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Editorial: Government’s new pandemic measures need fleshing out

In preparation for the next wave of novel coronavirus infections, the government has come up with the basic outline of its new pandemic response policy.   Assuming the worst-case scenario of the virus’ transmissibility reaching double the peak level of this past summer, the government is projecting a 20-percent increase in the number of patients requiring hospitalization and is setting up….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:10 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Colin Powell, last of the battle-hardened diplomats

KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asia chief desk editor   NEW YORK — U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office when aides came bearing news of a major development in Iraq.   It was April 9, 2003, and the Iraq invasion by American forces — not even a month old — was reaching a major milestone.….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 7:02 a.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Errors in vaccine database could delay digital certificate plan

By Nakajima Yoshikatsu, staff writer   Erroneous information on potentially hundreds of thousands of people was entered into the government’s COVID-19 vaccine database, which could delay its plans to start issuing digital vaccination certificates by year-end.   In some cases, the centrally managed vaccination recording system (VRS) contained no inoculation records of those who had actually received vaccine shots, according….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:05 p.m.
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SOCIETY

Japan’s Empress Emerita Michiko turns 87

Tokyo, Oct. 20 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Empress Emerita Michiko, wife of Emperor Emeritus Akihito, turned 87 on Wednesday.   She continued to avoid outings and refrain from inviting guests in the last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, spending peaceful days with the Emperor Emeritus at their Sento Kari Gosho temporary Imperial residence in Tokyo, according to the Imperial Household Agency.  ….Read more

POLITICS

Single-seat districts exacerbate difficulty in increasing female candidates

By Yamashita Go and Ose Kotaro, graphics by Kato Keitaro   According to a tally by the Asahi Shimbun, some single-seat electoral districts have a relatively high percentage of female candidates, such as Gifu No. 1 district (59%). Niigata no. 4 district (50%), Saitama No. 13 district (44%), Hokkaido No. 11 district (43%), and Gunma No. 5 and Fukui No.….Read more

  • October 18, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL

IMF official calls on Japan to promote science education for women

Washington, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Ranil Salgado, assistant director at the International Monetary Fund, called on Japan to promote science education for women to secure personnel for digitalization.     Small and midsize companies in Japan, which play a key role in economic growth, are falling behind in digitalization, Salgado, the IMF’s mission chief for the country, said in a recent interview….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:53 p.m.
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POLITICS > Elections

Women make up less than 18% of candidates in Japan general election

TOKYO — Women account for 17.7 percent of the candidates running in Japan’s Oct. 31 general election, a figure largely unchanged from the previous election despite government efforts to boost female representation in politics.   Of the 1,051 candidates contesting the 465 seats in the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber of parliament, only 186 are women, down 23….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 10:05 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Tokyo to end request for bars and restaurants to close early 

Nikkei and Sankei wrote in front-page articles that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided not to extend beyond Oct. 24 its request for bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol after 8 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. if they are certified for enforcing proper COVID-19 prevention and mitigation protocols. The establishments will be allowed to operate according to their regular business hours starting on Oct. 25 for the first time in almost 11 months, although the number of customers per table may….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei, Sankei
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SOCIETY > Crime

Court gives four-year prison sentence to U.S. base worker for attempted forcible intercourse

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that on Monday the Naha district court handed down a four-year prison sentence to a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force who was indicted on the charge of attempted forcible sexual intercourse with a Japanese woman with whom he was unacquainted in the early hours of April 17 this year. The defendant was….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Asylum seekers speak out about cruel detention in secretly shot film

By Kozuki Hideoki, staff writer   YAMAGATA–A film featuring secretly recorded interviews with detainees at an immigration facility in Ibaraki Prefecture sheds light on their inhumane long-term detentions as they wait for word on their refugee applications.    The film, “Ushiku,” directed by Thomas Ash, was screened on Oct. 9 in the Perspectives Japan program of the Yamagata International Documentary….Read more

  • October 11, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:07 p.m.
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