POLITICS – 5

Feb 13
The Japanese government plans to offer subsidies to face mask manufacturers to help them boost their production capacity.
(NHK)

Feb 10
On a chilly January afternoon in Yokohama, a 25-year-old IT company employee said what much of Japan is thinking: “I’m not expecting my salary and the economy to improve much.” (Nikkei)

Feb 09
Japan’s Cabinet will approve next week emergency measures against a new coronavirus to strengthen screenings and provide financial support to the tourism industry, a source close to the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)

Feb 04
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says officials have started developing test kits to detect the new coronavirus in an effort to find infections more swiftly.
(NHK)

Feb 01
Japan’s government is facing criticism that its initial response to the outbreak of a deadly coronavirus was too lax, as other countries have taken stronger steps to prevent a spread within their borders. (Kyodo)

Feb 01
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country will deny entry to foreign nationals who have recently stayed in the Chinese province of Hubei, starting on Saturday. This is to help prevent the spread of the new strain of coronavirus. (NHK)

Jan 27
Tokyo and Washington are making plans to evacuate Japanese and American citizens from Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 50 lives, while Honda Motor said Sunday it was evacuating about 30 employees and family members out of the area back to Japan. (Nikkei)

Jan 27
The government plans to abandon for now an amendment to the age cap under juvenile law that would lower the age when individuals can be tried as adults from 20 years old to 18, sources have said. (Japan Times)

Jan 22
Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has called into question Japan’s financing of a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam.
(NHK)

Jan 21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday declared 2020 a “crucial year to establish a new era of Japanese diplomacy” in a speech before the Diet, vowing to tackle international issues head-on. (Japan Times)