All Japan Figure Figure Championship Women's Singles Kaori Sakamoto wins third consecutive championship
At the All Japan Figure Skating Championships, the second half of the women's single free skate was held on the 24th, and Kaori Sakamoto, who took first place in the first half, continued to perform overwhelmingly in the second half, gaining a large lead over second place and winning her third consecutive championship.
Strengthening measures against dementia: Guideline to be formulated within fiscal year, according to government plan
A draft summary of opinions to be held by a government meeting on the 25th has been revealed in order to strengthen measures against dementia. The government plans to formulate guidelines by the end of the fiscal year so that elderly people with dementia and others who live alone can live with peace of mind.
Figure All Japan Championship Ice Dance Komatsubara team come from behind to win
At the All Japan Figure Skating Championships, the second half of the ice dance free dance was held on the 24th, and the couple Misato Komatsubara and her husband Takashi came from second place in the first half to win for the fifth time in two championships.
“President Putin has expressed interest in ceasefire talks” US newspaper
As the Russian military continues to invade Ukraine, American media have reported that President Putin has expressed interest in negotiating a ceasefire through an intermediary since September this year. However, there are also reports of skepticism from American government officials, who believe that this is nothing more than an attempt to mislead the other party.
Takashimaya apologizes for a series of SNS posts about Christmas cakes arriving in crumbled condition
Takashimaya, a major department store, has issued an apology after saying that some of the cakes it had pre-sold for Christmas were delivered to customers in a collapsed state. The department store says it will investigate the cause and provide refunds.
A record 76.8 billion yen of assets without heirs went to the national treasury last fiscal year
Over the past year, more than 1.5 million people died in Japan and left the world. The amount of property left behind by deceased people with no heirs ended up in the national treasury, and last year's amount was 76.8 billion yen, the largest amount since records were kept in 2013. Experts say, ``This is because the number of cases without heirs is increasing due to the declining birthrate, aging population, and rising unmarried rate.''
“AI weapons urgent response” resolution adopted at United Nations General Assembly
The United Nations General Assembly is concerned about the impact on global security of the autonomous lethal weapon system LAWS, which uses AI (artificial intelligence) to determine and attack targets without human intervention. The resolution was passed with a majority in favor.
1 year and 10 months after military invasion, Ukrainians living in Japan call for continued support
As the 24th marks 1 year and 10 months since Russia began its military invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainians living in Japan appealed for continued support in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Government to explain the necessity of airports and ports used by the Self-Defense Forces and others in emergencies to Okinawa
The government plans to designate airports and ports that can be used by the Self-Defense Forces and others in the event of an emergency, and formulate operational and maintenance policies by the end of this fiscal year. The Nansei Islands are expected to be the main destinations, but Okinawa Prefecture has said that it is not acceptable at this time, and the government hopes to gain understanding by carefully explaining the necessity.
Tobu Railway begins operation of limited express trains designed with Tochigi specialty strawberries
Tobu Railway, which operates the limited express "Spacia" that connects Tokyo and Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, has incorporated strawberries, a specialty of Tochigi, into the design to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of present-day Tochigi Prefecture. The vehicle has started operating.
Horse racing GI Arima Kinen: Dou Duce wins, ridden by jockey Toyo Take
The annual horse racing GI race Arima Kinen was held at the end of the year, and the second most popular race, Dodeuce, ridden by jockey Yutaka Take, won.
X-mas presents given to children affected by record heavy rains Fukuoka
Volunteers disguised themselves as Santa Claus and delivered Christmas presents to cheer up the children of Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture, which was hit hard by record heavy rains in July this year.
Man arrested on suspicion of stealing Santa Claus doll from shopping district Tokushima
In December, police arrested a 45-year-old male suspect on suspicion of theft after a one-meter-tall Santa Claus doll was stolen from a shopping district in Tokushima City. He is denying the charges against him during the investigation.
Special Christmas train ``DL Yamaguchi'' runs on JR Yamaguchi Line
A special train with a new Christmas-themed emblem was run on the DL Yamaguchi train, a sightseeing train that runs on the JR Yamaguchi Line, and was crowded with passengers and railway fans.
National High School Ekiden Men's [Breaking News] Gakuho Ishikawa (Fukushima) advances to 3rd ward in top position
The ``National High School Ekiden'', in which high school runners connect sashes in winter in Kyoto, is being held on the 24th. In the boys race, which consists of seven people covering the same distance as the marathon, the competition for victory is expected to be centered around Saku Chosei High School in Nagano, whose qualifying time was the best in the nation, and Kurashiki High School in Okayama, which won last year with a new record. Masu. In the 1st ward, Sota Orita from Suma Gakuen in Hyogo pushed past Sakae Saitama in the end and took the lead, moving on to the 2nd ward. We will provide you with the latest information on the men's race, which started at 12:30 p.m. NHK will broadcast the event on General Television, Radio 1, and NHK Plus.
Draft of an action plan for the Ritsumeikan “Aiming for a majority in the ruling party in the next House of Representatives election”
The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan has compiled a draft activity plan that will be decided at next year's party convention. He points out that political trust has been lost due to issues surrounding the political funding party of a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, and aims to break the majority of the ruling party in the next House of Representatives election.
2-year-old boy in critical condition with neck caught in power window in backseat of car Takamatsu
A 2-year-old boy sitting in the back seat of a car in Takamatsu City was found with his neck stuck in the window, and his condition is unconscious. The car's windows are electrically adjustable, and police are investigating the details of the incident.
Israeli Prime Minister reiterates his insistence on continuing fighting in telephone conversation with US President
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone with US President Biden on the 23rd and reiterated the continued fighting in the Gaza Strip. While emphasizing the protection of civilians, President Biden has once again shown a negative stance toward a ceasefire.
Citizen Representative Tamaki Trigger Clause “Early working-level consultation with Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito”
Regarding the ``trigger clause'' that suspends the taxation of the additional portion of the gasoline tax, Representative Tamaki of the Democratic Party for the People called for an early start of working-level discussions among the three parties, including the New Komeito Party, under the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party's new political affairs research chairman. Ta.
A female Chinese tourist dies after being buried in snow at a ski resort in Yuzawa Town, Niigata
On the afternoon of the 23rd, a female Chinese tourist who was snowboarding at a ski resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, was found buried in accumulated snow and was taken to a hospital, where she was confirmed dead. Entry to the scene was prohibited due to heavy snowfall, and police are investigating the situation at the time.
Ishikawa Wajima 97 households in 10 districts remain isolated; some areas have been resolved
In Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which experienced record heavy snowfall, 97 households in 10 districts remained stranded as of 10 a.m. on the 24th due to roads blocked by fallen trees. On the other hand, in areas where the isolated situation was lifted, residents expressed relief as they were now able to drive through the area.
“Japanese ship attacked by Iranian drone in Indian Ocean” US Department of Defense
According to the US Department of Defense, on the 23rd, a ship owned by a Japanese company was attacked by an Iranian drone in the Indian Ocean. Although a fire broke out, there were no injuries.
“Did a mechanism exist in which stars were born one after another in the early universe?” University of Tokyo, etc.
A research group at the University of Tokyo and other institutions has announced that they have discovered a brightly shining galaxy in the universe 400 million years after it was born, and it has attracted attention as evidence that there may have been a mechanism for the birth of stars one after another in the early universe. Masu.
Hiroki Matsui signs with Padres and becomes teammate with Yu Darvish
Major League Baseball's Padres announced on the 23rd that they have signed a five-year contract with pitcher Hiroki Matsui, who was exercising his rights as an overseas free agent from Rakuten. The Padres have pitcher Yu Darvish, and the two will be teammates.
National High School Ekiden Women's [10:20~] 58 schools participating, including 11 district representatives
The ``National High School Ekiden'', in which high school runners connect sashes in winter in Kyoto, will be held on the 24th. The girls' 35th commemorative tournament will feature 58 schools, including representatives from 11 districts, and is scheduled to start at 10:20 a.m. We will provide you with the latest information on the race. NHK will broadcast the event on General Television, Radio 1, and NHK Plus.
1 year and 10 months since the start of the military invasion: Fierce fighting in eastern and southern Ukraine
The 24th marks 1 year and 10 months since Russia began its military invasion of Ukraine. On the 23rd, the Ukrainian military announced that fierce fighting continues in the east and south, with Russian forces repeating attacks more than 30 times around Audiivka, a stronghold in the eastern Donetsk region.
Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, pays tribute to the victims of the Gaza Strip
Bethlehem in the Palestinian Territories, considered the birthplace of Jesus Christ, will stop setting up trees and light candles ahead of Christmas Eve to commemorate the victims of fighting in the Gaza Strip. We showed solidarity with the residents.
Man rescued after car gets caught in landslide on national highway in Shimokitayama Village, Nara
On the night of the 23rd, a slope collapsed on a national highway in Shimokitayama Village, Nara Prefecture, and one car was trapped. A man in his 50s who was inside the car was rescued and is said to be conscious. Police and fire departments are currently checking to see if any other vehicles were involved.
[Updated from time to time] Hamas side “5 hostages killed in Israeli attack?”
Israeli forces are continuing military operations in various parts of the Gaza Strip, and according to Gaza Strip health authorities, approximately 200 people have been confirmed dead in 24 hours. The Islamic group Hamas has issued a statement saying that five hostages are believed to have been killed in the attack by Israeli forces. We will keep you updated on developments regarding Israel and Palestine as of December 24, Japan time.
Government plans to formulate priority strategies for ocean development within this fiscal year, discussion hastened
In order to focus on ocean development from the perspective of securing resources, the government plans to formulate a priority strategy by the end of this fiscal year, with discussions aimed at concrete implementation centered around improving the environment for mining rare earths from the ocean floor. I'm planning to hurry.
“Genderless uniforms” introduced in about 30% of public high schools
Amid calls for consideration for children and students of sexual minorities, an NHK survey found that nearly 30% of public high schools nationwide have introduced ``genderless'' uniforms that can be chosen regardless of gender. got it. Experts point out, ``Some students refuse to go to school because of the way they dress, so a flexible approach is desirable.''
Medical observation system information provision operation to be partially reviewed from next month Ministry of Justice
Starting next month, the Ministry of Justice will introduce a medical observation system in which perpetrators of murder cases who are not prosecuted or acquitted due to mental disorder are hospitalized and then reintegrated into society. We have decided to partially review the way we provide information. This is a step forward in the support that victims have been seeking.