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Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 7

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TOKYO -- One man and one woman were killed and two others injured on Thursday night in a knife attack in Tokyo, local police said.

The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. local time at the Tomioka Hachimangu Shinto shrine in Koto Ward, Tokyo.

The four victims were believed to be associated with the shrine. (Japan-Knife Attack-Toll)

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BANGKOK -- Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan is legally obliged to clarify his possession of a luxury watch and a diamond ring in 30 days, said a senior government official on Thursday.

Prawit, who concurrently acts as defense minister, is legally bound to make a clarification over his Richard Mille RM029 watch, said to cost an average of 2.6 million baht (about 77,000 U.S. dollars) and his diamond ring, according to Worawit Sukbun, deputy secretary general of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. (Thailand-Deputy PM-Assets)

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TOKYO -- An object possibly from a U.S. military aircraft fell on the roof of a nursery in Ginowan, Japan's Okinawa prefecture, on Thursday, rekindling safety concerns among local residents over the United States bases.

The cylindrical object, about 9.5 cm long and 7.5 cm in diameter, fell on the roof of the nursery when a U.S. military CH-53 transport helicopter was flying in the area, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The object had on it a sign in English that reads "Remove before flight," said media reports. (Japan-US Military Flight-Safety Concern)

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MANILA -- An estimated 2.7 million Philippine families or 11.8 percent have experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months, the latest result of a social survey in the country revealed on Thursday.

The survey, conducted by Social Weather Station (SWS), a polling firm, from September 23 to September 27 among 1,500 adult respondents nationwide showed a 2.3 percentage increase from 9.5 percent, or an estimated 2.2 million families, over the previous three months.

The latest data is also 1.2 percentage point higher than the 10.6 percent that was recorded during the same period last year. (Philippines-Survey-Hunger)

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ISLAMABAD -- At least 13 people were killed after a boat carrying over 50 pilgrims overturned off Pakistan's southern district of Thatta in Sindh province on Thursday, an official said.

"At least 20 others have been rescued so far," Deputy Commissioner of Thatta Mirza Nasir Baig said, adding that more than 50 pilgrims were on their way to partake in an annual festival of a local saint whose shrine is located on an small island in the Arabian Sea near Thatta district in the province. (Pakistan-Boat Capsizal-Toll) Enditem