Japan pledges $1 bn to back UN development goals

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told a meeting at the United Nations that the funding will go to help children and youth worldwide, in particular to promote education, health, disaster response and gender equality.

The announcement provided a boost to the United Nations as it seeks to build support for its sustainable development goals (SDGs) that call for ending extreme poverty by 2030 among other objectives.

UN humanitarian aid agencies are facing a funding crisis as they struggle to cope with growing demands from world crises while the United States is threatening deep cuts to its financial support for the world body.

Japan on Monday pledged $1 billion over the next two years to back the UN’s development agenda, raising its profile as one of the world’s largest foreign aid donors. (digitaljournal.com)

Nearly 1,000 people have attended a party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular Japanese dress-up doll Licca. (NHK)

Yokozuna sumo grand champion Hakuho on Monday scored his 1,045th win in the Japanese professional sport, tying late yokozuna Chiyonofuji’s second-most career victories. (Jiji)

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have watched volunteers hoisting sails on the iconic Japanese sailboat, the Nippon Maru. (NHK)

Japan Coast Guard officials say 2 Chinese patrol ships have entered Japanese territorial waters off the country’s northeast. (NHK)

Taiwan has decided in principle to lift a ban since 2001 on beef imported from Japan, action taken following the discovery there of cattle with mad cow disease, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement posted Monday on its website. (Japan Today)

Spectators, including many tourists, enjoyed a parade of colorfully decorated floats at the annual Gion Festival in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto on Monday. (NHK)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 64-year-old man following a stabbing incident that left one man injured in Taito Ward on Sunday, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

Popular actor Ken Watanabe, 57, has publicly admitted that he had been in an extramarital affair as rumored since earlier this year. (Japan Today)

Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 34-year-old man in the alleged sexual assault of a female Korean tourist at a short-term stay accommodation operated by the suspect on Saturday, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

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