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Gist of interpellations at Upper House plenary session, Nov. 22, 2022

The following is the gist of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s responses to interpellations at the plenary session of the House of Councillors on Nov. 22, 2022:   Resignations of cabinet ministers   Ozawa Masahito (Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan): Former Economic Revitalization Minister Yamagiwa Daishiro and former Justice Minister Hanashi Yasuhiro resigned right after they refused to do so (during….Read more

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Gist of Prime Minister Kishida’s responses to interpellations at Lower House plenary session, Nov. 21, 2022

The following is the gist of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s responses to interpellations at the plenary session of the House of Representatives on Nov. 21, 2022:   Resignations of cabinet ministers   Yoshida Harumi (Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan): We have never heard of three cabinet ministers having been dismissed in less than a month.   Prime Minister Kishida Fumio:….Read more

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Japan finance chief vows all-out efforts to fight inflation

TOKYO – Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said Monday the government will do all it can to cope with the cost of living crisis to put the economy on a higher growth path, as he sought parliamentary approval for an extra budget to fund an economic package.   In his speech to parliament after the government submitted the 28.9 trillion yen ($206….Read more

  • November 21, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 3:15 p.m.
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Matsuno apologizes for resignation of justice minister

NHK reported that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno attended a meeting of the Lower House Steering Committee today to brief its members on the recent resignation of Justice Minister Hanashi. The top Kantei official said Prime Minister Kishida accepted Hanashi’s offer to resign. Hanashi told the premier that he would step down to prevent his “careless remarks” on the death penalty….Read more

  • November 15, 2022
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Extraordinary Diet session to be extended

Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Sankei reported that they learned on Monday that the GOJ and the ruling parties are working to extend the current extraordinary Diet session scheduled to end on Dec. 10 by about a week in order to ensure the passage of the second supplementary budget for FY2022 and new legislation to provide relief to the victims of the….Read more

  • November 15, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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Focus: Baba-led Osaka Ishin faces task of winning national support

Osaka, Nov. 10 (Jiji Press)–Nobuyuki Baba, the new leader of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), is facing a number of challenges, notably in laying a solid foundation of support within the party, in his bid to develop the party into Japan’s largest opposition force.     His immediate predecessor, Ichiro Matsui, plans to retire from politics when his term as….Read more

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Japan gov’t gave 9.55 mil. yen to Unification Church-linked NGO

TOKYO – Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Friday it provided around 9.55 million yen ($66,000) in official development assistance to a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the Unification Church in 2018 to build a women’s vocational training school in Senegal.   The decision was made because the ministry wanted “to contribute to the advancement of women in society” and “was not aware….Read more

  • November 11, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 6:47 p.m.
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Plummeting approval ratings prompt Kishida to shift course on relief for Unification Church victims

Asahi highlighted Prime Minister Kishida’s announcement yesterday on his agreement with Komeito Chief Representative Yamaguchi to submit legislation to the current Diet session on providing relief to victims of the former Unification Church. The paper said the premier and the ruling coalition had been hesitant to submit such legislation until recently on account of its constitutional implications with regard to….Read more

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Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives

On Nov. 1, Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) expelled Yoshida Toyofumi (Hokuriku-Shin’etsu proportional representation block) after he allegedly demanded 10 million yen in cash from first-time Ishin candidates running in the proportional representation segment of the July Upper House election. Yoshida had been advised to leave the party but did not do so by the deadline and so the party….Read more

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Court: July poll ‘unconstitutional’ due to difference in value of vote

SENDAI–The high court here ruled Nov. 1 that the Upper House election held in July with slightly more than a three-fold disparity in the value of a vote was unconstitutional.   It was the first such ruling in a series of lawsuits brought around the nation over the latest election.   So far, four rulings have declared the election was….Read more

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