Kyodo News Digest: July 28, 2022

Japanese players celebrate after Yuki Soma opened the scoring against South Korea in the second half of their East Asian Football Federation E-1 Championship match on July 27, 2022, at Toyota Stadium from Aichi prefecture in central Japan. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

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

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Fed pursues huge rate hike to fight inflation amid recession fears

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised the benchmark interest rate by 0.75 percentage points for the second consecutive meeting, as the central bank aggressively seeks to lower inflation despite growing fears of a recession. imminent.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell told a news conference after a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee that the world’s largest economy was facing slowing growth, but said denied that it is now in a recession, generally defined as negative growth for two consecutive quarters. .

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‘Maximum vigilance’ required as Japan’s daily COVID cases hit record high

TOKYO — Japan’s daily coronavirus cases hit a record 209,694 on Wednesday, with health experts urging “maximum vigilance” as the country continues to battle its seventh wave of infections brought on by the subvariant. BA.5 Omicron highly transmissible.

Despite the resurgence of the virus, the country has not imposed restrictions on the movement of people, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida seeking to maintain a balance between socio-economic activities and measures to prevent the spread of infections.

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Japan, Indonesia pledge cooperation for successful G-20 summit

TOKYO – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed on Wednesday to cooperate closely to ensure the success of the Group of 20 major economies summit that Widodo will host in November.

At a meeting in Tokyo, Widodo told Kishida that Indonesia had lifted all restrictions on Japanese food imports imposed following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis, a move Kishida hailed as encouraging. for residents of affected areas in northeastern Japan.

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Biden returns to in-person work after recovering from COVID

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday he was returning to work in person after recovering from COVID-19, less than a week after the 79-year-old was infected with the virus.

“My symptoms were mild, my recovery was quick, and I feel fine,” Biden said, after being confirmed negative by antigen tests Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

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Tokyo Olympics official questioned, denies corruption allegations

TOKYO — A leader of the now missing Tokyo Olympics organizing committee appeared to deny allegations of accepting bribes from a corporate sponsor when prosecutors questioned him on Wednesday, it said. investigative sources.

Haruyuki Takahashi, 78, reportedly received around 45 million yen ($330,000) from major business suit retailer Aoki Holdings Inc. after a company he ran entered into a consultancy deal with the company. Aoki made a sponsorship deal about a year later.

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M7.0 earthquake rocks northern Philippines, 5 dead

MANILA – A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the northern part of the country’s northern Luzon island on Wednesday morning, killing at least five people and injuring more than 60, the Philippine government said. .

The earthquake also damaged many buildings, particularly in the province of Abra, at the epicenter, and in the neighboring province of Benguet. Spanish colonial-era houses and a church in Vigan, a historic town in Ilocus Sur province known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were also damaged.

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US House Speaker Pelosi plans to visit Japan in August: sources

TOKYO — Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Japan early next month, diplomatic sources said Wednesday, amid reports she was planning a trip to Taiwan. , which would almost certainly trigger an uproar in China.

Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, if realized, would be the first by a US House speaker in 25 years. The administration of US President Joe Biden has strengthened its ties with the self-governing democratic island.

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UNESCO not considering Japan’s Sado mine for 2023 World Heritage List

TOKYO – A gold and silver mining site recommended by the Japanese government for UNESCO World Heritage status is unlikely to be included in the 2023 list because the organization has not forwarded the recommendation to its advisory body on time, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. .

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization cited incomplete information on the recommendation form as a reason for not reviewing the mine on Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture for listing the mine. next year, the sources said.

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