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TOKYO, Oct. 20 Kyodo

---------- Malaysia's Najib tightens grip on party as loyalists win poll

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak consolidated his grip over the ruling party as his loyalists returned to power in the party poll according to results announced early Sunday.

The United Malays National Organization, the biggest party in the 13-party National Front coalition that has ruled the country since its independence 52 years ago, held its triennial party poll on Saturday to elect three vice presidents and 25 members to the supreme council, the party's highest decision-making body.

---------- Mizuho eyes special organization to prevent shady loans

TOKYO - Mizuho Bank is considering setting up a special organization to prevent the recurrence of lending to organized crime groups, sources close to the matter said Sunday.

The banking unit of Mizuho Financial Group Inc. also eyes inviting an outside board member to strengthen supervision for the same purpose, according to the sources.

---------- Fukushima mothers' chorus sings for New York audience

NEW YORK - Around 140 members of the Fukushima Mothers' Chorus Association performed at the second Japan-U.S. Chorus Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Saturday.

"To sing our songs to the world in this grand hall with our heads held high was wonderful. We will rebuild Fukushima," Yuko Miyake, chairperson of the chorus, said in an interview after the concert.

---------- Evacuation advisory still in effect on disaster-hit Izu Oshima

TOKYO - The evacuation advisory issued to some 2,300 residents on Izu Oshima Island was retained on Sunday morning as expected heavy rain could worsen the situation on the island where a powerful typhoon left 27 dead and 21 missing earlier in the week.

The island south of Tokyo had heavy rainfall Sunday morning. The Japan Meteorological Agency forecast precipitation of about 40 millimeters per hour in the afternoon and warned of mudslides.

---------- 3 Chinese ships continue sailing near Senkakus

NAHA, Japan - Three Chinese coast guard ships were seen sailing Sunday around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said.

The three vessels were also seen around the Japanese-controlled islet chain claimed by China on Saturday.

---------- PM Abe likely to visit Yasukuni Shrine by year-end: LDP aide

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to visit the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine by year-end, an aide in his ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Sunday.

"The prime minister has repeated that there is no change in his feeling about the shrine," said Koichi Hagiuda, a House of Representatives member who is serving as special aide to Abe in the latter's role as LDP chief.

---------- Self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu in Philippines dies at 75

MANILA - The self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu in the Philippines who tried to reignite the country's dormant territorial claim to Malaysian-controlled Sabah died early Sunday, his daughter said.

Sultan Jamalul Kiram III died at age 75 at a Manila hospital due to organ failure, Jacel Hasan said in an interview on dzBB radio, adding her father had been battling kidney problems.

---------- M4.4 quake hits Ibaraki, neighboring prefectures

TOKYO - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4 shook Ibaraki and its neighboring prefectures Sunday morning.

No tsunami warning was issued after the 10:07 a.m. quake. Its focus was around 50 kilometers underground off the coast of Ibaraki in the Pacific Ocean, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

---------- State Minister Furuya visits Yasukuni Shrine

TOKYO - Keiji Furuya, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission and state minister in charge of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals, visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Sunday.

Furuya is the second member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet to visit the shrine during its four-day annual autumn festival from Thursday. Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Yoshitaka Shindo went to the shrine on Friday.

---------- All Chinese journalists to be taught not to write in favor of Japan

BEIJING - China's Communist Party has begun ordering all Chinese journalists not to be supportive of Japan when writing about territorial and historical issues between the two countries, participants of an ongoing mandatory training program said Saturday.

About 250,000 journalists who work for Chinese media organizations need to attend the nationwide training program to learn about such topics as the Marxist view on journalism, laws and regulations and norms in news gathering and editing.

---------- Empress turns 79, shows joy over crown princess' rare overseas trip

TOKYO - Empress Michiko, on the occasion of her 79th birthday on Sunday, expressed her joy over Crown Princess Masako's first official overseas trip in 11 years.

"I was truly happy that the Crown Princess was able to visit the Netherlands and return home safely," the empress said in a statement, referring to the princess' visit with Crown Prince Naruhito in April to attend Dutch Prince Willem-Alexander's coronation.

---------- Izu Oshima braces for more rain as 2,300 residents advised to evacuate

TOKYO - Izu Oshima Island braced itself for more heavy rain Saturday after being battered earlier in the week by a powerful typhoon that left 27 dead and 21 missing.

The municipal government of Oshima advised about 2,300 residents in some areas to evacuate as rainfall expected later in the day could worsen the situation on the disaster-hit island.

---------- Japan to deal with maritime, cyber threats: policy draft

TOKYO - A panel of experts set up by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has prepared a rough draft of national security policy guidelines, giving shape to changes in national defense that the Abe government is striving to implement, a source familiar with the matter said Saturday.

It states that Japan will deal with threats posed to its maritime interests, space and cyberspace, and address concerns aroused by China's military buildup and North Korea's nuclear and missile development.

---------- Highway pileup south of Manila leaves 20 dead

MANILA - A multiple vehicle accident on the Philippine main island Luzon early Saturday left 20 people dead and 58 others injured, officials said.

The disaster management office said the pileup on a national highway in Quezon Province south of Manila involved a 10-wheeler truck, a closed-van container truck, a jeepney, three passenger buses and two closed vans.
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