POLITICS – 4

Dec 01
The Japanese government plans to raise its fiscal spending to more than 10 trillion yen ( billion) in economic measures that will be finalized in early December, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)

Nov 30
South Korea is expanding its screening team for strategic exports by 50% to 45 members on Jan. 1, in response to Japanese concerns that chipmaking chemicals shipped to the country were being leaked for military use.
(Nikkei)

Nov 29
Former Japanese prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone has died. He was known for forging strong ties with the US and privatizing industries. (NHK)

Nov 29
Japanese officials say North Korea launched two ballistic missiles on Thursday afternoon. (NHK)

Nov 28
Japan’s Foreign Ministry says a Japanese man in his 50s has been in the custody of Chinese authorities in the southern inland province of Hunan since July. (NHK)

Nov 28
Some Japanese lawmakers giggled this week during a drill to practice the use of disaster prevention helmets, at least one of which was put on backwards, prompting Twitter users to question if they were making light of a life-and-death matter. (Japan Today)

Nov 28
The government is considering incorporating more part-timers into the employee pension program by requiring companies with smaller workforces to participate, according to government sources. (Japan Times)

Nov 25
The approval rating of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet declined 7 points from last month to 50% in the latest Nikkei-TV Tokyo survey, taking a hit from the controversy over supporters being invited to a government-funded event to view cherry blossoms. (Nikkei)

Nov 24
Pope Francis is in Nagasaki — a city that was devastated by an atomic bomb during the Second World War. Here is part of his message of peace, delivered from ground zero. (NHK)

Nov 24
South Korea’s decision to salvage a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan provides relief to those concerned over a breakdown in security cooperation between the neighbors in the face of missile threats from North Korea. (Japan Today)