TBEN News Digest: September 18, 2022


Mao Asada (front) of the Vancouver Figure Skating Olympics performs on the first day of an ice show hosted by her in the capital of Shiga Prefecture in Otsu, western Japan, on September 10, 2022. The show, called “Beyond”, will tour through 10 prefectures until March 2023. (TBEN) ==TBEN

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


Japan issues special typhoon warning for Kagoshima Prefecture

TOKYO – Japan’s weather agency issued a special typhoon warning for Kagoshima Prefecture in the southwest of the country on Saturday as an “unprecedented” storm approached.

Large and powerful Typhoon Nanmadol could make landfall in Kagoshima and bring record rain to the prefecture and nearby areas, with the agency urging maximum vigilance as strong winds and high waves are expected, potentially causing landslides and flooding.


Obama Skips Ex-Prime Minister Abe’s State Funeral, Hagerty Will Attend

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WASHINGTON — Former US President Barack Obama is no longer expected to attend the state funeral of assassinated former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later this month, US and Japanese sources said Saturday.

Former US Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty will attend the funeral scheduled for Sept. 27 in Tokyo as the administration of President Joe Biden wants to express its condolences through a bipartisan representative, they said.


Japanese Emperor, Empress Leave for Queen Elizabeth’s State Funeral

TOKYO – Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako took off on a government plane to Britain on Saturday to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, traveling abroad for the first time since he ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in 2019.

For the Empress, who has long struggled with a stress-induced illness, it will also be her first overseas trip since attending the 2015 coronation of Tonga’s King Tupou VI.


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60% of people with foreign roots polled by the Japanese police: survey

TOKYO — About 60 percent of the more than 2,000 people with foreign roots surveyed by the Tokyo Bar Association earlier this year have been questioned by Japanese police in the past five years, with encounters becoming more common among those with African or Hispanic roots. background, a recently released report revealed.

The survey found that most of the people surveyed had undergone the treatment multiple times, according to the report released Sept. 9 by the association, which found 80 percent of those with African and Hispanic roots dealing with researchers.


US, South Korea express “serious” concern over North Korea’s nuclear doctrine

WASHINGTON – The United States and South Korea on Friday expressed “serious concern” over North Korea’s first-use nuclear doctrine, warning that any nuclear attack would be met with an “overwhelming and decisive response.”

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In a joint statement following a bilateral dialogue on comprehensive deterrence, referring to the use of the US nuclear arsenal to protect allies, the two countries said they had committed to “all available levers”, including diplomatic, military and economic instruments to be used to counter North Korean threats.


The world’s largest flower blooms for the first time in non-natural habitat

BOGOR, Indonesia – An endangered stinky lotus flower called Giant Padma, known as the largest flower in the world, is blooming for the first time outside its natural habitat in an Indonesian botanical garden after centuries of conservation efforts, according to the National Research and Innovation Bureau.

The 60-centimeter-diameter flower bloomed Monday at the Bogor Botanical Gardens in the suburbs of Jakarta after efforts to preserve the species outside its natural habitat since its discovery in 1818. The flower’s diameter can reach up to 150 centimeters.