Kyodo News Digest: January 23, 2022


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Kishida’s Cabinet approval rating at 55.9%, down 4.1 points (Kyodo poll)

TOKYO — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet approval rating stood at 55.9%, down 4.1 points from the previous survey in December, a Kyodo News survey showed on Sunday, while that Japan is grappling with recent outbreaks of transmissible Omicron variant COVID-19 infections.

The two-day phone survey to Sunday found the disapproval rate had risen 2.5 points to 25.2 per cent and also showed 89.7 per cent planned to refrain from eating and traveling to following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.


Disruption of McDonald’s potato imports spurs Japan’s fries ‘war’

TOKYO – The recent rationing of French fries by McDonald’s Co. (Japan) due to a disruption in potato imports is prompting competitors to grab a bigger share of the market, triggering what social media users called “a potato war”.

Restaurant operator McDonald’s in Japan said it will offer only smaller portions of its fries for about a month starting Jan. 9 in all of its approximately 2,900 stores nationwide. This is the second time in two months that the company has restricted sales of this popular item.


Sumo: Mitakeumi pleads for an ozeki promotion with a 3rd championship

TOKYO — Sekiwake Mitakeumi won the New Year’s Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, defeating yokozuna Terunofuji to claim his third career championship and be considered for promotion to ozeki.

Needing a win to avoid a three-way championship playoff with yokozuna and maegashira No. 6 Abi, Mitakeumi defeated Terunofuji (11-4) for just the fifth time in 17 career fights, forcing him to win his 13th win in 15-day tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.


NEC will provide coating service on PCs to fight COVID

TOKYO-NEC Corp. will start providing a coating service to commercial operators from the end of February to counter the coronavirus on personal computers.

The new service will reduce the burden on users to sanitize devices, as the glass coating will remain effective for about five years, according to the major Japanese tech company.


Malaysia’s ex-PM Mahathir readmitted to hospital but stable: relative

KUALA LUMPUR – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been readmitted to hospital and is being treated in an intensive care unit, but is in stable condition, his daughter said on Saturday.

The 96-year-old double prime minister, who was released last week after surgery, was admitted to the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Marina Mahathir said.


Figure skating: Mihara wins the 2nd title of the Four Continents in the best total

TOKYO — Mai Mihara of Japan won her second Four Continents Figure Skating Championships title on Saturday with a personal best 218.03 points after finishing top of the free program to retain her lead in the short program in Tallinn, Estonia.

Mihara performed a near-perfect free skate before her spin at the end of the program was shorter than originally expected, but that didn’t stop the 22-year-old from scoring 145.41 and taking the win. in the tournament she won for the first time in 2017.


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