Kyodo News Digest: May 21, 2022

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at Osan Air Base May 20, 2022 in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. (Picture of swimming pool)(Kyodo)

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

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South Korea and the United States further strengthen deterrence against North Korea

SEOUL – South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and US President Joe Biden agreed on Saturday to further strengthen deterrence against security threats posed by North Korea during their first summit talks in Seoul, condemning Pyongyang for the recent escalating ballistic missile tests.

Yoon and Biden shared the view that North Korea’s nuclear program poses a “serious threat” not only to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, but also to the rest of Asia and the world. , and demanded the complete denuclearization of the peninsula, according to the joint statement released. after the two-hour summit talks.

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Polls close in Australia’s tight general election

SYDNEY — Voting wrapped up across the country in Australia’s hotly contested general election on Saturday, with ballot counting underway.

Polling centers that opened at 8 a.m. closed at 6 p.m., with results from eastern and central states already in.

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Japan, Australia, India, US agree on COVID vaccine cooperation

TOKYO – The leaders of Japan, Australia, India and the United States will agree to step up the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to the international community at their summit meeting next week, a said a Foreign Ministry official on Saturday.

The agreement, which is part of efforts by the four Indo-Pacific democracies to counter China’s growing influence in developing countries, is expected to be spelled out in their joint statement, said the Japanese official, who spoke as covered with anonymity.

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Japan, US and 3 others quit APEC trade meeting in protest against Russia

BANGKOK — Representatives of Japan, the United States and three other countries briefly walked out of a meeting of Asia-Pacific trade ministers on Saturday to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine, officials said.

The two-day meeting in Bangkok of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation forum will end on Sunday, with promoting trade and investment in a post-COVID-19 world high on the agenda.

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Hokkaido tour boat rescue begins, with 12 still missing

SAPPORO — Preparatory work to rescue a tourist boat that sank off Hokkaido last month, killing 14 and 12 people still missing, began Saturday morning.

The lifting of the 19-tonne Kazu I will now take place early next week. The boat, which is currently lying on the seabed about 120 meters below the surface, went missing off the Shiretoko Peninsula on April 23.

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Russia declares full control of Mariupol in Ukraine

KYIV – Russia has declared full control of a steel mill in Ukraine’s key port city of Mariupol, finally pushing back remaining Ukrainian resistance, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, as the ongoing war is set to enter its fourth month .

Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the ministry, quoted by the Tass news agency, reportedly said on Friday that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed President Vladimir Putin of the “complete release” of the plant. Azovstal and Mariupol Ukrainian activists.

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Japan protests China over alleged test drilling in East China Sea

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday it had confirmed China’s ongoing construction of a facility believed to be for the unilateral development of a gas field in the East China Sea.

The ministry lodged a protest with the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, saying it is regrettable that China has pushed forward unilateral development.

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Top Japanese finance official arrested for alleged assault on train

TOKYO — A senior finance ministry official was arrested on Friday for allegedly beating and kicking another passenger on a moving train in Tokyo, investigative sources said.

Heihachiro Ono, the 56-year-old deputy deputy minister for policy planning and coordination, was drunk when he allegedly assaulted the passenger early on Friday and denies having any memory of the incident, the sources said. . The victim suffered no serious injuries.

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