Kyodo News Digest: May 30, 2021

Shahryar (back) beats Efforia to win the 88th Japanese Derby at Tokyo Racecourse on May 30, 2021. (Kyodo)

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


COVID vaccines will be available for everyone under 65 in Japan at the same time

TOKYO – The rollout of the coronavirus vaccination for people under 65 in Japan should be done at the same time as those with underlying conditions to help speed up the process, the health minister said on Sunday.

While those with underlying conditions will usually be given priority, “if we wait until everyone (with underlying conditions) has been vaccinated, we don’t know when it will be over,” the minister said. Health, Labor and Social Welfare, Norihisa Tamura, during a program. broadcast by the public broadcaster NHK.


G-20 envision broad international deal on corporate tax reform in July

WASHINGTON – The Group of 20 Big Economies plans to strike a broad deal on international tax reform in July, with new rules for imposing levies on global tech companies to fight tax evasion, officials said on Saturday. G-20 sources.

The G-20 plans to allow countries to impose levies on digital giants whose sales and profit rates are high by 15% and more even if they do not operate in a country but generate sales there and profits, a practice known as digital taxation, the sources mentioned.


Philippines protest to maintain Chinese presence in disputed waters

MANILA – The Philippines said on Saturday it had filed a diplomatic protest with China over the continued presence of Chinese fishing boats in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

The Foreign Department said it filed a diplomatic protest on Friday against the “relentless deployment, prolonged presence and illegal activities” of Chinese ships near the Philippine-controlled island of Thitu.


Vietnam detects new variant of hybrid coronavirus

HANOI – Vietnam’s Minister of Health said on Saturday the country had confirmed infections with a new variant of the coronavirus combining features of the Indian and British variants, local media reported.

Nguyen Thanh Long said the new variant has a strong ability to propagate through the air, adding that it is an Indian variant combined with mutations that were originally found in the UK variant.


Horse racing: Shahryar upsets favorite Efforia in Japanese derby

TOKYO – The fourth favorite Shahryar overtook the big favorite Efforia over to win the 88th edition of the Level 1 Japanese Derby, the second stage of the Japanese triple crown, on Sunday at the Tokyo racecourse.

With jockey Yuichi Fukunaga on board, Shahryar won the 3-year-old classic in 2 minutes and 22.5 seconds, beating Efforia over 2,400 meters in a photo finish. Efforia and jockey Takeshi Yokoyama were unable to add the Japanese Derby title to their victory in April’s triple crown first leg Satsuki-sho.


Japanese pianists win 3rd and 4th prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition

BRUSSELS – Japanese pianists Keigo Mukawa and Tomoki Sakata won third and fourth prizes respectively at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, a prestigious competition for international musicians held in Brussels.

The organizers announced the results at the end of the final phase on Saturday in the Belgian capital. The first prize went to Jonathan Fournel from France, with Russian Sergei Redkin taking second place.


ANA offers weddings on plane wrecked by protracted pandemic

TOKYO – Japan’s leading airline All Nippon Airways Co. has offered couples the option of getting married in ceremonies aboard a plane it has been forced to take to the ground as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit Canadians international travel.

The service, launched at the end of May, will be available until June 13 on the large passenger jet B-777 at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The company said a total of seven couples will hold wedding ceremonies on board and that it has finished accepting reservations.

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