Environmental group members call for Japan to stop financing fossil fuels in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021, while the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties, known as COP26, is under way. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.


Fed announces tapering of bond-buying program amid economic recovery

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday it has decided to scale back a massive bond-buying program amid the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, a major shift toward normalization of monetary policy.

After a two-day meeting of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee, the central bank said it will begin reducing monthly purchases in Treasuries and mortgage securities by $15 billion, while maintaining its target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 0.25 percent, as widely expected.


China likely to own at least 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – China is likely to possess at least 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030, the Pentagon said Wednesday in its annual report on the Chinese military, a sharp increase from last year’s projection of Beijing reaching a total of 400 over a period of 10 years.

The latest estimate by the U.S. Defense Department suggests growing concern in Washington over the potential for rapid growth of China’s nuclear arsenal as the rivalry between the two countries intensifies in various fields.


15-member RCEP trade deal to take effect in January 2022

SYDNEY – The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement will take effect on Jan. 1, according to the Australian government, with the deal aimed at facilitating trade liberalization and economic integration in Asia and the Pacific.

The 15-member RCEP — the world’s largest free trade agreement despite the absence of the United States — will be Japan’s first economic partnership agreement involving both China and South Korea.


European Parliament delegation arrives in Taiwan amid China tension

TAIPEI – A delegation of European parliamentarians arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday despite a Chinese threat of repercussions.

The Foreign Ministry said the event bears historic significance as it is the first official visit to Taiwan by a European Parliament delegation.


COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11 under way in U.S

WASHINGTON – Vaccinations against the novel coronavirus for children aged 5 to 11 are under way, U.S. media reported Wednesday, following approval by U.S. health authorities the previous day for use of the Pfizer Inc. vaccine for the age bracket.

The recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday paved the way for COVID-19 vaccinations for some 28 million children.


Foreign researchers facing stricter quarantine, say “jailed” in Japan hotel

TOKYO – Foreign researchers received recently by a Japanese government-affiliated institution are having to follow stricter COVID-19 quarantine rules than otherwise and have been “jailed” in their hotel rooms since their arrival in Japan, people with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

Over 50 researchers on a program by the Japan Foundation are not allowed to leave their rooms at all for up to 15 days following their arrival in Japan and security guards are on watch to catch rule-breakers, those people said.


Golf: U.S. Women’s Open champion Yuka Saso selects Japanese citizenship

TOKYO – Yuka Saso, a dual citizen of Japan and the Philippines who in June became the second teenager to win the U.S. Women’s Open, revealed Wednesday she would select Japanese citizenship.

Saso, who competes on Japan’s women’s tour and who represented the Philippines in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, broke the news at a press conference ahead of this week’s Toto Japan Classic in Shiga Prefecture.


Football: Frontale capture 4th J-League championship

KAWASAKI – Kawasaki Frontale wrapped up their second-straight J-League championship and their fourth overall on Wednesday after a 1-1 home draw with Urawa Reds.

The result at Todoroki Stadium snapped Frontale’s seven-game win streak but moved them to 85 points from 34 rounds, with four games left to play in this season’s expanded J1. Second-place Yokohama F Marinos remained on 72 points after a 1-0 home loss to Gamba Osaka.


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