Figure Shoma Uno GP Final 2nd place Marinin wins for the first time
The figure skating grand prix grand prix final held in Beijing, China was held in the second half of the men's singles free skate, and although Shoma Uno, who came in second in the first half, set his personal best this season, he finished second and did not win consecutive championships. .
Figure Kaori Sakamoto's first GP Final victory "I was able to beat myself"
At the figure skating Grand Prix Final held in Beijing, China, the second half of the women's single free skate was held, and Kaori Sakamoto, who took the lead in the first half, scored the top score in the free skate as well, winning her first victory in this tournament. .
South China Sea: Chinese Coast Guard ship fires water cannon at Philippine boat
On the 9th, the Philippine government issued a statement protesting that in the South China Sea, where territorial rights are disputed with China, a ship belonging to the Philippine authorities was fired multiple times by water cannons from a ship belonging to the Chinese Coast Guard, damaging its equipment. .
Myanmar soldiers surrender one after another as fighting intensifies; military officer reveals internal details
After the coup d'état in Myanmar, fighting between the military, which holds real power, and ethnic minority armed groups and pro-democracy forces has intensified, resulting in an unprecedented situation in which military soldiers have surrendered one after another. A Myanmar military officer who surrendered gave an interview to NHK and revealed the situation within the military, where internal control has been disrupted and morale has declined.
Israeli military plans to continue attack on Khan Yunis in southern Gaza for 3-4 weeks
The Israeli military continues to carry out heavy airstrikes and ground forces in areas such as Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. It is reported that the operation in Khan Yunis is expected to last three to four weeks, raising concerns that the number of casualties will increase if the fighting drags on.
COP28 China promotes its efforts as a solar power manufacturing powerhouse
At COP28, the United Nations conference to discuss climate change countermeasures, one of the focuses is how to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. China, which is rapidly introducing solar power generation, is increasing its presence as a manufacturing powerhouse for solar power generation, and is promoting its efforts at COP28.
Santa doll stolen from Tokushima shopping district; person caught on security camera taking it away
A Santa Claus doll that had been decorated in a shopping district in Tokushima City before Christmas was found stolen. A nearby security camera captured a person taking away a doll about 1 meter in height, and police are investigating the incident as a theft.
Jun Fukuda, president of the former Johnny's new company, ``It will be a loss for Japan if it continues to fall apart''
Atsushi Fukuda, the president of a new company established by the former Johnny's office to manage talent in addition to providing compensation for sexual assault issues, responded to an interview on the 9th and said, ``Johnny Kitagawa. ``While the sins of the disaster cannot be forgiven, I accepted that it would be a loss for Japan if it were to fall apart like this.''
Prime Minister Kishida considers responses to political funding issue, including replacing Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno
Prime Minister Kishida has decided to replace Mr. Matsuno in light of the suspicion that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno received a kickback and did not record it in the income and expenditure report due to the issue regarding the political funding party of a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party. We are considering measures including:
Emperor's Cup: Kawasaki Frontale wins for the first time in three tournaments, winning in penalty shootout
The final of the 103rd Emperor's Cup and All-Japan Championship, which determines Japan's best soccer title, was held at the National Stadium, with Kawasaki Frontale defeating Kashiwa Reysol in a penalty kick match to win the championship for the second time in three tournaments. The game remained undecided at 0-0 after overtime and went to penalty kicks.
Kickbacks likely to be given to most members of the Liberal Democratic Party Abe faction, including 6 faction leaders
Regarding the issue surrounding the political funding party of the Liberal Democratic Party's largest faction, the Abe faction, interviews with people involved revealed that most members of the Abe faction, including six faction executives, appear to have received kickbacks from the party's income. I learned something new. It is believed that neither member of the Diet recorded it as income in their political funds balance report, but the amount of kickbacks varies greatly among members, and the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department is investigating the detailed circumstances, including the flow of funds. It seems that there is.
Work begins to recover large amounts of fish washed up on the coast of Hakodate, Hokkaido
On the 7th, work began on the 9th to recover a large amount of fish, including sardines, that were found washed up on the coast of Hakodate City, Hokkaido.
Osaka “Expo Railway Festival” held for the first time in 5 years, railway companies from all over the country exhibiting
The ``Expo Railway Festival'' is being held in Suita City, Osaka for the first time in five years, in which railway companies from all over the country gather to put on exhibitions related to railways in order to let as many people know about the appeal of railways.
Iwate Kitakami 76-year-old woman dies in house; investigation into murder; multiple wounds found on body
On the 8th, a 76-year-old woman who lived alone in a house in Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture was found dead, with multiple wounds on her body that appeared to have been caused by someone injuring her head with a hard object. Due to these facts, the police set up an investigation headquarters and began investigating the incident as a murder.
It will soon be 23rd anniversary: Call for information regarding the murder of four members of the Setagaya family
Ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the murder of a family of four in a house in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department investigators on the 9th handed out flyers near the crime scene, appealing for information. .
More than 10 members of Liberal Democratic Party Abe faction receive kickbacks of over 10 million yen
Over the past five years up to last year, more than 10 members of the Liberal Democratic Party's party, including Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, Diet Policy Committee Chairman Takeshi Takagi, and House of Councilors Secretary-General Hiroshige Seko, have been involved in the issue of political funding parties organized by factions of the Liberal Democratic Party. Through interviews with people involved, it has been newly discovered that he appears to have received kickbacks exceeding 10 million yen. It is suspected that neither member of the Diet has recorded their income as income in their political funds balance reports, and the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department is believed to be working to clarify the actual situation regarding the flow of funds.
Israeli military spokesperson: “Hamas leaders detained and handed over to intelligence agencies”
In the Gaza Strip, where clashes between Israel and the Islamic organization Hamas continue, Israeli forces are intensifying their offensive in the main city of Khan Yunis in the south. An Israeli military spokesperson said on the 8th, ``More than 200 people have been captured in the past 48 hours, and dozens of them, including Hamas executives, have been handed over to intelligence agencies for questioning in Israel.''
Genome-editing treatment for genetically caused blood abnormalities approved in the US
The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has announced that it has approved a treatment method that applies genome editing, a technology that freely manipulates genes, for diseases that cause blood abnormalities caused by genes. A new method of genome editing is the subject of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and this is the first time its application has been approved as a treatment in the United States.
China significantly increases the number of licensed importers of Taiwanese fruits, perhaps threatening presidential election
The Chinese government has announced that it will significantly increase the number of Taiwanese businesses that are allowed to import the Taiwanese fruit ``shakatou.'' This fruit-producing region is a stronghold of Taiwan's main opposition party, the Kuomintang, which calls for expanded exchanges with China.Ahead of the presidential election in January, the country has appealed to the Taiwanese side that supporting the Kuomintang would bring benefits. It seems that there is a purpose to shake it up.
[Updated from time to time] Russia military invasion of Ukraine (movements on December 9th)
Russia's military invasion of Ukraine continues. Russian and Ukrainian forces continue to fight in various parts of Ukraine, and many civilians have fled the country. We will keep you updated on the developments surrounding the situation in Ukraine on the 9th (Japan time), including the situation of the battle and the diplomacy of the countries involved. (There is a 7 hour time difference between Japan and Ukraine, and a 6 hour time difference with Moscow, Russia)
EU regulation bill on AI usage, etc. Agreed in principle; Chairman: “World’s first”
The EU (European Union) has largely agreed on a regulatory bill that stipulates the use of AI. It will now be formally established after approval by member states and the European Parliament. European Commission President von der Leyen posted on social media: ``The EU's AI regulation law is the first of its kind in the world. It also protects businesses,'' he wrote, welcoming the agreement.
Tokyo calls for applications for 5,000 yen monthly benefit for those under 18 years old
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is encouraging people to apply for a system that provides 5,000 yen per month to those under 18 years of age, as the deadline for receiving the lump-sum payment is approaching in January next year.
Yen exchange rate drops to $1=145 yen level following November US employment statistics
At the New York foreign exchange market on the 8th, the yen depreciated in response to the November employment statistics in the United States, and the yen exchange rate temporarily fell to the 145 yen level to the dollar. On the other hand, in the New York stock market, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose, hitting a new high this year as concerns about the economic slowdown eased.
“Year of the Dragon” large votive plaque at Ejima Shrine, the “Dragon God Festival” Kanagawa Fujisawa
At Ejima Shrine in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture, a large ema named after next year's zodiac sign, the dragon, is displayed.
“Are you going to make a decision on the 8th?” “You haven’t decided yet?”
Regarding the departure of Shohei Ohtani, who has become a free agent from the Major League Baseball Angels, American media outlets are saying, ``A decision may be made as early as the 8th,'' and ``It hasn't been decided yet.'' There is a lot of interest in the outcome of the negotiations, which have been reported one after another and are said to be reaching their final stage.
One of the victims in the Las Vegas university shooting incident was a Japanese woman
According to the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, USA, one of the three people killed in the shooting incident at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the western state of Nevada, USA, was a Japanese woman in her 60s. According to the university, the woman who died was Naoko Takemaru (69), an associate professor at the university who taught Japanese language and culture.
[Updated from time to time] Israel attacks Khan Yunis, death toll rises to 17,487
On the 8th, the Israeli military continued to carry out heavy air strikes and ground forces on the main city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating further, with many people forced to flee further south to Rafah, and the focus is on whether more aid can be brought in. We will keep you updated on developments regarding Israel and Palestine as of December 9th, Japan time.
Security Council ceasefire resolution in Gaza Strip rejected due to US veto
In response to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' request to the Security Council to call for a ceasefire regarding the situation in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the Security Council announced on the afternoon of the 8th, just before 6 a.m. Japan time on the 9th, a humanitarian mission. A resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire was voted on, and 13 out of 15 countries, including Japan and France, voted in favor, but the United States exercised its veto and the resolution was rejected.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno says “resignation is inevitable” over political funding issue
Regarding the issue surrounding the political funding party of a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno is suspected of receiving kickbacks from the faction and not properly reporting it, and there is speculation within the ruling party that his resignation may be inevitable. There is an opinion. Prime Minister Kishida plans to carefully consider responses while assessing the impact on the administration of the government.
Emperor's Cup soccer final today: Kawasaki Frontale or Kashiwa Reysol?
The final of the 103rd Emperor's Cup All-Japan Championship, which decides the best soccer player in Japan, will be held at the National Stadium on the 9th. Kawasaki Frontale and Kashiwa Reysol, both of J1, will play against each other. The final will be held from 2:00 p.m., and will be broadcast on NHK TV and NHK Plus.
Empress celebrates her 60th birthday today [Video]
The Empress celebrated her 60th birthday on the 9th.