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Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 22, 2023

Onahama port in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, sees its first saury landing of the season on Oct. 21, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Voting under way in 2 parliamentary by-elections in Japan

TOKYO – Voting got under way Sunday in by-elections to fill two vacant seats in Japan’s parliament, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party facing off against the leading opposition force in one-on-one battles.

The by-elections for the House of Representatives, the more powerful lower chamber, and the House of Councillors are the first national contests since Kishida revamped his Cabinet last month in a bid to refresh the image of his government.


Foreign minister says Japan willing to provide further aid to Gaza

TOKYO – Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said Saturday that Japan will continue considering providing further aid to the Gaza Strip, which is facing a deepening humanitarian crisis amid the war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

During a speech at an international conference held in the suburbs of Cairo and shown online to discuss the conflict, Kamikawa also pledged to make diplomatic efforts “to prevent the instability from spilling over” into the Middle Eastern region.


Aid trucks start entering Gaza as Egypt opens Rafah border crossing

JERUSALEM/CAIRO – Trucks carrying humanitarian supplies started entering Gaza on Saturday as Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing, local media reported.

About 20 trucks crossed into the Gaza Strip to deliver desperately needed aid for the first time since Israel announced a complete blockade on the region on Oct. 9 following the Hamas militant group’s surprise attack on the country, the reports said.


No cease-fire until Russia returns Ukrainian territory: security head

KYIV – Cease-fire negotiations with Russia are off the table as long as Moscow refuses to return territory it has occupied in Ukraine, the country’s national security secretary said in a recent interview.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, in the exclusive interview with Kyodo News, also indicated the country’s intention of continuing its counteroffensive on military infrastructure in Russia, adding that Moscow has become “subordinate to China” in its attempts to draw closer to Beijing for diplomatic and economic support.


Baseball: Buffaloes down Marines, head to 3rd straight Japan Series

OSAKA – The Orix Buffaloes booked a spot in their third straight Japan Series with a 3-2 win Saturday over the Lotte Marines, clinching their Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage in four games.

The win at Kyocera Dome Osaka clinched a 4-1 stage win, including the automatic one-win advantage the Buffaloes received as PL champions.


Tennis: Mochizuki’s breakout run ends in Japan Open semifinals

TOKYO – World No. 215 Shintaro Mochizuki’s impressive run at the Japan Open tennis championships ended Saturday in a straight-sets semifinal defeat to 50th-ranked Russian Aslan Karatsev.

The 20-year-old Mochizuki, the 2019 Wimbledon junior singles champion, entered the ATP 500 event at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum as a wildcard without a win on tour but took down world No. 10 and top seed Taylor Fritz of the United States in the second round.


Football: Sasaki brace as Kobe overpower Kashima, stay 4 pts clear

TOKYO – Daiju Sasaki hit a brace as leaders Vissel Kobe brushed aside Kashima Antlers 3-1 on Saturday to maintain a four-point cushion in search of their first J-League first-division title.

Second-place Yokohama F Marinos hammered Consadole Sapporo 4-1 at home, with former Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi rolling home the opener to improve to 57 points, another four points clear of third-place Urawa Reds.


Ex-Japan PM Kan won’t run in next general election

TOKYO – Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who led Japan’s immediate response to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, said Saturday he does not intend to run in the next general election as he is seeking to bring about a generational shift in politics.

“I’m thinking about how to formalize my decision,” Kan, 77, currently the top adviser to the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, told Kyodo News.


Ragnar Locker ransomware gang taken down in international sweep

TOKYO – A man believed to be a key figure in a ransomware group has been arrested in France over a string of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure across the world, including one in 2020 against Japanese video game maker Capcom Co., police said Friday.

Law enforcement authorities from Japan, the United States and nine European countries cooperated in the investigation targeting the Ragnar Locker group, which threatened to publish and block access to victims’ personal data unless ransoms were paid for decryption tools.


Video: Indonesian students call for president’s ouster


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