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BREAKING NEWS: N. Korea fires another suspected ballistic missile: Japan gov’t

BREAKING NEWS: N. Korea fires another suspected ballistic missile: Japan gov’t BREAKING NEWS: N. Korea fires another suspected ballistic missile: Japan gov’t KYODO NEWS – 2 hours ago – 08:30 | Others BREAKING NEWS: N. Korea fires another suspected ballistic missile: Japan gov’t ==Kyodo 2 hours ago | KYODO NEWS Popular Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: BOJ to decide to end negative interest rates at next week’s Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: M5.8 earthquake jolts Japan’s Fukushima, vicinity Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS More from Others LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan Diet puts off holding panel on political funds scandal Feb 27, 2024 | KYODO NEWS G7 agrees to continue supporting Ukraine Feb 18, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Weight calculation error behind 2023 Tokyo construction site accident Feb 11, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan’s total debt swells to record 1,286.45 trillion yen in 2023 Feb 9, 2024 | KYODO NEWS KDDI to acquire 50% stake in Lawson, take it private with Mitsubishi Feb 6, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations KYODO NEWS – 20 hours ago – 14:00 | Others, All, Japan Subscribe × Subscribe to get daily news To have the latest news and stories delivered to your inbox, subscribe here. Simply enter your email address below and an email will be sent through which to complete your subscription. Subscribe * Something went wrong Subscribe × Thank you. Please check your inbox for a confirmation email. Follow us Contact Us × If you wish to change your message, press ‘Cancel’ to go back and edit. Subject Name Email Message Cancel Send Contact Us × Thank you for reaching out to us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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BREAKING NEWS: Nikkei stock index up 2% on weak yen

ENGLISH 简体中文 繁體中文 日本語 Latest Japan Visual Stories Travel/Tourism World Sports Feature Arts Podcast About us BREAKING NEWS: Nikkei stock index up 2% on weak yen KYODO NEWS – 40 minutes ago – 09:54 |Others BREAKING NEWS: Nikkei stock index up 2% on weak yen ==Kyodo 40 minutes ago | KYODO NEWS Popular Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: BOJ to decide to end negative interest rates at next week’s Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: M5.8 earthquake jolts Japan’s Fukushima, vicinity Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS More from Others LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan Diet puts off holding panel on political funds scandal Feb 27, 2024 | KYODO NEWS G7 agrees to continue supporting Ukraine Feb 18, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Weight calculation error behind 2023 Tokyo construction site accident Feb 11, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan’s total debt swells to record 1,286.45 trillion yen in 2023 Feb 9, 2024 | KYODO NEWS KDDI to acquire 50% stake in Lawson, take it private with Mitsubishi Feb 6, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations KYODO NEWS – 20 hours ago – 14:00 | Others, All, Japan About Us Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Copyright Links Contact © Kyodo News. Subscribe × Subscribe to get daily news To have the latest news and stories delivered to your inbox, subscribe here. Simply enter your email address below and an email will be sent through which to complete your subscription. Subscribe * Something went wrong Subscribe × Thank you. Please check your inbox for a confirmation email. Follow us Contact Us × If you wish to change your message, press ‘Cancel’ to go back and edit. Subject Name Email Message Cancel Send Contact Us × Thank you for reaching out to us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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BREAKING NEWS: Another N. Korean missile believed to have fallen: Japan Coast Guard

BREAKING NEWS: Another N. Korean missile believed to have fallen: Japan Coast Guard BREAKING NEWS: Another N. Korean missile believed to have fallen: Japan Coast Guard KYODO NEWS – 2 hours ago – 08:36 | Others BREAKING NEWS: Another N. Korean missile believed to have fallen: Japan Coast Guard ==Kyodo 2 hours ago | KYODO NEWS Popular Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: BOJ to decide to end negative interest rates at next week’s Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: M5.8 earthquake jolts Japan’s Fukushima, vicinity Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS More from Others LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan Diet puts off holding panel on political funds scandal Feb 27, 2024 | KYODO NEWS G7 agrees to continue supporting Ukraine Feb 18, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Weight calculation error behind 2023 Tokyo construction site accident Feb 11, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan’s total debt swells to record 1,286.45 trillion yen in 2023 Feb 9, 2024 | KYODO NEWS KDDI to acquire 50% stake in Lawson, take it private with Mitsubishi Feb 6, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations KYODO NEWS – 20 hours ago – 14:00 | Others, All, Japan Subscribe × Subscribe to get daily news To have the latest news and stories delivered to your inbox, subscribe here. Simply enter your email address below and an email will be sent through which to complete your subscription. Subscribe * Something went wrong Subscribe × Thank you. Please check your inbox for a confirmation email. Follow us Contact Us × If you wish to change your message, press ‘Cancel’ to go back and edit. Subject Name Email Message Cancel Send Contact Us × Thank you for reaching out to us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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North Korea suspected of firing two ballistic missiles

BREAKING NEWS: N. Korea fired 3 ballistic missiles from 7 to 9 a.m.: Japan TOKYO – North Korea appears to have launched two ballistic missiles Monday, with the projectiles falling outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the Japanese government and Defense Ministry sources said. The last ballistic missile launch by North Korea on Jan. 14 involved an intermediate-range missile. “For now there seems to be no impact” on Japan, the country’s top government spokesman Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters in Tokyo after the first North Korean launch was announced by the Japan Coast Guard in the morning. The Japan Coast Guard announced the second launch about 30 minutes later. Related coverage

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BREAKING NEWS: N. Korean missile likely fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone

BREAKING NEWS: N. Korean missile likely fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone BREAKING NEWS: N. Korean missile likely fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone KYODO NEWS – 2 hours ago – 08:29 | Others BREAKING NEWS: N. Korean missile likely fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone ==Kyodo 2 hours ago | KYODO NEWS Popular Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: BOJ to decide to end negative interest rates at next week’s Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: M5.8 earthquake jolts Japan’s Fukushima, vicinity Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS More from Others LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan Diet puts off holding panel on political funds scandal Feb 27, 2024 | KYODO NEWS G7 agrees to continue supporting Ukraine Feb 18, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Weight calculation error behind 2023 Tokyo construction site accident Feb 11, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan’s total debt swells to record 1,286.45 trillion yen in 2023 Feb 9, 2024 | KYODO NEWS KDDI to acquire 50% stake in Lawson, take it private with Mitsubishi Feb 6, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations KYODO NEWS – 20 hours ago – 14:00 | Others, All, Japan Subscribe × Subscribe to get daily news To have the latest news and stories delivered to your inbox, subscribe here. Simply enter your email address below and an email will be sent through which to complete your subscription. Subscribe * Something went wrong Subscribe × Thank you. Please check your inbox for a confirmation email. Follow us Contact Us × If you wish to change your message, press ‘Cancel’ to go back and edit. Subject Name Email Message Cancel Send Contact Us × Thank you for reaching out to us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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BREAKING NEWS: Japan lodged stern protest over N. Korea missile launches: Kishida

BREAKING NEWS: Japan lodged stern protest over N. Korea missile launches: Kishida BREAKING NEWS: Japan lodged stern protest over N. Korea missile launches: Kishida KYODO NEWS – 1 hour ago – 09:16 | Others BREAKING NEWS: Japan lodged stern protest over N. Korea missile launches: Kishida ==Kyodo 1 hour ago | KYODO NEWS Popular Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: BOJ to decide to end negative interest rates at next week’s Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: M5.8 earthquake jolts Japan’s Fukushima, vicinity Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS More from Others LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan Diet puts off holding panel on political funds scandal Feb 27, 2024 | KYODO NEWS G7 agrees to continue supporting Ukraine Feb 18, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Weight calculation error behind 2023 Tokyo construction site accident Feb 11, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan’s total debt swells to record 1,286.45 trillion yen in 2023 Feb 9, 2024 | KYODO NEWS KDDI to acquire 50% stake in Lawson, take it private with Mitsubishi Feb 6, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations KYODO NEWS – 20 hours ago – 14:00 | Others, All, Japan Subscribe × Subscribe to get daily news To have the latest news and stories delivered to your inbox, subscribe here. Simply enter your email address below and an email will be sent through which to complete your subscription. Subscribe * Something went wrong Subscribe × Thank you. Please check your inbox for a confirmation email. Follow us Contact Us × If you wish to change your message, press ‘Cancel’ to go back and edit. Subject Name Email Message Cancel Send Contact Us × Thank you for reaching out to us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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BREAKING NEWS: N. Korea fired 3 ballistic missiles from 7 to 9 a.m.: Japan

BREAKING NEWS: N. Korea fired 3 ballistic missiles from 7 to 9 a.m.: Japan BREAKING NEWS: N. Korea fired 3 ballistic missiles from 7 to 9 a.m.: Japan KYODO NEWS – 1 hour ago – 09:22 | Others BREAKING NEWS: N. Korea fired 3 ballistic missiles from 7 to 9 a.m.: Japan ==Kyodo 1 hour ago | KYODO NEWS Popular Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: BOJ to decide to end negative interest rates at next week’s Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS BREAKING NEWS: M5.8 earthquake jolts Japan’s Fukushima, vicinity Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS More from Others LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations Mar 17, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan firms offer 5.28% wage hike, biggest in over 30 years: survey Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Pakistan envoy, hoping election chaos to ease, seeks Japan investment Mar 15, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan Diet puts off holding panel on political funds scandal Feb 27, 2024 | KYODO NEWS G7 agrees to continue supporting Ukraine Feb 18, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Weight calculation error behind 2023 Tokyo construction site accident Feb 11, 2024 | KYODO NEWS Japan’s total debt swells to record 1,286.45 trillion yen in 2023 Feb 9, 2024 | KYODO NEWS KDDI to acquire 50% stake in Lawson, take it private with Mitsubishi Feb 6, 2024 | KYODO NEWS LDP amends party rules to toughen penalties for fund violations KYODO NEWS – 20 hours ago – 14:00 | Others, All, Japan Subscribe × Subscribe to get daily news To have the latest news and stories delivered to your inbox, subscribe here. Simply enter your email address below and an email will be sent through which to complete your subscription. Subscribe * Something went wrong Subscribe × Thank you. Please check your inbox for a confirmation email. Follow us Contact Us × If you wish to change your message, press ‘Cancel’ to go back and edit. Subject Name Email Message Cancel Send Contact Us × Thank you for reaching out to us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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FEATURE: Edible bug businesses ‘hearing crickets’ at crossroads in Japan

Human consumption of crickets, which are rich in nutrients and expected to help solve humanity’s food crisis, has reached a crossroads in Japan. A recent wave of firms joining the edible bug market may prove to be a short-lived fad as further growth is being impeded by soaring prices of ingredients and continuing resistance among consumers to making insects part of their diet. Businesses in the industry have taken a hit especially on social media where their products are sometimes singled out for abuse, and misinformation and false claims spread. In Tokushima Prefecture, crickets were used in school lunches for the first time in Japan in November 2022, making national headlines while drawing curious interest from students. The meal was provided by Gryllus Inc., a venture company in Tokushima city, western Japan, which used crickets in croquettes in a pulverized powdered form. But earlier this year, Gryllus closed its lab for the development of food using crickets as the price of the ingredients used to feed crickets skyrocketed. It said cost-cutting would not cover the shortfall. Additionally, the company said some people continue to feel a strong revulsion to the idea of eating the chirping bugs. “Complaints have poured in by phone, and it is making the situation really tough for us,” a spokesperson for the company said. In December 2020, Pasco Shikishima Corp., a major Japanese bread manufacturer based in Nagoya, launched its “Korogi Cafe” (Cricket Cafe) series, with crickets in a powdered form blended into bread or cake products, such as financiers, the popular flavored French cake. The product, which was sold exclusively online, was conceived to ostensibly prepare for future food insecurity. It was well-received and sold out within two days of its launch, also garnering widespread media coverage. But a debate about human bug consumption — the practice known as entomophagy — started on “X” (formerly known as Twitter) in February 2023, sparking a firestorm at the company. While some people calmly expressed opinions and made fact-based points, others commented that they were disconcerted to learn that Pasco products contained crickets, with one person saying for example, “It makes me not even want to buy their products anymore.” Another wrongly suggested that other products of the company might contain cricket powder and that it was not protecting consumers who might be allergic to the ingredient with appropriate labels. Both claims were groundless, with the company later explaining that Cricket Cafe products were manufactured in a dedicated facility and that there was no possibility of cricket powder being mixed with other products or plans for future use in any other products. Furthermore, Pasco said allergen warnings were clearly written on the packaging, asking consumers not to use the product if allergic to crustaceans such as crabs or shrimps, which have ingredients similar to crickets. It also clearly listed on the package cricket powder as one of the main ingredients. There were also posts calling for boycotts of Pasco based on conspiracy theories and wild rumors, such as one person who questioned whether eating crickets might cause miscarriages in pregnant women. The Cricket Cafe series has since been discontinued. In a 2013 report, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization recommended insect diets as a new source of protein. This is because with the expected continued growth of the world’s population there are concerns that food will be in short supply. The JMA Research Institute Inc., a Tokyo-based think tank, estimates that the global market for entomophagy will grow from about 7 billion yen ($47 million) in fiscal 2019 to 100 billion yen in fiscal 2025. While many companies entered the market anticipating growth, success was not a forgone conclusion. In January, Indetail, a startup involved in information technology that had also entered the cricket food business in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, was ordered by the Sapporo District Court to begin bankruptcy proceedings. According to the Sapporo branch of credit research firm Teikoku Databank Ltd., sales of the company’s cricket products failed to take off, causing a deterioration in financing for the operator. Total liabilities exceeded 200 million yen, including from its group companies. In Japan, insects have long been traditionally eaten as a delicacy in some regions, such as a southern part of Nagano Prefecture. However, there appears to have been a backlash against cricket-eating as the practice is unfamiliar to most people, who lack a sense of urgency about an impending food crisis. Experts suggest that overcoming the “ick factor” in cricket consumption will take more ingenuity on the part of the businesses. “It’s true that insects have high nutritional value. There is less resistance to utilizing insects in herbal medicine and supplements,” said Tomohisa Ishikawa, director of research at Japan Research Institute Ltd., a private think tank in Tokyo. But he added, “It would be better to develop technology for their utilization and apply it to food products so that it is ultimately more acceptable to consumers.” Related coverage

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BOJ to debate end of negative rate policy after bumper wage hikes

The Bank of Japan will debate ending its negative interest rate policy at its two-day policy meeting from Monday as accelerating wage growth is increasing the chance of attaining stable inflation without hurting the economy. If the Policy Board decides to remove the negative rate and goes ahead with what will effectively be the central bank’s first hike in 17 years, it will mark a major shift away from the unprecedented monetary easing that Japan has seen over the past decade to put an end to deflation. Financial markets expect the BOJ to end its negative rate policy either in March or April after it examines the outcome of the annual spring wage negotiations between labor unions and management. Sources familiar with the matter told Kyodo News that a decision to end the negative rate will likely come at the meeting ending on Tuesday. The higher-than-expected average pay increase of 5.28 percent offered by major Japanese companies has boosted policymakers’ confidence that a virtuous cycle of wage growth and price hikes is starting, a crucial factor for Japan to achieve the BOJ’s 2 percent inflation target. The preliminary results, announced by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, the umbrella group of trade unions in Japan known as Rengo, marked the fastest pace of wage growth in 33 years. The BOJ began imposing a minus 0.1 percent interest rate on some funds that commercial banks park at the central bank in 2016, in the hope of boosting their lending to companies and investment. The unorthodox policy was designed to dent the appeal of keeping funds at the BOJ. To depress borrowing costs and stimulate the economy, the BOJ has also capped the benchmark yield on 10-year Japanese government bonds. Under what is known as yield curve control, 10-year yields have been guided to around zero percent. In recent months, however, the central bank has loosened its grip and allowed the yields to rise above 1.0 percent, as their overseas counterparts trended higher in line with aggressive monetary tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and others to curb inflation. When the negative rate is scrapped, the BOJ is expected to guide the overnight call rate to a range from zero percent to 0.1 percent. The rate used by interbank lending and borrowing is currently within a range between minus 0.1 percent and zero percent. The nine-member board would also do away with the yield cap program, though the BOJ is expected to continue with its bond buying to prevent long-term interest rates spiking to the detriment of businesses and households. Its purchases of exchange-traded funds would also end, according to the sources. Attention is also focused on what the BOJ, having long been a dovish outlier, will say about its policy outlook. Governor Kazuo Ueda has said monetary conditions will remain accommodative. Headline inflation has stayed above the BOJ’s target for nearly two years but it has not budged on its stance of keeping ultralow rates. This is based on the central bank’s view that the recent bout of inflation is driven largely by the higher cost of imported energy and raw materials, compounded by a weak yen. The BOJ’s current policy is to retain its monetary easing framework and continue expanding its monetary base until core consumer inflation is stably above 2 percent. It has pledged “not to hesitate” to take more easing steps if needed. Any change in tone will likely have a strong bearing on currency markets, analysts say, as the yen’s weakness, particularly relative to the U.S. dollar, reflects the diverging monetary policy paths of Japan and the United States. The Fed is scheduled to hold a two-day meeting from Tuesday, with financial markets expecting it to start cutting interest rates later this year. While market expectations of a policy change have grown in the run-up to the latest policy meeting, some analysts believe the next meeting in April, when the BOJ will update its forecasts for economic growth and inflation, will be more suitable for ending its negative rate. Based on the central bank’s current projections, core consumer prices, excluding volatile fresh food items, will rise 2.4 percent in fiscal 2024 beginning next month compared with a year earlier. The key gauge of inflation is projected to increase 1.8 percent in fiscal 2025. “Whether service prices will rise and inflation expectations will further heighten will be key,” said Masamichi Adachi, chief economist for Japan at UBS Securities. “The BOJ will have to wait and examine (data) this summer even if it wants to go ahead with another rate hike” after lifting negative rates, he added. Related coverage

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Kyodo News Digest: March 18, 2024

The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News. ———- TOKYO – North Korea launched what appeared to be a ballistic missile, the Japan Coast Guard said Monday, adding it seems to have already fallen. The South Korean military said North Korea had fired a ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan. ———- BOJ to debate end of negative rate policy after bumper wage hikes TOKYO – The Bank of Japan will debate ending its negative interest rate policy at its two-day policy meeting from Monday as accelerating wage growth is increasing the chance of attaining stable inflation without hurting the economy. If the Policy Board decides to remove the negative rate and goes ahead with what will effectively be the central bank’s first hike in 17 years, it will mark a major shift away from the unprecedented monetary easing that Japan has seen over the past decade to put an end to deflation. ———- Putin scores landslide win to extend his 24-yr rule in Russia TOKYO – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday clinched a landslide election victory that will extend his nearly quarter-century of rule for six more years, consolidating his grip on power amid the country’s war in Ukraine. Putin, 71, had won more than 87 percent of the votes with 72 percent of the ballots counted, overwhelming three other candidates, the preliminary results from the country’s election commission showed. The outcome drew critical reactions from Western nations that viewed the election as far from free and fair. ———- TOKYO – The release of the fourth batch of treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea concluded Sunday, with the next round possibly starting next month, the plant’s operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. released about 7,800 tons of processed water as planned in the latest round, which began in late February. Abnormal tritium levels have not been detected in nearby waters since the first discharge in late August. ———- SEOUL – The Los Angeles Dodgers pounded out 17 hits to beat South Korea’s Kiwoom Heroes 14-3 in an exhibition game Sunday, ahead of the season-opening two-game series against the San Diego Padres. Jason Heyward drove in four runs, Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run among his three hits and Shohei Ohtani struck out swinging in both of his at-bats at Seoul’s Gocheok Sky Dome. ———- MANILA – A Filipino woman has admitted to killing her sister and Japanese niece, who were initially reported missing but whose bodies were found last week in Quezon province, south of the capital Manila, Philippine authorities said Sunday. A police official privy to the case told Kyodo News that they obtained a video of Ligaya Pajulas confessing to the crime. She is now in a hospital in Quezon after an attempted suicide upon learning the bodies were discovered. ———- Japan business lobby chief hopes for gov’t efforts to end deflation TOKYO – The head of Japan’s biggest business lobby on Sunday expressed hope that the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will take necessary measures to fully combat the country’s decades-long deflation. In a speech at the annual convention of Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Masakazu Tokura, chairman of the Japan Business Federation known as Keidanren, said the nation’s economy has been on an upward trend on the back of robust wage growth. ———- OSAKA – Top-division debutant Takerufuji maintained the outright lead Sunday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with an impressive victory over former komusubi Ryuden. Fighting as a No. 17 maegashira, the 24-year-old from the Isegahama stable became the first wrestler to secure a winning record by improving to 8-0 at Edion Arena Osaka. Video

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