China appoints former navy chief Dong Jun as new defense minister, state media
Chinese state media reported that on the 29th, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (National People's Congress) appointed Dong Jun, who served as the top commander of the Chinese Navy, as the new defense minister. His predecessor, Defense Minister Lee Sang-bok, was dismissed in October this year after being inactive for nearly two months, followed by former Foreign Minister Qin Gang in July, and an important cabinet minister was dismissed less than a year after taking office. It was an unusual situation.
Israel airstrikes in south-central Gaza; 35 killed in refugee camp
In addition to ground incursions, the Israeli military has carried out heavy airstrikes in the central and southern parts of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. At least 35 people were reportedly killed in airstrikes on two refugee camps, with no signs of slowing the rise in casualties. The situation continues to be unbearable.
Miho Takagi wins overall on the final day of the All Japan Speed Skating Championships
The second race in the women's sprint category was held on the 29th, the final day of the All Japan Speed Skating Championships held in Obihiro City, Hokkaido, and Miho Takagi took first place in all four races including the previous day, taking the overall victory. Did.
Big sale on the TSE, praying for continued stock price rise, reaching the highest level in 34 years at the end of the year
The Tokyo Stock Exchange held a ``big deal'' to conclude the year's trading. The Nikkei Stock Average's closing price this year was in the 33,000 yen range, the highest year-end level since 1989, and securities industry people in attendance prayed that stock prices would continue to rise next year.
Russian army simultaneously attacks Kiiv, Kharkiv, evacuation shelters also damaged
On the 29th, in Ukraine, where Russia's military invasion continues, the Russian military launched a simultaneous missile attack on various areas, including the capital Kiv and the eastern city of Kharkiv.
Fukuoka Daiichi wins the boys' national high school basketball championship for the fifth time in four years
The boys' final of the National High School Basketball Championship was held on the 29th, with Fukuoka Daiichi High School defeating Fukuoka Ohori High School 63-53, dominating the showdown between Fukuoka prefecture teams and winning the championship for the fifth time in four years. I accomplished it.
Expo cost Validation verified by third-party committee Plan to show the latest economic effects Government
The Osaka/Kansai Expo, to be held the year after next, is expected to require even more national funding. The challenge is whether the government can expand understanding by striving to improve cost transparency and also show the latest economic effects.
Sea area around Takeshima “South Korean military conducts training in secret” South Korean media
South Korean media reported that the South Korean military was conducting regular drills behind closed doors in the waters around Takeshima in Shimane Prefecture in the middle of this month. The Japanese government has repeatedly asked the South Korean government to cancel the training.
NBA Lakers Rui Hachimura scores double digits in 4 consecutive games with 17 points, team wins
NBA = American professional basketball player Rui Hachimura of the Lakers started the game against the Hornets on the 28th and contributed to the team's victory by scoring 17 points, his fourth consecutive double-digit score.
Tokyo stock market ends this year's stock price closing price rises 28.2% compared to last year
The Tokyo stock market, which will have its last trading session this year on the 29th, has seen small price movements.
Male baton twirling athlete sexually harassed by coach Report by investigation committee
A teenage male baton twirling athlete has been subjected to serious sexual harassment multiple times by the male coach of his team, leaving him unable to continue competing due to mental shock, officials from the sports organization say. I learned this from an interview.
Oxytocin promotes hair growth announced by research institute in Kanagawa
A group including a research institute in Kanagawa Prefecture has announced that they have found through experiments using human cells that a hormone called oxytocin, which is secreted in large quantities by women before childbirth and during breastfeeding, has the ability to promote hair growth.
Next year's "Eto" large dragon geoglyph will be unveiled at Ibaraki Seaside Park
A large dragon geoglyph has been unveiled at Seaside Park in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, in honor of next year's Eto festival.
Israel intensifies offensive in southern Gaza Strip, air strikes on residential areas kill 21 people
The Israeli military is stepping up its offensive in the southern Gaza Strip and other areas, believing that leaders of the Islamic organization Hamas may be hiding there. In the southern city of Rafah, where many people have evacuated, airstrikes were carried out on residential areas on the 28th, with local media reporting that 21 people have been killed so far.
Liberal Democratic Party House of Councilors member Yasumasa Ohno's Gifu office searched by Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department has begun searching the local offices of House of Councilors member Yasumasa Ohno in Hashima City, Gifu Prefecture, on suspicion of violating the Political Funds Control Act in connection with a case involving a political funding party run by a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party. The Special Investigations Department is continuing to search for Rep. Ohno's affiliates on the 28th, and appears to be working to clarify the details of the incident.
Shortage of national civil servants - focus on whether it is possible to secure human resources with effective proposals
An advisory council of experts from the National Personnel Authority, which is considering countermeasures for the shortage of national civil servants, is holding discussions with the aim of compiling a final report by next fall. The focus is on whether we can secure human resources by presenting meaningful proposals.
Bodies of two men and women found in burnt out apartment Hokkaido Date
On the morning of the 29th, there was a fire that completely destroyed an apartment in Date City, Hokkaido, and the bodies of two people, a man and a woman, were found in the room where the fire appeared to have started. After the fire, the police are searching the scene because they have not been able to contact the three family members living in this room.
Accident involving 3 cars on Kanetsu Expressway in Kawagoe, Saitama, transporting 4 people, traffic jam up to 6km
As the year-end and New Year rush to return home began, there was an accident involving three cars on the Kanetsu Expressway in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture on the morning of the 29th, and four people were taken to the hospital. The exact extent of the injuries is unknown, but none of them are life-threatening.
Fire breaks out on ferry connecting Kagoshima mainland and Amami Oshima, halts offshore, 34 people on board
According to Toshima Village in Kagoshima Prefecture, a fire broke out in the engine of the Ferry Toshima 2, which connects the mainland of Kagoshima Prefecture and Amami Oshima, around 7 a.m. on the 29th, and the ship was stopped off the coast of Akuseki Island. . Work is currently underway to extinguish the fire and evacuate passengers in lifeboats. According to the 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, there were 11 passengers and 23 crew members on board the ferry, and information on injuries and other injuries is currently being confirmed.
Danish and French shipping giants resume some operations through the Red Sea
As the movement continues to temporarily suspend maritime shipping through the Red Sea due to attacks on ships by Yemen's Houthi rebels, shipping giants from Denmark and France have announced plans to resume some operations through the Red Sea. Announced. The resumption of operations is said to be in response to the start of operations by a coalition of the willing led by the United States to protect merchant ships.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “Overcoming division and uniting”
On the 28th, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a video message ahead of the start of 2024.
Teachers' union investigates shortage of over 3,000 teachers in public schools nationwide
As the shortage of teachers becomes an issue, the teachers' union that conducted the survey stated that there will be a shortage of at least 3,000 people in public elementary, junior high, and high schools across the country as of October 2023. This is a serious situation.''
JR Sobu Rapid Line resumes operation
The JR Sobu Rapid Line had suspended operations on the up and down lines between Tokyo Station and Chiba Station due to an accident that caused an accident at Funabashi Station in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture, but operations resumed around 6:30 a.m.
Yen market price temporarily rose to the low 140 yen level, the yen appreciated against the dollar for the first time in 5 months
At the New York foreign exchange market on the 28th, there was an increase in dollar selling and yen buying due to expectations that interest rates would be cut early in the United States next year, and the yen exchange rate briefly rose to the low 140 yen level to the dollar, the first time in five months. The yen appreciated against the dollar.
“Western officials reconsider support for regaining territory in Ukraine” US media
With regard to Ukraine, where Russian forces continue to invade, American media reported that Western officials are considering reconsidering their strategy for supporting the recapture of all of Ukraine's territory, with ceasefire negotiations in mind.
Israeli shelling near hospital in southern Gaza Strip kills 10 people
In addition to the central part of the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has expanded its ground invasion, it has also stepped up its offensive in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.On the 28th, an area near a hospital where a large number of displaced people were taking shelter was exposed to shelling, killing 10 people, and the number of casualties has increased. To date, the number of cases has exceeded 21,300, and the situation continues to worsen.
LINE Yahoo! “Dark patterns” are increasing in unauthorized online advertisements
LINE Yahoo, a major internet ad distribution company, announced that in the first half of 2023, the number of accounts it disapproved due to inappropriate expressions and images in online ads rose to 3,900. It is said that the use of methods called ``dark patterns'' that lead to
Secretary suspected of bribery including former Vice Minister Kakizawa reports results in list?
In the case in which Vice Minister of Justice Mizuaki Kakizawa and others were arrested on suspicion of bribery related to the election for the mayor of Koto Ward in Tokyo, former Vice Minister Kakizawa instructed his secretary to hand over cash to the members of the ward assembly, and a list of the results was released. Interviews with people involved revealed that reports were received based on the table. The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department is expected to investigate the situation, believing that former Deputy Minister Kakizawa led the illegal funding. According to sources, former Deputy Minister Kakizawa has indicated his intention to deny the charges.
Princess Kako's 29th birthday today
Princess Kako, the second daughter of Prince Akishino and his wife, celebrated her 29th birthday on the 29th.