TBEN News Digest: January 8, 2023


A man performs a bungee jump from a bridge about 100 meters above the ground in the town of Hitachiota in Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, on January 7, 2023, as he expresses his hopes for this year. (TBEN) ==TBEN

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


Japan begins requiring negative COVID tests for travelers from China

TOKYO — Japan on Sunday further tightened border controls for travelers from mainland China, requiring proof of testing negative for COVID-19 amid a spate of cases in the neighboring country.

The restrictions, which require the test to be taken within 72 hours of departure, have been put in place to halt the spread of highly transmissible strains of the coronavirus. But they are not mandatory for those flying from Hong Kong or Macau.


Jetstar plane makes emergency landing in Japan after bomb threat

NAGOYA – A domestic flight operated by budget airline Jetstar Japan Co. made an emergency landing at an international airport in central Japan on Saturday morning following a bomb threat, the transport ministry said, but police did not find an explosive device.

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Five passengers suffered minor injuries while evacuating via the aircraft’s inflatable slide after arriving at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Aichi Prefecture at around 7:40 am. No one has been taken to hospital, the airline said.


Video: “Coming-of-age” bungee jumping in eastern Japan


Japan’s defense buildup should not be viewed as a threat: US official

WASHINGTON — Japan’s recent decision to significantly increase its defense budget and acquire long-range strikes should not be considered a “threat,” a U.S. State Department spokesman said Friday, citing concerns that Japan’s action could spark an arms race. could cause with China.

Ned Price reiterated that Washington welcomes Japan’s commitment to “modernize” the bilateral alliance through increased investment and improved capabilities, saying Tokyo’s intention is to promote “a free and open Indo-Pacific”, a vision that also share the United States.


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US regulators OK Alzheimer’s drug developed by Japan’s Eisai

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a drug for Alzheimer’s disease developed by Japanese drugmaker Eisai Co. and the American company Biogen Inc. for treatment in the early stages of the deadly, brain-depriving disease.

The new drug, lecanemab, removes a type of protein called amyloid beta, which is believed to be the cause of the disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to the drug pending further data to confirm the treatment’s clinical benefits, a move that paves the way for full approval.


Baseball: Former Yankee Masahiro Tanaka takes huge pay cut

SENDAI – Rakuten Eagles right-hander Masahiro Tanaka signed on Saturday for a reported salary of 475 million yen ($3.6 million) for 2023 plus incentives, a huge cut from the 900 million he would have earned in each of the past two years.

The former New York Yankee returned to the Pacific League club ahead of the 2021 season after seven seasons in the MLB, but has not returned to his best form since, recording just 13 wins in two seasons.

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Football: Japanese midfielder Yuki Soma joins Casa Pia in Portugal

TOKYO – Japan and Nagoya Grampus midfielder Yuki Soma have agreed a loan deal with Portuguese first division club Casa Pia, a source familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The 25-year-old played in Japan’s 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica in a World Cup group stage match in Qatar before the Samurai Blue progressed to the round of 16.


Rugby: Nagare leads Sungoliath to victory over Eagles with 14 men

TOKYO – Substitute Yutaka Nagare provided a strong second half as Tokyo Sungoliath narrowly edged out Saturday’s 32-23 winners against Yokohama Eagles in Japan’s first division League One rugby.

Sungoliath took a 13-8 half-time lead despite former All Black Aaron Cruden being sent off in the 18th minute just after converting his own effort to give the hosts a 7-5 lead to give.