Kyodo news summary -3-
Thursday, September 23, 2021 4:17 AM

Related Stories

TOKYO, Sep. 23, 2010 (Kyodo News International) -- ----------
APEC meeting reaffirms importance of tourism in economic growth

NARA, Japan - Top tourism officials from Pacific Rim economies reaffirmed Thursday that tourism plays a key role in their economic growth as they adopted a declaration at the conclusion of their two-day meeting in the ancient city of Nara.

The 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum recognized ''the economic importance of tourism, including the creation of jobs, reduction of poverty and conservation of the environment.''

Nationalism gives Beijing little wriggle room in isles row: scholar

BEIJING - China is facing increasing nationalistic sentiments at home and has little wriggle room in resolving an escalating conflict with Japan over the detention of a Chinese skipper involved in a ship collision off the disputed Senkaku islands, a Chinese scholar says.

The only resolution in sight is for Japan to compromise and avoid initiating judicial proceedings against the skipper, said Pang Zhongying, a professor of international studies at Renmin University of China.

China tourism official blames Japan over row, warns of further impact

NARA, Japan - A Chinese tourism official at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting said Thursday that Japan is responsible for the recent bilateral row over disputed islands and the problem could further affect the tourism industry if not handled properly.

Zhang Xilong, the deputy director general of China's National Tourism Administration, said at the end of the two-day meeting in Nara that the two countries have recently encountered ''very serious problems,'' apparently referring to Japan's arrest of a Chinese fishing boat captain off the disputed Senkaku Islands, and ''all the responsibility lies with the Japanese side.''

China halts all shipments of rare earth minerals to Japan: NYT

NEW YORK - The New York Times reported in its electronic edition Wednesday that China has completely halted shipments of rare earth minerals to Japan amid growing bilateral tensions stirred by Japan's detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain in disputed waters.

According to Japanese government officials, Tokyo has obtained information from Japanese traders that shipments of rare earth minerals from China to Japan have been stopped. The Japanese government has been trying to confirm with the Chinese government through diplomatic channels whether it has imposed such an embargo, but has yet to confirm it.

Cambodian opposition leader gets 10 yrs in prison for altering map

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday and faces an additional fine and compensation of 65 million riel ($15,476) after being convicted of falsifying public documents and disinformation.

The conviction was announced by Ker Sakhorn, presiding judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, but in the absence of Sam Rainsy who is in self-imposed exile in France.

Mitsui to invest in Singapore-based biotech firm

SINGAPORE - Mitsui & Co Ltd will invest $5 million in a Singapore government-linked biotechnology research firm, adding to the rise in Japan's presence in Singapore's biotechnology industry, the Singapore firm said Thursday.

Mitsui Ventures, the investment arm of Mitsui, will invest in S*Bio Pte. Ltd. in the first Japanese investment in the drug development firm.

BTMU to invest 30 bil. yen in Gifu Bank

TOKYO - The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has decided to purchase about 30 billion yen worth of preferred shares in Gifu Bank, a struggling regional bank that has been in merger talks with another regional bank, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

BTMU, the biggest shareholder of Gifu Bank with a stake of about 20 percent, has expressed its intention to make some investments in the local bank to realize the merger.



Symbol :


Market news:

  • China criticizes US currency bill as protectionism Sep 29, 2021 11:55 PM

    • BEIJING - China has criticized a measure passed by U.S. lawmakers to allow possible sanctions over currency as protectionist and a violation of global trade rules.
    • The Commerce Ministry statement Thursday said the measure would not resolve the imbalance in U.S.-Chinese trade - which sees China running a large trade surplus with America.
    • It gave no indication what Beijing might do in response to the measure passed Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
      • Congress sends intelligence bill to Obama Sep 29, 2021 11:42 PM

        • WASHINGTON - After months of argument over lawmakers' access to briefings on top-secret intelligence, Congress on Wednesday sent the first intelligence authorization bill since 2004 to President Barack Obama with language meant to strengthen oversight of sensitive spy operations.
        • The authorization bill the House passed 244-181 - the Senate had approved it in earlier in the week - is a compromise, hewing to White House insistence that only eight key congressional leaders attend briefings on the nation's most secretive programs.
        • It also seeks to satisfy lawmakers' desire for more information by ensuring that all members of the House and Senate intelligence committees will receive a "general description" regarding the intelligence finding or notification.
          • UCI: Contador suspended for steroid Sep 29, 2021 10:46 PM

            • PARIS - Cycling's governing body says only a "very small concentration" of a banned steroid was found in the urine of Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, but that he has still been suspended.
            • But the amount was only 50 picograms, which the UCI says "is 400 time(s) less than what the antidoping laboratories accredited by WADA must be able to detect."
            • It says that both Contador's A and B samples tested positive and that Contador has been "formally and provisionally suspended."
              • Pastor accuser: Sex encounters on church grounds Sep 29, 2021 10:39 PM

                • ATLANTA - One of four men accusing megachurch Bishop Eddie Long of coercing them into inappropriate sexual relationships said in a TV interview that aired Wednesday that he and the pastor would have encounters before and after worship services on church grounds.
                • Jamal Parris, 22, told Fox TV affiliate WAGA that they engaged in sexual acts at Long's home, in his car and his office at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in surburban Atlanta, similar to claims he made in his lawsuit last week.
                • The four men, all former members of New Birth, say they were teenagers when Long enticed them with clothes, cars, cash and lavish trips to lure them into sexual relationships.
                  • Congress punts tough choice until after election Sep 29, 2021 10:39 PM

                    • WASHINGTON - A deeply unpopular Congress is bolting for the campaign trail without finishing its most basic job - approving a budget for the government year that begins on Friday.
                    • As Congress moved toward a messy end to a session fraught with partisan fire, President Barack Obama campaigned for Democrats in Iowa and Virginia, accusing Republicans of being dishonest about what needs to be done to revive the economy and restore middle-class dreams.
                    • With their House and Senate majorities on the line, Democratic leaders called off votes and even debates on all controversial matters.

                      More news


    Recent Estimates

AnalystFirm NameSymbolEPS Estimate
gofasterstripesMr Lak CTXS$0.25
anamrdaNA JNJ$1.15