POLITICS – 4

Jul 24
The Defense Ministry has newly estimated that the price tag of two land-based missile batteries Japan aims to deploy could cost around ¥400 billion (.6 billion), double the initial quotation, according to a government source. (Japan Times)

Jul 21
Japan’s Diet enacted a bill into law on integrated resorts, which include casinos, despite persistent objections from opposition parties.
(NHK)

Jul 20
Japan’s ruling coalition passed a casino resort bill through the Cabinet Committee of the House of Councillors on Thursday afternoon. (Jiji)

Jul 19
The Diet, Japan’s parliament, on Wednesday passed into law a bill to strengthen restrictions on smoking in public places in the fight against secondhand smoke. (Jiji)

Jul 19
Japan’s Diet has enacted legislation to reform the electoral system, including the addition of six seats to the 242-seat Upper House.
(NHK)

Jul 18
Japan and the European Union have signed a free trade deal in Tokyo after years of negotiations. The economic partnership agreement covers about 40 percent of the world’s trade and 30 percent of its gross domestic product. The EPA calls for Japan and the EU to remove tariffs on most of each other’s goods in phases.
(NHK)

Jul 16
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will provide financial support to areas in western Japan that were hit hard recently by record-high rainfall.
(NHK)

Jul 16
The government has launched a nationwide probe into allegations that foreign residents are abusing the public health insurance system, according to sources familiar with the matter. (Japan Times)

Jul 12
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Okayama Prefecture Wednesday to see firsthand the damage, such as burst dikes and landslides, that recent torrential rain inflicted on the western Japan prefecture. (Jiji)

Jul 12
The House of Councillors passed on Wednesday an amendment bill to the public offices election law calling for increasing the number of seats in the upper chamber of Japan’s Diet by six from the current 242. (Jiji)