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Kyodo news summary -5-

TOKYO, July 17 Kyodo

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4 Pakistan soldiers killed in 2 suicide bombings near Afghan border

ISLAMABAD - Four paramilitary personnel were killed and 10
people injured, including four soldiers, in two separate terrorist
attacks Monday in areas of western Pakistan near the Afghan border.
In one incident, a Pakistan army officer and his aide were
killed in Peshawar when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself
up near their vehicle.
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Malaysia hopes opening of 1st MRT line will ease congestion

KUALA LUMPUR - A 51-kilometer commuter rail line connecting the
Malaysia capital to outlying areas began operating Monday, with the
government hoping it will ease Kuala Lumpur's notorious traffic
congestion.
The Mass Rapid Transit system, eventually comprising three
lines, is Malaysia's biggest infrastructure project to date. The
first line - connecting Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Buloh in the northeast
and Kajang in the southwest - took six years to build and cost 21
billion ringgit ($4.89 billion).
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Death toll in flood-hit southwestern Japan rises to 34

FUKUOKA - The number of deaths in flood-hit southwestern Japan
climbed to 34 on Monday, with seven more people still unaccounted
for, as volunteer workers helped rebuilding efforts on the last day
of a long weekend.
Some 2,700 Self-Defense Forces personnel and firefighters
continued their search for the missing people, while around 9,000
volunteers worked over the three-day holidays to clear mud and
damaged furniture from houses.
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Chinese gov't ships enter Japan waters off Aomori for 1st time

SENDAI - Two Chinese coast guard ships briefly entered Japanese
waters Monday off Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan, in the first
confirmed entry by Chinese government vessels into the area, the
Japan Coast Guard said.
A patrol vessel of the Japan Coast Guard confirmed the entry of
the two ships into waters off Henashizaki in the Sea of Japan from
8:05 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. The two vessels exited the waters around 9:40
a.m. after being warned by the coast guard.
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Kobe assault suspect served fresh arrest warrant for murder

KOBE - A 26-year-old man in custody following a fatal assault in
Kobe was served a fresh arrest warrant Monday for the alleged murder
of his grandfather, one of the three people police believe he killed
in a rampage with a knife and baseball bat.
Kanami Takeshima was arrested Sunday for being in possession of
a kitchen knife at a shrine close to where his grandparents and a
neighbor were discovered with stabs wounds and later confirmed dead.
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Voting in progress for new president of India

NEW DELHI - Voting began Monday morning for the next president
of India, a largely ceremonial position but potentially crucial in
exceptional circumstances.
The president of India is the head of state and supreme
commander of the armed forces. The president's role is more important
in times of uncertainty such as a hung parliament.
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S. Korea proposes military talks with N. Korea on Fri.

SEOUL - South Korea on Monday proposed holding inter-Korean
military talks on Friday to ease tensions along the border, South
Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk said.
In the proposal, South Korea wants to have the meeting at
Tongilgak, a North Korean building in the truce village of
Panmunjeom, Suh said in a press briefing.
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4 Chinese coast guard ships enter Japanese waters near Senkakus

NAHA, Japan - Four China Coast Guard vessels entered Japanese
territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East
China Sea on Monday morning, Japanese authorities said.
The four ships began sailing in the waters around the
uninhabited islands, which China claims and calls Diaoyu, from around
10:40 a.m., the Japan Coast Guard said.
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China's 2nd-quarter GDP growth steady at 6.9%

BEIJING - China's economy grew 6.9 percent in the second quarter
from a year earlier, buoyed by strong consumption and exports,
despite tightening measures aimed at minimizing financial stability
risks, official data showed Monday.
The figure, slightly better than analyst consensus, is unchanged
from the previous three months' 6.9 percent expansion in gross
domestic product, which was the fastest pace in more than a year,
propelled by state-led investment in infrastructure projects.
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Defense Ministry eyes strengthening unit to counter cyberattacks

TOKYO - The Defense Ministry is considering strengthening its
unit tasked with responding to cyberattacks by increasing the number
of staff to around 1,000 from the current 110 and setting up a new
group to study cyberattack techniques, a government source said
Sunday.
The measures, to be reflected in the ministry's five-year
defense buildup plan from fiscal 2019, are part of the government's
efforts to counter cyberattacks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and
Paralympic Games, the source said.
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Gov't to survey foreign tourists' payments for medical expenses

TOKYO - The health ministry will launch a survey to look into
medical expenses paid by foreign tourists to deal with an apparent
increase in unpaid cases, a source close to the matter said recently.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will study the total
amount of unpaid bills and number of cases at 7,000 hospitals
nationwide and consider measures to address the issue after compiling
a report based on the survey's results by March, the source said.
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Abe Cabinet's support rate falls to 35.8%, lowest for current admin

TOKYO - The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's
Cabinet has fallen 9.1 points from June to 35.8 percent, the lowest
level since Abe commenced his second stint as premier in 2012, a
Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.
In the nationwide telephone survey conducted Saturday and
Sunday, 77.8 percent of respondents said they were not convinced by
the government's denial of claims that Abe used his influence to
secure the approval of a new department at a university run by a
close friend.

Kyodo news summary -4-

TOKYO, July 17 Kyodo

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Voting in progress for new president of India

NEW DELHI - Voting began Monday morning for the next president
of India, a largely ceremonial position but potentially crucial in
exceptional circumstances.
The president of India is the head of state and supreme
commander of the armed forces. The president's role is more important
in times of uncertainty such as a hung parliament.
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S. Korea proposes military talks with N. Korea on Fri.

SEOUL - South Korea on Monday proposed holding inter-Korean
military talks on Friday to ease tensions along the border, South
Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk said.
In the proposal, South Korea wants to have the meeting at
Tongilgak, a North Korean building in the truce village of
Panmunjeom, Suh said in a press briefing.
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4 Chinese coast guard ships enter Japanese waters near Senkakus

NAHA, Japan - Four China Coast Guard vessels entered Japanese
territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East
China Sea on Monday morning, Japanese authorities said.
The four ships began sailing in the waters around the
uninhabited islands, which China claims and calls Diaoyu, from around
10:40 a.m., the Japan Coast Guard said.
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Kobe assault suspect served fresh arrest warrant for murder

KOBE - A 26-year-old man under arrest for possessing a knife
following a fatal assault in Kobe was served a fresh arrest warrant
Monday for the alleged murder of his grandfather, one of the three
people police believe he killed in a rampage with a knife and
baseball bat.
Kanami Takeshima was arrested Sunday for possessing a kitchen
knife at a shrine close to where his grandparents and a nearby
resident were found collapsed and later confirmed dead.
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China's 2nd-quarter GDP growth steady at 6.9%

BEIJING - China's economy grew 6.9 percent in the second quarter
from a year earlier, buoyed by strong consumption and exports,
despite tightening measures aimed at minimizing financial stability
risks, official data showed Monday.
The figure, slightly better than analyst consensus, is unchanged
from the previous three months' 6.9 percent expansion in gross
domestic product, which was the fastest pace in more than a year,
propelled by state-led investment in infrastructure projects.
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Defense Ministry eyes strengthening unit to counter cyberattacks

TOKYO - The Defense Ministry is considering strengthening its
unit tasked with responding to cyberattacks by increasing the number
of staff to around 1,000 from the current 110 and setting up a new
group to study cyberattack techniques, a government source said
Sunday.
The measures, to be reflected in the ministry's five-year
defense buildup plan from fiscal 2019, are part of the government's
efforts to counter cyberattacks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and
Paralympic Games, the source said.
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Gov't to survey foreign tourists' payments for medical expenses

TOKYO - The health ministry will launch a survey to look into
medical expenses paid by foreign tourists to deal with an apparent
increase in unpaid cases, a source close to the matter said recently.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will study the total
amount of unpaid bills and number of cases at 7,000 hospitals
nationwide and consider measures to address the issue after compiling
a report based on the survey's results by March, the source said.
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Abe Cabinet's support rate falls to 35.8%, lowest for current admin

TOKYO - The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's
Cabinet has fallen 9.1 points from June to 35.8 percent, the lowest
level since Abe commenced his second stint as premier in 2012, a
Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.
In the nationwide telephone survey conducted Saturday and
Sunday, 77.8 percent of respondents said they were not convinced by
the government's denial of claims that Abe used his influence to
secure the approval of a new department at a university run by a
close friend.
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Chongqing party boss under investigation, replaced with Xi loyalist

BEIJING/HONG KONG - Politburo member Sun Zhengcai is under
investigation for serious disciplinary violations and has been
replaced as the top communist party official in Chongqing, Chinese
media reports and other sources said Sunday.
Sun was replaced as the party boss in one of China's most
important cities by Chen Miner, a trusted confidant of President Xi
Jinping and previously the top party official in Guizhou, a
southwestern province.
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3 people killed in Kobe, grandson arrested for possessing knife

KOBE - An elderly couple and a woman were found dead Sunday in
Kobe, western Japan, and the couple's 26-year-old grandson was
arrested for possessing a kitchen knife, police said.
The suspect's mother and another woman were also injured, with
all five victims suffered cuts and bruises, according to the Hyogo
prefectural police.
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22 people die in apartment building fire in Jiangsu, China

SHANGHAI - At least 22 people died in an apartment fire early
Sunday morning in Jiangsu Province, China, according to local media
reports.
Another three people were injured by the blaze at a two-story
building made of brick and concrete in the city of Changshu, located
about 100 kilometers northwest of Shanghai.
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China to create new body to supervise markets, prevent financial risk

BEIJING - The Chinese government plans to establish a new
organization to strengthen supervision of the financial system
through a more holistic approach, according to Chinese media reports.
At the national financial conference that ended Saturday, it was
decided to set up a new organization, the financial stability
development committee, under the State Council, the reports said.


Kyodo news summary -3-

TOKYO, July 17 Kyodo

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S. Korea proposes military talks with N. Korea on Fri.

SEOUL - South Korea on Monday proposed holding inter-Korean
military talks on Friday to ease tensions along the border, South
Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk said.
In the proposal, South Korea wants to have the meeting at
Tongilgak, a North Korean building in the truce village of
Panmunjeom, Suh said in a press briefing.
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4 Chinese coast guard ships enter Japanese waters near Senkakus

NAHA, Japan - Four China Coast Guard vessels entered Japanese
territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East
China Sea on Monday morning, Japanese authorities said.
The four ships began sailing in the waters around the
uninhabited islands, which China claims and calls Diaoyu, from around
10:40 a.m., the Japan Coast Guard said.
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Kobe assault suspect served fresh arrest warrant for murder

KOBE - A 26-year-old man under arrest for possessing a knife
following a fatal assault in Kobe was served a fresh arrest warrant
Monday for the alleged murder of his grandfather, one of the three
people police believe he killed in a rampage with a knife and
baseball bat.
Kanami Takeshima was arrested Sunday for possessing a kitchen
knife at a shrine close to where his grandparents and a nearby
resident were found collapsed and later confirmed dead.
----------
China's 2nd-quarter GDP growth steady at 6.9%

BEIJING - China's economy grew 6.9 percent in the second quarter
from a year earlier, buoyed by strong consumption and exports,
despite tightening measures aimed at minimizing financial stability
risks, official data showed Monday.
The figure, slightly better than analyst consensus, is unchanged
from the previous three months' 6.9 percent expansion in gross
domestic product, which was the fastest pace in more than a year,
propelled by state-led investment in infrastructure projects.
----------
Defense Ministry eyes strengthening unit to counter cyberattacks

TOKYO - The Defense Ministry is considering strengthening its
unit tasked with responding to cyberattacks by increasing the number
of staff to around 1,000 from the current 110 and setting up a new
group to study cyberattack techniques, a government source said
Sunday.
The measures, to be reflected in the ministry's five-year
defense buildup plan from fiscal 2019, are part of the government's
efforts to counter cyberattacks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and
Paralympic Games, the source said.
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Gov't to survey foreign tourists' payments for medical expenses

TOKYO - The health ministry will launch a survey to look into
medical expenses paid by foreign tourists to deal with an apparent
increase in unpaid cases, a source close to the matter said recently.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will study the total
amount of unpaid bills and number of cases at 7,000 hospitals
nationwide and consider measures to address the issue after compiling
a report based on the survey's results by March, the source said.
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Abe Cabinet's support rate falls to 35.8%, lowest for current admin

TOKYO - The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's
Cabinet has fallen 9.1 points from June to 35.8 percent, the lowest
level since Abe commenced his second stint as premier in 2012, a
Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.
In the nationwide telephone survey conducted Saturday and
Sunday, 77.8 percent of respondents said they were not convinced by
the government's denial of claims that Abe used his influence to
secure the approval of a new department at a university run by a
close friend.
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Chongqing party boss under investigation, replaced with Xi loyalist

BEIJING/HONG KONG - Politburo member Sun Zhengcai is under
investigation for serious disciplinary violations and has been
replaced as the top communist party official in Chongqing, Chinese
media reports and other sources said Sunday.
Sun was replaced as the party boss in one of China's most
important cities by Chen Miner, a trusted confidant of President Xi
Jinping and previously the top party official in Guizhou, a
southwestern province.
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3 people killed in Kobe, grandson arrested for possessing knife

KOBE - An elderly couple and a woman were found dead Sunday in
Kobe, western Japan, and the couple's 26-year-old grandson was
arrested for possessing a kitchen knife, police said.
The suspect's mother and another woman were also injured, with
all five victims suffered cuts and bruises, according to the Hyogo
prefectural police.
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22 people die in apartment building fire in Jiangsu, China

SHANGHAI - At least 22 people died in an apartment fire early
Sunday morning in Jiangsu Province, China, according to local media
reports.
Another three people were injured by the blaze at a two-story
building made of brick and concrete in the city of Changshu, located
about 100 kilometers northwest of Shanghai.
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China to create new body to supervise markets, prevent financial risk

BEIJING - The Chinese government plans to establish a new
organization to strengthen supervision of the financial system
through a more holistic approach, according to Chinese media reports.
At the national financial conference that ended Saturday, it was
decided to set up a new organization, the financial stability
development committee, under the State Council, the reports said.
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S. Korea minimum hourly wage to be raised by 16.4% next year: Yonhap

SEOUL - The minimum hourly wage in South Korea will be raised by
16.4 percent to 7,530 won ($6.7) next year, Yonhap News Agency
reported, citing unnamed officials.
The South Korean news agency said the decision was made Saturday
during "last-minute negotiations" among labor and management
representatives.

Kyodo news summary -2-

TOKYO, July 17 Kyodo

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China's 2nd-quarter GDP growth steady at 6.9%

BEIJING - China's economy grew 6.9 percent in the second quarter
from a year earlier, buoyed by strong consumption and exports,
despite tightening financial conditions, official data showed Monday.
The figure, slightly better than analyst consensus, is unchanged
from the previous three months' 6.9 percent expansion in gross
domestic product, which was the fastest pace in more than a year,
propelled by state-led investment in infrastructure projects.
----------
S. Korea proposes military talks with N. Korea to ease tensions

SEOUL - South Korea on Monday proposed holding inter-Korean
military talks to ease tensions along the border, Vice Defense
Minister Suh Choo Suk said.
South Korea wants to hold the meeting in Tongilgak, a North
Korean building in the truce village of Panmunjeom, on Friday, he
said in a press briefing.
----------
Defense Ministry eyes strengthening unit to counter cyberattacks

TOKYO - The Defense Ministry is considering strengthening its
unit tasked with responding to cyberattacks by increasing the number
of staff to around 1,000 from the current 110 and setting up a new
group to study cyberattack techniques, a government source said
Sunday.
The measures, to be reflected in the ministry's five-year
defense buildup plan from fiscal 2019, are part of the government's
efforts to counter cyberattacks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and
Paralympic Games, the source said.
----------
Gov't to survey foreign tourists' payments for medical expenses

TOKYO - The health ministry will launch a survey to look into
medical expenses paid by foreign tourists to deal with an apparent
increase in unpaid cases, a source close to the matter said recently.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will study the total
amount of unpaid bills and number of cases at 7,000 hospitals
nationwide and consider measures to address the issue after compiling
a report based on the survey's results by March, the source said.
----------
Abe Cabinet's support rate falls to 35.8%, lowest for current admin

TOKYO - The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's
Cabinet has fallen 9.1 points from June to 35.8 percent, the lowest
level since Abe commenced his second stint as premier in 2012, a
Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.
In the nationwide telephone survey conducted Saturday and
Sunday, 77.8 percent of respondents said they were not convinced by
the government's denial of claims that Abe used his influence to
secure the approval of a new department at a university run by a
close friend.
----------
Chongqing party boss under investigation, replaced with Xi loyalist

BEIJING/HONG KONG - Politburo member Sun Zhengcai is under
investigation for serious disciplinary violations and has been
replaced as the top communist party official in Chongqing, Chinese
media reports and other sources said Sunday.
Sun was replaced as the party boss in one of China's most
important cities by Chen Miner, a trusted confidant of President Xi
Jinping and previously the top party official in Guizhou, a
southwestern province.
----------
3 people killed in Kobe, grandson arrested for possessing knife

KOBE - An elderly couple and a woman were found dead Sunday in
Kobe, western Japan, and the couple's 26-year-old grandson was
arrested for possessing a kitchen knife, police said.
The suspect's mother and another woman were also injured, with
all five victims suffered cuts and bruises, according to the Hyogo
prefectural police.
----------
22 people die in apartment building fire in Jiangsu, China

SHANGHAI - At least 22 people died in an apartment fire early
Sunday morning in Jiangsu Province, China, according to local media
reports.
Another three people were injured by the blaze at a two-story
building made of brick and concrete in the city of Changshu, located
about 100 kilometers northwest of Shanghai.
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China to create new body to supervise markets, prevent financial risk

BEIJING - The Chinese government plans to establish a new
organization to strengthen supervision of the financial system
through a more holistic approach, according to Chinese media reports.
At the national financial conference that ended Saturday, it was
decided to set up a new organization, the financial stability
development committee, under the State Council, the reports said.
----------
S. Korea minimum hourly wage to be raised by 16.4% next year: Yonhap

SEOUL - The minimum hourly wage in South Korea will be raised by
16.4 percent to 7,530 won ($6.7) next year, Yonhap News Agency
reported, citing unnamed officials.
The South Korean news agency said the decision was made Saturday
during "last-minute negotiations" among labor and management
representatives.
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Cambodian PM rejects law providing immunity after leaving office

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen rejected Saturday
a proposed law guaranteeing him blanket immunity from prosecution
after leaving office.
In an interview with Fresh News, Hun Sen, the longest serving
leader in Asia, dismissed the proposal as a ruse designed to make
Cambodian voters think he was about to lose power, and had reason to
fear prosecution for things done during his 32 years as prime
minister.
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Huis Ten Bosch's floating hotel plan moving forward

NAGASAKI - Huis Ten Bosch Co.'s floating capsule hotel project
is progressing, with the Nagasaki Prefecture theme park operator
saying it will begin on-water trials early next year.
A Huis Ten Bosch spokesperson said recently it has ordered the
construction of two of the spherical capsules for tests. The trials
are intended to establish a method for the capsules to be moved
across waters near a resort area where the Dutch-themed attraction is
located.

Kyodo news summary -1-

TOKYO, July 17 Kyodo

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S. Korea proposes military talks with N. Korea to ease tensions

SEOUL - South Korea on Monday proposed holding inter-Korean
military talks to ease tensions along the border, Vice Defense
Minister Suh Choo Suk said.
South Korea wants to hold the meeting in Tongilgak, a North
Korean building in the truce village of Panmunjeom, on Friday, he
said in a press briefing.
----------
Defense Ministry eyes strengthening unit to counter cyberattacks

TOKYO - The Defense Ministry is considering strengthening its
unit tasked with responding to cyberattacks by increasing the number
of staff to around 1,000 from the current 110 and setting up a new
group to study cyberattack techniques, a government source said
Sunday.
The measures, to be reflected in the ministry's five-year
defense buildup plan from fiscal 2019, are part of the government's
efforts to counter cyberattacks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and
Paralympic Games, the source said.
----------
Gov't to survey foreign tourists' payments for medical expenses

TOKYO - The health ministry will launch a survey to look into
medical expenses paid by foreign tourists to deal with an apparent
increase in unpaid cases, a source close to the matter said recently.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will study the total
amount of unpaid bills and number of cases at 7,000 hospitals
nationwide and consider measures to address the issue after compiling
a report based on the survey's results by March, the source said.
----------
Abe Cabinet's support rate falls to 35.8%, lowest for current admin

TOKYO - The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's
Cabinet has fallen 9.1 points from June to 35.8 percent, the lowest
level since Abe commenced his second stint as premier in 2012, a
Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.
In the nationwide telephone survey conducted Saturday and
Sunday, 77.8 percent of respondents said they were not convinced by
the government's denial of claims that Abe used his influence to
secure the approval of a new department at a university run by a
close friend.
----------
Chongqing party boss under investigation, replaced with Xi loyalist

BEIJING/HONG KONG - Politburo member Sun Zhengcai is under
investigation for serious disciplinary violations and has been
replaced as the top communist party official in Chongqing, Chinese
media reports and other sources said Sunday.
Sun was replaced as the party boss in one of China's most
important cities by Chen Miner, a trusted confidant of President Xi
Jinping and previously the top party official in Guizhou, a
southwestern province.
----------
3 people killed in Kobe, grandson arrested for possessing knife

KOBE - An elderly couple and a woman were found dead Sunday in
Kobe, western Japan, and the couple's 26-year-old grandson was
arrested for possessing a kitchen knife, police said.
The suspect's mother and another woman were also injured, with
all five victims suffered cuts and bruises, according to the Hyogo
prefectural police.
----------
22 people die in apartment building fire in Jiangsu, China

SHANGHAI - At least 22 people died in an apartment fire early
Sunday morning in Jiangsu Province, China, according to local media
reports.
Another three people were injured by the blaze at a two-story
building made of brick and concrete in the city of Changshu, located
about 100 kilometers northwest of Shanghai.
----------
China to create new body to supervise markets, prevent financial risk

BEIJING - The Chinese government plans to establish a new
organization to strengthen supervision of the financial system
through a more holistic approach, according to Chinese media reports.
At the national financial conference that ended Saturday, it was
decided to set up a new organization, the financial stability
development committee, under the State Council, the reports said.
----------
S. Korea minimum hourly wage to be raised by 16.4% next year: Yonhap

SEOUL - The minimum hourly wage in South Korea will be raised by
16.4 percent to 7,530 won ($6.7) next year, Yonhap News Agency
reported, citing unnamed officials.
The South Korean news agency said the decision was made Saturday
during "last-minute negotiations" among labor and management
representatives.
----------
Cambodian PM rejects law providing immunity after leaving office

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen rejected Saturday
a proposed law guaranteeing him blanket immunity from prosecution
after leaving office.
In an interview with Fresh News, Hun Sen, the longest serving
leader in Asia, dismissed the proposal as a ruse designed to make
Cambodian voters think he was about to lose power, and had reason to
fear prosecution for things done during his 32 years as prime
minister.
----------
Huis Ten Bosch's floating hotel plan moving forward

NAGASAKI - Huis Ten Bosch Co.'s floating capsule hotel project
is progressing, with the Nagasaki Prefecture theme park operator
saying it will begin on-water trials early next year.
A Huis Ten Bosch spokesperson said recently it has ordered the
construction of two of the spherical capsules for tests. The trials
are intended to establish a method for the capsules to be moved
across waters near a resort area where the Dutch-themed attraction is
located.
----------
Niigata marks 10th anniversary of deadly quake

NIIGATA, Japan - A memorial service was held Sunday in Niigata
Prefecture to mark the 10th anniversary of an earthquake that killed
15 people and injured more than 2,300 others in and around the
prefecture.
At the ceremony jointly hosted by the prefecture, the city of
Kashiwazaki and the village of Kariwa, bereaved family members of the
victims and local residents observed a moment of silence at 10:13
a.m., the time when the earthquake struck.
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