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Ruling Coalition Secures Approval for 2024 Budget

March 2, 2024 - 17:02
The budget committee of the House of Representatives, which continued its deliberations until Saturday, has approved the budget proposal for the fiscal year 2024 in the afternoon with a majority vote from the ruling parties, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito. (News On Japan)
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Family Registry Certificates Now Accessible Nationwide

March 1, 2024 - 14:06
A recent legal change now allows individuals to obtain family registry certificates at any municipal office, not just their registered domicile. (News On Japan)
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Tokyo Residents Get Shopping Relief

February 28, 2024 - 09:37
To support residents struggling with the rising cost of living, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has indicated its plan to distribute 10,000 yen worth of gift certificates to households exempt from resident tax and others. (News On Japan)
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U.S. Navy Assault Ship Arrives at Osaka Port

February 28, 2024 - 05:47
The U.S. Navy's assault ship "America" entered the port of Minato in Osaka on Tuesday, its second visit to Osaka following last year for the purpose of goodwill and rest. (News On Japan)
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Zuckerberg meets PM Kishida

February 27, 2024 - 20:07
Meta's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, held a meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday, describing the encounter as having a "fruitful conversation." (News On Japan)
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Former PM Celebrates 100th Birthday

February 24, 2024 - 03:52
Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who was born in Oita Prefecture and served as the 81st Prime Minister in 1994, will celebrate his 100th birthday on the 3rd of next month. (News On Japan)
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Japan's Defense Debate: Exporting the Next-Generation Fighter Jet

February 22, 2024 - 06:28
The first-ever discussion between the executives of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito has been held on whether to allow the export of defense equipment, including the "next-generation fighter jet" being developed by Japan, the United Kingdom, and Italy, to third countries. (News On Japan)
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Experts Compile a Draft Report on the Revision of the Adult Guardianship System

February 21, 2024 - 13:55
A panel of experts has compiled a draft report outlining key issues for the revision of the adult guardianship system, which is designed to manage the property and affairs of individuals with dementia and other conditions on their behalf. (News On Japan)
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Public Anger Over Politicians' Unpaid Taxes

February 21, 2024 - 02:51
Amid the Liberal Democratic Party's slush fund scandal, taxpayers are voicing their anger, leaving those working at tax filing offices bewildered. (News On Japan)
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Public Support for Political Parties Hits an 11-Year Low

February 19, 2024 - 08:36
In a public opinion poll conducted by NNN and Yomiuri Shimbun from February 16 to 18, 52 percent of respondents said they did not support any political party, a 4-point increase from the previous January survey. (News On Japan)
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What is North Korea's Aim? Analysis of Latest Missile Launches

February 19, 2024 - 01:05
Since the end of January, North Korea has successively launched three types of ground-attack cruise missiles, including a new type of anti-ship cruise missile. (News On Japan)
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Digital Agency Launches New Subsidy System for Low-Income Households

February 13, 2024 - 18:57
In an effort to streamline the distribution of subsidies to low-income households, Japan's Digital Agency has commenced the provision of a new system that allows both residents and local governments to complete procedures entirely online. (News On Japan)
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Government Proposes Ride-Sharing Operational Guidelines

February 8, 2024 - 08:03
Starting in April, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has compiled a draft operational policy for the introduction of "ridesharing," where private drivers use their own vehicles to transport passengers for a fee. Under the proposed policy, the destination and fare would be confirmed at the time of reservation, with payments to be made cashlessly. Taxi companies, which will manage the operations, will be required to monitor the working conditions of drivers. (News On Japan)
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'Godmother of Politics' Yoko Abe Passes Away at 95

February 6, 2024 - 00:35
Yoko Abe, the mother of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, passed away on February 4th in Tokyo at the age of 95. Born in Tokyo in 1928, Yoko Abe grew up in a prominent political family, being the daughter of Shinsuke Kishi and the niece of Eisaku Sato, both of whom served as Prime Ministers of Japan. (News On Japan)
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Koichi Matsui Wins Kyoto Mayoral Race in Tight Contest

February 5, 2024 - 08:23
In the Kyoto mayoral election, characterized by a fierce competition among five newcomers, former House of Councillors member Koichi Matsui has emerged victorious in his first attempt. Matsui, an independent candidate endorsed by the Liberal Democratic Party, Komeito, the Constitutional Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party for the People, expressed his gratitude for the challenging electoral battle. "It was a tough campaign. I am deeply grateful for the victory, but I also feel the heavy responsibility it entails," Matsui said. (News On Japan)
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Fukuoka's Koga City to Refund Donations for Outsourced "Osechi" New Year's Meal

February 5, 2024 - 02:27
Koga City in Fukuoka Prefecture has announced that the "osechi" New Year's meal boxes shipped as rewards for hometown tax donations violated national standards for local products. The issue involved four types of "osechi" meals produced by Kasuya Town's food manufacturing company, Hisamatsu, not in Koga City but at the company’s main factory in Kasuya Town, thus breaching the guidelines for local products. (News On Japan)
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Russia's Ex-President Medvedev Provokes Japan with Comment on Northern Territories Dispute

January 31, 2024 - 15:15
In a recent social media post, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a provocative statement regarding Japan's stance on the Northern Territories dispute. Medvedev suggested that "Japanese should commit hara-kiri" in response to Prime Minister Kishida's remarks on the territorial issue. (News On Japan)
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Aso Criticizes Foreign Minister Obokata as 'Old Lady', Not 'So Beautiful'

January 30, 2024 - 14:35
Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has stirred controversy with his remarks in Fukuoka on Sunday, referring to Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa as an "old lady" and "not what you would call a beautiful one." (News On Japan)
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Yamanashi Prefecture to Subsidize Egg Freezing Costs for Women

January 30, 2024 - 09:54
Yamanashi Prefecture is in the final stages of planning to provide financial assistance for the cost of egg freezing for healthy women who struggle to balance the timing of pregnancy with their career aspirations. (News On Japan)
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China Considers Reinstating Visa Exemptions for Japanese Short-Stay Travelers

January 30, 2024 - 06:48
The Chinese government is considering resuming the visa exemption for short-term stays of Japanese citizens in China, which has been suspended, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on January 29. In addition, the ministry called for Japan to take some measures for Chinese visitors to Japan. (News On Japan)
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