November 15, Wednesday, 2023

1. The Israeli military has raided al-Shifa Hospital, the largest medical institution in the Gaza Strip. The military said on Wednesday that it is conducting what it calls a “precise and targeted operation” against the Islamic group Hamas in a specified area of the hospital. 2. Ministers from 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum have gathered in San Francisco. Japan’s Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi were among the attendees on Tuesday. Issues on the agenda included sustainable economic growth. Nishimura said it is important to seek a diverse and realistic path to achieve net zero emissions of greenhouse gases. 3. Families with young children gathered at Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano City, central Japan, on Wednesday to celebrate “Shichi-go-san,” the traditional rite of passage for kids. This custom involves boys aged 3 and 5 and girls aged 3 and 7 visiting a shrine or a Buddhist temple on November 15 to pray for their growth.