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  • December 30, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the number of new COVID-19 cases in Japan reaching 501 yesterday, exceeding 500 for the first time since Oct. 16 (NHK), 103 new cases confirmed at airports yesterday (TBS), and 76 new cases confirmed in Tokyo yesterday, half of which were “breakthrough infections” (TV Asahi).   

 

Lead stories in national papers included the possibility of Japan equipping its MSDF submarines with long-range cruise missiles (Yomiuri), various overseas reports pointing to a low risk of hospitalization for Omicron (Asahi), 70% of CEOs of Japanese companies saying in a survey that the Japanese economy is expanding (Nikkei), the finding that the United States urged Japan to review its laws to enable it to export low-level nuclear waste (Mainichi), and the possibility of Japan and Australia revising their joint declaration on security cooperation (Sankei). 

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