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Kyodo News Digest: March 19, 2023

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The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.


North Korea fires short-range missile days after Japan-S. Korea summit

TOKYO – North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile eastward on Sunday, the Japanese Defense Ministry said, the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang and coming days after Japanese and South Korean leaders demonstrated the two countries’ improving ties.

The missile, launched from North Korea’s western coast around 11:05 a.m., is believed to have fallen in the Sea of Japan outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, and may have flown on an irregular trajectory, the ministry said.


Man arrested for arson after fire kills 3 at his family home in Nagano

NAGANO, Japan – A 32-year-old man was arrested Saturday for arson after a fire gutted the house where he lived in the central Japan prefecture of Nagano, apparently killing three of his family members, police said.

Three bodies believed to be those of the man’s father, Hitoshi Nakamura, mother and grandmother in her 90s were found after the fire at the two-story house.


Japanese brokerage, schools work to improve kids’ financial literacy

TOKYO – Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. has recently signed agreements with Japanese junior and senior high schools to help them offer a curriculum that will improve the financial literacy of students.

The move comes after financial education was made compulsory in public senior high schools last year along with the country lowering the age of adulthood to 18 from 20.


Screen time has limited effects on toddler’s development: Japan study

OSAKA – Spending an hour or more in front of digital devices each day has a more limited effect on 2-year-olds’ growth and development than previously thought, a recent study by Japanese researchers has shown, providing fresh insight into the possible risks of the use of digital devices on toddlers.

The study also found that the negative effects of a day’s screen time on young children can be reduced by letting them play outside for more than 30 minutes, according to researchers from Osaka University and the Hamamatsu University School of Medicine.


Japan to watch developments of investigation against Putin: Kishida

TOKYO – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday that Japan will carefully monitor the developments of an investigation against Russian President Vladimir Putin after holding talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Tokyo.

Scholz also said he supports the International Criminal Court’s issuance Friday of an arrest warrant for Putin on the grounds he has overseen the war crime of forcible deportation of Ukrainian children during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Curling: Japan loses both games on Day 1 of world women’s c’ship

SANDVIKEN, Sweden – Beijing Olympic runner-up Japan lost its first two games of the world women’s curling championship Saturday.

Denmark edged Japan 7-6 before defending champion Switzerland trounced Japan 11-2 on the opening day in Sandviken, Sweden.


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