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  • October 7, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the finding that PM Kishida is planning to stress in his first policy speech to be delivered on Friday the need for all Cabinet members Cabinet to listen to the voices of the people (NHK), complaints on social media about being “forced” to return to the office after the lifting of the state of emergency (NTV), a how-to guide for attending large-scale events after the lifting of the state of emergency (TBS), and a press conference held by the Japan Pension Service over an incident in which it sent erroneous notices of pension payments to about 970,000 people in Aichi, Mie, and Fukuoka (Fuji TV, TV Asahi). 

 

Top stories in national dailies included a behind-the-scenes story about Kishida’s victory in the LDP presidential election (Asahi), the GOJ’s feasibility test for easing the COVID restrictions on major sports and other events (Mainichi), excess COVID-19 vaccine doses held by advanced nations that are at risk of expiring (Nikkei), a surge in gasoline prices (Yomiuri), and Tokyo prosecutors’ plan to probe a possible breach of trust case involving a member of Nihon University’s executive board (Sankei). 

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