TBEN News Digest: September 22, 2022

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Kumamon, the official mascot of the black bear of Kumamoto Prefecture, poses in an office opened on September 21, 2022 in the Yaesu business district in Tokyo to promote the prefecture in southwestern Japan through its activities. (TBEN) ==TBEN

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

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Japan, South Korea leaders agree to restore healthy ties, address North Korea

NEW YORK — The leaders of Japan and South Korea agreed on Wednesday that the two nations must restore good bilateral relations, the Japanese government said amid hopes of improving relations deteriorated by war labor and territorial ties. issues.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol also shared their grave concerns about North Korea’s missile and nuclear threats and pledged to further strengthen their cooperation to address them, the Japanese and South Koreans said. governments on the first face-to-face, sit-down meeting between leaders since Yoon took office in May.

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Fed continues aggressive rate hikes to fight inflation

WASHINGTON – The US Federal Reserve decided on Wednesday to continue its aggressive rate hikes amid stubbornly high inflation, a move that could weaken the yen further against the US dollar.

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After closing a two-day meeting of the policy-making Federal Open Market Committee, the central bank said it will increase its target range for the Federal Funds interest rate by 0.75 percentage points, the same as the hikes decided in its previous two meetings. to a level of 3.00 to 3.25 percent.

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Japan, Philippines pledge to strengthen security cooperation

NEW YORK – The leaders of Japan and the Philippines agreed on Wednesday that their countries will further strengthen cooperation in sectors such as security, energy and infrastructure, the Japanese government said.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. During their talks in New York, they also discussed regional issues, including those related to the East and South China Seas, Japan’s foreign ministry said amid China’s growing maritime assertiveness.

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G-7 foreign ministers meet in New York to discuss war in Ukraine

NEW YORK — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries met Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, expected to express their commitment to support Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion .

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The top G-7 diplomats can also talk about their efforts to achieve a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” a vision promoted by Japan and the United States, according to a Japanese government official, amid rising tides. China’s military activities in the region.

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Biden calls for UN reform with world body crippled by war in Russia

NEW YORK — U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called for an expansion of the UN Security Council, among other reforms as the world body charged with advancing peace-building to address its veto-holding member Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine .

Speaking at an annual meeting of world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York, Biden criticized Moscow for “blatantly” violating the core principles of the UN Charter, which enshrines sovereignty and territorial integrity, and expressing “overt” threats to use nuclear weapons .

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Forever 21 to re-enter the Japanese clothing market, go online first

TOKYO – The American fast fashion retailer Forever 21 Inc. will re-enter the Japanese market and plans to sell its products online from February before opening stores after April, the Japanese partner said Wednesday.

The Los Angeles-based company filed for bankruptcy protection in September 2019 due to intensifying competition with online clothing retailers. It withdrew from Japan the following month.

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Kishida, Harris hold meeting, dinner on eve of Abe funeral

TOKYO – Final arrangements are being made for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US Vice President Kamala Harris to hold talks and dine together in Tokyo on Monday, on the eve of a state funeral for assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, government sources said. Wednesday.

About 700 attendees are expected to come from abroad, giving the Japanese Prime Minister the opportunity to hold one-on-one meetings with more than 30 national leaders, including from Canada and Cambodia, over three days through next Wednesday.

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Friend of mother who starved son sentenced to 15 years

FUKUOKA – A 49-year-old woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday after a Japanese court found she manipulated her boyfriend into starving her 5-year-old son.

Emiko Akahori psychologically checked the boyfriend, Rie Ikari, 40, with lies, according to the Fukuoka District Court ruling. Akahori ordered Ikari to drastically reduce her son’s meals, which resulted in his death in April 2020.

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