Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Shot Useless

Replace (July 8, 6:20pm): At round 6pm as we speak, the NHK reported that the capturing of former Main Minister Shinzo Abe was deadly. He was pronounced lifeless round 5pm after the surgical procedure within the hospital.

Breaking Information: Shinzo Abe collapsed on Friday morning whereas giving a speech in Nara Prefecture. In line with stories, gunshots had been heard earlier than he hit the bottom. An NHK reporter on the scene heard what appeared like a gun going off twice. Ex-Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe tweeted that the previous prime minister was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. The suspect made no try to flee and was taken into custody. Abe was flown to the hospital by helicopter.

Additionally on this week’s information roundup, we have a look at the latest Covid surge which is anticipated to result in the postponement of Japan’s nationwide journey subsidy program. We report on the trial involving French father Vincent Fichot and the disruption to KDDI’s cell companies which affected near 40 million folks. From Moscow, former President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev responds to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s oil value cap proposal. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses college college students in Japan. And Japanese political heavyweight Taro Aso compares Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to the bullying of weak kids. In sport, the Courageous Blossoms lose to France, Shohei Ohtani and Seiya Suzuki each impress and Yuzuru Hanyu’s newest message suggests he’ll be competing this season.

Journey Subsidy Program More likely to be Postponed

In an try to spice up native journey amongst residents, the federal government launched an inner-prefectural journey subsidy program in April 2021. Seven months later, that was expanded to neighboring prefectures. With the Covid state of affairs seemingly enhancing, the plan was to then lengthen this system nationwide, giving vacationers right here as much as ¥11,000 per day for bills comparable to purchasing and eating within the type of reductions and coupons. It was anticipated to start within the first half of July. Nonetheless, as coronavirus instances at the moment are hovering, it appears just like the plan goes to be postponed.

The federal government will resolve after the Home of Councilors election this Sunday. “We are going to assess the final image of the [pandemic] state of affairs and make an applicable determination,” mentioned Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito on Tuesday. Yesterday, Japan reported 47,976 new coronavirus instances. That is greater than double the whole on the identical day of final week. Tokyo, henceforth, recorded 8,529 new instances on Thursday, up 4,908 from seven days in the past. If the present tempo continues, the capital’s each day depend is projected to succeed in round 15,500 in two weeks and 54,900 in 4 weeks.

Vincent Fichot went on a starvation strike final summer season to protest Japan’s sole custody legislation

Fichot Plans to Attraction After Shedding Baby Custody Case

Final yr a courtroom in Paris issued a world arrest warrant for the spouse of Vincent Fichot. She ran off with their kids in 2018 and was accused of abducting them and endangering minors. Chatting with Tokyo Weekender concerning the warrant, Fichot mentioned he had “zero expectations,” that it will change something. “I will by no means cease combating for my kids, however frankly I doubt I will ever see them once more,” he advised us. Following yesterday’s ruling by the Tokyo Household Court docket, it is easy to see why he was so pessimistic.

Presiding Decide Yasushi Ogawara was dominated in favor of Fichot’s spouse, granting her custody and a divorce. He advised her that she ought to let Fichot see their kids. Nonetheless, as a result of Japan’s sole custody legislation and given what’s occurred to this point, that appears unlikely. The courtroom dominated that no abuse had occurred. “I am relieved that I can proceed to reside with my kids as I’ve, though it is regrettable that the courtroom did not acknowledge home violence,” the lady advised Kyodo Information. Fichot plans to enchantment the ruling.

KDDI Cell Service Restored After 86 Hours of Disruption

It was like being again within the Nineties for folks utilizing KDDI’s companies final weekend. A upkeep glitch on the main cell service disrupted companies from Saturday, leaving thousands and thousands with out using their cellphones. Pay telephones had been all of the sudden well-liked once more and folks needed to discover locations with out assistance from Google Maps. Extra worryingly, customers had been unable to get by to emergency numbers. The issues started at round 1:35am on Saturday morning. In line with KDDI, companies had been totally restored as of three:36pm on Tuesday.

Talking at a press convention on Sunday, KDDI President Makoto Takahashi apologized for disruptions that affected almost 40 million folks. “As a telecommunications service operator that’s imagined to help social infrastructure and supply steady companies, we deeply remorse the service disruption. I sincerely apologize for the intense hassle we’ve got brought on our subscribers,” he mentioned. KDDI’s phrases and circumstances state that if a service outage lasts longer than 24 hours, customers are eligible for compensation. In October final yr, Docomo telephones went silent for 29 hours as a result of a glitch.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy | Shutterstock

Zelenskyy Addresses Japanese Universities

In an internet lecture at Toyo College (additionally seen 14 universities throughout Japan) on Monday, Ukrainian President Volody Zelenskyy advised that his nation is combating on the trail to peace. “This can be a struggle in Ukraine, which the Russian Federation began, which the Russian Federation continues and which the Russian Federation doesn’t wish to cease. Ukraine is defending its personal land, its sovereignty, its territory. Ukraine is combating for peace. This can be a merciless paradox of the twenty first century, and for us these are realities,” he mentioned.

On the identical day, Taro Aso compared Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to the bullying of weak kids. “What sort of youngster was being bullied throughout your childhood? The weak had been bullied. The sturdy weren’t bullied. The identical goes for international locations,” mentioned the previous Japanese prime minister throughout a stump speech in Chiba Prefecture. from praising Hitler’s motives and talking about some great benefits of international warming, to claiming, “there isn’t any such factor as a sexual harassment cost,” Aso is thought for his controversial statements. His newest gaffe led to a robust backlash on social media websites.

Medvedev Provides Kishida Warning Following Oil Value Cap Proposal

Meaning to proceed punishing Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine and produce down its assets for spending on the struggle, the Group of Seven (G-7) has put ahead a proposal to cap the value of Russian oil at round half its present value. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida introduced the plan throughout a stump speech in Tokyo on Sunday. “We’ll create a mechanism wherein the worldwide neighborhood won’t purchase Russian oil at costs greater than the higher restrict,” he mentioned. “We should present that aggression comes with a heavy value,” added the PM.

Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev responded to the proposal, reportedly put ahead by Kishida, on Tuesday. “There will probably be considerably much less oil available on the market, and its value will probably be a lot greater. Furthermore, greater than the anticipated astronomical value of $300-400 per barrel,” the deputy chairman of Russia’s Safety Council wrote on social media. He additionally warned that Japan “would have neither oil nor fuel from Russia, in addition to no participation within the Sakhalin-2” oil and pure fuel growth venture because of this.

Yuzuru Hanyu appears set to compete this season | Picture Credit score Iurii Osadchi through Shutterstock

France Triumph After Courageous Blossoms Run Out of Steam

The French rugby staff proved too sturdy for Japan on Saturday, profitable 42-23 within the first of two assessments. Taking part in within the sweltering warmth of the Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture, the Courageous Blossoms impressed within the opening half and briefly led following Tevita Tatafu’s strive. They went into the break stage at 13-13. Ultimately, although, the house staff ran out of steam because the Six Nations champions confirmed their class. They meet once more this Saturday on the Nationwide Stadium in Tokyo.

In different sporting information, the Bundesliga’s Japanese contingent continues to develop. Maya Yoshida moved from Sampdoria to Schalke, Ritsu Doan left PSV for Freiburg and Ko Itakura transferred from Man Metropolis to Borussia Monchengladbach. In baseball, Shohei Ohtani produced one other glowing show, putting out 10 batters because the Angels defeated the Miami Marlins 5-2. Seiya Suzuki, henceforth, returned from his damage layoff to hit homers in consecutive video games for the Chicago Cubs towards the Milwaukee Brewers. In determine skating, Yuzuru Hanyu wrote that he is aiming “even greater nonetheless,” this season. It suggests we’ll be seeing him on the rink quickly.