Unified Local Elections Hit Record Highs in Number and Percentage of Female Candidates
This is the second unified local election since the Act on Promotion of Gender Equality in Political Fields, which requires political parties to make efforts to equalize the number of male and female candidates as much as possible, was enacted five years ago in 2018. increase. In 2021, the promotion law was partially revised to increase effectiveness, and political parties and political groups will strive to set goals for the number of male and female candidates and improve candidate selection methods.
The sudden bank failure that occurred in the United States on March 10 triggered financial instability that spread around the world. In Japan, bank stocks fell across the board, and some banks saw stock prices plummet by more than 10% in a single day. Why did bank stocks sell off so much in Japan, where the financial system was said to be relatively sound? I interviewed the background. (Economic Department reporter Mitsutaka Saito)
A 74-year-old woman who died in a Toyama house fire is suspected of being suffocated by her neck
Police investigated the body of a 74-year-old woman who was confirmed dead in a house fire in Toyama City on the 30th, and found that the woman was suspected of being suffocated due to pressure on her neck. At the time of the fire, a daughter in her 40s who was lying in the same room had wounds on her neck and arms that seemed to have been cut by herself, so the police are investigating the details.
A car that overturned on the street burns, two people are found dead Kumamoto
On the night of the 31st, an overturned car caught fire on the street in Higashi Ward, Kumamoto City, and two people were found dead. The police are proceeding with the identification and are investigating the details.
Giant Shigeo Nagashima watches the opening game, the first public place after hospitalization
Professional baseball giant Shigeo Nagashima, honorary manager for life, visited the Tokyo Dome to watch the opening game of the season. This is the first time Nagashima has appeared in public since he was hospitalized last September.
Countermeasures against the declining birthrate Prime Minister Kishida will chair a new meeting to clarify the content and financial resources
Prime Minister Kishida established a new meeting with himself as the chairman and with the participation of experts, in order to make the details of the measures and financial resources more concrete by June based on the government's plan for strengthening measures to deal with the declining birthrate. I clarified the idea that I will consider.
Kanto Region Raise shipping price of raw milk by 10 yen per kilo from August
From August, the shipping price for raw milk producers in the Kanto region to major dairy manufacturers will be raised by 10 yen per kilogram. It may lead to price hikes in other regions such as raw milk prices and milk prices.
Voices from both parties who cannot vote by mail
Prior to the unified local elections, NHK conducted a questionnaire survey targeting election management committees of municipalities nationwide, asking about their responses to voting for people with disabilities. Among them, more than 40 responses were received requesting to expand the scope of mail-in ballots, which are severely restricted by law. For those who find it difficult to get to a polling station, a vote by mail is a method of filling in a ballot at home and voting by mail. Six years ago, a research group of experts from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications put together a proposal that the scope of the law should be expanded, but the law has not yet been revised. These are the voices sent to the questionnaire and the thoughts of the parties concerned.
Last year's credit card fraud damage amounted to more than 43 billion yen, the worst ever
The Japan Credit Association has summarized and announced the results of a survey that the amount of damage caused by unauthorized use of credit cards last year exceeded 43 billion, the worst ever.
Prime Minister Kishida establishes a new council to accelerate deliberations as a draft for countermeasures against the declining birthrate
In response to the drafts of countermeasures against the declining birthrate, Prime Minister Kishida responded to an interview with a corps of reporters a while ago, and set up a new meeting with himself as the chairman and including experts. He showed his intention to proceed with the examination of the content, budget, and financial resources.
Russia “Did not dispatch more than 140,000 conscripted soldiers to the battlefields of Ukraine”
Heavy fighting continues in Ukraine, and many Russian soldiers are believed to have suffered casualties. Under these circumstances, Russia has announced that it will conscript more than 140,000 soldiers from next month and emphasized that it will not be dispatched to the battlefields of Ukraine, trying to dispel public anxiety.
The government's declining birthrate countermeasures include abolition of child allowance income restrictions, etc.
The government has put together a draft plan to strengthen countermeasures against the declining birthrate, including the abolishment of income limits on child allowances, extension of the period until high school graduation, a system where parents can leave their children at nursery schools even if they are not working, and the economic burden of higher education. included mitigation measures.
Ukrainian evacuees and tuition trouble School corporation to refund full amount
A school corporation in Maebashi City, which had been in trouble with students who had evacuated from Ukraine over tuition fees, decided to refund the full amount of tuition fees already paid to the students.
Major banks cut housing loan interest rates due to successive declines in long-term interest rates
With long-term interest rates declining against the backdrop of the spread of financial instability in Europe and the United States, major banks are moving one after another to lower the level of fixed interest rates on housing loans that will be applied next month.
Autonomous driving "Level 4" Fukui Eiheiji Town vehicle approved for the first time Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
With the enforcement of the revised Road Traffic Law, the ban on fully automatic driving "Level 4" of cars under specific conditions will be lifted from the 1st. Prior to this, it turned out that the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism approved the vehicle operated in Eiheiji Town, Fukui Prefecture for the first time as a "Level 4" automated driving vehicle.
“Career bureaucrat” recruitment exam applications decreased 6% Second lowest
The number of applicants for the exam for so-called "career bureaucrats" to be hired next spring was over 14,300, a drop of more than 6% from the previous fiscal year, and the second lowest number since the current exam system was introduced. .
Shohei Ohtani [Q&A full text] Good pitching in the opening game but a reversal loss "One more shot"
Major League Baseball Angels Shohei Otani participated in the opening game against the Athletics as the starting pitcher and designated hitter. He threw 2 hits in the 6th inning, allowed no runs, and hit 1 in 3 at bats, but the Angels lost 1-2 after the relief team was hit in the 8th inning. This is a question and answer that Ohtani answered to media coverage in Japan and the United States after the match.
More than 5,100 food items raised in April Price hikes may drag on
A survey by a credit research company found that more than 5,100 items of food and beverages will be raised in price next month, which will be the new fiscal year. A research company says, ``Frequent and intermittent price increases may drag on until around October,'' as it will be the second ``price increase rush'' after February.
NTT Docomo 5.29 million personal information leaked on "Plala" and "Hikari TV"
NTT Docomo has announced that up to 5.29 million personal information may have been leaked from its Internet connection service "Plala".
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen calls for stronger cooperation in security and economic fields
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who is staying in New York in the United States to visit Central America, gave a speech at an event held on the evening of the 30th, urging all countries to cooperate with Taiwan in the fields of security and economy. I argued that it should be strengthened.
High school baseball Senbatsu semi-finals [Breaking news] Hotoku Gakuen returns 2 points Osaka Toin match
Senbatsu High School Baseball has two semifinal games on the 31st. The second match will be between Osaka Toin High School and Hyogo's Hotoku Gakuen, who are aiming for consecutive victories. In the game that started after 2:00 pm, Osaka Toin scored 5 points in the 3rd inning with a batter round attack, but Hotoku Gakuen tied the score in the 7th inning and won the 8th inning. We will keep you up to date with the latest information.
Dead boy in Edogawa confirmed as missing boy
A young boy who was found dead on the morning of the 31st in the Edo River, which flows between Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture and Tokyo, was confirmed to be a 3-year-old boy who had been missing since the 30th in a park near the scene. . Police are investigating the details.
U.S. crude oil exports hit a record high last year Increased to Europe due to invasion of Ukraine
U.S. crude oil exports hit a record high last year. The main factor was the increase in exports to Europe following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Namie Town, Fukushima Part of difficult-to-return zone Evacuation order lifted after more than 12 years
On the morning of the 31st, the evacuation order, which had been in place for more than 12 years due to the accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, was lifted in part of the difficult-to-return zone in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture.
House of Councilors Commission on the Constitution to replace Chief Secretary Konishi
Representative Hiroyuki Konishi, the lead secretary of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan's House of Councilors Commission on the Constitution of the House of Councillors, said, ``Holding the examination committee every week is something that monkeys do, and it is an act of barbarian tribes.'' announced that he would replace the
Aichi 10 casualty accident Pick-up driver "I didn't notice the other car until just before"
On the 30th, a car from a nursing care facility collided with a passenger car at an intersection in Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture, killing 10 people. I found out through interviews with the people involved.
Foreign Minister Hayashi to visit China for the first time in 3 years and 3 months Conveying concerns about military activities
Foreign Minister Hayashi announced that he will visit China from April 1 and hold talks with Foreign Minister Qin Gang. It was the first time in three years and three months for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit China. , the idea is to confirm the continuation of the dialogue.
High School Baseball Senbatsu Semi-Finals [Breaking news] Yamanashi Gakuin match in the first inning of Koryo
Senbatsu High School Baseball will have two semi-final games on the 31st. In the first match, Yamanashi Gakuin and Hiroshima's Koryo High School are playing against each other. The first attack is Yamanashi Gakuin, and the second attack is Koryo. Yamanashi Gakuin aims to reach the finals for the first time in the spring and summer as a Yamanashi group. Koryo will be aiming for the final for the first time in 20 years since winning in 2003. The match started at 11am. We will keep you up to date with the latest information.
Government stricter export controls for semiconductor manufacturing equipment Stricter procedures for China and other countries
The government has announced that it will take new measures to tighten export controls on 23 items of advanced semiconductor manufacturing equipment as the environment surrounding international security becomes more severe. We will implement stricter procedures for exports to China and other countries than to the United States, South Korea, and Taiwan. Based on the Foreign Exchange Law = Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law, we plan to start new measures from July this year after going through the procedure to revise the ministerial ordinance. As the struggle for hegemony between the United States and China intensified, the United States tightened export controls on China and requested Japan and the Netherlands, which have a large share of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, to strengthen export controls.
Shohei Ohtani to start the Major League 2023 opening game [Breaking news] No. 3 pitcher
The Major League Baseball will start on the 31st of Japan time, and the game between the Angels, where Shohei Otani will be the opening pitcher, and the Athletics, where pitcher Shintaro Fujinami will join this season, will start after 11:00 am. We will keep you posted on the progress of the game. Otani, who led Japan to victory in the WBC, is doing well in open games with a batting average of 40%, 5 minutes, and 5 minutes. let it start. The time difference with the local area is 16 hours. In principle, it is written in Japan time. The opening game will be broadcast on General TV from 10:59 am and will be broadcast simultaneously on NHK Plus.
President Biden calls for stricter regulation of banks due to chain failure of two banks
President Biden has announced that he will request financial authorities to tighten regulations on banks after two banks failed one after another in the United States. It is calling for stricter scrutiny of banks with total assets between $100 billion and $250 billion, which were eased under the Trump administration.
People in their 30s are the highest in the age group that "sometimes feel lonely" Survey of actual conditions in the country
In a national fact-finding survey, 5% of all respondents answered that they often or always feel lonely, with 7% of respondents in their 30s having the highest percentage for each age group. A person in charge of the government said, "Since the feeling of loneliness is increasing among the younger generation, we would like to promote measures."
Cardiopulmonary arrest found in an infant in Edogawa Confirmation with an unknown 3-year-old boy
According to the police, around 8:30 am on the 31st, a young boy was found in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest in Edogawa, which flows through Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture and Edogawa Ward, Tokyo. In a park along the Edo River in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture, which is close to the scene, the whereabouts of a 3-year-old boy have been unknown since the evening of the 30th, and police are confirming that he is the boy based on the characteristics of his clothes.
Agreement in principle on Britain joining TPP, expansion of participating countries for the first time since it came into force
Participating countries of the TPP = Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, such as Japan, held a ministerial meeting on the 31st and agreed in principle to allow the UK to join.
February industrial production rises for the first time in two months
The industrial production index for last month and February, which indicates corporate production activities, was 94.8 with 2015 as 100, an increase of 4.5% from the previous month and the first increase in two months. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) maintained its basic judgment that "production is weak."
Tokyo 23 wards Consumer price index rises 3.2% in March, 2.9% rise in FY2022
The consumer price index for March in Tokyo's 23 wards is a preliminary figure, and the index excluding fresh food, which fluctuates greatly depending on the weather, rose 3.2% from the same month last year. This is 0.1 points lower than the 3.3% rise in February. This is partly because the government's measures to reduce the burden have kept electricity prices from rising. It is the second consecutive month that the rate of increase in the consumer price index in Tokyo's 23 wards has slowed compared to the previous month.
Unemployment rate 2.6% in February, 0.2 points worse than the previous month
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the nationwide unemployment rate was 2.6% in February, down 0.2 percentage points from the previous month.
Active job openings-to-applicants ratio in February: 1.34 times Decreased for 2 consecutive months
The active job openings-to-applicants ratio in February was 1.34 times, down 0.01 points from the previous month, and decreased for two consecutive months. I see that
Major league opening Red Sox Masanao Yoshida full participation at No. 4 and first RBI
With the start of the major league season, Masanao Yoshida, who will be playing for the Red Sox from this season, made a full appearance in the opening game as No. 4 and left fielder, hitting two hits and recording his first RBI.
Former President Trump indicted by NY state grand jury, reports multiple US media
Multiple US media reported that a New York state grand jury has indicted former President Trump on the 30th. The charges have not been released, but according to US media, it is the first time in history that a former president has been indicted.
Chiba Ichikawa 3-year-old boy is missing in a park along the Edogawa River, please provide information
Finland to join NATO Turkey parliament approves membership
On the 30th, the Turkish parliament approved the membership of Finland, which is aiming to join NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Organization. All member states have now accepted it, and Finland's accession is realized.
Unified local elections 41 prefectural assembly elections 17 municipal elections in ordinance-designated cities Announcement today
In the unified local elections, elections for prefectural assembly members and municipal assembly elections for ordinance-designated cities were announced on the 31st, and 3,135 candidates are scheduled to run for the 41 prefectural assembly elections, which is expected to be the second lowest in the past. Each party is determined to put all its efforts into the election campaign and aim to increase the number of seats in parliament.
Reporter of leading American newspaper arrested in Russia US Secretary of State strongly condemns
An American reporter for the Wall Street Journal has been arrested on suspicion of spying in Russia. In response, U.S. Secretary of State Brinken strongly criticized Russia for being "deeply concerned," further deepening the confrontation between the two countries.
Premium rate of wages for overtime over 60 hours SMEs also raised to 50% from April
The rate of wage premium paid by companies to employees who work more than 60 hours of overtime in a month is currently set at 50% for large companies and 25% for small and medium-sized companies. is also raised to 50%.
Government to announce draft of countermeasures against declining birthrate Accelerate consideration for implementation
On the 31st, the government will put together a draft that includes economic support measures such as expanding child allowances to strengthen measures against the declining birthrate. Based on this, we plan to accelerate the examination in order to specify more detailed content and financial resources by June.