POLITICS – 6

Aug 02
The Japanese government is considering splitting the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, concluding that the mammoth bureaucracy with an extensive portfolio is incapable of responding to the complex needs of an aging society. (Nikkei)

Aug 01
A video showing a man believed to be a Japanese journalist detained by an armed group in Syria has emerged online.
(NHK)

Aug 01
The governor of Tokyo has declared that the new site for the city’s main food market is safe. The declaration by Yuriko Koike paves the way for the planned opening of the Toyosu market in October.
(NHK)

Jul 31
Japan’s Defense Ministry has finished withdrawing missile interceptor units deployed around the country.
(NHK)

Jul 27
A second senior official of Japan’s education and science ministry has been arrested on bribery charges. Kazuaki Kawabata allegedly accepted gifts in exchange for giving a favor to a medical consulting firm in Tokyo.
(NHK)

Jul 25
Japan’s Defense Ministry has decided to postpone a procedure to deploy a new missile defense system due to opposition from candidate host communities.
(NHK)

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)