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Ruling, opposition parties to give priority to ISIL hostage crisis in Diet business

(Yomiuri: January 27, 2015 – p. 4)    The 189th regular Diet session opened on Jan. 26, marking the start of deliberations by the ruling and opposition parties on economic policy, security legislation, and other issues. However, in light of the extremist Islamic State’s abduction of Japanese hostages, the ruling and opposition parties have shown their willingness to cooperate with….Read more

  • 2015-01-27 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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CCS Suga says security legislation to be submitted to Diet in May

(Yomiuri: January 27, 2015 – p. 2)    When asked about the timing for submission of security legislation that will enable Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga clearly stated yesterday at a press conference: “The government is considering presenting the legislation to the Diet after the (extended) consecutive holidays (in May).”    With….Read more

  • 2015-01-27 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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Summary of Finance Minister Aso’s fiscal policy remarks at Diet

(Sankei: January 27, 2015 – p. 11)    The Japanese economy has been recovering at a moderate pace, driven by Prime Minister Abe’s three-pronged economic stimulus — drastic monetary easing, flexible fiscal policy, and growth strategies aimed at stimulating private investment. But personal spending remains weak and the pace of economic recovery differs from region to region. The country’s gross….Read more

  • 2015-01-27 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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Infographic on Diet groupings

(Mainichi: January 27, 2015—p. 5)    

  • 2015-01-27 15:00:00
  • , Mainichi
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Focus of regular Diet session to be on agricultural reform, security legislation

(Mainichi: January 25, 2015 – p. 2)    The 189th ordinary session of the Diet will be convened on Jan. 26. With an eye on the unified local elections in April, the government and ruling parties hope to enact a supplementary budget for fiscal 2014 in the Diet in early February and a fiscal 2015 budget before the end of….Read more

  • 2015-01-26 15:00:00
  • , Mainichi
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People’s Life Party changes its name in both Diet houses

(Yomiuri: January 15, 2015 – p. 4)    The People’s Life Party, a parliamentary group in the House of Councillors, informed the Upper House Secretariat on Jan. 14 that Taro Yamamoto, formerly an independent lawmaker, has joined the group, and that the group’s name has been changed to the “People’s Life Party with Taro Yamamoto and His Friends.” The People’s….Read more

  • 2015-01-15 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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Infographic on Diet groupings

(Nikkei: January 11, 2015—p. 9)    

  • 2015-01-12 15:00:00
  • , Nikkei
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Editorial: Japan urged to work out measures to curb money laundering

(Nikkei: October 16, 2014 – p. 2) In its effort to strengthen measures to combat money laundering, the government has submitted in the current extraordinary Diet session a bill amending the Act on Prevention of Transfer of Criminal Proceeds and a new bill aimed at freezing terrorist assets in Japan. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international organization tasked….Read more

  • October 16, 2014
  • , Nikkei
  • JMH Translation

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Casino legislation straying off course

(Nikkei: October 11, 2014 – p. 4) The suprapartisan league of Diet members working to promote the establishment of integrated resorts is in disorder over the bill to legalize casinos. The league, chaired by Hiroyuki Hosoda, executive acting secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, initially came up with the policy of allowing only foreign nationals to gamble at casinos.….Read more

  • October 11, 2014
  • , Nikkei
  • JMH Translation

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PM Abe emphasizes economic impact of casino resorts

(Mainichi: October 9, 2014 – p. 5) In discussing legislation that would legalize casino gambling – a hot issue in the ongoing Diet session — at a meeting of the House of Councillors’ Budget Committee yesterday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed hope for the promotion of integrated resorts with casinos. He said, “As proved by a significant increase in the….Read more

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