Kyodo News Digest: July 14, 2021

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


High Court Finds 84 Atomic Bomb “Black Rain” Victims Eligible for Aid

HIROSHIMA – A Japanese high court ruled on Wednesday that 84 people who were exposed to radioactive “black rains” after the 1945 US bombing of Hiroshima outside an area currently recognized by the government should be eligible to receive health benefits. state health care.

The Hiroshima High Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, upholding a lower court ruling last year and saying they should receive the same benefits as those given to atomic bomb survivors who were in the area where the state recognized the black rain.


United States hits out at China at ASEAN meeting over illegal South China Sea allegations

BANGKOK – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in an online meeting with his ASEAN peers on Wednesday, reiterated Washington’s position that he will not accept China’s illegal maritime claims in the sea of Southern China, according to the State Department.

Blinken also expressed deep concern over a military coup that took place in Myanmar earlier this year, and called on ASEAN to take coordinated action to end the violence and return to a civil regime in the member country.


Japanese expats leave Indonesia on chartered plane amid virus wave

JAKARTA – A chartered plane carrying around 50 Japanese expatriates and their family members left Indonesia for Japan on Wednesday morning, following a wave of infections with the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus in the country from Southeast Asia.

The All Nippon Airways plane, which took off from Jakarta International Airport, is expected to arrive at Narita Airport near Tokyo later today, according to Japanese government and Shimizu Corp sources. The big general contractor chartered the plane.


Japanese Prime Minister Suga apologizes for asking wholesalers to facilitate alcohol ban

TOKYO – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologized on Wednesday for his administration’s controversial demand that beverage wholesalers stop supplying alcohol to restaurants and bars that have defied an alcohol ban aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

“I apologize for causing problems for a lot of people,” Suga told reporters a day after the government withdrew last week’s request that wholesalers stop supplying establishments in areas under the COVID-19 state of emergency who continued to serve alcohol.


Japan highlights importance of Quad cooperation on emerging technologies

TOKYO – Japanese Minister of Science and Technology Shinji Inoue on Tuesday stressed the importance of cooperation with other Quad members, the United States, Australia and India, in the development of emerging technologies , an area in which China exerts an increasing influence.

“Today, emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum technology not only produce economic benefits, but have the potential to affect civil liberties, human rights. man and even national security, “Inoue said as he attended an event hosted by the United States. event in Washington virtually.


Baseball: Shohei Ohtani becomes first player to hit and pitch in MLB All-Star game

DENVER – Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday became the first player in the 88-year history of the All-Star Game to start as both a hitter and pitcher.

Ohtani, who was in the lineup as a designated hitter, beat the top spot for the American League, then took the mound as the game’s starting pitcher at Coors Field in Denver, adding another first to his career of four. years in MLB.

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