A woman lights a lantern at a temporary accommodation in Mashiki city, Kumamoto prefecture on April 14, 2022, the sixth anniversary of two devastating earthquakes in the southwestern prefecture of Japan. A total of 276 people were killed in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures in the earthquakes on April 14 and 16, 2016. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
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Japan plans to send SDF plane to help Ukrainian refugees this month
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to send a Self-Defense Forces plane possibly later this month to help countries hosting Ukrainian refugees transport relief items, in a mission expected to last until the end of June, government sources said Thursday.
With the Russian invasion of Ukraine in its second month and some 4 million people having fled their homes, the sources said the SDF plane would pick up supplies, such as blankets and sleeping mats, stored in Dubai and Mumbai in India, and would transport them to Poland. and Romania, neighboring countries of Ukraine.
Pentagon warns China-Solomon security pact could be destabilizing
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday expressed concern over a possible security pact between China and the Solomon Islands, saying it leaves the door open for the deployment of Chinese military forces to the Pacific nation.
“We believe signing such an agreement could actually increase destabilization within the Solomon Islands and could set a worrying precedent for the wider Pacific Islands region,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. during a press conference.
Japan aims to secure noble gas supply via chip in Ukraine war
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s industry ministry said on Thursday it was aiming to secure the supply of rare gases needed for chip production as supplies to Ukraine’s top exporter could be disrupted by the Russian invasion and the chip supply crisis remains a major issue.
Officials from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry told a meeting of experts that it was seeking to take measures to encourage domestic manufacturers to increase the production capacity of these gases and to strengthen cooperation with other countries to improve supply chains by 2025.
Japan to continue subsidy program for oil wholesalers in May
TOKYO — The Japanese government on Thursday decided to continue its oil wholesaler subsidy program in May and further increase the payment from the current 25 yen (20 cents) per liter to avoid a sharp rise in fuel prices as Oil supply problems persist due to a cut in Russian oil exports, sources familiar with the matter said.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government plans to use 2 trillion yen from the 5.5 trillion yen reserve fund in the fiscal year 2022 budget to finance the subsidy program and other measures to cushion the impact of rising prices on the economy, the sources said.
US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan and draws rebuke from China
TAIPEI — A delegation of six senior U.S. congressional officials arrived in Taiwan on Thursday, prompting a rebuke from China.
The delegation is led by Senator Lindsey Graham and includes Bob Menendez, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They plan to meet President Tsai Ing-wen and other senior officials, the Taiwanese foreign ministry said, adding that the delegation’s visit amid the Ukraine crisis demonstrates “solid as rock” support and commitment. roc” from the United States to Taiwan.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee says Finance Minister Wong will be his successor
SINGAPORE — Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday his cabinet ministers had chosen Finance Minister Lawrence Wong as their future successor.
Wong, 49, formerly Lee’s principal private secretary, is seen assuming the post after Singapore’s next general election, due in 2025.
Former Hong Kong No. 2 becomes sole candidate in leadership race
HONG KONG — Former Hong Kong government No. 2 John Lee has been confirmed as the sole candidate in the city’s leadership election scheduled for May 8, as the government closed nominations on Thursday and only received than Lee’s candidacy.
The election of the chief executive would be a vote of confidence in Lee, a security hardliner and the only candidate favored by Beijing. But he is considered safe to be elected given his majority support in the electoral committee which will vote for the leader.
Ex-Japanese princess’s husband no longer on New York bar exam list
TOKYO — The name of the husband of former Japanese princess Mako Komuro was not on the New York State bar exam pass list released Thursday local time by its organizer.
After already failing the New York State Bar exam last July, Kei Komuro took the test again in February this year.