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Kyodo news summary -5-

TOKYO, Aug. 6 Kyodo

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Strong typhoon heading to Shikoku in western Japan

FUKUOKA - A strong, slow-moving typhoon may make landfall on
Japan's western main island of Shikoku early Monday after moving
along southwestern Japan, the weather agency said, with at least one
person dead and several injured.
As of 8 p.m., Typhoon Noru was roughly 130 kilometers
south-southwest of Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku island, moving
northeast at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour with an atmospheric
pressure of 975 hectopascals at its center and packing winds of up to
162 kph, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
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Japan's new foreign minister tackles N. Korea issue on int'l debut

MANILA - Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono agreed Sunday
with his regional counterparts to put more pressure on North Korea to
abandon its nuclear and missile ambitions as he made his
international debut in Manila.
After arriving in the Philippine capital, Kono, who assumed his
post Thursday in a Cabinet reshuffle, met with the foreign chiefs of
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He also held talks with
Lim Jock Seng, Brunei's second minister of foreign affairs and trade.
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N. Korea repeats stance on nuclear issue in talks with China

MANILA - North Korea's position on developing nuclear arms
remained unchanged Sunday after the U.N. Security Council imposed
tougher sanctions on it, described by U.S. President Donald Trump as
"big financial impact!"
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters after talks with
his North Korean counterpart that Ri Yong Ho reiterated North Korea's
position on the nuclear issue.
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Uehara, 1st minister from Okinawa constituency, dies at 84

NAHA, Japan - Kosuke Uehara, a former House of Representatives
member who became the first Cabinet minister elected from a
constituency in Okinawa Prefecture, died Sunday at a hospital in the
southernmost island prefecture, according to a relative. He was 84.
While Okinawa was under U.S. occupation, Uehara served as the
first chairman of a labor union representing local workers at U.S.
military bases in the prefecture who were deprived of their workers'
rights.
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Japan, Chinese foreign ministers to hold bilateral talks on Monday

MANILA - Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono will hold talks
with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Monday on the sidelines of a
series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related gatherings,
a Japanese government official said.
During their first meeting since Kono assumed his post on
Thursday, the two ministers are expected to exchange views on how to
tackle North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, two days
after the U.N. Security Council adopted fresh sanctions on Pyongyang,
the official said.
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ASEAN, China adopt framework of code of conduct in S. China Sea

MANILA - Southeast Asian countries and China adopted Sunday the
framework of a code of conduct in the South China Sea, setting the
stage for long-sought negotiations to start on ways to ease tensions
in regional waters.
With the endorsement, formal talks can begin this year, Chinese
Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a press conference in Manila after a
meeting with his counterparts from the 10-member Association of
Southeast Asian Nations.
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Japan asks U.S. to refrain from flying Ospreys in Japan

TOKYO - Japan has asked the United States to refrain from flying
U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft in Japan after one of the
tilt-rotor planes crashed off Australia, Defense Minister Itsunori
Onodera said Sunday.
"We will continue to ask the United States (to refrain from
flying Ospreys) until we receive a solid explanation" about the
accident, Onodera told reporters after an Osprey crashed off the
coast of Queensland state Saturday, leaving three U.S. Marines
missing.
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U.S., S. Korea, Japan to hold talks Mon. over N. Korea

MANILA - The foreign ministers of the United States, South Korea
and Japan will hold a meeting Monday in Manila to affirm their
coordination over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, South
Korea's Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, South
Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha and Japanese Foreign Minister
Taro Kono will take place two days after the U.N. Security Council
adopted fresh sanctions on North Korea in response to its
test-launches of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.
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"No plan" to consider enabling SDF to strike overseas targets: Abe

HIROSHIMA - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he has
"no plan" to consider granting the Japanese Self-Defense Forces the
ability to strike overseas targets to deal with North Korean
ballistic missiles.
The prime minister also said Japan's defense program guidelines
need to be reviewed to reflect North Korea's development of
intercontinental ballistic missiles and other changes in the security
environment.
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U.N. imposes new sanctions on N. Korea over missile tests

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed fresh
sanctions on North Korea that would slash the reclusive country's $3
billion annual export revenue by a third in response to Pyongyang's
two long-range missile tests in July.
The 15-member council unanimously adopted a sanctions resolution
after Pyongyang conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile
tests in defiance of past U.N. resolutions banning its nuclear and
ballistic missile activity.
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South Korea per capita GDP to surpass Italy's next year: Yonhap

SEOUL - South Korea's per capita gross domestic product is
expected to surpass Italy's in 2018, Yonhap News Agency reported
Sunday, citing growth forecast data.
South Korea's per capita GDP is projected to increase next year
to slightly more than $30,000, Yonhap said. As of October 2016, South
Korea ranked 29th worldwide at $27,633 and Italy 27th at $30,294,
according to International Monetary Fund data.
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A-bomb victim's paper crane donated to WWII air base in Utah

WENDOVER, Utah - A paper crane folded by Sadako Sasaki, a young
Japanese victim of the Hiroshima atomic bombing who died of leukemia
a decade after the attack, was donated Saturday to a former training
site for World War II bomb crews.
Yuji Sasaki, 47, Sadako's nephew, donated her origami crane to
Utah's Historic Wendover Airfield Museum ahead of the 72nd
anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.

Kyodo news summary -4-

TOKYO, Aug. 6 Kyodo

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U.S., S. Korea, Japan to hold talks Mon. over N. Korea

MANILA - The foreign ministers of the United States, South Korea
and Japan will hold a meeting Monday in Manila to affirm their
coordination over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, South
Korea's Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, South
Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha and Japanese Foreign Minister
Taro Kono will take place two days after the U.N. Security Council
adopted fresh sanctions on North Korea in response to its
test-launches of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.
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Japan's new foreign minister to tackle N. Korea on int'l debut

MANILA - Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono will seek Sunday
to gain support for strengthening pressure on North Korea to abandon
its nuclear and missile ambitions as he makes his international debut
ahead of regional gatherings in Manila.
After arriving in the Philippine capital, Kono, who assumed his
post Thursday in a Cabinet reshuffle, is scheduled to hold a meeting
with all 10 of his Association of Southeast Asian Nations
counterparts, as well as a separate meeting with the foreign
ministers of the five ASEAN countries situated along the Mekong River
-- Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
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N. Korea repeats stance on nuclear issue in talks with China

MANILA - North Korea's position on its development of nuclear
arms remained unchanged Sunday after the U.N. Security Council
imposed tougher sanctions on it, described by U.S. President Donald
Trump as "big financial impact!"
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters after talks with
his North Korean counterpart that Ri Yong Ho reiterated North Korea's
position on the nuclear issue.
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ASEAN, China adopt framework of code of conduct in S. China Sea

MANILA - Southeast Asian countries and China adopted Sunday the
framework of a code of conduct in the South China Sea, setting the
stage for long-sought negotiations to start on ways to ease tensions
in regional waters.
With the endorsement, formal talks will begin this year, Chinese
Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a press conference in Manila after a
meeting with his counterparts from the 10-member Association of
Southeast Asian Nations.
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Japan asks U.S. to refrain from flying Ospreys in Japan

TOKYO - Japan has asked the United States to refrain from flying
U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft in Japan after one of the
tilt-rotor planes crashed off Australia, Defense Minister Itsunori
Onodera said Sunday.
"We will continue to ask the United States (to refrain from
flying Ospreys) until we receive a solid explanation" about the
accident, Onodera told reporters after an Osprey crashed off the
coast of Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton in Queensland state
Saturday, leaving three U.S. Marines missing.
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"No plan" to consider enabling SDF to strike overseas targets: Abe

HIROSHIMA - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he has
"no plan" to consider granting the Japanese Self-Defense Forces the
ability to strike overseas targets to deal with North Korean
ballistic missiles.
The prime minister also said Japan's defense program guidelines
need to be reviewed to reflect North Korea's development of
intercontinental ballistic missiles and other changes in the security
environment.
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Strong typhoon approaching southwestern Japan

TOKYO - A strong, slow-moving typhoon was set to make landfall
on Japan's southwestern main island of Kyushu on Sunday afternoon,
the weather agency said, with at least one person dead and several
injured.
Typhoon Noru, packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour,
was expected to move toward western Japan, bringing rainfall of up to
700 millimeters to the western main island of Shikoku and 500 mm to
parts of Kyushu in the 24 hours through noon Monday, according to the
Japan Meteorological Agency.
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U.N. imposes new sanctions on N. Korea over missile tests

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed fresh
sanctions on North Korea that would slash the reclusive country's $3
billion annual export revenue by a third in response to Pyongyang's
two long-range missile tests in July.
The 15-member council unanimously adopted a sanctions resolution
after Pyongyang conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile
tests in defiance of past U.N. resolutions banning its nuclear and
ballistic missile activity.
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South Korea per capita GDP to surpass Italy's next year: Yonhap

SEOUL - South Korea's per capita gross domestic product is
expected to surpass Italy's in 2018, Yonhap News Agency reported
Sunday, citing growth forecast data.
South Korea's per capita GDP is projected to increase next year
to slightly more than $30,000, Yonhap said. As of October 2016, South
Korea ranked 29th worldwide at $27,633 and Italy 27th at $30,294,
according to International Monetary Fund data.
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A-bomb victim's paper crane donated to WWII air base in Utah

WENDOVER, Utah - A paper crane folded by Sadako Sasaki, a young
Japanese victim of the Hiroshima atomic bombing who died of leukemia
a decade after the attack, was donated Saturday to a former training
site for World War II bomb crews.
Yuji Sasaki, 47, Sadako's nephew, donated her origami crane to
Utah's Historic Wendover Airfield Museum ahead of the 72nd
anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.
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Hiroshima marks 72nd A-bomb anniversary with eyes on ban treaty

HIROSHIMA - Hiroshima marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S.
atomic bombing on Sunday at its annual memorial ceremony, with Mayor
Kazumi Matsui calling on the Japanese government to help realize a
treaty banning nuclear weapons.
This year's ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero
follows the adoption by 122 United Nations members of the world's
first treaty to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons.
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U.N. imposes new sanctions on N. Korea over missile tests

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed fresh
sanctions on North Korea that would slash the reclusive country's $3
billion annual export revenue by a third in response to Pyongyang's
two long-range missile tests in July.
The 15-member council unanimously adopted a sanctions resolution
after Pyongyang conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile
tests in defiance of past U.N. resolutions banning its nuclear and
ballistic missile activity.


Kyodo news summary -3-

TOKYO, Aug. 6 Kyodo

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Japan asks U.S. to refrain from flying Ospreys in Japan

TOKYO - Japan has asked the United States to refrain from flying
U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft in Japan after one of the
tilt-rotor helicopters crashed off Australia, Defense Minister
Itsunori Onodera said Sunday.
Three U.S. Marines were missing after an Osprey crashed off the
coast of Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton in Queensland state Saturday.
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"No plan" to consider enabling SDF to strike overseas targets: Abe

HIROSHIMA - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he has
"no plan" to consider granting the Japanese Self-Defense Forces the
ability to strike overseas targets to deal with North Korean
ballistic missiles.
The prime minister also said Japan's defense program guidelines
need to be reviewed to reflect North Korea's development of
intercontinental ballistic missiles and other changes in the security
environment.
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Chinese, N. Korean foreign ministers hold talks in Manila

MANILA - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with his
North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho on Sunday, after the U.N.
Security Council imposed additional sanctions on Pyongyang over its
defiant pursuit of nuclear and missile technologies.
China state-run broadcaster CCTV said the talks took place in
Manila on the sidelines of a series of meetings involving foreign
ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations
and nearly 20 other countries, including Japan, South Korea and the
United States.
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Strong typhoon approaching southwestern Japan

TOKYO - A strong, slow-moving typhoon was set to make landfall
on Japan's southwestern main island of Kyushu on Sunday afternoon,
the weather agency said, with at least one person dead and several
injured.
Typhoon Noru, packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour,
was expected to move toward western Japan, bringing rainfall of up to
700 millimeters to the western main island of Shikoku and 500 mm to
parts of Kyushu in the 24 hours through noon Monday, according to the
Japan Meteorological Agency.
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Japan's new foreign minister to tackle N. Korea at int'l debut

MANILA - Japan's new foreign minister, Taro Kono, will seek
Sunday to gain support for strengthening pressure on North Korea to
abandon its nuclear and missile ambitions as he makes his
international debut ahead of a regional gathering in Manila.
Immediately after arriving in the Philippine capital, Kono, who
took office Thursday, is scheduled to hold talks with Philippine
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, whose country is hosting the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum from Monday.
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Chinese, N. Korean foreign ministers hold talks in Manila

MANILA - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with his
North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho on Sunday, after the U.N.
Security Council imposed additional sanctions on Pyongyang over its
defiant pursuit of nuclear and missile technologies.
China state-run broadcaster CCTV said the talks took place in
Manila on the sidelines of a series of meetings involving foreign
ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations
and nearly 20 other countries, including Japan, South Korea and the
United States.
----------
U.N. imposes new sanctions on N. Korea over missile tests

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed fresh
sanctions on North Korea that would slash the reclusive country's $3
billion annual export revenue by a third in response to Pyongyang's
two long-range missile tests in July.
The 15-member council unanimously adopted a sanctions resolution
after Pyongyang conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile
tests in defiance of past U.N. resolutions banning its nuclear and
ballistic missile activity.
----------
South Korea per capita GDP to surpass Italy's next year: Yonhap

SEOUL - South Korea's per capita gross domestic product is
expected to surpass Italy's in 2018, Yonhap News Agency reported
Sunday, citing growth forecast data.
South Korea's per capita GDP is projected to increase next year
to slightly more than $30,000, Yonhap said. As of October 2016, South
Korea ranked 29th worldwide at $27,633 and Italy 27th at $30,294,
according to International Monetary Fund data.
----------
A-bomb victim's paper crane donated to WWII air base in Utah

WENDOVER, Utah - A paper crane folded by Sadako Sasaki, a young
Japanese victim of the Hiroshima atomic bombing who died of leukemia
a decade after the attack, was donated Saturday to a former training
site for World War II bomb crews.
Yuji Sasaki, 47, Sadako's nephew, donated her origami crane to
Utah's Historic Wendover Airfield Museum ahead of the 72nd
anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.
----------
Hiroshima marks 72nd A-bomb anniversary with eyes on ban treaty

HIROSHIMA - Hiroshima marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S.
atomic bombing on Sunday at its annual memorial ceremony, with Mayor
Kazumi Matsui calling on the Japanese government to help realize a
treaty banning nuclear weapons.
This year's ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero
follows the adoption by 122 United Nations members of the world's
first treaty to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons.
----------
U.N. imposes new sanctions on N. Korea over missile tests

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed fresh
sanctions on North Korea that would slash the reclusive country's $3
billion annual export revenue by a third in response to Pyongyang's
two long-range missile tests in July.
The 15-member council unanimously adopted a sanctions resolution
after Pyongyang conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile
tests in defiance of past U.N. resolutions banning its nuclear and
ballistic missile activity.
----------
Abe hails fresh U.N. sanctions on N. Korea

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday hailed the
U.N. Security Council's fresh sanctions on North Korea following
Pyongyang's recent test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The resolution to ban North Korea's exporting of coal and iron,
its key sources of hard currency, "clearly shows the international
community's intention to raise pressure (on North Korea) to a higher
level," Abe said in a statement.

Kyodo news summary -2-

TOKYO, Aug. 6 Kyodo

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A-bomb victim's paper crane donated to WWII air base in Utah

WENDOVER, Utah - A paper crane folded by Sadako Sasaki, a young
Japanese victim of the Hiroshima atomic bombing who died of leukemia
a decade after the attack, was donated Saturday to a former training
site for World War II bomb crews.
Yuji Sasaki, 47, Sadako's nephew, donated her origami crane to
Utah's Historic Wendover Airfield Museum ahead of the 72nd
anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.
----------
Hiroshima marks 72nd A-bomb anniversary with eyes on ban treaty

HIROSHIMA - Hiroshima marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S.
atomic bombing on Sunday at its annual memorial ceremony, with Mayor
Kazumi Matsui calling on the Japanese government to help realize a
treaty banning nuclear weapons.
This year's ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero
follows the adoption by 122 United Nations members of the world's
first treaty to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons.
----------
U.N. imposes new sanctions on N. Korea over missile tests

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed fresh
sanctions on North Korea that would slash the reclusive country's $3
billion annual export revenue by a third in response to Pyongyang's
two long-range missile tests in July.
The 15-member council unanimously adopted a sanctions resolution
after Pyongyang conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile
tests in defiance of past U.N. resolutions banning its nuclear and
ballistic missile activity.
----------
Abe hails fresh U.N. sanctions on N. Korea

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday hailed the
U.N. Security Council's fresh sanctions on North Korea following
Pyongyang's recent test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The resolution to ban North Korea's exporting of coal and iron,
its key sources of hard currency, "clearly shows the international
community's intention to raise pressure (on North Korea) to a higher
level," Abe said in a statement.
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ASEAN, China to adopt framework code of conduct in S. China Sea

MANILA - Southeast Asian countries and China will adopt the
framework of an envisioned code of conduct in the South China Sea on
Sunday at a closed-door meeting of foreign ministers, moving the
initiative closer to realization after years of languishing at the
discussion table.
Jose Tavares, director general for ASEAN Cooperation at the
Indonesian Foreign Ministry, said formal negotiations for the code of
conduct aimed at easing tensions in the disputed sea are expected to
be launched after their leaders' summit in November, which will also
be held in the Philippines, this year's regional bloc chair.
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Philippines mulls signaling no welcome of U.S. role in S. China Sea

MANILA - The Philippines is trying to release a statement
suggesting it does not want U.S. involvement in dealing with
territorial disputes in the South China Sea, after a meeting early
next week of foreign ministers from its Southeast Asian neighbors,
China, Japan and South Korea, a copy of its draft showed Saturday.
The draft of the chairman's statement, seen by Kyodo News, of
the meeting in Manila on Monday urges non-claimant nations to
"exercise restraint and prudence in further efforts in expanding
military operations and activities" in the disputed sea. The
Philippines, playing host as this year's chairman of the 10-member
Association of Southeast Asian Nations, penned the statement.
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Iran's Rouhani sworn in for 2nd term as president

TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was on Saturday sworn
in for a second term in a ceremony held at parliament.
Hundreds of high-ranking foreign dignitaries, diplomats and
senior Iranian officials attended the inauguration ceremony.
"Our government is a peacemaker government; we prefer peace to
war but we always are ready to defend our nation," Rouhani said in
his first speech after taking the oath of office.
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3 U.S. Marines missing after Osprey crashes off Australia

SYDNEY - Three U.S. Marines were missing Saturday after a U.S.
Marine Corps Osprey aircraft crashed off the eastern coast of
Australia, Marine officials said Saturday.
The tilt-rotor helicopter crashed off the coast of Shoalwater
Bay near Rockhampton in Queensland state in the late afternoon,
according to Australian Associated Press.
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AKB48 event spending prompts review of Okinawa development budget

TOKYO - The government may review how money allocated for
developing Okinawa is spent, after some of this year's money was used
to pay for an event by the all-girl idol group AKB48.
To boost tourism, 28 million yen ($253,000) was allocated to
holding the pop group's annual popularity vote in Okinawa in June.
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U.S. Marines missing after Osprey crashes off Australia: reports

SYDNEY - U.S. service members were missing Saturday after a U.S.
Marine Corps Osprey aircraft crashed off the eastern coast of
Australia, local media reported.
Ships, small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine
Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group
are conducting the search and rescue operations, officials said in a
statement posted online Saturday night, according to Australian
Associated Press.
----------
Surge in European eel exports to be probed, may impact Japan shipments

TOKYO - The secretariat of the international treaty protecting
endangered species will investigate the surge in recent years of eel
exports by Morocco and Tunisia, people close to the matter said
Saturday.
The probe could uncover illegal shipments of European eel -- a
protected species under the Washington Convention -- to major eel
consuming nations including Japan.
----------
ASEAN foreign ministers agree to adopt S. China Sea conduct code

MANILA - Southeast Asian foreign ministers agreed Saturday to
the framework of a long-mooted code of conduct in the South China Sea
to be adopted with China and voiced strong concerns over North
Korea's continued belligerence.
The formal green light from the top diplomats of the 10-member
Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the endorsement may
translate into major progress for the first time in many years on
addressing persistent tensions in the disputed sea. But not a few
critics see it as more of a diplomatic achievement for China.

Kyodo news summary -1-

TOKYO, Aug. 6 Kyodo

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Hiroshima marks 72nd A-bomb anniversary with eyes on ban treaty

HIROSHIMA - Hiroshima marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S.
atomic bombing on Sunday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui calling on the
Japanese government to help realize a treaty banning nuclear weapons
during the city's annual memorial ceremony.
This year's ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero
follows the adoption by 122 United Nations members of the world's
first treaty to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons.
----------
U.N. imposes new sanctions on N. Korea over missile tests

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed fresh
sanctions on North Korea that would slash the reclusive country's $3
billion annual export revenue by a third in response to Pyongyang's
two long-range missile tests in July.
The 15-member council unanimously adopted a sanctions resolution
after Pyongyang conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile
tests in defiance of past U.N. resolutions banning its nuclear and
ballistic missile activity.
----------
Philippines mulls signaling no welcome of U.S. role in S. China Sea

MANILA - The Philippines is trying to release a statement
suggesting it does not want U.S. involvement in dealing with
territorial disputes in the South China Sea, after a meeting early
next week of foreign ministers from its Southeast Asian neighbors,
China, Japan and South Korea, a copy of its draft showed Saturday.
The draft of the chairman's statement, seen by Kyodo News, of
the meeting in Manila on Monday urges non-claimant nations to
"exercise restraint and prudence in further efforts in expanding
military operations and activities" in the disputed sea. The
Philippines, playing host as this year's chairman of the 10-member
Association of Southeast Asian Nations, penned the statement.
----------
Iran's Rouhani sworn in for 2nd term as president

TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was on Saturday sworn
in for a second term in a ceremony held at parliament.
Hundreds of high-ranking foreign dignitaries, diplomats and
senior Iranian officials attended the inauguration ceremony.
"Our government is a peacemaker government; we prefer peace to
war but we always are ready to defend our nation," Rouhani said in
his first speech after taking the oath of office.
----------
3 U.S. Marines missing after Osprey crashes off Australia

SYDNEY - Three U.S. Marines were missing Saturday after a U.S.
Marine Corps Osprey aircraft crashed off the eastern coast of
Australia, Marine officials said Saturday.
The tilt-rotor helicopter crashed off the coast of Shoalwater
Bay near Rockhampton in Queensland state in the late afternoon,
according to Australian Associated Press.
----------
AKB48 event spending prompts review of Okinawa development budget

TOKYO - The government may review how money allocated for
developing Okinawa is spent, after some of this year's money was used
to pay for an event by the all-girl idol group AKB48.
To boost tourism, 28 million yen ($253,000) was allocated to
holding the pop group's annual popularity vote in Okinawa in June.
----------
U.S. Marines missing after Osprey crashes off Australia: reports

SYDNEY - U.S. service members were missing Saturday after a U.S.
Marine Corps Osprey aircraft crashed off the eastern coast of
Australia, local media reported.
Ships, small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine
Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group
are conducting the search and rescue operations, officials said in a
statement posted online Saturday night, according to Australian
Associated Press.
----------
Surge in European eel exports to be probed, may impact Japan shipments

TOKYO - The secretariat of the international treaty protecting
endangered species will investigate the surge in recent years of eel
exports by Morocco and Tunisia, people close to the matter said
Saturday.
The probe could uncover illegal shipments of European eel -- a
protected species under the Washington Convention -- to major eel
consuming nations including Japan.
----------
ASEAN foreign ministers agree to adopt S. China Sea conduct code

MANILA - Southeast Asian foreign ministers agreed Saturday to
the framework of a long-mooted code of conduct in the South China Sea
to be adopted with China and voiced strong concerns over North
Korea's continued belligerence.
The formal green light from the top diplomats of the 10-member
Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the endorsement may
translate into major progress for the first time in many years on
addressing persistent tensions in the disputed sea. But not a few
critics see it as more of a diplomatic achievement for China.
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Hiroshima middle schoolers, envoys forge ties with peace messages

HIROSHIMA - Hiroshima middle school students with a knack for
English conveyed their thoughts about peace to envoys from around the
world Saturday, a day ahead of the 72nd anniversary of the atomic
bombing of the city in World War II.
The third annual "Tsutaeru (convey) Hiroshima Project" brought
together 20 students from middle schools around Hiroshima and
representatives of 19 countries and the European Union who were in
the city to attend Sunday's annual commemoration ceremony.
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China to surpass Japan as 2nd-largest contributor to U.N. in 2019

NEW YORK - China is expected to overtake Japan as the
second-largest contributor to the general U.N. budget beginning in
2019, according to the latest U.N. report on contributions.
According to a U.N. General Assembly report of the committee on
contributions released in June, China is expected to surpass Japan
with its estimated contribution rising to 10.808 percent while
Japan's decreases to 8.718 percent for the 2019-2021 period.
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Tokyo photo exhibit to shine light on Cuba revolutionary icon Guevara

Tokyo - Every photo has a story to tell, and the eldest son of
Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara is hoping
that photographs taken by his father will give people a fuller view
of his life.
An exhibit in Tokyo, starting next Wednesday, will showcase for
the first time in Japan around 240 photographs taken by Guevara,
whose iconic image still emblazons T-shirts and posters half a
century after his death in 1967.