September 29, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Mr. Yamaguchi Hiroaki

1.The leaders of Japan and China have stressed the importance of developing bilateral ties for a new era as their countries marked 50 years since normalizing diplomatic relations. Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged messages on the 50th anniversary on Thursday.
2.The US space agency NASA has released footage of the aftermath of its first-ever planetary defense test, designed to see whether asteroids and other celestial bodies can be prevented from colliding with the Earth. NASA on Monday crashed a 570-kilogram spacecraft into Dimorphos, an asteroid with a diameter of roughly 160 meters located about 11 million kilometers away from Earth. The test’s aim was to see whether the impact could change the asteroid’s orbit.
3.Japan’s Lower House Speaker Hosoda Hiroyuki has admitted attending gatherings hosted by a group related to the controversial former Unification Church. Hosoda made the admission in a comment released through his office on Thursday. He had been quiet on the matter despite reports that he had attended such meetings and calls from the opposition to explain himself.