Kyodo News Digest: April 14, 2022


Photo taken on April 12, 2022 shows a destroyed vehicle in Hostomel near Ukraine’s capital Kyiv following Russian attacks. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

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Entire Tohoku Bullet Line Returned to Service One Month After Quake

TOKYO — East Japan Railway Co. resumed services on the entire Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train line on Thursday for the first time since a powerful earthquake hit the country’s northeast region a while ago. almost a month.

Services were halted when a Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train traveling between Tokyo and Sendai, the capital of Miyagi prefecture, derailed following the 7.4 magnitude earthquake on March 16, with track infrastructure also damaged.


Kumamoto mourns 6th anniversary of deadly earthquakes

KUMAMOTO, Japan – Kumamoto prefecture in southwestern Japan on Thursday commemorated the sixth anniversary of two earthquakes that killed 276 people in the region, while nearly 100 others still live in makeshift homes as reconstruction work continues.

“I believe that all of you who have gone through such a painful and sad experience continue to move forward strongly with your own feelings in your hearts,” said Yoshimasa Mochida, 54, who lost his 70-year-old mother, during a ceremony. held at the Kumamoto Prefectural Government Office.


Hiroshima resets ‘peace clock’ after US subcritical nuclear tests

HIROSHIMA – A “peace clock” monument in Hiroshima that counts the number of days since the last nuclear test, has been reset after the city learned that the United States conducted two subcritical nuclear tests last year .

The digital number of the clock installed at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was increased from 499 to 209 on Wednesday following revelations that two experiments were carried out on June 22 and September 16 last year in Nevada .


Japanese government scraps quarterly disclosure rule to reduce work

TOKYO — The Japanese government has decided to abolish mandatory rules for listed companies to publish quarterly financial reports to eliminate duplication of work as similar disclosure is requested by stock exchanges, sources told Thursday. plan.

The government aims to revise the mandatory quarterly publication for around 4,000 listed companies by submitting a bill to parliament amending the law on financial instruments and foreign exchange as early as next year, they said.


South Korea raises interest rate to 1.5% as inflation concerns escalate

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s central bank on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate to 1.5%, the highest level in nearly three years, as it seeks to tackle fueled inflationary pressure by soaring commodity prices after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Bank of Korea’s monetary policy board raised the rate by 0.25 percentage points as the country’s consumer prices jumped 4.1% in March from a year earlier, rising at their fastest pace in over a decade.


US claims AUKUS focused on three-way security ties, prompting Japan denies

WASHINGTON — The United States, Britain and Australia are advancing their trilateral partnership on a range of advanced military capabilities, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, denying a media report that said the group asks Japan to participate.

The report is “inaccurate,” Psaki said, noting that Japan’s top government spokesman also denied the claim that Tokyo had been approached about possible AUKUS involvement.


Suspect in NYC subway shooting arrested

NEW YORK – Police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of opening fire on a New York City subway train the day before, US media reported.

Frank James, 62, was arrested in the city after a massive manhunt. He allegedly set off a smoke bomb and fired at least 33 shots on the subway during Tuesday morning rush hour.


Yellen calls on China to help end Russia’s war in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Wednesday called on China to leverage its cooperative ties with Russia to help end Moscow’s war in Ukraine, while warning against moves that would dampen the impact of the economic sanctions that the West imposes on Russia.

“Let’s be clear, the unified coalition of sanctioning countries will not be indifferent to actions that undermine the sanctions we have put in place,” Yellen said in a speech at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington.


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