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Biden, Xi agree on need to communicate amid strained US-China relations
WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden agreed with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday on the importance of communication amid the growing need to ensure that the strained relationship between the world’s two largest economies does not lead to conflict.
The virtual meeting, which is the first bilateral summit between leaders since Biden took office in January, is being closely watched to see if it can lead to a de-escalation of tensions despite differences on issues ranging from trade to rights of man and Taiwan.
Japan’s LDP will force new lawmakers to donate $ 1 million. yen allowance
TOKYO – The ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Japan said on Tuesday it would compel new members of the lower house to donate the monthly transportation and communications allowance of 1 million yen ($ 8,800) they they received for October despite their election on the last day of the month.
The policy comes amid growing criticism of the total amount paid by national coffers to those who won seats in the House of Representatives in the October 31 general election and follows a similar move by an opposition party .
Areas near Tokyo await arrival of floating pumice mass, damage feared
TOKYO – Coastal areas surrounding Tokyo expect a mass of floating pumice stone created by a massive underwater volcanic eruption in August to arrive, the material having already blanketed dozens of fishing ports and impacted marine life in the southwest of the country.
According to a supercomputer-assisted forecast from the Japan Agency for Marine and Terrestrial Science and Technology, volcanic stones are expected to reach waters off the coast of Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures in late November.
Biden enacts $ 1 trillion infrastructure investment bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden enacted a $ 1 trillion infrastructure investment bill on Monday, a key victory for the president as he seeks to keep his promise to create millions of dollars ‘jobs and position the country to compete with a booming China.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes $ 550 billion in new federal funding over five years, took months to pass tightly divided Congress amid infighting between moderates and progressives within Biden’s Democratic Party .
Suu Kyi of Myanmar charged with electoral fraud (state media)
YANGON – Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with electoral fraud, adding another case to the many cases she is already facing, a state newspaper reported on Tuesday.
On Monday, the electoral commission appointed by the ruling military in the country brought up the fraud case related to the general elections last November.
Princess Aiko’s 20th birthday ceremonies will mainly be held on December 5
TOKYO – Ceremonies marking the coming of age of Princess Aiko, only daughter of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, who turns 20 on December 1, will take place mainly on December 5, the house’s agency said on Tuesday. imperial.
As Princess Aiko’s birthday falls on a Wednesday, a weekday, ceremonies have mostly been postponed until the following Sunday to avoid disrupting her classes at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, where she is currently studying Japanese literature.
Japan to administer COVID-19 booster shots from December 1
TOKYO – Japan is set to start giving booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine from December 1 after a health ministry panel approved the decision on Monday, joining other countries in taking action measures to prevent protection from weakening over time.
The vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE will initially be the only one used for third doses, that is, people who have received one of the other two types used in Japan – Moderna Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc. – will have to “mix and match”.
Burma frees US journalist sentenced to 11 years in prison
YANGON – An American journalist sentenced to 11 years in prison by a Myanmar court last week was released on Monday and deported from the military country, military officials said.
In a press release, they said Danny Fenster was deported after being pardoned at the request of American and Japanese intermediaries “in view of the existing friendly relations between Myanmar and these countries and for humanitarian reasons.”