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Kyodo News Digest: Nov. 5, 2023

Fireworks synchronized with music songs, including the official theme song for the World Expo 2025 in Osaka, light up the night sky above Izumisano in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, on Nov. 4, 2023. (Kyodo)

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


China vows at trade fair to cut investment barriers as economy slumps

SHANGHAI – Chinese Premier Li Qiang vowed Sunday to reduce trade barriers and attract more foreign investment, as the world’s second-largest economy has been slumping amid a property sector crisis, while the country’s worsening business environment has dampened sentiment among many overseas companies.

Li said at the opening ceremony of a major trade fair in Shanghai that Beijing will work with all countries to “jointly build an open economy,” as the global economic recovery has lacked momentum. President Xi Jinping also sent a letter to the event and pledged that China will continue its “high-level opening up.”


Landowner vows to seek understanding over Jingu redevelopment

TOKYO – The major landowner in a redevelopment project in one of Tokyo’s greenest neighborhoods said it will continue efforts to gain public support for the controversial plan, which is set to see the loss of hundreds of trees.

“We’d like to proceed with the project while obtaining understanding through careful explanations,” an official of the religious corporation running Meiji Jingu shrine, which owns a large part of the Jingu Gaien area in central Tokyo, said in a recent interview with Kyodo News.


Figure skating: Kagiyama, Sumiyoshi take bronze at France Grand Prix

ANGERS, France – Beijing Winter Olympics silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama made a successful figure skating comeback with men’s bronze Saturday at the Grand Prix de France, while compatriot Rion Sumiyoshi also took bronze after becoming the first Japanese woman to land a quadruple toe loop in international competition.

Kagiyama’s third-place performance in Friday’s short program marked his competitive return after missing the entire 2022-23 season with a nagging ankle injury. The 20-year-old added 175.23 points in the free skate to total 273.14.


New eye-catching railway inspection train to debut in Japan

FUKUOKA – A Japanese railway operator has developed a new inspection train, Big Eye, featuring headlights that resemble a pair of eyeballs, aiming to streamline its maintenance work with digitalized functions.

Kyushu Railway Co. will hold test runs from this month through next March in southwestern Japan before its full-fledged debut to evaluate the equipment’s durability, accuracy of data measurement and for building a system for data analysis, it said.


Over 100 dead after strong quake hits western Nepal

NEW DELHI – A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 rocked western Nepal on Friday night, killing over 100 people and leaving major damage including collapsed homes, according to local police and officials.

Deaths from the quake were reported in Jajarkot district, around 300 kilometers northwest of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, and its surrounding areas, they said. The quake was also felt in New Delhi in neighboring India.


Baseball: Long-awaited win marks Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s finest hour

OSAKA – After a string of disappointments, Japanese pro baseball’s most highly regarded pitcher, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, threw a record 14-strikeout gem for the first Japan Series win of his career.

Yamamoto held Hanshin to a run by pitching out of a second-inning bases-loaded jam, and his teammates immediately rewarded him with a one-run lead. Yamamoto had allowed 16 runs in his previous three postseason games.


Baseball: Yamamoto, Buffaloes send Japan Series to Game 7

OSAKA – In what might have been his last game in Japanese pro baseball, Orix Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto threw a complete game Saturday to even the Japan Series at three games apiece in a 5-1 Game 6 win over the Hanshin Tigers and force a Game 7.

Yamamoto, who hopes to move to Major League Baseball via the posting system this winter, struck out a Japan Series record 14 while allowing nine hits in a 138-pitch outing at Orix’s Kyocera Dome Osaka.


Australian foreign minister eyes joining G7 talks in Tokyo next week

CANBERRA – Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong is considering joining talks between her counterparts of the Group of Seven countries in Tokyo next week, diplomatic sources said Saturday.

Wong is hoping to take part in the final day of the G7 foreign ministers’ two-day meeting from Tuesday and brief them about the outcome of the summit between Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Chinese President Xi Jinping expected Monday, the sources said.


Video: Christmas tree lights up in a shopping mall in Sapporo

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