The following is the most recent list of news summaries curated by Kyodo News.
Japan reopens mass vaccination center for COVID booster shots
TOKYO – The Japanese government reopened a mass COVID-19 vaccination center in Tokyo on Monday to speed up the administration of third injections to deal with the new wave of infections caused by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
The center, which opened amid criticism that the government has been slow to offer booster shots, is run by the Self-Defense Forces and will offer people over the age of 18 the vaccine from US pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc.
Prime Minister Kishida says he does not consider COVID state of emergency for Tokyo
TOKYO – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday that he is not yet considering declaring a state of emergency for Tokyo due to a recent spike in new coronavirus cases amid the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant.
His comments came amid pressure on the government to put the capital back under such an emergency, as the proportion of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in the capital reached 48.5 percent on Sunday. .
North Korea confirms long-range ballistic missile test on January 30
BEIJING – North Korea tested a Hwasong-12 “intermediate and long-range ballistic missile” on Sunday, state media confirmed Monday, at a time when the nuclear-armed nation has increased its military pressure on the United States. .
The launch came after Pyongyang recently hinted that it would resume nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, saying it could restart all “activities” it had temporarily suspended to build trust with the United States.
Tennis: Naomi Osaka falls to 85th place in the WTA singles ranking
TOKYO – Japan’s Naomi Osaka fell from 14th to 85th in the world singles rankings announced Monday by the Women’s Tennis Association, placing outside the top 50 for the first time since February 2018.
With the ranking reflecting player records over the past year, Osaka’s lack of tournament appearances in 2021 weighed heavily following her two self-imposed breaks from tennis to take care of her mental health.
Japan’s industrial production in 2021 increased by 5.8%, still below the pre-pandemic level
TOKYO – Japan’s industrial output in 2021 grew 5.8 percent from a year earlier but remained below its pre-coronavirus-pandemic level amid a resurgence of infections and a global shortage of semiconductors, they showed. government data on Monday.
The seasonally adjusted index of production in factories and mines in 2021 stood at 95.9 against the base of 100 in 2015, with the fastest increase since comparable data became available in 2014, after the worst fall of 10.4 percent in 2020, reported the Ministry of Economy and Trade. and Industry said in a preliminary report.
Totsuka’s Yonex connect is ready to build a brand in Beijing
TOKYO – Japanese sports equipment maker Yonex has bet big on world champion men’s halfpipe snowboarder Yuto Totsuka, and one of the company’s product developers hopes the board that bears his name will establish the brand’s bona fides in everyone.
Hirokazu Yaegashi works for Yonex, a company better known for its extensive lines of tennis and badminton rackets than its snowboards, a market they entered in 1995.
The unrelenting rise of the yen kept the BOJ on its toes in 2011, spurring easing
TOKYO – A heightened sense of alarm over the yen’s surge to record highs prompted Bank of Japan board members to ease monetary policy in 2011 amid a nascent recovery from the shock of the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. in the northeast of the country, the BOJ minutes showed on Monday.
Minutes of policy-setting meetings between July and December 2011 revealed the BOJ’s concern that the yen’s persistent strength threatened to damage business confidence, push manufacturers to shift production overseas, and delay output. of the country’s deflation.