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  • December 9, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the fourth case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Japan (NHK, TBS, TV Asahi), Japanese entrepreneur Maezawa Yusaku’s arrival at the International Space Station, where he is expected to stay for 12 days (NTV), and Empress Masako’s 58th birthday today (Fuji TV). 


Top items in national dailies included Prime Minister Kishida’s remarks at the Diet yesterday on a plan to distribute economic relief payments to parents of minors aged 18 or younger, a GOJ plan to revise a law governing tax accountants to prevent them from avoiding disciplinary action, a lawsuit filed by a U.S. firm against Toyota, Honda, and GM over its patents related to “connected vehicles”—cars that can connect with various devices via wireless networks — and the Kishida administration’s plan to have the Children’s Affairs Agency take the lead in creating a database of teachers who have been involved in sexual offenses in the past. 

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