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Minister says gov’t will draw up “effective” measures to empower all citizens

(Nikkei: October 28, 2015 – p. 4)    Katsunobu Kato, minister for promoting dynamic engagement of all citizens, gave an interview to Nikkei and other media outlets on Oct. 27. Regarding the urgent policies to be compiled by the end of November, he indicated that “they will consist mostly of measures that will directly lead to attaining the specific goals….Read more

  • 2015-10-28 15:00:00
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Interview with Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwaki

(Mainichi: October 27, 2015 – p. 5)    The Mainichi Shimbun interviewed new Minister of Justice Mitsuhide Iwaki on issues ranging from the acceptance of Syrian refugees to juvenile law and hate speech. Excerpts are as follows:    Q: With the Syrian refugee crisis becoming increasingly serious, it has been pointed out that Japan should not only extend financial support….Read more

  • 2015-10-27 15:00:00
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Minister for empowerment of all citizens: Women’s empowerment is core issue

(Yomiuri: October 23, 2015 – p. 4)    Katsunobu Kato, minister for the empowerment of all citizens, in an interview with Yomiuri Shimbun on Oct. 22, said: “The core issue in the empowerment of all citizens is the empowerment of women,” indicating great motivation to promote the employment and promotion of women by businesses.    He explained that the empowerment….Read more

  • 2015-10-23 15:00:00
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TPP Minister Amari: China will have to join TPP eventually

(Mainichi: October 22, 2015 – p. 7)    By Yusuke Matsukura    TPP Minister Akira Amari gave an interview to Mainichi Shimbun, where he indicated that China will have to join the TPP eventually for its future interest. Looking back on the tough negotiations, he stressed that Japan’s agriculture must strive to become an industry targeting overseas markets.    Q:….Read more

  • 2015-10-22 15:00:00
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Cabinet approval rises to 41%

(Asahi: October 20, 2015 – p. 1)    The Asahi Shimbun conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey across the nation on Oct. 17-18. The rate of public support for Prime Minister Abe and his cabinet was 41%, rising from the 35% rating in the spot public opinion survey conducted across the nation on Sept. 19-20. The nonsupport rate was 40%….Read more

  • 2015-10-20 15:00:00
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Interview with Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii

(Sankei: October 14, 2015 – p. 11)    Question: How do you plan to realize “the affluent and more convenient society,” which you referred to in your inaugural press conference?    Keiichi Ishii, minister of land, infrastructure, transport and Tourism: After the war, urbanization spread to the suburbs in Japan, but this is inefficient in a nation with a shrinking….Read more

  • 2015-10-15 15:00:00
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Interview with Education Minister Hiroshi Hase

(Yomiuri: October 15, 2015 – p. 4)    Question: What’s the outlook for the new National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020?    Hiroshi Hase, minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology: I’m focusing on the fact that the stadium will be built in the center of a large city. Of course, I hope for a successful Olympics.….Read more

  • 2015-10-15 15:00:00
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TPP Minister Amari dismisses possibility of renegotiating TPP deal

(Mainichi: October 13, 2015 – p. 6)    TPP Minister Akira Amari gave an interview to Mainichi Shimbun and other media outlets on Oct. 9. Commenting on remarks by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, that she “does not support the TPP at this point,” Amari stated: “I think this was part of her….Read more

  • 2015-10-13 15:00:00
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TPP Minister Amari on importance of “strong agriculture”

(Yomiuri: October 10, 2015 – p. 8)    TPP Minister Akira Amari, who has been retained in the third Abe cabinet, gave an interview to Yomiuri Shimbun and other media outlets on Oct. 9. Amari, who was instrumental in reaching the basic TPP agreement, emphasized the importance of “strong agriculture” that can motivate young people.  Agriculture is a growth industry….Read more

  • 2015-10-13 15:00:00
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Companies traveling with Foreign Minister Kishida in Iran

(Nikkei: October 10, 2015 – p. 2)   Major corporations among   the 22 companies/organizations   accompanying the foreign minister in Iran Energy: INPEX Corporation, JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. Engineering: Chiyoda Corporation, Toyo Engineering Corporation Automobiles: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Medical care: Fujifilm Holdings Corporation Trading Companies: Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Corporation,….Read more

  • 2015-10-13 15:00:00
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