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Kyodo News Digest: June 29, 2024

Kyodo News Digest: June 29, 2024

Kyodo News Digest: June 29, 2024

Members of Japan’s men’s and women’s basketball teams pose for a photo during a pep rally held in Tokyo on June 28, 2024, ahead of the Paris Olympics. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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

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Kobayashi Pharma is investigating another 76 deaths linked to supplements

OSAKA – Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co. said Friday it is investigating an additional 76 deaths linked to the consumption of its red yeast rice nutritional supplements. The government has been angered by the company’s slowness in releasing information since the first suspected death was reported in March.

The Japanese drugmaker previously said five people had died after taking its “beni-koji choleste help” supplements, and recalled the products. But on Friday the company revised the figure to four, saying one person had not taken the supplements.

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US Marine Arrested in Okinawa After Woman Injured in Attempted Rape

NAHA, Japan — A U.S. Marine in his 20s was arrested in Okinawa Prefecture in May on suspicion of injuring a woman during an attempted rape, investigative sources said Friday, sparking fierce resistance from local communities where anti-American sentiments run deep.

The revelation about the incident comes days after it was reported that a U.S. Air Force serviceman in Japan’s southernmost prefecture was charged in March for allegedly kidnapping and sexually abusing a girl under the age of 16 in December.

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Former Defense Minister Ishiba is considering running for LDP leadership elections

TOKYO – Former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba is preparing for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election in September and hopes to become Japan’s next prime minister, sources close to him said Friday.

Political experts said if he runs, House of Representatives lawmaker Ishiba, who is popular with the public, would pose a significant threat to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s chances of being re-elected in the party’s leadership race.

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US and other UN members criticize Russian-North Korean defense pact

NEW YORK – The United States and other UN members criticized Russia’s latest mutual defense treaty with North Korea at a Security Council meeting on Friday.

The 15-member panel charged with maintaining global peace and security discussed alleged arms transfers from North Korea to Russia during the meeting convened at the request of a group of countries including the United States, Japan and South Korea.

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Japanese Emperor and Empress Visit Oxford Colleges

LONDON – Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visited the colleges of Oxford University where they respectively studied decades ago on Friday before ending their trip to Britain and heading home.

The Empress toured the campus of the university’s Balliol College, where she studied international relations as a Foreign Office official from 1988 to 1990. She was accompanied on the visit by people including her then tutor, Professor Emeritus Adam Roberts.

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Data breach discovered after cyber attack hits Japanese video site Niconico

TOKYO – Kadokawa Corp. said on friday it confirmed that the personal information of all employees of its subsidiary that operates popular video streaming website niconico was leaked in a recent massive cyberattack hitting the group’s websites.

The findings were announced a day after a group posing as a BlackSuit ransomware gang with ties to Russia claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on Kadokawa’s networks. According to the group, employee data and documents for internal use, among other things, had been stolen.

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Mazda, Yamaha delivery ban lifted due to vehicle certification scandal

TOKYO — Japan’s Transportation Ministry on Friday lifted a ban on the delivery of three vehicle models from Mazda Motor Corp. and Yamaha Motor Co., saying the models met government safety standards following a recent vehicle certification scandal.

On June 3, a total of six models were banned from sale after the two companies and Toyota Motor Corp. admitted cheating on vehicle tests to obtain mass production certifications.


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