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Gov’t Cannot Escape Hyperlinks to Unification Church Regardless of Cupboard Reshuffle

In our newest information roundup, we report on the prime minister’s cupboard reshuffle. Out of 19 ministerial posts, simply two girls have been chosen. The largest speaking level, although, was as soon as once more the federal government’s relationship with the Unification Church. A number of members with ties to the non secular group have been faraway from their positions. The brand new cupboard, nevertheless, does nonetheless embrace some ministers who beforehand had hyperlinks with the church. Additionally this week, we pay our respects to Issey Miyake, considered one of Japan’s biggest ever designers. There’s excellent news for a Turkish Kurd who has been granted refugee standing right here. And in sport, Shohei Ohtani joins Babe Ruth in a really unique membership.

Kishida Reshuffles His Pack as Approval Scores Stoop

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida formally introduced the lineup of his new cupboard on Wednesday. Although key members of his management group have been retained, there have been 14 adjustments. The reshuffle, which came about a month sooner than anticipated, is an try by the PM to revive his get together’s fortunes following a stoop in approval scores. In line with NHK, assist for the cupboard fell to 46 p.c in the latest polls, the bottom degree since Kishida got here to workplace. One of many primary causes for the stoop is the LDP’s shut ties with the Unification Church.

A number of high-profile members linked to the non secular group have been faraway from their posts. This contains Nobuo Kishi, youthful brother of Shinzo Abe. He is been changed as overseas minister by veteran Yasukazu Hamada, however will proceed to advise the PM on nationwide safety. Regardless of the cull, there are nonetheless members inside the cupboard who beforehand had hyperlinks with the church. Well being Minister Katsunobu Kato and Financial Revitalization Minister Daishiro Yamagiwa, as an example, each paid “membership charges” to organizations affiliated with the group. Previous to the reshuffle, Kishida stated cupboard members should “totally evaluation” their ties with the church.

The Unification Church has come beneath the highlight since Shinzo Abe’s homicide | Picture by Anna Petek

Unification Church Members Acquired Dying Threats

On the identical day Kishida introduced his new cupboard, Tomihiro Tanaka, president of the Unification Church, held a press convention in Tokyo. He acknowledged his church and the LDP had shared pursuits concerning their opposition to communism. He denied, nevertheless, singling out the LDP for assist or instructing members on tips on how to vote in elections. “We encourage them to be lively in politics and elections, however we don’t ask them to assist a specific get together,” he stated.

In the course of the press convention, Tanaka additionally revealed that Unification Church followers in Japan have confronted harassment and acquired dying threats for the reason that taking pictures of Abe on July 8 of this 12 months. The person accused of killing the previous PM reportedly held a grudge in opposition to the group because of his mom’s donations. “Our church buildings have been topic to dying threats, receiving threatening cellphone calls saying, ‘we’ll kill you,’” alleged Tanaka. He added that some folks have been instructed to resign from their jobs and kids have been unable to attend college due to bullying.

Legendary Designer Issey Miyake Dies at 84

On Tuesday the workplace of Issey Miyake introduced that the world-renowned dressmaker died of liver most cancers on August 5. He was 84. In addition to his fragrances and technology-driven designs, Miyake was recognized for producing mock turtlenecks for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Low upkeep and simply paired with something, he helped carry the turtleneck to the forefront of the style world. Different well-known Miyake devotees together with Grace Jones, Zaha Hadid, Joni Mitchell and Kim Kardashian. “His title will reside on ceaselessly,” stated fellow designer Junko Koshino.

Born Kazunaru Miyake in Hiroshima on April 22, 1938, he was uncovered to the US bombing of his metropolis when he was simply seven. “Once I shut my eyes, I nonetheless see issues nobody ought to ever expertise. A shiny purple gentle, the black cloud quickly after, folks operating in each route making an attempt desperately to flee. I keep in mind all of it. Inside three years, my mom died from radiation publicity,” Miyake instructed The Onion. He selected to discuss his experiences following Barack Obama’s pledge to hunt a world freed from nuclear arms.

Japan solely accepts round one p.c of refugee functions | Picture by Anna Petek

Turkish Kurd Granted Refugee Standing in Japan

For the primary time, a Turkish Kurd has been acknowledged as a refugee in Japan. The person entered the nation in 2014, fleeing persecution by the Turkish authorities. In line with his lawyer, he filed for refugee standing twice however was turned down each instances. In 2019, he then filed a lawsuit with the Sapporo District Courtroom, searching for to cancel the dismissal of his functions. The petition was rejected by the decrease courtroom. Nevertheless, the Sapporo Regional Immigration Providers Bureau ultimately granted him refugee standing after the appeals courtroom dominated he can be susceptible to oppression if he returned house.

“I virtually exhausted all my energy through the lengthy struggle, however confidence in justice and the regulation was maintained. I want that the justice achieved will carry hope to others as effectively,” stated the Kurdish man. “This is a crucial choice and a giant step ahead,” added his lawyer Koji Yamada. Kurds have had a protracted historical past of discrimination perpetrated in opposition to them by the Turkish authorities. Japan beforehand acknowledged Iranian and Syrian Kurds as refugees, however till now, by no means anybody from Turkey. Usually criticized by human rights legal professionals, Japan solely accepts round one p.c of refugee functions.

Shibuno Narrowly Misses Out on Play-Off at British Open

Hinako Shibuno had combined emotions after lacking out on a play-off by one shot on the Ladies’s British Open. The 2019 champion entered the ultimate spherical at Muirfield 5 pictures behind the leaders. An excellent-par 71 put her again in competition. In the long run, although, it wasn’t sufficient to catch South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai and South Korea’s Chun In-gee, with the previous taking house the trophy. “I am each pissed off and blissful to get a end result like this on this troublesome and fantastic course,” Shibuno instructed reporters.

In different sporting information, Yoshihito Nishioka misplaced the ultimate of the Citi Open 6-4, 6-3 to Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios. Making it that far, although, was an ideal effort from the Japanese participant, who’s presently ranked 96 on the planet. In soccer, Kyogo Furuhashi scored his first purpose of the season as Scottish champions Celtic defeated Ross County 3-1. Ritsu Doan adopted up his cup purpose for Freiburg with one other for his new membership on the opening day of the Bundesliga. They defeated Augsburg 4-0.

Shohei Ohtani continues to astound for the Angels | Picture by Anna Petek

Ohtani Joins Ruth in Unique Membership

Shohei Ohtani made historical past this week, turning into the primary participant in additional than a century to achieve double digits in wins as a pitcher and residential runs as a batter in a Main League Baseball (MLB) season. The feat was final achieved by legendary determine Babe Ruth again in 1918. Ed Rile and Bullet Rogan each reached the milestone within the Negro Leagues within the Nineteen Twenties, however MLB hasn’t integrated these scores in its official information. Ohtani additionally twice logged double-digit wins and homers for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan’s Pacific League.

“I really feel like each time we’re on the market, he does one thing particular,” stated interim Los Angeles Angels’ supervisor Phil Nevin. It is laborious to disagree. Ohtani’s checklist of accomplishments continues to develop. In Tuesday’s 5-1 victory over the Athletics, the two-way sensation tossed six scoreless innings and hit his twenty fifth homer of the season. It was his 118th in whole, passing Ichiro Suzuki on the checklist for many house runs in MLB by a Japanese participant. He is now second behind Hideki Matsui who hit 175.