Japan says North Korea missile launch violates U.N. resolution

admin   •   June 30, 2014   •   2480

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (C) prepares to leave a news conference as reporters rush to leave from the conference room at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo May 29, 2014.
CREDIT: REUTERS/YUYA SHINO

(Reuters) – Japan’s top government spokesman said on Monday North Korea’s missile launch the previous day violated a United Nations resolution and that Tokyo would respond in cooperation with other nations, such as the United States and South Korea.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also told a news conference Japan and North Korea would hold talks in Beijing from Tuesday as scheduled.

North Korea agreed last month to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago. In return, Japan will ease some economic sanctions when the probe starts and consider humanitarian aid later.

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea east of its coast on Sunday, South Korea’s military said, defying a U.N. ban on the isolated North testing such weapons.

(Reporting by Hitoshi Ishida; Writing by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Paul Tait)

Japan, sisimulan nang maglabas ng vaccine passports sa Hulyo

UNTV News   •   June 18, 2021

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

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021

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.

US downgrades travel advisory for Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The United States has downgraded its travel advisory status for the Philippines from ‘Do Not Travel’ to ‘Reconsider Travel’.

The US State Department relaxed travel advisory to most countries as well after more than a month of barring its citizens from traveling to concerned countries due to surge in COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday (June 9), the State Department removed 61 countries from the ‘Do Not Travel’ or Level 4 Alert status and placed them under the ‘Reconsider Travel’ or Level 3 Alert Status following recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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