The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.
North Korea fires projectile: Japan gov’t
TOKYO – North Korea fired a projectile on Tuesday, the Japanese government said.
The latest launch of what could be a ballistic missile comes after North Korean state media said last week the country successfully tested a newly developed hypersonic missile.
Japan set to maintain entry ban at least until end of Feb.
TOKYO – The Japanese government is considering extending an entry ban on non-resident foreigners at least until the end of February, according to government sources.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to announce Tuesday the extension of the ban, in place since Nov. 30 after the country confirmed its first case of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Former Olympic champion gymnast Uchimura retires from competition
TOKYO – Two-time Olympic all-around artistic gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura announced Tuesday he will retire from competition.
The 33-year-old Uchimura, Japan’s six-time world all-around champion, made the announcement via his management office.
U.S. floats idea of limiting military drills in talks with Russia
WASHINGTON – The United States on Monday told Russia it is open to discussions on setting reciprocal limits on military exercises and missile deployments as it seeks to de-escalate tensions with Moscow over Ukraine, but no major breakthroughs were announced following their talks in Geneva.
The dialogue was part of a series of engagements taking place this week in Europe amid heightened concerns that Russia may further invade Ukraine as it amasses troops on the border.
Tennis star Djokovic wins court battle to stay in Australia
SYDNEY – Tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday won an expedited legal battle against the cancellation of his Australian visa, with an Australian court ordering the Serbian’s immediate release from immigration detention.
The Federal Circuit and Family Court said in its decision that the Australian Border Force’s actions in canceling Djokovic’s visa upon arrival in the country were “unreasonable.”
Japan presses Indonesia to lift coal export ban
JAKARTA – Japanese industry minister Koichi Hagiuda pressed his Indonesian counterpart in Jakarta on Monday to lift Indonesia’s one-month ban on coal exports imposed Jan. 1 to prioritize fuel supply to its domestic coal-fired power plants, people familiar with their talks said.
Amid growing concerns about potential shortages in Japan and other countries that rely on Indonesian coal, energy minister Arifin Tasrif held out hope the exports could soon be resumed. “We hope that in the next few days, we can get clarity,” he was quoted as saying during their meeting.
Mizuho Financial taps executive Kihara as new president
TOKYO – Mizuho Financial Group Inc. has decided to promote Masahiro Kihara, the senior executive officer of the Japanese banking group, to become its new president replacing Tatsufumi Sakai in April as part of a reshuffle of top leadership over a series of system failures, sources close to the matter said Monday.
Mizuho Financial Group announced in November that Chairman Yasuhiro Sato, President Sakai and Mizuho Bank President Koji Fujiwara would all step down in the spring.
Pakistani terrorist leader killed in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD – A top commander of the Pakistani terrorist group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has been killed in neighboring Afghanistan, a senior counterterrorism official said Monday.
The commander, identified as Khalid Balti and also known as Muhammad Khorasani, was assassinated in the province of Nangarhar in southern Afghanistan by unidentified gunmen, with the details of his killing remaining unclear.