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Kishida denies remark on defense spending hike constitutes official commitment to U.S.

By Nobira Yuichi   At an Upper House Budget Committee meeting held on May 31, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio clarified that the remark he made at the recent Japan-U.S. summit that he was “determined to secure substantial increase of [Japan’s] defense budget” was not an “official commitment made to the U.S.” On the word “substantial” (soto-na in Japanese), the Prime….Read more

  • June 1, 2022
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Editorial: Abuse of reserves for emergencies jeopardizes fiscal democracy

One wonders if the Diet is abandoning its primary duty, which is mandated by the public.   A supplementary budget bill passed the Lower House on May 27. It compromises the foundations of public finance, which is abuse of emergency reserves by the government.   Deliberations in the lower chamber, however, seldom sought to apply the brakes to this unscrupulous….Read more


Kishida vows to reassure people amid soaring prices

Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday vowed to give people a sense of security at a time when the country faces soaring prices of crude oil and other goods.     “The (price) situation is unpredictable, and we will reassure people by swiftly responding to possible unexpected demand for fiscal spending that may arises under the….Read more

  • May 25, 2022
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Japanese officials working to increase defense spending

Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)–Japanese government and ruling coalition officials are working to substantially boost defense spending after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to do so during a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden in Tokyo Monday.     Kishida thinks that Japan’s security environment has grown increasingly challenging due to threats from China, Russia and North Korea.     His pledge….Read more


Japan Lower House speaker facing sexual harassment allegation

Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)–With only four weeks to go until the end of the ongoing session of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, opposition parties are poised to grill Hiroyuki Hosoda, speaker of the House of Representatives, the Diet’s lower chamber, over his alleged sexual harassment.   The allegation, which was reported by a weekly magazine, could become the first major….Read more


Japan lower house OKs bill to launch agency for children

Tokyo, May 17 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to set up a government agency for children and families, a signature policy of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.     At a plenary meeting, the lower chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament, approved the bill by a majority vote with support from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, its….Read more

  • May 17, 2022
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Former ministers of economy, trade and industry lend weight to discussions on hydrogen use

Hydrogen is reputed to be a “dream fuel” as it does not generate CO2 when burned. The Liberal Democratic Party began paying close attention to it in around 2013, when Toyota Motor announced the launch of the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle (FCV).   Back then, a “study group to promote the realization of a hydrogen society centered on….Read more

  • May 10, 2022
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Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives

On April 28, Reiwa Shinsengumi notified the Lower House Secretariat that Kushibuchi Mari (Tokyo proportional representation segment) has joined the parliamentary group. Kushibuchi moved up to fill the vacancy [left by the resignation of representative Yamamoto Taro] in April,   The strength of the House of Representatives in-house groups is now as follows.  


Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

On April 27, the “Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Voice of the People” parliamentary group notified the Upper House Secretariat that the LDP’s Miyamoto Shuji, who won the House of Councilors by-election in Ishikawa, has joined the parliamentary group.   The strength of the House of Councillors in-house groups is now as follows.  


PM Kishida’s “amicable Diet” turns opposition parties’ counterproposals against them

By Ogi Yuta   Only two months remain in the current ordinary Diet session, which is the first ordinary session since Kishida took office.    The Diet session, which ends on June 15, has been “amicable,” with little confrontation between the ruling and opposition parties. This is uncharacteristic for a Diet session leading up to an Upper House election.  ….Read more

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