TBEN News Digest: September 11, 2022

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People attend an event in Pyongyang on September 8, 2022, a day before the 74th anniversary of North Korea’s founding. (TBEN) ==TBEN

The following is the latest list of selected news feeds by TBEN News.

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Japan to remove entry limit in “not so distant future”, official says

TOKYO – Japan is reviewing its border control policy to keep daily imports below 50,000 and will remove them in the “not so distant future,” a government spokesman said on Sunday.

At the same time, the government will ease other restrictions, including a visa requirement and the requirement to travel on a package holiday, when it completely lifts the daily limit for arrivals abroad, Deputy Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said on a Fuji Television program.

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Voting begins to elect Okinawa government. with focus on American base, economy

NAHA, Japan — The Okinawa governor election began Sunday with a focus on a controversial plan to relocate a US Marine Corps base in Japan’s southernmost island prefecture and economic recovery from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Pre-election polls suggested incumbent Denny Tamaki, 62, backed by opposition parties, led the race, followed by former mayor of Ginowan, Atsushi Sakima, 58, who has the backing of the ruling coalition. Former House of Representatives legislator Mikio Shimoji, 61, was a distant third.

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10 yr. anniversary of China-Japan Senkaku dispute comes amid high tensions

TOKYO – Sunday marked 10 years since Japan brought China’s claimed Senkaku Islands under state control, and comes at a time when Tokyo says it is “extremely concerned” about Beijing’s ongoing activities around the disputed islets.

The Senkaku, dubbed Diaoyu by China, have been problematic for bilateral ties since the Japanese government bought three of the islets, including the largest island, Uotsuri, from a Japanese a decade ago.

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Japanese Emperor Plans to Attend Queen Elizabeth’s State Funeral

TOKYO — Emperor Naruhito plans to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral in Britain, Japanese government sources said Saturday, in a rare move for the monarch who traditionally does not appear at funerals at home or abroad.

The sources said that depending on her health, Empress Masako, who has long struggled with a stress-induced illness, is also expected to attend the ceremony. According to local media in Britain, the funeral is expected to take place around September 19.

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Baseball: Shohei Ohtani takes 12th win in shortened outing

HOUSTON — Shohei Ohtani set some personal MLB milestones on Saturday as he expanded his career-high win tally to 12 in the Los Angeles Angels’ 6-1 win over the Houston Astros.

Ohtani (12-8) was raised with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand after five effective innings in which he gave up one run and six hits in a 79-pitch outing at Minute Maid Park.

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FOCUS: Japan’s nationalization of Senkakus sparks caution over China’s threats

TOKYO – Japan’s nationalization of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea has sparked security tensions in the region for the past 10 years, leaving Tokyo, known for its pacifist constitution, acutely wary of military threats from Beijing .

Japan has controlled the Senkakus, but China has claimed the uninhabited islets since the early 1970s and named them Diaoyu, after United Nations studies showed that there are potentially lucrative gas reserves around them.

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Deaflympics coming to Japan for the first time in 2025

VIENNA – The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf has named Tokyo to host the 2025 Summer Deaflympics on Saturday.

The Olympic Games for Deaf Athletes will be held in Japan for the first time after the ICSD Congress selected the sole bidder for the next quadrennial event.

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FOCUS: How Japan’s Justice Ministry Led Steps To Accept Ukrainian Evacuees

TOKYO — Japan has welcomed more than 1,800 evacuees since Russia’s war on Ukraine began more than six months ago, an unusual move for a country with a typically poor record of accepting asylum seekers.

On March 1, just five days after launching the invasion, Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa told senior immigration officials and others in his office that Japan “has a responsibility to act at this historic moment.”