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Kyodo News Digest: Nov. 24, 2022

Supporters of Japan cheer ahead of a World Cup Group E football match against Germany at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Nov. 23, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.


Football: Japan subs Doan, Asano hand Germany shock World Cup loss

DOHA – Japan claimed a famous 2-1 victory over Germany at the World Cup on Wednesday, with second-half substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scoring as part of a dramatic comeback in the tournament’s Group E opener.

Doan, who plays for German club Freiburg, was in the right spot to slam home a rebound after fellow substitute Takumi Minamino whipped a ball into the goalmouth that German keeper Manuel Neuer could only parry.


Football: Japan’s persistence paid off in “historic” win, Moriyasu says

DOHA – Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu called Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Germany a “historic moment” made possible by his team’s persistence in the face of an onslaught from the four-time champions.

Speaking after their incredible come-from-behind win at the Khalifa International Stadium, Moriyasu was typically stoic but clearly proud of what Japan achieved.


Football: Japan talents flourish as manager defies past in supreme test

DOHA – Japan’s talents were unleashed during their historic World Cup win over Germany on Wednesday, with the Samurai Blue passing the ultimate test after having their backs to the wall against one of the tournament favorites.

A first-half barrage from the four-time champions left Japan chasing shadows. Fans back home may have feared a heavy defeat before an incredible turn of events in which the team, and moreover their manager, cast aside old habits that sometimes yielded unwanted results.


5-yr-old boy rescued after 45 hours under debris in Indonesia quake

CIANJUR, Indonesia – Indonesian firefighters on Wednesday rescued a 5-year-old boy who had been trapped under the debris of his house for some 45 hours after a deadly earthquake hit Java Island.

The death toll from Monday’s magnitude 5.6 quake, meanwhile, rose to 271, with 151 others missing and some 2,000 injured, as search operations continued.


Malaysia’s hereditary rulers to meet to decide on new PM

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin will consult with other Malay hereditary rulers on Thursday on the new prime minister after Saturday’s general election ended in a hung parliament, the palace said.

“His Majesty wants to get the views from the Malay rulers to enable His Majesty to make a decision in the interest and well-being of the country and its people,” Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement Wednesday.


Japan mulls creating new defense body for fighting cyberattacks

TOKYO – Japan is considering creating a new organization to lead the country’s fight against cyberattacks, with control over units of its defense and police forces coping with such attacks, government sources said Wednesday.

The government seeks to arrange in fiscal 2024 a new security budget covering the envisioned body, which expands on the role of the existing National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, or NISC, they said.


Nearly 80% of Japanese firms in Europe affected by Ukraine war

TOKYO – Some 77 percent of Japanese companies in Europe see their operations affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine primarily through a rise in energy and food prices and disruptions in logistics, a survey showed.

Manufacturers feel the heftier impact, with 83.7 percent in the sector saying their business has suffered due to the war in Ukraine, according to the online survey of 1,445 companies conducted between Sept. 1 and 26 by the Japan External Trade Organization with valid responses from 799.


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