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  • December 17, 2021
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Lead items on TV networks included two new cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, (NHK, TBS), the forecast for heavy snow in northern Japan over the weekend (NTV), a road rage incident in Saitama (TV Asahi), and a traffic accident in Aichi (Fuji TV).


Top stories in national dailies included the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision on Wednesday to end its stimulus measures in March in light of rapid inflation (Yomiuri, Nikkei), the U.S. Senate’s approval on Wednesday of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the recommendation to invite Taiwan to the 2022 Rim of the Pacific Exercise (Sankei), the scandal over the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism’s alteration of statistical data on the volume of construction work ordered nationwide (Asahi), and the discovery that the hometown tax donation program led to deficits in many municipalities in fiscal 2020 (Mainichi).

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