AJMEDIA News Digest: Jan. 26, 2023

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ Japan to downgrade COVID-19 category on May 8: gov’t sources TOKYO – The Japanese government plans to reclassify the novel coronavirus to the same category as… Read more

Cargo ship with 22 aboard sinks in East China Sea, 2 dead, 9 missing

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ A Hong Kong-registered cargo ship with 22 people aboard sank in the East China Sea off Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture early Wednesday, killing two crew members and… Read more

Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine if right conditions are met

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday that he will consider visiting Ukraine to hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy if the right conditions are met.… Read more

Ex-PM Mori casts doubt on Japan’s excessive support for Ukraine

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, known as a gaffe-prone veteran politician, on Wednesday urged the government against excessive support for Ukraine, saying Russia will not… Read more

Opposition questions Kishida in Diet over tax hike plan

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ Japan’s opposition bloc on Wednesday stepped up its offensive against Prime Minister Fumio Kishida over his government’s plan to raise taxes to boost defense spending, arguing… Read more

Luxury sector impatient for return of Chinese tourists

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ The European luxury sector is welcoming the end of pandemic lockdowns in China, as the return of big-spending Chinese tourists could sustain further growth. Prior to… Read more

U.S., Germany sending battle tanks to aid Ukraine war effort

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ Germany and the United States announced Wednesday that they will send battle tanks to Ukraine, the first stage of a coordinated effort by the West to… Read more

EU grapples with asylum reform as migrant entries surge

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ Eight years after facing a refugee crisis in 2015, the European Union is still struggling with how to reform its asylum system — just as migrant… Read more

Ukrainian official refutes Armenian fake about second Karabakh war

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ Ukraine did not supply any weapons to Azerbaijan that would be used in the second Karabakh war, Adviser to the Head of the Office of the… Read more

Azerbaijan’s MFA launches Visa Application Portal

Tokyo, 26 January, /AJMEDIA/ he Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan launched the “Visa Application Portal” (www.visaapplication.mfa.gov.az) on January 25, 2023 for foreigners or stateless persons who intend to visit… Read more