TBEN News Digest: Nov 22, 2022


La’eeb, the mascot of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, hovers in the air during the opening ceremony of the Football World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on November 20, 2022. (TBEN) ==TBEN

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


The Japanese space agency gives up landing on the lunar probe

TOKYO — Japan’s space agency said Tuesday it has given up landing the country’s ultra-small space probe on the moon after communications with the lander failed to stabilize after launch last week.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the Omotenashi lander could not receive transmissions from Earth to correct its orbit and position because its solar cells kept pointing away from the sun.


Gov’t panel supports Japan’s acquisition of counter-attack capabilities

TOKYO — The government’s defense construction and budget financing panel will approve a plan for Japan to acquire an enemy base strike capability, or “counterattack capability,” even under its post-war pacifist constitution, experts on the panel said Monday.

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The panel supported the idea put forward by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a draft proposal at a meeting Monday, as it concluded nearly two months of discussion, the experts said.


Earthquake M5.6 hits West Java in Indonesia, death toll rises to 62

JAKARTA – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sukabumi regency on Monday, killing at least 62 people and injuring 700 others, local authorities said.

The national disaster agency said more than 1,700 homes were damaged and more than 3,800 people were displaced after the earthquake struck at 1:21 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers. The epicenter was about 100 km from the capital Jakarta.


The UN Security Council again fails to take joint action against North Korea

NEW YORK — The UN Security Council failed on Monday, as it did with previous recent efforts to take concerted action following North Korea’s latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, as the views of most members and those of China and Russia differed widely. stayed together.

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The Security Council called an emergency meeting to deal with Pyongyang’s launch of an ICBM last week after the Group of Seven Industrialized Nations called on the council to take “significant action”.


China is likely to “forcibly” seize missile debris from the Philippine Navy

MANILA — China’s coast guard “forcibly recovered” missile debris towed from a Philippine navy boat to a nearby island, Philippine authorities said during the latest meeting in the disputed South China Sea on Monday.

The Philippine Armed Forces Western Command said the incident occurred Sunday morning, hours before U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Manila, when it received a report of a floating object, which appeared to be debris from a Long March 5B missile that had hit China. launched at the end of October.


Japan adds 2 ships to its fleet of Aegis-equipped destroyers

TOKYO – Japan on Monday increased the number of Aegis-equipped destroyers in its fleet from the current six to eight, after the Maritime Self-Defense Force said two new ships had successfully intercepted ballistic missiles during exercises.

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The tests came with North Korea firing ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate, and China ramping up its missile capabilities.


FOCUS: A series of ministerial changes may prompt Kishida to reshuffle the cabinet

TOKYO — A close associate of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was fired as minister amid a scandal over political funds.

With his power base weakening, speculation is mounting that Kishida, whose approval ratings are struggling, will make a second cabinet reshuffle since taking office in October 2021 by the end of this year, hoping to bolster public support.


Football: Tomiyasu says Japan has what it takes to beat Germany

DOHA – Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu said on Monday that Japan has all the ingredients to beat Germany in the teams’ upcoming World Cup opener.

“We have enough quality to beat them. Of course we have to have confidence, but we have to find the balance,” said the 24-year-old at the Japanese training base in Qatar.


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