Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has reshuffled his Cabinet in an attempt to boost his government’s popularity. He appointed a record five women as ministers and hopes that this will increase support for his administration and his Liberal Democratic Party. The reshuffle is also seen as preparation for the next House of Representatives election and the LDP presidential race in 2024. Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Russia to discuss expanding their military cooperation. They are expected to focus on supporting Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles ahead of the Kim-Putin talks. The G-7 foreign ministers condemned Russia for conducting elections in Ukrainian regions that it has “illegally occupied.” In Libya, thousands of people are feared dead due to flooding caused by storms. The death toll could reach the thousands, and around 10,000 people are still missing. More than 20 Japanese have been detained in Cambodia for alleged fraud. They were using an apartment in Phnom Penh as their base. Taiwan’s defense ministry reported that China is strengthening its military capabilities along its coastline facing Taiwan. This is part of China’s efforts to gain air superiority in the case of a war with Taiwan. Finally, there has been an increase in hacked YouTube channels in Japan, with cybercriminals targeting personal computers to steal personal information and passwords for cybercrimes.
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