TBEN News Digest: January 22, 2023

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Badaling, the most visited section of the World Heritage-listed Great Wall of China in northwestern Beijing, will be illuminated on New Year’s Eve, January 21, 2023. (TBEN) ==TBEN

The following is the most recent list of selected news summaries by TBEN News.

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Gov’t will submit new BOJ chief choice to parliament in February: Kishida

TOKYO — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Sunday that Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda will leave his post after his term expires in April, raising the likelihood that the government will present its choice for his successor to parliament next month .

The central bank chief “will be replaced,” Kishida said on a television program, the prime minister’s clearest statement yet on the matter. “After deciding on personnel matters, (the government) will present to the Reichstag.”

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The number 1 wheelchair tennis player in the world, Shingo Kunieda, retires

TOKYO – Japan’s Shingo Kunieda, regarded as one of the greatest wheelchair tennis players of all time, said on Sunday that he had hung up his racket.

Kunieda, 38, winner of 28 Grand Slam singles titles and three Paralympic gold medals in men’s singles, retired while topping the world rankings.

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Kishida can dissolve Japan’s lower house before the leadership election

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has suggested that the dissolution of the House of Representatives and general elections could be held before his term as leader of the ruling party expires in September 2024.

In a TV program broadcast on Sunday, Kishida expressed support for the view that he should begin his second term only after gaining public confidence in the lower house elections for his policies, including passing of tax hikes to fund higher defense spending.

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4 dead, 3 feared dead in predawn fire at Kobe apartment complex

KOBE – Four people were killed and three others were feared dead after a fire broke out at an apartment building in Kobe, western Japan, early Sunday, authorities said.

Firefighters received a call around 1:35 a.m. from a neighbor of the three-story residential complex in the Hyogo district, who said black smoke was billowing from a first-floor window.

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Sumo: Lone ozeki Takakeisho wins New Year Gathering, 3rd Emperor’s Cup

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TOKYO – Lone ozeki Takakeisho defeated regular opponent Kotoshoho in a winner-take-all battle Sunday to be crowned champion of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

The top-ranked competitor while Yokozuna Terunofuji remains sidelined after surgery, Takakeisho captured his third career Emperor’s Cup with a 12-3 record by knocking out unlikely contender Kotoshoho, fighting as a 13th-ranked maegashira.

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Basketball: Hachimura tied for 30 points in Wizards win

WASHINGTON – Japanese forward Rui Hachimura tied his NBA career with 30 points Saturday to lead the Washington Wizards to a 138-118 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Hachimura led all scorers, shooting 13-of-22 from the field, including 3-of-5 from deep, while also recording five rebounds and two blocks with no turnovers.

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Ski Jumping: Kobayashi soars to 2nd World Cup win of the season in Sapporo

SAPPORO – Things are finally starting to click for Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi, who won his second ski jumping World Cup competition of the season and 29th overall on Sunday at home.

Kobayashi earned his third consecutive podium finish with victory over Okurayama Hill in Sapporo. He recorded the second-best opening jump of 141 meters before jumping 143 meters on his second attempt to take first place with 280.9 points

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Golf: Hataoka comes second at Tournament of Champions

ORLANDO, Florida – Japanese golfer Nasa Hataoka went into contention for her seventh LPGA title at the season-opening Tournament of Champions, going 6-under 66 in Saturday’s third round to finish within three strokes of leader Brooke Henderson.

The 24-year-old Hataoka jumped up three places in the standings to take second place with American Nelly Korda at 11 under, after having the lowest score of the round at Orlando’s Lake Nona Golf and Country Club.

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Tennis: Nishioka stopped by Khachanov in Australian Open 4th round

MELBOURNE – Yoshihito Nishioka’s career-best tennis Grand Slam run ended on Sunday, as the Japanese southpaw lost to Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

18th seeded Khachanov won 6-0, 6-0, 7-6(4), fired 15 aces and converted seven of 10 break points against 31st seeded Nishioka at Melbourne Park.