Kyodo News Digest: October 31, 2022

An annual water discharge fire drill will be held on October 30, 2022 at Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage site known for its traditional thatched-roof “Gassho-zukuri” farmhouses in Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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

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Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Cabinet’s support rating rises slightly to 37.6%

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet support rate rose slightly to 37.6 percent, a Kyodo News poll showed on Sunday, although he continued to face public dissatisfaction with accelerating inflation and criticism of his handling of issues related to it of the controversial Unification Church is struggling.

The approval rating rose from 35.0 percent in the previous poll conducted earlier this month, while the disapproval rate fell 3.5 percentage points to 44.8 percent, according to the two-day nationwide telephone poll conducted on Saturday.

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154 dead, 133 injured in Halloween crowds in Seoul

SEOUL – A stampede during Halloween celebrations in Seoul on Saturday night killed 154 people and injured 133 after many young people flocked to a popular nightlife district, South Korean authorities said.

The deadly crush occurred on a narrow street in Itaewon, where tens of thousands of people had reportedly gathered for the first Halloween celebration since restrictions eased by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Japan is considering extending the range of high-velocity missiles to defend Senkakus

TOKYO – Japan is considering extending the range of a new high-speed missile, still under development, beyond 1,000 kilometers to better defend its remote islands, including the Japanese-administered Senkakus, government sources said on Sunday.

The planned long-range land-based missile upgrade will bring China’s coastal areas and North Korea within its reach at a time when Japan is stepping up its deterrence in the face of North Korean nuclear and missile threats and China’s military assertiveness, the sources said.

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Baseball: Orix wins the franchise’s first Japan Series in 26 years

TOKYO — Japan Pacific League champions Orix Buffaloes defeated Central League champions Yakult Swallows 5-4 in Game 7 on Sunday to win the first Japan Series of their franchise since Ichiro Suzuki and Orix BlueWave triumphed in 1996 .

Trailing 2-0 and a tie after three games, the Buffaloes won four straight games and came from behind to tie the two-win-a-piece streak in a three-run comeback in Game 5 and never fell behind after that and survived a late Sunday Swallows rally.

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Figure Skating: Uno, Watanabe, Japanese Pairs Victory at Skate Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Canada — Shoma Uno topped the men’s podium, Rinka Watanabe took the women’s gold in her Grand Prix debut, and Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara won their first doubles title of the series on Saturday in a dominant show for Japan at Skate Canada International.

In a 2-1 result for the Japanese men, reigning world champion Uno moved up one spot in the standings to beat short program winner Kao Miura in the second round of the figure skating Grand Prix series in Mississauga .

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Japanese children develop unconscious gender biases at a young age

KYOTO – A study by Japanese universities found that children, as young as 4 to 7 years old, associate the traits of kindness and intelligence with traditional gender stereotypes of femininity and masculinity.

The findings, published earlier this month in the journal Scientific Reports, looked at 565 Japanese boys and girls and found that by the age of 4, girls start believing they are nicer than boys, while more boys think they are are comparatively smarter at the time turn 7.

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Kirin exports premium Fuji whiskey to Singapore amid weaker yen

TOKYO – Kirin Brewery Co. plans to export its premium Fuji-branded whiskey to Singapore in the coming weeks, betting that a weak yen and rising popularity of Japanese whiskey overseas will help attract customers in Southeast Asia to win nation.

Two of Fuji’s brands — Kirin Single Grain Japanese Whiskey Fuji and Kirin Single Blended Japanese Whiskey Fuji — will sell for around S$140 (US$100), according to the major Japanese spirits maker.

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Football: 55-year-old Miura shoots a penalty for the JFL’s oldest goalscoring record

OSAKA — Kazuyoshi Miura scored a penalty for Suzuka Point Getters on Sunday, setting the record for the oldest goalscorer in the fourth-tier Japan Football League at 55 years and 246 days.

The former Japanese striker came on as an 84th-minute substitute in his side’s 2-0 away win over Tiamo Hirakata and his team-mate won a penalty moments later. Miura scored to the right of the point to win 3-1.




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