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Kyodo news summary -8-

August 13, 2014


Suu Kyi's NLD pressures Myanmar's parliament to amend Constitution

YANGON - Myanmar's opposition party lead by Aung San Suu Kyi has jointly submitted to parliament the results of a recent nationwide signature campaign calling for the amendment of the "amendment procedure" of the Constitution, the party said Wednesday.

The National League for Democracy organized the signature campaign jointly with the country's top activist group, the 88 generation peace and open society, collecting nearly 5 million signatures from most parts of the country from May 27 to July 19.


Japanese banks racing to secure licenses to open branches in Myanmar

TOKYO - Japan's top three banks are racing to open branches in Myanmar as investments in the country by Japanese companies are increasing on the back of its booming economy.

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. and Mizuho Bank applied to the Myanmar government for banking licenses last month.


N. Korea minister says to expect abduction report in early Sept.

TOKYO - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong has told Japan that Pyongyang will deliver in early September the first report on its ongoing investigation into the fate of Japanese nationals abducted by its agents in the past, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.

The timing was conveyed to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during an exchange with Ri on Sunday in Myanmar, where both ministers were attending a regional security summit.


Japan protests Russia's military drills on disputed islands

TOKYO - Japan lodged a protest Wednesday with Russia over its military exercises on an islet chain off Hokkaido at the heart of a territorial dispute, government officials said.

The military exercises on two of the four disputed islands -- Etorofu and Kunashiri -- came despite Tokyo's earlier request to Moscow through diplomatic channels that they be canceled, according to the Foreign Ministry.


Ebola death toll grows to 1,069 in West Africa

GENEVA - The death toll from the Ebola virus, covering confirmed, probable and suspect cases, stood at 1,069 in the four affected West African countries as of Monday, up from 1,013 Saturday, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Guinea reported 377 deaths, the most, followed by Liberia with 355 and Sierra Leone with 334. Nigeria had three deaths, according to WHO. Infections including probable and suspect cases increased 128 since the last update to 1,975, the organization said.


5 Japanese among 11 injured in Swiss train derailment

GENEVA - Five Japanese passengers were among the 11 people who sustained injuries when a train was derailed by a landslide Wednesday in southeastern Switzerland, according to police and the Japanese Embassy.

The accident took place in the mountains near St. Moritz in the canton of Graubunden. Three cars derailed with one of them falling down a steep mountain slope about 10 meters before being stopped by trees.

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