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Kyodo News Digest: April 5, 2022


Here is the latest list of news digests selected by Kyodo News.


Japanese Hayashi to take 20 Ukrainian evacuees to Japan from Poland

WARSAW — Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said in Poland on Monday that he would take 20 Ukrainian evacuees to Japan on a government plane when it leaves the Eastern European country later in the day.

“We have decided that 20 evacuees, who want to go to Japan but cannot find transportation on their own, will board a relief government plane when I return to Japan,” Hayashi told reporters before speaking. leave the capital Warsaw.


Global warming will exceed the 1.5C mark unless emissions cap by 2025

TOKYO — A UN climate panel warned on Monday that greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025 and decline from there for the world to meet the goal of limiting the increase in global temperature to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which provides governments with scientific information to help them propose effective climate solutions, stressed in its task force’s latest report that the current rate of emissions reductions is not is not enough.


Japanese team proves iPS-based corneal transplant is safe in world’s first trial

OSAKA – A Japanese university research team said on Monday that it had concluded that the world’s first clinical trial, spanning several years, of transplanting corneal tissue derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, into four patients almost blind was safe and effective.

None of the patients experienced rejection or tumorigenicity of the transplanted cells and all saw their symptoms improve, according to the Osaka University team led by Professor Koji Nishida.


Japan’s defense chief seeks to ‘significantly’ boost defense capabilities

TOKYO — Japan’s defense minister said Monday that his ministry would consider requesting a larger budget for the next fiscal year to “significantly” boost defense capabilities to deal with China’s growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region and new nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said in an interview with Kyodo News that the ministry would continue discussions on a controversial plan that would allow Japan, which has long pursued an exclusively defense-oriented policy under its Constitution waiving war, to acquire what are called enemy base strike capabilities.


Biden calls Putin a war criminal amid mass civilian deaths near Kyiv

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday doubled down on his claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a war criminal and insisted on new sanctions against Moscow, following reports of mass civilian deaths in a city Ukraine attacked by Russian troops.

‘You saw what happened in Bucha,’ Biden told reporters at the White House, referring to the town near kyiv where bodies are seen strewn on the streets in footage and images that have emerged after the withdrawal of Russian forces. “That justifies (the label) – he’s a war criminal.”


Japanese household spending in February increased by 1.1% year on year

TOKYO — Japanese household spending rose 1.1% real in February from a year earlier for the second consecutive month of increases, the government said Tuesday.

The average household expenditure of two or more people was 257,887 yen ($2,100), the Interior and Communications Ministry said.


Shanghai will remain in lockdown after mass COVID-19 testing

SHANGHAI — Shanghai will remain on lockdown as it must analyze the results of mass coronavirus testing conducted on Monday, local authorities said, amid rapidly accelerating infections.

China has sent around 2,000 military medical personnel and thousands more health care workers to Shanghai, state media said, as the number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the world’s most important financial hub country hit a record high for the third consecutive day.


US seeks to work with South Korea on ‘decisive response’ to North Korea

WASHINGTON — The United States and South Korea must work together to find a “decisive response” to North Korea’s recent launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles and other provocative weapons tests, the envoy said Monday. American special in North Korea Sung Kim after a meeting with its South Korean president. Korean counterpart.

The meeting between Kim and Noh Kyu Duk, South Korea’s special representative for peace and security affairs on the Korean Peninsula, took place in Washington after North Korea tested an ICBM on March 24, the first launch of this type since November 2017.