Kyodo News Digest: November 20, 2022

People pose for a photo near the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, which will host the final of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on November 18, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Japan’s Kishida is considering replacing the interior minister hit by the scandal

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is considering replacing Interior Minister Minoru Terada, who is mired in a money scandal, and is expected to make a final decision as early as Sunday, administration sources said on Saturday.

The prime minister told reporters in Bangkok earlier Saturday that he would decide Terada’s fate based on the need for cabinet ministers to explain their behavior and for the government to focus its efforts on addressing policy challenges.


Most APEC leaders strongly condemn Russia for the war against Ukraine

BANGKOK – Most leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum on Saturday sharply condemned Russia for invading Ukraine, saying the war was having a negative impact on the global economy.

In a statement by leaders issued after a two-day summit in Bangkok, most APEC leaders said the war in Ukraine was exacerbating “existing weaknesses in the global economy,” citing elevated inflation, supply chain disruptions, increased energy and food insecurity. and heightened risks to financial stability.


Malaysians vote in general election amid political instability

KUALA LUMPUR — The vote count in Malaysia’s general election was underway on Saturday after polling stations closed, with a high turnout expected for the coalition led by opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, although it is still unknown if she can win.

Amid political instability in the country, which has seen three leadership changes in the past four years, control of 220 seats in the lower house of parliament and 116 seats in three state legislatures is at stake. The contest for two seats in Parliament has been postponed due to the death of a candidate and bad weather.


Figure Skating: Uno retains men’s NHK Trophy crown

SAPPORO — World champion Shoma Uno successfully defended his men’s title at the NHK Trophy Figure Skating Grand Prix on Saturday by defeating short program winner Sota Yamamoto 1-2 for Japan.

Uno scored 188.10 for his free skate for a total of 279.76 at the Makomanai Sekisuiheim Ice Arena, finishing with 21.91 ahead of Yamamoto, who won his second consecutive silver medal on the Grand Prix circuit. Cha Jun Hwan of South Korea took bronze with 254.76.


North Korea reveals Kim’s daughter, fueling speculation over succession

BEIJING — North Korea reported on leader Kim Jong Un’s daughter for the first time on Saturday, releasing photos of a young girl she appeared to be next to him, fueling speculation over whether she is a potential successor to her father.

A photo taken on Friday, as North Korea says it has successfully tested a new type of ICBM, showed Kim’s daughter in a white jacket next to his wife Ri Sol Ju, with Kim in the foreground. She could be “Ju Ae,” and by her looks, she’s likely either the first or second of three children thought to have been born between Kim and Ri.


FIFA boss says World Cup critics should focus on football

DOHA – FIFA President Gianni Infantino used his opening press conference of the World Cup in Qatar on Saturday to slam media critics from the host country and single out European media for their “hypocrisy”.

In an impassioned hour-long monologue, the 52-year-old Swiss woman railed against the media’s focus on the rights of foreign workers, LGBTQ people and women in the conservative Middle East nation, calling for engagement rather than editorial.


Giant panda gifted to Taiwan from China dies after seizures

TAIPEI — Tuan Tuan, a giant male panda at Taipei Zoo, died Saturday afternoon after suffering multiple seizures since early morning, the zoo said. The 18-year-old was one of two pandas gifted to Taiwan from China.

Tuan Tuan was pronounced dead at 1:48 p.m., zoo spokesman Eric Tsao said at a news conference. The panda’s age was the same as a human’s at 67.


Federer shares memories with Japanese stars at children’s event

TOKYO – Twenty-time tennis Grand Slam singles champion Roger Federer has reflected on the reality of his retirement, his history with Japan’s Kei Nishikori and the advice he gave to wheelchair tennis star Shingo Kunieda on Saturday.

Federer, Nishikori, Kunieda and British wheelchair tennis star Gordon Reid took part in a question-and-answer session outside a clinic at Tokyo’s Ariake Tennis Park, sponsored by Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo.


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