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Japan Digest #377
Japan Digest · 2024/02/11
1. China Is Building Up Military Presence Around Taiwan Yomiuri reported on Sunday and Monday this week on the front page about Chinese Military’s build-up around Taiwan. Earlier back in 2020, China deployed at least three ships of a Chinese version of Aegis destroyers on the line of its unilaterally declared Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, and since then, the destroyers have been permanently stationed in the area. This ADIZ includes the Senkaku Archipelagos...
Japan Digest #376
Japan Digest · 2024/02/11
1. Noto Peninsula Earthquake Update 18 days have passed since the great earthquake of Seismic Intensity 7 that occurred at 4:10 pm on the New Year Day in Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, yet the number of casualty, evacuees and damaged houses are growing day by day. As of Thursday, 232 people were confirmed dead, 15,130 evacuees are living in shelters and 28,925 houses are broken. Thousands of local school children are now being moved to safe areas by bus to be assigned to schools that...

Japan Digest #375
Japan Digest · 2024/02/11
1. Abe Faction’s Financial Scandal Making PM Kishida’s Approval Rating Fall In The Alarming Zone According NHK’s monthly survey for the month of December, PM Kishida’s approval rating went further down to 23% from 29% last month, while his disapproval rating went up by 6 points to 58%. The Abe Faction’s financial scandal, namely the intentional elimination from the booking of the incomes and their sources that were generated through various political contribution parties was revealed...
Japan Digest · 2023/12/17
1. G7 Announced First International Guideline Of AI Regulation G7 Summit meeting was hosted by PM Kishida on December 6 online, and it endorsed the international guidelines for all the AI related stakeholders that the G7 Digital and Technology Ministers had agreed on earlier on December 1. Following are the seven key points of the guideline: l Enhance AI’s usability knowing the risk of AI such as divergence of fake information l Promote responsible use of AI l Evaluate the risk of AI and...

Japan Digest #373
Japan Digest · 2023/12/03
1. Kishida’s Approval Rate Down To 24% Yomiuri’s monthly survey, which was conducted from November 17 through 19 revealed that the approval rating of the Kishida Cabinet went down by 10 points to 24% from the previous month. It is the lowest ever since PM Kishida formed his cabinet in October 2021. Its disapproval rating went up by 13 points to 62%. In just two months after the reshuffle of the cabinet, two new vice political ministers and one new parliamentary secretary resigned due to...
Japan Digest #372
Japan Digest · 2023/12/03
1. Japan To Strengthen Security Cooperation With Philippine PM Kishida is visiting Philippine today and meeting with President Marcos. The main topic of the summit meeting is how to strengthen the mutual security cooperation in the face of escalating Chinese military and coast guard presence in the South China Sea and in the other regional sea. The two leaders are expected to agree that the mutual administrations will enter negotiation to conclude Official Security Agreement (OSA) and...

Japan Digest #371
Japan Digest · 2023/12/03
1. PM Kishida’s Approval Rating Hit the Lowest Yomiuri’s monthly survey that was conducted this month revealed that the Kishida Cabinet’s approval rating declined by 1 point to 34%, which is the lowest ever since Kishida formed his first cabinet in October 2021. The cabinet’s disapproval rating also declined by 1 point to 49%. Other major findings are as follows: How do you evaluate the overall performance of PM Kishida’s Cabinet for the past two years? 44% Positive 53% Negative How...
Japan Digest #370
Japan Digest · 2023/10/08
1. Okinawa Governor Didn’t Follow Supreme Court Ruling About Henoko Landfilling As reported in Japan Digest #368, the Supreme Court, in September, ruled against Governor Tamaki’s appeal about the construction of the Henoko coastal area. It’s been a while since the Japanese government and the U.S. government agreed to move the Futenma Marine Air Station to the Henoko coast area near the Camp Shwab where V-shaped runways will be newly built over the sea. Landfilling application by the...

Japan Digest #369
Japan Digest · 2023/09/23
1. Kishida Reshuffled His Cabinet PM Kishida, on September 13, formed his 2nd Cabinet, and it was formally invested at the Emperor’s Palace on the same day. Among total nineteen cabinet members, eleven were newly appointed, six stayed intact from the 1st Cabinet and two members used to serve previous cabinets. Female Diet members shared five posts, which tie with the past highest number of the 1st Koizumi Cabinet and of the 2nd Abe Cabinet. Following is the breakdown of the cabinet members by...
Japan Digest · 2023/09/23
1. Kishida To Reshuffle His Cabinet Next Week Confronting the continuous declination of his approval ratings, PM Kishida is reportedly considering to reshuffle his cabinet and some top leader positions of his Liberal Democratic Party. In the past few weeks, he had lunch or dinner with some of the key Cabinet members including Minister Kono and Minister Takaichi as well as core LDP members including the party VP Aso, the party Secretary General Motegi and Rep. Ishiba to discuss the Cabinet...

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