Kyodo News Digest: April 13, 2022

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Ukrainian students who arrived in Japan after being evacuated from Russian military attacks listen to the Ukrainian national anthem during a ceremony for new students at Japan University of Economics in Fukuoka Prefecture, Chikushino City, Japan southwest Japan, April 12, 2022. About 60 students are studying Japanese language at Kyiv National Linguistic University, the Japanese University’s academic partner, located in nearby Dazaifu, is allowed to study there for about one year tuition-free. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

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

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16 injured in NYC subway shooting, suspect at large

NEW YORK – At least 16 people were injured in a shooting at a New York City subway station on Tuesday morning and an armed man described as wearing a gas mask and construction vest is still at large, according to local authorities .

A fire official told media that 10 of the 16 people injured were shot and injured, five of them in critical but stable condition following the morning rush hour mass shooting in the Brooklyn borough.

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Chilean gets 28 years in prison for killing his Japanese ex-girlfriend

BESANCON, France – A Chilean man was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Tuesday for the murder of his former girlfriend, a Japanese woman who came to Besançon, in eastern France, as an exchange student in 2016 and disappeared at age 21 later that year.

The decision by a local French court came a day after prosecutors sought life imprisonment, the maximum sentence, for 31-year-old Nicolas Zepeda Contreras, saying Narumi Kurosaki’s murder was premeditated.

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US human rights report says China is continuing ‘genocide’ of Uyghurs

WASHINGTON — The US State Department said on Tuesday that acts of “genocide” were continuing against the Uyghur Muslim minority in China’s farwestern Xinjiang region, revealing the findings of its latest annual human rights report. male.

While covering the events of the last year, the report also warned of “creeping authoritarianism which threatens both human rights and democracy”, citing the invasion of Ukraine by the Russia as the most notable example at present.

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The United States carried out subcritical nuclear tests in 1st under the government of Biden

TOKYO — The United States conducted two rounds of subcritical nuclear tests last year, the first of their kind under President Joe Biden’s administration, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

An NNSA spokesperson recently told Kyodo News that the experiments were conducted on June 22 and September 16, both in Nevada, adding data derived from testing to ensure nuclear stockpile reliability without reverting to nuclear testing. .

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Shionogi does not recommend the use of oral COVID medications for pregnant women

TOKYO — Japanese pharmaceutical company Shionogi & Co. is considering not recommending the use of its oral COVID-19 drug for pregnant women due to animal testing revealing fetal abnormalities after administration, Kyodo told Tuesday News a source familiar with the matter.

The Osaka-based drugmaker applied for approval of the drug from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in February. But the finding may indicate that a safety management system is needed to prevent pregnant women from taking the drug.

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Sri Lanka declares a default on its external debt, the first time in its history

NEW DELHI – Sri Lanka said on Tuesday that with extremely low foreign exchange reserves, the crisis-hit country would default on its external public debt pending a rescue package from the International Monetary Fund.

It is the first time the South Asian island nation has announced a default since its independence from Britain in 1948.

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Defense chiefs of Japan and Italy condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine

TOKYO – The defense ministers of Japan and Italy on Tuesday condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine as a “violation of international law” and “totally unacceptable”, while agreeing to strengthen their security ties .

Nobuo Kishi said after meeting his Italian counterpart Lorenzo Guerini that they pledged to oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force, as well as any action that could escalate tensions in the Indo-Pacific region, apparently referring to China’s growing maritime assertiveness. In the region.

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Japan’s top diplomat Hayashi plans Central Asia tour from late April

TOKYO — Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi plans to visit Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan from late April, Japanese government sources said on Tuesday, in an apparent effort to counter China’s growing influence in Central Asia.

Tokyo also plans to host a meeting of foreign ministers from five regional countries, also involving Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, by the end of June to discuss measures to strengthen their economic ties, the officials said. the sources.

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