Kyodo News Digest: June 3, 2022

Children sit on swings in a park near a condominium damaged by Russian military attacks on the outskirts of Kyiv on May 25, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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Government approves reopening of Fukushima village section to residents in June

FUKUSHIMA, Japan – More than a decade after the March 2011 nuclear disaster, some registered residents of part of a village in Fukushima made off-limits by high radiation levels can finally return home after the government decided on Friday to lift evacuation orders on June 12.

A 0.95 square kilometer part of Katsurao, located near the former Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, will have its “hard to return” area classification lifted, the government’s nuclear emergency response headquarters and the Reconstruction Agency at a joint meeting.


South Korean, Japanese and US diplomats meet amid North Korea nuclear test fears

SEOUL — Senior diplomats from South Korea, Japan and the United States met on Friday in a bid to boost trilateral cooperation, following repeated ballistic missile launches from Pyongyang and amid growing concerns over a possible nuclear test North Korean.

Kim Gunn, South Korea’s special representative for peace and security affairs on the Korean Peninsula, held the first face-to-face trilateral talks with his Japanese and American counterparts since Yoon Suk Yeol took office as chairman of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea last month.


US targets Putin-linked yachts in latest Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government on Thursday imposed new sanctions on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, targeting yachts linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin and a cellist allegedly acting as his go-between, among others.

Noting that Putin and other Russian elites rely on complex support networks to hide their wealth and luxury assets, Brian Nelson, a Treasury Department official, said: “Today’s action demonstrates that the Treasury can and will prosecute those responsible for the protection and maintenance of these vested interests.”


Amazon will close its Kindle digital bookstore in China in June 2023

BEIJING — Inc. said the U.S. tech giant will close its Kindle e-book store in China in June 2023 as economic and security tensions between the world’s two major economies escalate.

Chinese authorities have tightened internet regulations in recent years, but Reuters reported the shutdown is not attributed to pressure or censorship from the Communist-led government under President Xi Jinping.


Malaysia’s chicken export ban hits Singapore’s chicken rice

SINGAPORE – Malaysia’s chicken export ban, which came into force on Wednesday amid supply shortages, has hit neighbor Singapore, which claims chicken rice as its national dish and relies heavily on food imports .

As war in Ukraine has driven up the price of oil and chicken feed, Malaysia is struggling to secure enough domestic supplies, leading to the suspension of monthly exports of up to 3.6 million chickens to other countries.


North Korea’s Kim sends congratulations to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a congratulatory message to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the country’s foreign ministry said.

“I extend my congratulations to you and your people on the occasion of your country’s National Day, Your Majesty’s official birthday,” Kim said in his message to the Queen, according to the ministry. North Korea maintains diplomatic relations with Great Britain.


Japanese-American files complaint against Japan’s dual citizenship ban

FUKUOKA — A Japanese-American said Thursday she filed a lawsuit in a Japanese court claiming the country’s nationality law, which prohibits its citizens from also holding a foreign nationality, violates the Constitution.

Yuri Kondo, 75, who currently lives in Fukuoka in southwestern Japan and has filed a lawsuit in the Fukuoka District Court, told a press conference with his legal team that the acquisition of American nationality should not have automatically deprived her of her Japanese nationality.

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