Japan PM to ask U.N. to strengthen pressure on North Korea
North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
This prompted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to seek the assistance of the United Nations adding that the test was a clear violation of UN resolutions and the government had protested against the move in the strongest terms.
A video of the siren and announcement was recorded by Twitter user Jomark Narsico. The announcement read that North Korea had launched a missile that may hit areas within Hokkaido.
Hours after North Korea’s missile launch, the Japanese Air Self-Defense personnel conducted a drill operating the anti-ballistic missile system PAC-3 at the Yokota U.S. military base in Tokyo.
“We didn’t expect North Korea to fire a missile coincidentally right before we conducted this drill,” Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Lieutenant General Hiroaki Maehara said.
“As the lieutenant general of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the fact our unit was able to show off our capabilities of dispatching such systems is, I believe, effective in its own way,” he added.
The latest missile test came as U.S. and South Korean forces were conducting annual military drills on the peninsula, against which North Korea strenuously objects. — Danny Ticzon | UNTV News & Rescue
Japan, sisimulan nang maglabas ng vaccine passports sa Hulyo
Sisimulan na ng Japan sa Hulyo ang paglalabas ng vaccine passports o dokumentong nagpapatunay na nabakunahan na ang isang indibidwal laban sa COVID-19.
Nais ng business leaders at iba pang mamamayan na makapag-issue na ng ganitong certificates para sa mga bumibiyahe sa labas ng bansa.
Ayon sa Japanese government, sa huling bahagi ng susunod na buwan, mag-uumpisa nang mamigay ang mga local government office ng certificates batay sa vaccination records ng mga may valid passports.
Ang European Union, kinukunsidera na ring mag-introduce ng vaccine certificates.
Japan to donate AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Philippines
MANILA, Philippines – The government of Japan will donate AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines, its embassy in Manila announced on Tuesday.
“Glad to be the bearer of good news today! Japan will donate AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines, and we’ll make sure to deliver them at the soonest possible time so no one gets left behind during this pandemic,” Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa said on Twitter.
In a separate announcement on social media, the embassy said the initiative is “part of Japan’s assistance to ASEAN countries and is outside of the COVAX facility.”
“More COVID-19 vaccines on their way to the Philippines! Foreign Minister [Toshimitsu] Motegi just announced today Japan’s intent to donate AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Japan to the Philippines,” the embassy said.
“Close coordination will be done with the Government of the Philippines going forward for the swift delivery of these much-needed jabs,” it added.
The embassy did not indicate how many vaccine doses the Japanese government will donate to the Philippines but Motegi said in an earlier public briefing that the vaccines will be shipped out in July.
The Philippines still has limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines even after receiving more than 8 million doses from February to May this year.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the country is expecting to receive over 10 million doses more for the month of June and 11 million by July.
The national government is eyeing to inoculate around 70 million people this year.
AFP, UN sign strategic plan to protect children in armed conflict
MANILA, Philippines—The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the United Nations (UN) have signed a strategic plan to protect children in armed conflict.
In a statement on Thursday (June 10), AFP Chief Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said the AFP shall ensure to maintain professionalism and discipline in conducting daily operations. He also said the AFP will aim to strengthen the protection of children in armed conflict and prevent grave child rights violations.
“We shall guarantee that all our personnel are properly educated and trained, to raise their awareness, and for a deeper sense of respect and regard to the promotion and protection of Human Rights in particular, to children’s rights, and adherence to International Humanitarian Law,” he said.
Under the “Strategic Plan to Prevent and Respond to Grave Child Rights Violations in Situations of Armed Conflict”, the AFP should fully comply with its obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
The Strategic Plan was signed by Sobejana along with UN resident coordinator and co-chair of UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (UN-CTFMR) Gustavo Gonzales, and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to the Philippines Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov on Wednesday (June 9). AAC