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Highlights of interpellations at Lower House Budget Committee, Oct. 30 

Below are summaries of the questions and answers at the intensive session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee on Oct. 30. The following Diet members asked questions: Takeo Kawamura from the Liberal Democratic Party; Yukio Edano, Goshi Hosono, and Junya Ogawa from the Democratic Party of Japan; Yorihisa Matsuno, Masato Imai, and Tomohiko Kinoshita from the Japan Innovation Party;….Read more

  • October 31, 2014
  • , Yomiuri
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Editorial: Public to pass judgment on Henoko plan in Okinawa gubernatorial election  

The official campaign begins today for the Okinawa gubernatorial election, the first gubernatorial election since Governor Hirokazu Nakaima granted the government permission to reclaim land for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture) to the Henoko district in Nago City. In the election, the public will pass judgment on the appropriateness of….Read more

  • October 30, 2014
  • , Mainichi
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Prime minister’s schedule on Aug. 17, 2022

  • August 18, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 5
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Japan-China combat may occur in Taiwan contingency: expert

Tokyo, Aug. 17 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese defense expert has warned of the possibility of a clash between Japanese and Chinese forces in the event of China’s invasion of Taiwan.   “If China were to invade Taiwan by force, it would create a sea and air blockade over a wide area. The Ryukyu Islands would therefore be placed under the control….Read more

  • August 17, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:25 p.m.
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Komeito temporarily abandons its “pro-China” stance

Komeito is wracking its brains over the distance it should set with China. Since its founding in 1964, Komeito has built close ties with the Communist Party of China (CPC) and taken pride in its role as a bridge in building friendly ties between Japan and China. But the bilateral relationship has turned sour despite the fact that this year….Read more

  • August 18, 2022
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Bonds between LDP, Unification Church date back half a century

Since the suspect in the slaying of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed a grudge against the Unification Church, the relationship between the organization and the ruling Liberal Democrat Party is increasingly coming to light.   Interviews with current and former LDP lawmakers and people close to the Unification Church, now formally called the Family Federation for World Peace and….Read more

  • August 17, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:42 p.m.
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LDP policy chief visited Unification Church-linked facility

TOKYO – Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Koichi Hagiuda visited a facility linked to the controversial Unification Church in June, accompanying ruling party candidate Akiko Ikuina ahead of the upper house election, Ikuina’s office said Wednesday.   Hagiuda, then industry minister, and Ikuina, who was elected in the House of Councillors election on July 10 in the Tokyo constituency, visited….Read more

  • August 17, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 8:43 p.m.
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Prime minister’s schedule on Aug. 16, 2022

  • August 17, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 5
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Church ties cited in 40% of senior administrative positions

About 40 percent of newly appointed senior vice ministers and parliamentary secretaries and another Cabinet member acknowledged having ties to the Unification Church or its related organizations, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.   Justice Minister Yasuhiro Hanashi on Aug. 15 said he was interviewed by an organization linked with the Unification Church, which is now formally called the Family Federation….Read more

  • August 16, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun
  • English Press

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Casino bill unlikely to be enacted during current Diet session 

Many ruling party members now think it will be difficult to enact the bill to promote the establishment of integrated resorts during the current Diet session. Deliberations on the bill have been suspended since two female ministers stepped down. In addition, many members of the Komeito party are calling for caution on legalizing casino gambling. Attention is now focused on….Read more

  • October 30, 2014
  • , Asahi , p.4
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