Kyodo News Digest: Feb. 4, 2024

People scatter roasted beans on Feb. 3, 2024, at a shrine in Wajima, an Ishikawa Prefecture city devastated by a powerful earthquake on New Year’s Day, as they wish for early recovery from the disaster during a traditional bean-throwing ritual. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


China ships warn Japan SDF planes to leave airspace near Senkakus

BEIJING – China Coast Guard vessels began last month to issue warnings for Japanese Self-Defense Forces planes to leave airspace over and around the Japan-controlled, China-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.

The warnings via radio communications are based on Beijing’s claim that SDF aircraft could violate Chinese territorial airspace around the islands, called Diaoyu in China, and have been made several times since January, the sources said.


Only 20% of public high schools in Japan have foreign student quotas

TOKYO – Only 20 percent of Japanese public high schools have quotas for accepting foreign students in entrance exams for the academic year starting April, a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday, despite the government’s guidance to introduce such special entry frameworks.

Around 750 out of 3,880 public high schools, including evening schools, had quotas for foreign resident students who passed special admission exams, the survey showed. Many lacking such frameworks are concerned over whether they can provide proper Japanese language instruction to such students after enrollment.


Football: Iran eliminate Japan from Asian Cup last 8 on late penalty

AL RAYYAN, Qatar – Iran eliminated Asian Cup favorites Japan in the quarterfinals of the tournament after Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s injury-time penalty delivered a 2-1 victory for Team Melli at Al Rayyan’s Education City Stadium.

Hajime Moriyasu’s side led through Hidemasa Morita in the first half and appeared poised to advance to the semifinals until Mohammad Mohebi’s 55th-minute equalizer swung the momentum in favor of three-time Asian champions Iran.


U.S. Democrats begin nominating contest for presidential election

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Democratic Party’s nomination process for the presidential election officially began Saturday in South Carolina, with Joe Biden almost certain to be an easy winner.

Although the outcome is not in doubt, the party’s primary may offer some hints about the incumbent president’s standing with black voters, who played a crucial role in his victory in the previous election.


Over 200 firms expected to join Tokyo meeting on Ukraine’s recovery

TOKYO – Around 100 businesses each from Japan and Ukraine are expected to participate in a conference later this month in Tokyo to promote the recovery of the Eastern European country, under invasion from Russia since February 2022, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

Ahead of the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Reconstruction on Feb. 19, Tokyo is considering measures for promoting Japanese companies to launch businesses in Ukraine, in order to help the war-torn country’s reconstruction, the sources said.


Figure skating: Kagiyama wins 1st Four Continents title

SHANGHAI – Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama claimed his first Four Continents figure skating title Saturday in Shanghai.

The silver medalist at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics earned 200.76 points in the free skate for a total of 307.58, the world’s second-highest score of the season.

Video: Actress scatters beans at temple near Tokyo in traditional ritual

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