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  • December 21, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the finding that a support organization of Okayama Governor Ibaragi had been receiving donations from the governor’s father in excess of the limit on the donations (NHK), the start of COVID-19 booster shots in Japan (NTV), 14 new cases of the Omicron variant confirmed at airports yesterday (TBS), the sudden death of singer/actor Kanda Sayaka (Fuji TV), and the cluster of COVID-19 infections at Camp Hansen (TV Asahi). 


Top stories in national dailies included the Diet’s approval of a record 36 trillion-yen supplementary budget for fiscal 2021 (Yomiuri), the Hong Kong Council election on Sunday in which pro-Beijing candidates swept elected seats (Sankei), the arson at an Osaka mental clinic in which 24 people died (Mainichi), the application of new guidelines for workers’ compensation in the case of a man who died from overwork (Asahi), and a GOJ plan to review regulations on nursing home staffing to address their personnel shortages (Nikkei). 

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