National flags fly at the Beijing Paralympic Winter Athletes’ Village in the Chinese capital on Feb. 26, 2022. In the center is the Ukrainian flag. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

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


US and EU to exclude some Russian banks from key international payment system

WASHINGTON — The United States and the European Union said Saturday that some Russian banks would be removed from a crucial international payments system, the latest in a series of sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

Some European countries like Germany had been cautious about cutting Russia off from the so-called SWIFT system because of the possible repercussions they could face if trade stopped with Moscow, but they apparently feel the need to show a tougher stance against Russia’s frightening military aggression against its neighboring country.


North Korea fires ballistic missile at Sea of ​​Japan

TOKYO – North Korea has fired a ballistic missile towards the Sea of ​​Japan, the Japanese government said on Sunday, the latest in a series of missile launches by the North this year.

The missile is believed to have fallen outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone after traveling about 300 kilometers and reaching an altitude of around 600 km, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told reporters in Tokyo, adding that no damage was caused. had been reported.


Former Ghosn aide Greg Kelly confident of getting acquittal ahead of decision

TOKYO — Former Nissan Motor Co. executive Greg Kelly is confident he can secure an acquittal for his alleged involvement in underreporting the compensation of his former boss and former corporate superstar Carlos Ghosn , while a court is due to rule on Thursday.

“There was no need to report because Carlos Ghosn was never paid, and there was never an agreement to pay Carlos Ghosn,” Kelly said in a recent interview with Kyodo News. “This is not a criminal case, and no one should go to jail for anything.”


The CEO of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, Mikitani, will donate 1 billion. Ukrainian yen

TOKYO — Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Group Inc., said on Sunday he would donate 1 billion yen ($8.7 million) to the Ukrainian government for humanitarian aid following the invasion of the country by Russia.

“I am deeply saddened by the news,” Mikitani said in an English-language letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted on Twitter, referring to Russia’s launch of a military attack on Thursday. “My thoughts are with you and the people of Ukraine.”


Japan’s Financial Supervisory Authority Revises Mandatory Quarterly Disclosure Rule

TOKYO — Japan’s financial watchdog has begun discussions as part of a review of companies’ mandatory quarterly disclosures, a controversial move the regulator says will encourage companies to think long-term, but which it says criticism, will erode transparency.

The Financial Services Agency should show this spring the direction of its revision, which is part of the efforts to promote a “new capitalism” advocated by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, following discussions at the within its Financial System Council.


Japan and the United States agree that the impact of Russian aggression goes beyond Europe

TOKYO – The foreign ministers of Japan and the United States agreed on Saturday that the impact of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has gone beyond Europe and that strengthening their security alliance is a prerequisite peacekeeping in Asia.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday “an aggression” and said he confirmed with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in telephone interviews that it undermined ” the very foundation of the international order which does not permit any unilateral change of status”. quo by force.”


2,000 Ukrainians and supporters in Japan rally against Russian invasion

TOKYO — About 2,000 people, including Ukrainian nationals living in Japan, staged a rally in front of Tokyo’s famous landmark Shibuya crossing on Saturday to protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The demonstrators held Ukrainian flags and placards reading “Stop the war in Ukraine” and “Hands off Ukraine”. Russian and Japanese nationals also joined the organized rally via social media, as fighting continues in the former Soviet republic after Russia launched a large-scale attack on Thursday and Ukrainian forces continue to fight back.


Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11

TOKYO — Vaccinations against the new coronavirus for children aged 5 to 11 began Saturday in an area of ​​Tokyo ahead of other municipalities in Japan with special government approval at a time when the country is still grappling with a high number of infections.

While vaccinations for the age group are expected to start in wider parts of the country in March, some municipalities have been allowed to start earlier if they are already ready.