POLITICS – 2

Nov 27
The Lower House of the Diet has passed a bill to accept more foreign workers to help address Japan’s serious labor shortages.
(NHK)

Nov 27
Japan’s government is considering tweaking its method for calculating defense spending, amid calls by the United States for allies to shoulder more of the burden.
(NHK)

Nov 17
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remarks on the possible return of 2 of the 4 Russian-held islands at the center of a long-running territorial dispute.
(NHK)

Nov 16
On 14 October, the Minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Yoshitaka Sakurada was questioned by opposition party members in the Japanese Diet. In one particular exchange with Constitutional Democratic Party member Masato Imai he made a surprising revelation. (soranews24.com)

Nov 14
Japan’s government has projected up to 47,000 foreign workers could come to the country in fiscal 2019 under proposed revisions to the immigration law.
(NHK)

Nov 14
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged greater cooperation with the United States on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Abe met US Vice President Mike Pence in Tokyo on Tuesday.
(NHK)

Nov 10
Japan’s justice minister says foreign workers who don’t pay their social insurance premiums may be kicked out of the country.
(NHK)

Nov 09
U.S. President Donald Trump’s combative relationship with the media was on full display Wednesday as he shouted and ranted at reporters in a news conference that led to the suspension of a CNN reporter. (Japan Times)

Nov 04
Japanese government sources have told NHK the United States will allow Japan to temporarily continue importing crude oil from Iran, after the reinstatement of US sanctions.
(NHK)

Nov 03
Two Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets came into contact during a training exercise, but the pilots were unharmed.
(NHK)