Kyodo News Digest: September 20, 2021
A small hybrid rocket is launched by students at Kanagawa University on September 19, 2021 in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The rocket reached the highest altitude ever reached by a hybrid rocket in the country of about 10.7 kilometers, according to preliminary data. (Kyodo) == Kyodo
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2pm Hopes Would Introduce Nuclear Fusion, Small Modular Reactors
TOKYO – Two of the four candidates vying to become the next Japanese prime minister on Sunday called for the introduction of small modular reactors and nuclear fusion reactors as part of efforts to reach the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi also said that Japan should in the meantime restart its currently inactive nuclear reactors in order to maintain a stable and workable power source.
FOCUS: Kono’s victory in ruling party election set to boost Tokyo shares
TOKYO – While anticipation of a new government has already taken Tokyo shares to their highest level in 31 years, many analysts believe that a victory for immunization and pro-reform Minister Taro Kono in the elections to the leadership of the ruling party on September 29 will push stock prices even higher. .
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average topped 30,000 and hit its highest level since Japan’s economy experienced an asset-inflated bubble, following Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s decision to step down in a context of declining support rates.
Hong Kong holds first polls under ‘Patriots only’ electoral system
HONG KONG – Hong Kong held its first elections on Sunday under Beijing’s new electoral system aimed at ensuring that only “patriots” rule the city.
Almost 5,000 voters representing different professions and industries voted to occupy around 300 seats on the revamped Election Commission, which was expanded to 1,500 members, most of whom have already been chosen.
Filipino boxing legend Pacquiao launches presidential bid
MANILA – Filipino boxing legend, national hero and politician Manny Pacquiao on Sunday announced his intention to run in the May 2022 presidential election.
Pacquiao announced his candidacy at a meeting of a rival faction of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruling PDP-Laban party in Quezon City.
Australia plans to buy and lease existing submarines from the US and Britain
SYDNEY – Australia will consider leasing or purchasing existing submarines from the United States or the United Kingdom while its own fleet of nuclear-powered submarines is built, Defense Minister Peter said on Sunday. Dutton to local media.
His remarks came just days after Australia struck a surprise regional security partnership with the two countries in an apparent effort to counter China’s assertion in the Indo-Pacific region, paving the way for obtaining nuclear powered submarines.
Seniors represent a record 29.1% of the Japanese population
TOKYO – Japan’s seniors made up 29.1% of its population this month and 13.6% of its workforce in 2020, two records, government data showed on Sunday, giving further evidence of a company that aging quickly.
The number of people aged 65 and over in the country, which has the world’s oldest population, has hit a record 36.4 million, up 220,000 from the previous year, data shows of the Ministry of the Interior and Communications before the Monday observance. for the Elders Day holidays.