Kyodo News Digest: August 7, 2022

Costumed actors perform during the World Cosplay Championship at Aichi Center for the Arts in Nagoya, central Japan, on August 6, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Japan’s defense chief Kishi could be replaced in cabinet reshuffle

TOKYO — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida could replace Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, who had received help from members of a religious group at the center of attention since the murder of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a Cabinet overhaul to bolster waning public support, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

Kishida is expected to retain key members of his cabinet such as Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki and Lands Minister Tetsuo Saito, a member of Komeito, the junior coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the sources said. The reshuffle, the first since the ruling coalition’s landslide election victory last month, is scheduled for Wednesday.


OPINION: 77 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it’s time to proliferate peace

TOKYO – On Saturday, I proudly supported Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the people of Hiroshima in memory of an unprecedented disaster.

Seventy-seven years ago, nuclear weapons were dropped on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Biden tests negative for COVID-19 after ‘rebound’ case

WASHINGTON — US President Joe Biden tested negative for the new coronavirus on Saturday after a “rebound” period in which he continued to return positive test results despite being well, according to his doctor.

The 79-year-old initially tested positive on July 21 and had mild symptoms. He returned a series of negative test results, but tested positive again from July 30 in what has been called a rebound case, seen in some people taking antiviral drugs.


Husband Who Helped Wife Leave Unification Church Now Supports Others

NARA, Japan — Groups working to persuade individuals to leave the Unification Church say they face an uphill battle because “they have to beat God.”

The fatal shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a campaign speech last month in the western city of Nara has led to a surge in people reaching out to groups that help church members and their families, a group reporting on Thursday a 12-fold increase in consultations from June to July.


Golf: Shibuno back in contention at the Women’s British Open

GULLANE, Scotland — Hinako Shibuno returned to contention at the British Women’s Open on Saturday and heads into the final round in second place, five strokes behind leader Ashleigh Buhai of South Africa.

Shibuno, who won the Women’s British Open in 2019 on her major championship debut, entered the third round in seventh place, but the 23-year-old Japanese, six birdies, just 66 bogey at Muirfield put her down in position to make a run for a second major title.


Football: Furuhashi scores first goal in Celtic’s 2nd straight win

TOKYO — Japan’s Kyogo Furuhashi opened the scoring in the 48th minute to lead Scottish Premier League champions Celtic to a 3-1 win over Ross County on Saturday.

The goal was Furuhashi’s first of the young season as Celtic improved to 2-0.

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