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Kishida looking to visit U.S. this year  

Saturday’s Yomiuri ran an interview with Prime Minister Kishida on Friday in which he said he hoped to visit Washington this year for talks with President Biden “as early as possible.” On his administration’s plan to update the 2013 National Security Strategy, the prime minister said he is considering incorporating in an updated document a provision to allow the SDF….Read more

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Blue-ribbon commission launched to look into “new capitalism”  

All national papers wrote on Saturday that the GOJ formally endorsed on Friday Prime Minister Kishida’s plan to establish a panel of leading scholars, businesspersons, and others tasked with devising measures to ensure a sustainable cycle between economic growth and wealth distribution, saying that seven out of the 15 members are women, including an entrepreneur in her 30s and the….Read more

  • October 16, 2021
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Assistant CCS Kihara: It is vital to increase defense budget to 2% of GDP or more

Referring to the policies recently announced by the Liberal Democratic Party with its campaign pledges, Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara Seiji commented at a Oct. 13 press conference on the policy statement that the party will aim to raise the defense budget possibly to 2% of GDP or more. “It is extremely important that we greatly enhance our defense capabilities….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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Female entrepreneur to join GOJ panel on “new capitalism” 

Sankei focused on Prime Minister Kishida’s plan to launch a blue-ribbon commission tasked with putting together recommendations for devising a “new form of capitalism,” projecting that a half of its members will be women, including a 37-year-old CEO who manages a startup using artificial intelligence to increase job productivity. Pointing out that the lineup of the taskforce will be announced early next….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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LDP announces campaign platform for general election 

All national dailies reported on the LDP’s announcement on Tuesday of its campaign platform for the general election slated for Oct. 31, including a pledge to focus on economic growth and redistribution of wealth. The platform also contains measures against COVID-19 including the facilitation of vaccination and provision of financial aid to people hit hardest by the pandemic. Another plank in the platform focuses on strengthening economic security. Positing the U.S.-Japan alliance as the….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
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Interview: Japan minister calls coronavirus aid for farmers insufficient

Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s new Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Genjiro Kaneko has said the support measures that have been offered to domestic farmers, forestry workers and fishers struggling amid the novel coronavirus crisis have been insufficient.     “Taking measures to mitigate the fallout of the pandemic is currently our most urgent task. We’ll consider our responses for the….Read more

  • October 11, 2021
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PM Kishida pledges in policy speech to realize a “new form of capitalism”  

All national dailies reported extensively on Saturday on Prime Minister Kishida’s first policy speech delivered to both houses of the Diet on Friday. Kishida stressed that measures against COVID-19 are his top priority and pledged to work on revising the law to make it easier for the government to impose restrictions on people’s movements and secure medical resources. The premier….Read more

  • October 9, 2021
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Kishida stresses his focus on “dialogue” to differentiate himself from Abe, Suga  

Saturday’s Yomiuri wrote that in his first policy speech PM Kishida stressed  a stance of focusing on dialogue, calling for “politics that can earn trust and empathy.” The paper wrote that Kishida aimed to distinguish himself from his predecessors, Abe and Suga, who pushed Kantei-led policy measures but often met with criticism for their lack of accountability. The paper added that….Read more

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Three out of five support Kishida cabinet 

Tuesday’s Sankei front-paged the results of a public opinion survey that put support for the Kishida administration at 63.2% and nonsupport at 27.4%. The approval rate increased by almost 21 points from the last poll conducted in mid-September under Suga administration. While support for the ruling LDP stood at 45.3%, that of the CDPJ was 6.4%. Asked which party they….Read more

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