturday for their third straight English Premier League win.

Bukayo Saka scored the sixth-minute opener at Emirates Stadium following a short pass inside the box from Tomiyasu, who played at right-back, before Martin Odegaard swept in their second seven minutes later.


Video: Akita inu dogs descend on Tokyo’s Shibuya

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