Kyodo News Digest: October 1, 2022

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Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter on September 30, 2022 shows the fall foliage over the Daisetsu mountain range in Hokkaido, northern Japan. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

Here is the latest list of news digests selected by Kyodo News.

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Putin declares annexation of 4 Ukrainian regions and calls for new sanctions

TOKYO/WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday declared the annexation of four occupied Ukrainian regions amid his country’s seven-month war, heightening tensions with the West as the move immediately sparked a new wave of protests. criticism and punishment.

Moscow’s unilateral action on Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions came after it said local people had voted in recent referendums to join Russia, with Ukraine and the West condemning the polls as illegitimate.

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US Indo-Pacific Command chief plans visit to Japan next week: source

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, is making arrangements to travel to Japan and South Korea next week to meet with government and military officials, a close source said Friday. plan. missile provocations.

Aquilino is expected to travel to Japan in the first half of next week, the source said. US Vice President Kamala Harris has just returned from her trip to the two closest US allies in Asia.

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Toshiba’s bidders narrowed down to 2 groups of companies

TOKYO-Toshiba Corp. received offers to rebuild the conglomerate from two groups of companies, one led by state fund Japan Investment Corp. and the other by Tokyo-based fund Japan Industrial Partners Inc., sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

With Friday being the deadline for the second round of bidding after the first in July, potential buyers for the struggling conglomerate have been narrowed down to the two groups.

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Japan will give 320 million dollars. subsidy for the production of micron chips in Hiroshima

TOKYO — Japan will provide a grant of up to 46.5 billion yen ($320 million) to Micron Technology Inc. to help the U.S. chipmaker produce advanced chips at its factory in Hiroshima prefecture, it said. Friday the Ministry of Industry.

The grant will be part of the 139.4 billion yen Micron plans to spend to begin producing dynamic random access memories or DRAM chips using what is called “1-beta” technology. DRAM chips are used in a wide variety of electronic devices, such as smartphones and servers.

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North Korea launches possible ballistic missiles: Japan, South Korea

TOKYO — North Korea fired what appear to be ballistic missiles on Saturday, authorities in Japan and South Korea said.

The projectiles appear to have landed outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, a Japanese government source said. There were no immediate reports of damage from the launches.

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US ‘unequivocally’ rejects Russian annexation, adds new sanctions

WASHINGTON — The US administration of President Joe Biden on Friday denounced Russia for its annexation of four Ukrainian regions and announced new sanctions in response to Moscow’s violations of its neighbor’s sovereignty.

“The United States unequivocally rejects Russia’s fraudulent attempt to alter Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

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67% of young people in Japan regularly engage in energy saving: survey

TOKYO — Sixty-seven percent of Japanese between the ages of 17 and 19 make energy-saving efforts daily, apparently motivated by Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to a recent survey.

With the government asking businesses and households to reduce their electricity use from July to September to avoid a power crisis, respondents to the Nippon Foundation survey said they had reviewed their use of air conditioning and lighting.

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Japan’s forex intervention hits a record 2.84 tril. yen to stem the fall of the yen

TOKYO — Japan’s monetary intervention last week cost 2.84 trillion yen ($19 billion), the highest amount ever spent to stem the yen’s sharp decline against the U.S. dollar, officials revealed on Friday. Ministry of Finance data.

The operation to buy yen and sell dollars, Japan’s first since 1998, was conducted on September 22, shortly after the Japanese currency plunged past the psychologically important 145 mark, when that the monetary policies of Japan and the United States diverge.

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