Kyodo News Digest: November 1, 2022

A man lays flowers to honor victims near the scene of a fatal accident during Halloween celebrations in Seoul’s Itaewon district on October 31, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Kin identify the bodies of Japanese victims in a deadly Halloween urge

SEOUL – The family members of two Japanese victims in a Halloween crush in Seoul that killed more than 150 people saw and identified the bodies of their loved ones Monday as many people continued to understand the tragedy that raised questions about police safety.

Ayumu Tomikawa, whose 26-year-old daughter Mei was one of the two Japanese women killed, flew to South Korea from Hokkaido in northern Japan on Monday evening with two other family members.


Japan spent a record 6.35 trillion. Yen in October Yen buying intervention

TOKYO — Japan announced a record 6.35 trillion yen ($43 billion) in October.

The previous high was 2.84 trillion yen, set in September and thought to have been primarily spent on Sept. 22, when Japan entered the market by buying the yen with US dollars for the first time since 1998. Since then, the Japanese authorities have said nothing of any intervention, making financial markets nervous.


Halloween revelers are sure to fill Shibuya after Seoul crowds

TOKYO – Halloween in Tokyo’s famed Shibuya district felt like it had returned to its pre-pandemic peak on Monday, as revelers, including foreign tourists, flocked in just days after a deadly crush that marred a similar event in South Korea flocked to the popular entertainment district.

Tokyo police have been heavily present in the wide avenues and narrow streets of Shibuya after the deaths of more than 150 people during Halloween celebrations in Seoul’s Itaewon district on Saturday night.


China launches lab module as its space station nears completion

BEIJING — China on Monday successfully launched the Mengtian laboratory module, the final “building block” for its first space station, which is expected to operate for up to 15 years, state news agency Xinhua said.

The Long March-5B Y4 launch vehicle carrying Mengtian took off at 15:37 Beijing time from the Wenchang spacecraft launch site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan. About eight minutes later, the module separated from the rocket and entered its preset orbit, according to the China Manned Space Agency.


4 hospitalized on suspicion of gas poisoning in Japan from a factory accident

NAGOYA — Four men were hospitalized on Monday with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after an accident was reported at a Du Pont-Toray Co. chemical plant in central Japan.

Emergency services were called to the factory operated by Du Pont-Toray Co. in Tokai, Aichi Prefecture around 1:55 p.m


Panasonic will start construction of a new battery factory for electric vehicles in the USA from November.

OSAKA – The battery manufacturing unit of Panasonic Holdings Corp. announced on Monday that it will begin construction of a new electric vehicle battery plant in Kansas next month.

It is expected to invest up to around $4 billion for the project, which is widely seen as a delivery to Tesla Inc. amid a global push to reduce carbon emissions.


At least 141 dead after bridge collapse in India

NEW DELHI — At least 141 people have died in India after a cable suspension bridge collapsed in the western state of Gujarat on Sunday, causing dozens of people to fall to their deaths on the bridge, local media said on Monday.

According to media reports, the more than hundred-year-old bridge in Morbi probably collapsed due to the excessive weight caused when about 500 people, far exceeding the carrying capacity of about 100, gathered on it at the same time. The popular tourist spot was reopened on Wednesday after renovation.


Kabuki actor Ebizo adopts the respected stage name Danjuro

TOKYO — Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo on Monday adopted his family’s prestigious and centuries-old stage name Danjuro after a two-year delay due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The name Ichikawa Danjuro, whose successor the 44-year-old is, is the stage name introduced in the second half of the 17th century and adopted by kabuki actors of the Ichikawa family. It is considered the most prestigious of the kabuki stage names.


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