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Kyodo News Digest: Nov. 21, 2023

Ryunosuke Tsukue competes in the men’s event during the national championships for squash, a sport confirmed for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, in a glass-walled court at Tressa Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Nov. 19, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


North Korea notifies Japan of new 9-day satellite launch window

TOKYO – North Korea notified Japan of its plan to launch a satellite-carrying rocket in a new nine-day window, the Japanese government said Tuesday, following two failures to put a military reconnaissance satellite into orbit earlier this year.

The launch window will start at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and close at 11:59 pm on Nov. 30, according to the Japan Coast Guard.


Hawaii may allow Japanese tourists to pass border checks from Japan

TOKYO – The U.S. state of Hawaii is working with its national and Japanese immigration authorities to create a system that allows Japanese tourists to complete immigration and customs procedures before departing their country, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said recently.

Speaking in an interview with Kyodo News, Green said the new initiative would allow direct flights from Japan to more Hawaiian islands, even those with no immigration facilities, making travel more convenient and in turn boosting local economies that have seen a downturn in tourists from Japan since the coronavirus pandemic.


New Tezuka “Black Jack” manga episode created using AI unveiled

TOKYO – A new episode of Osamu Tezuka’s famous “Black Jack” manga made with the help of artificial intelligence was unveiled Monday, with the creators saying that while the work reflected the spirit of the late legendary manga artist, its ability to depict human feelings remains an issue.

“We are happy that a very Tezuka Osamu-like work has been created,” said Makoto Tezuka, son of the late artist and director at Tezuka Productions Co., one of the organizers of the project, which was launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the medical drama about an unlicensed genius surgeon.


50 media workers killed in Israel-Hamas conflict

NEW YORK – At least 50 members of the media have been killed in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, a New York-based nonprofit organization said Monday.

The number has boosted the overall figure for this year so far to 61, the Committee to Protect Journalists said, saying the war has been the “deadliest” period for journalists since data was first gathered in 1992.


Baseball: MLB negotiating period to start for Japanese ace Yamamoto

LOS ANGELES – Major League Baseball said Monday its 30 clubs will have up to 45 days from Tuesday to negotiate a contract with Japanese starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

The signing deadline for the 25-year-old right-hander, who was posted by the Orix Buffaloes after a dominant career in Japan, has been set at 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 4.


9 injured after car plows into pedestrians in southwestern Japan

KITAKYUSHU, Japan – A minicar plowed into a group of pedestrians on a roadside in Fukuoka Prefecture on Tuesday morning, leaving nine people injured, including a high school student who was knocked temporarily unconscious and the vehicle’s driver, police said.

The prefectural police arrested the driver, 66-year-old Susumu Nakamura, on suspicion of causing injury through negligent driving in the accident that was reported around 8:15 a.m. He was released for treatment after being arrested.


Fans flock to anime director Makoto Shinkai’s Los Angeles artwork pop-up

LOS ANGELES – A pop-up installation featuring materials from the complete works of Japanese animation filmmaker Makoto Shinkai drew fans to Los Angeles on Sunday.

The event “Makoto Shinkai: A Journey from Voices of a Distant Star through Suzume” was the first exhibition featuring his films in the United States, according to Japanese anime company CoMix Wave Films Inc., one of the organizers.


Tennis: Injury-plagued Nishikori will not return before end of year

TOKYO – Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori will sit out of the upcoming ATP Challenger Tour event played on home soil, the Japan Tennis Association said Tuesday.

The withdrawal from the Yokkaichi Challenger starting Nov. 27 in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, ends his hopes of making a return from a left knee injury before the end of the season.


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