POLITICS – 4

Dec 11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do all he can to ensure the smooth operation of a new program that will bring more foreign workers to the country.
(NHK)

Dec 09
A Chinese court has sentenced a Japanese woman to six years in prison for spying, a source privy to bilateral relations said Saturday. (Japan Today)

Dec 09
The Diet on Saturday approved an economic partnership agreement with the European Union that’s set to create a free trade bloc accounting for 30 percent of world output.
(Japan Times)

Dec 08
Japan’s ruling coalition has pushed a controversial bill through the Diet with just a few days left before the current session ends. It will allow more foreign workers into the country.
(NHK)

Dec 08
The Japanese government plans to revise the rules for its procurement of telecommunications equipment to take into consideration the risks related to national security.
(NHK)

Dec 02
The leaders of Japan and Russia are holding talks in Argentina. They are expected to discuss a mechanism to speed up negotiations on a peace treaty.
(NHK)

Dec 01
Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito, has raised the question about the use of public funds for a ritual following next year’s Imperial succession.
(NHK)

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)