November 23, 2022

Kyodo News Digest: February 7, 2022

People form a long queue to enter an official Beijing Olympic merchandise store inside the Winter Games media center in Beijing on February 6, 2022. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

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


Japan to decide on quasi-emergency COVID extension in first half of week

TOKYO — Japan plans to decide whether to extend a quasi-state of COVID-19 emergency in Tokyo and 12 prefectures in the first half of this week, government sources said Sunday.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida confirmed the plan during talks with Health Minister Shigeyuki Goto and relevant ministers, the sources said, as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 17,526 daily coronavirus cases in the capital, the highest count for a Sunday.


Olympics: Ski jumper Kobayashi wins Japan’s first gold medal in Beijing

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — Ryoyu Kobayashi won the men’s normal hill ski jumping event on Sunday, claiming Japan’s first gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

The 25-year-old took the lead with a longest jump of 104.5 meters in the first round, worth 145.4 points and gave himself a 6.2 gap over his closest competitor. close. He then sealed the Olympic title on the final jump of the evening, clearing 99.5 meters and taking his total points to 275.0.


30% of regions in Japan with an LGBT partnership system have mutual agreements

TOKYO – More than 30% of the 146 local governments in Japan that introduced a same-sex partnership system on January 1 have also signed reciprocal agreements with other municipalities to simplify re-application procedures when LGBT couples move house, according to a survey from Kyodo News.

The move comes amid criticism that the need for a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender couple to dissolve a partnership and reapply each time they move is causing emotional stress.


The Cambodian Prime Minister’s son, heir apparent, will travel to Japan in mid-February.

TOKYO – Hun Manet, the eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and commander of the country’s military, plans to visit Japan in mid-February for talks with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other senior officials, Japanese government sources said on Sunday.

Japan intends to intensify coordination with Cambodia, this year’s chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, on the Myanmar crisis and regional security through the visit of a senior man. that Hun Sen named his heir apparent, the sources said.


Olympics: Japan’s Kagiyama tops men’s free skating in team competition

BEIJING — Olympic debutant Yuma Kagiyama dominated the men’s free skating section of the figure skating team competition on Sunday at the Beijing Winter Games, earning a personal best 208.94 points to help Japan finish the day in third place.

Kagiyama, 18, became just the third person to score over 200 in the free skate, joining back-to-back Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and American star Nathan Chen in the select group.


Olympics: The quest for the quadruple axle fuels Hanyu’s road to Beijing

TOKYO — Making his third Winter Olympics appearance wasn’t part of Yuzuru Hanyu’s grand plan, but the men’s figure skating star is back at the Games to settle an unfinished business he has with the quadruple axel.

Hanyu considered quitting after defending his gold medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games and became the first to win back-to-back wins since American Dick Button in 1948 and 1952. The lure of landing a quad axle in competition, however, proved the only thing that kept the 27-year-old focused.


An American dancer leads the Swiss ballet competition, a Japanese second

MONTREUX, Switzerland – American Darrion Sellman, 17, won first prize in an international ballet competition for young dancers in Switzerland on Saturday. Japanese dancer Tsukino Tanaka, 17, came second.

Brazilian Luciana Sagioro came third in the Prix de Lausanne among 70 candidates who took part in the prestigious annual competition.