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 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 10
Haruka Kuwabara, at 31 currently the youngest mayor in Japan, was welcomed with flowers and applause by municipal employees in Tsunan, Niigata Prefecture, on Monday, her first day in office. (Japan Times)

Jul 10
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will provide financial support to areas in western Japan that have been battered by record-breaking torrential rains.
(NHK)

Jul 06
A Japanese court has ordered the government to grant refugee status to a Sri Lankan man who entered Japan 12 years ago after fleeing his country’s civil war. (NHK)

Jul 06
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed determination to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the issue of the North’s abductions of Japanese. (NHK)