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Kishida aims to pursue pandemic measures, ‘new capitalism’ in tandem

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged in his policy speech upon convening the ordinary Diet session Monday to not only handle the pandemic, but also double “investment in human resources.”   Kishida stressed in his speech to both chambers of the Diet to implement “unambiguous measures based on the characteristics of the omicron variant” of the novel coronavirus. The aim is….Read more

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Kishida gears up for test of mettle in parliament ahead of key election

BY SATOSHI SUGIYAMA, STAFF WRITER   2022 is the Year of the Tiger and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida appears ready to go on the attack. The Upper House election, slated for July, will be his most important battle.   “I believe that this year we will face major issues such as the coronavirus response, economic revival, diplomacy and security,” Kishida….Read more

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Editorial: Kishida must take initiative in fight against pandemic to revitalize economy

For the future vision to be mapped out, the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country must be contained. The government needs to flexibly deal with the pandemic and take every possible measure to revive the economy.   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivered his policy speech to both chambers of the Diet. “First of all, we will devote all….Read more

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Hayashi vows to beef up Japan-U.S. alliance for Indo-Pacific peace

TOKYO – Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi pledged Monday to beef up Japan’s alliance with the United States while strengthening the country’s defense capabilities to ensure peace in the Indo-Pacific region, amid China’s growing military clout.   “We will further boost the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. alliance, and for that purpose, Japan will need to strengthen its defense capabilities….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 3:03 p.m.
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Japan will not seek immigration law amendment before summer election

The government of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is unlikely to submit a bill to amend rules on how to accommodate foreigners facing deportation to a parliament session starting later this month for fear of a public backlash before the upper house election in the summer, government sources said Sunday.   The administration of Kishida’s predecessor, Yoshihide Suga, withdrew a….Read more

  • January 9, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 9:32 p.m.
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Japan govt to limit number of bills before election

Tokyo, Jan. 6 (Jiji Press)–Japan will limit the number of bills to be submitted during the upcoming regular session of the Diet, the country’s parliament, ahead of a national election, informed sources said Thursday.   The government plans to submit 61 bills during the session from Jan. 17 as it looks difficult to extend the session significantly ahead of this….Read more

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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

With the resignation of Upper House member Yamada Shuji of the Liberal Democratic Party, the strength of the House of Councillors in-house groups is now as follows.    

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Efforts to enact Japanese version of Magnitsky Act stalled

Sunday’s Sankei led with a report on parliamentary moves to pass a Japanese version of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which allows the U.S. government to sanction foreign government officials believed to be human rights offenders, saying that the momentum has apparently waned under the Kishida administration even though an influential LDP lawmaker was tapped by the premier….Read more

  • December 26, 2021
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Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives

On Dec. 22, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) notified the Lower House Secretariat that Nishino Daisuke (Kumamoto district no. 2), who was elected in the October Lower House election as an independent, has joined the LDP in-house group. Nishino joined the LDP as of Dec. 7.    The strength of the House of Representatives in-house groups is now as follows.….Read more

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Editorial: Diet will have its hands full after the year-end break

The extraordinary session of the Diet that wound up Dec. 21 provided the first opportunity for the ruling and opposition parties to lock horns since the Lower House election in October.   During the session, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito used their majority to pass a draft extra budget for fiscal 2021 worth an eye-popping 35.9 trillion yen ($320….Read more

  • December 22, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:05 p.m.
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