June 14, Wednesday, 2023

1. Two Self-Defense Force members have died and another was injured in a shooting incident in Gifu city, central Japan. An SDF candidate in his teens have been arrested. The suspect reportedly started shooting with an automatic rifle shortly after training began at the Ground SDF’s Hino Basic Shooting Range around 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
2. Yakusho Koji won Best Actor Award at this year’s Canne International Film Festival for his role in the movie “Perfect Days.” Back home in Japan, he spoke to reporters about his part and said the film by German director Wim Wenders is a good example for Japanese productions to follow. “Perfect Days” is set in Shibuya, Tokyo. Yakusho plays the protagonist, a silent and meticulous cleaner of public restrooms. 3. The UN refugee agency estimates that an unprecedented number of around 110 million people have been forcibly displaced due to conflict, persecution and human rights violations as of the end of May. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees released its Global Trends in Forced Displacement 2022 report ahead of UN-designated World Refugee Day on June 20.