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Gov’t provides 7.8 billion yen in political subsidies

On Oct. 20, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) disbursed a total of 7.884 billion yen to nine political parties in the third tranche of government subsidies for 2022 (31.53600 billion yen in total) to nine political parties except for the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), which did not apply for a subsidy. The amount was recalculated based on….Read more

  • October 21, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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SECURITY

Komeito party positive about allowing greater transfer of defense equipment

Nikkei, Sankei, and Yomiuri took up remarks made to the press yesterday by Komeito Deputy Chief Representative Kitagawa, who suggested that his party is open to easing the present three-point rule related to the export of defense hardware to foreign partners to enable Japan’s defense contractors to continue producing defense hardware for years to come. “It’s okay to look into….Read more

  • October 21, 2022
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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POLITICS

Editorial: Build strategy to enhance Japan’s deterrence

In addition to mounting military tensions around Japan, new threats such as sophisticated missiles and cyber-attacks have been increasing. The ruling parties should present measures to strengthen Japan’s defense capabilities that face up to reality.   The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito have begun talks on revising three security-related documents, including the government’s national security strategy.….Read more

  • October 19, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 11:42 p.m.
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DPFP submits bill on economic security to Upper House

On Oct. 18, the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP) submitted to the Upper house a lawmaker-sponsored bill on economic security that calls for the establishment of a “security clearance” mechanism. Since the economic security promotion act, which was enacted in the ordinary Diet session, does not have a provision on security clearance, the party aims to facilitate discussions on….Read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Kishida, Suga, other LDP heavyweights to form group

Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, his immediate predecessor Yoshihide Suga and other senior members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will launch a parliamentarians’ group on Monday to promote carbon reductions, sources familiar with the matter told Jiji Press Wednesday.   Those LDP heavyweights, also including former party Secretary-General Akira Amari, will take part in the….Read more

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LDP to launch parliamentary group to discuss carbon neutral goals

Nikkei wrote that the LDP will launch as early as Oct. 24 a new group of its Diet members to discuss how to achieve Japan’s carbon neutral goals under the initiative of Prime Minister Kishida and his predecessor Suga. The paper wrote that the group is planning to discuss such issues as how to utilize domestic bio and synthetic fuels….Read more

  • October 20, 2022
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Prime Minister Kishida launches probe into Unification Church amid slumping approval ratings

By Shin Torizuka and Shinsuke Uemura / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer   Fears of a further decline in the Cabinet’s approval rating have spurred Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to order an investigation into the Unification Church, officially known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.   Despite unease within the government about conducting an investigation, feelings shared by….Read more

  • October 19, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 6:00 a.m.
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Opposition party Ishin no Kai members wary of getting too close with CDPJ

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) has been struggling to manage its relationship with the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan as they work together to draft a counterproposal for the extraordinary Diet session, with some Ishin no Kai members concerned that a close relationship with the CDPJ could lead to the defection of supporters.   On Monday, the two….Read more

SECURITY

Top LDP lawmaker comments on counterstrike capabilities

NHK reported on the imminent start of discussions by the ruling coalition panel of senior LDP and Komeito officials on the Kishida administration’s plan to fundamentally bolster defense capabilities. LDP Secretary General Motegi, a member of the panel, commented on its work by saying: “We will exchange views on the counterstrike capabilities that the SDF must possess. Discussions will largely….Read more

  • October 18, 2022
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POLITICS

Matsuno’s presence grows thanks to trust of Kishida and Kasumigaseki

“He’s the lowest-profile chief cabinet secretary the government has ever had.”   This is how people describe Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu. But recently he is garnering more and more appreciation not only from Prime Minister Kishida Fumio but also from bureaucrats in Kasumigaseki. Though he is a senior member of the Abe faction, the largest faction in the Liberal….Read more

  • October 1, 2022
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