Prime Minister meets with President of Kyrgyzstan “Action based on international law is essential”
Prime Minister Kishida met with President Japarov of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, who is visiting Japan, and expressed the recognition that taking into account the situation in Ukraine, Israel, Palestine, etc., action based on international law is essential for the peace and stability of the international community. We agreed.
Rakuten Mobile fraud case: assets worth 1.8 billion yen seized Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau
A former Rakuten Mobile manager and others were arrested and indicted in a huge fraud case related to the maintenance of mobile phone base stations, and the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau is seizing the assets of the former manager and a subcontracted transportation company worth 1.8 billion yen. This was revealed through interviews with those involved.
Hanshin Hankyu HD Chairman Kado to resign as chairman of Takarazuka Music School
In connection with the death of a 25-year-old member of the Takarazuka Revue, Kazuo Kado, chairman of Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, is making arrangements to soon resign as chairman of the Takarazuka Music School, which trains members of the company. I found this out through interviews with people.
Chinese foreign minister expresses support for Palestine in meeting with Palestinian foreign minister and others
In a meeting with Foreign Minister Maliki of the Palestinian Authority, who is visiting Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed support for the Palestinians and said that China would ``work tirelessly to quell the war in Gaza and alleviate the humanitarian crisis.'' It seems that the aim is to emphasize this and increase its presence in the Middle East region.
Ukrainian man kidnapped by Russia returns home on his 18th birthday
A man who was taken from Ukraine and adopted by Russia returned to Ukraine on his 18th birthday, making him eligible for military conscription in Russia.
Ibaraki Tokai Daini Nuclear Power Plant construction “Deficiencies should be reported as soon as they are discovered”
At the Tokai Daini Nuclear Power Plant in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture, a meeting was held with mayors of surrounding municipalities and others, and the local government found deficiencies in the fact that deficiencies in safety measures were announced last month, four months after the discovery. It was pointed out that this should have been reported at the time.
9th day of Sumo Kyushu Tournament Ozeki Toyo Shoryu loses 3 losses Ozeki Kirishima maintains 2 losses
On the 9th day of the Kyushu Sumo tournament, ozeki Toyo Shoryu lost to sekiwake Kotonowaka in the first of two losses, dropping him to three losses. On the other hand, ozeki Kirishima maintained his two losses by defeating experienced ozeki Asanoyama.
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare: Policy requiring companies to make their support systems known to prevent employees from leaving their jobs for nursing care
In an effort to prevent workers who are caring for family members from leaving their jobs to care for family members, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to require all companies to make their support systems, such as family care leave, known to all employees who turn 40. .
Narcotics Control Department orders gummy manufacturer in Osaka to stop sales
People who ate gummy bears with ingredients similar to cannabis have been complaining of poor health, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's Narcotics Control Department conducted an on-site inspection of the company in Osaka that manufactured the gummy bears. A related party found gummy bears that appear to have the same toxicity as legally regulated drugs. The Drug Enforcement Agency ordered the company to stop selling the product pending the results of ingredient testing.
Second-generation Jehovah's Witnesses: Many have experienced abuse from their parents Support lawyer
On the 20th, a defense team supporting former members of the religious group Jehovah's Witnesses held a press conference and stated that many second-generation parents who were raised by believer parents have experienced abuse from their parents. The results of the survey have been published. The defense team is requesting that laws and regulations regarding abuse by religious groups be considered.
Princess Noriko of Prince Akishino attends the opening ceremony of the ``Japan Prize'' film festival Shibuya, Tokyo
The opening ceremony of the ``Japan Prize'' film festival, which is given to outstanding programs from around the world on the theme of education, was held with the attendance of Princess Noriko, Princess Akishino.
New version of “Black Jack” created using generative AI and released to the press
A project to use generative AI to create a new version of the manga "Black Jack," one of manga artist Osamu Tezuka's masterpieces that focuses on life and medicine, has been completed, and on the 20th, a portion of the work was shared with the press. It was released to the public.
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology notifies nationwide of standards for approval of establishment of correspondence high schools
As new correspondence high schools are being established one after another, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has for the first time presented examples of standards for prefectures to approve establishments, and has notified the nation. When deploying over a wide area, we require that the standards of the local government where the satellite facility is located be taken into consideration, and that appropriate approvals be obtained.
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and the Empress and Empress attend the 70th anniversary concert of the Imperial Palace Police Band
A concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Band of the Imperial Palace Police Headquarters, which protects the Imperial Family and guards the Imperial Palace, was held at the Imperial Palace with the attendance of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, the Empress and their spouses, and others.
ChatGPT developer Altman joins Microsoft, CEO fired last week
It has been revealed that Sam Altman, who was dismissed from the CEO position of Open AI, which developed the generative AI ChatGPT, will join the IT giant Microsoft on the 17th of last week. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted on his old Twitter account X on the 19th. Microsoft is investing heavily in "Open AI" and we have a collaborative relationship. Mr. Altman was suddenly fired on the 17th, and American media reported the possibility of internal conflict.
Two YouTubers arrested for allegedly abetting violations of the Stimulants Control Act, “private individuals arrested”
Two people, including a 30-year-old YouTuber, were arrested on charges of posting lies on an Internet bulletin board and instigating people to bring in stimulants in order to record a video of them catching criminals in possession of illegal drugs. This YouTuber has repeatedly posted videos of so-called ``private arrests,'' and the Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the details of the incident.
Baseball Meiji-Jingu Tournament University Division Keio University wins for the fifth time
The Meiji-Jingu baseball tournament final was held on the 20th, and in the university division, Keio University defeated Aoyama Gakuin University 2-0, winning the championship for the fifth time.
Yamato HD unveils cargo aircraft to be operated from next year to interested parties
As labor shortages become an issue in the transportation industry, major delivery company Yamato Holdings has revealed to those involved a new cargo-only aircraft that will begin operating next year in an effort to secure a new means of long-distance transportation.
Large-scale eruption in Papua New Guinea; impact on Japan is being confirmed
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, a large-scale eruption occurred at Ulaung Volcano in Papua New Guinea at around 3:30 pm Japan time on the 20th. Eruptions can cause tsunamis when pyroclastic flows flow into the ocean or when atmospheric pressure changes due to vibrations in the air, and the Japan Meteorological Agency is investigating the presence or absence of tsunamis and the impact on Japan.
UNICEF Deputy Director-General: ``Gaza Strip is a graveyard for children''
As the conflict between Israel and the Islamic organization Hamas continues, and many children are being killed in the Gaza Strip and other areas, Van der Heijden, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), said in an interview with NHK that the Gaza Strip has become a graveyard for children. He expressed strong concern, saying, "This is becoming an immediate ceasefire," and appealed for the international community to step up its efforts toward an immediate ceasefire.
NBA Rui Hachimura 11 points, contributed to victory with double digit points for the first time in 3 games
Rui Hachimura of the NBA (American professional basketball team), the Lakers, scored 11 points against the Rockets on the 19th, his first double-digit score in three games.
Masaharu Ikuta, the first president of Japan Post, dies at the age of 88
Masaharu Ikuta, who served as the first president of Japan Post, which took over the business from the former Postal Service Agency, passed away due to old age on November 13th. He was 88 years old.
Relief for Victims of the Former Unification Church: Partial amendments to the Self-Principal Bill and agreement to jointly submit it
Regarding relief for victims of the former Unification Church, officials from the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito Party, and Democratic Party of the People held discussions, and the three parties revised part of the bill compiled by the ruling party to strengthen support for civil litigation. We agreed to jointly submit.
Minister of Economy and Security Takaichi launches study session “There are other opportunities for ministers to participate in the parliamentary group”
Minister for Economic Security Takaichi said that regarding the fact that he set up a study group within the Liberal Democratic Party, some senior members of the party are questioning the current cabinet's response. He acknowledged that there are other cases in which he is participating, and that his comments are not valid.
Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare “cooperates with police” to deal with female victimization of malicious host club use
At a press conference after a cabinet meeting, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Takemi said that there have been a number of cases in which women who use malicious host clubs are charged large amounts of money and forced into prostitution, etc., and that they will call the police to prevent damage. He expressed his intention to respond in cooperation with the government.
Expansion of “Specified Skilled Worker No. 2” for foreigners Qualification exams begin in new additional fields
This year, the types of industries eligible for "Specified Skilled Worker No. 2", which is a status of residence for foreigners with skilled skills and can virtually stay indefinitely, have been expanded, and qualifications are now available in newly added fields. The exam to obtain this started on the 20th.
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant announces that “third release of treated water is complete” TEPCO
Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced that it has completed the third discharge of treated water accumulated at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the sea, which began on the 2nd of this month.
Chief Cabinet Secretary ``It is inappropriate to reveal the use of confidential funds'' in response to Hase's statement
Regarding the Tokyo Olympics bid campaign, Governor Hase of Ishikawa Prefecture said that he had given gifts using so-called secret secret funds, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno has not specified the specific purpose of the gifts from the perspective of maintaining state confidentiality. He declined to comment on the facts, saying it would be inappropriate to reveal them.
Takarazuka Revue Hearing the actual situation such as hierarchical relationships and summarizing concrete measures for improvement
In response to the death of a 25-year-old member of the Takarazuka Revue, the troupe interviewed all members of the troupe and investigated the actual situation, including the overcrowded rehearsal schedule and hierarchical relationships. We will take into account the opinions of our stakeholders and compile concrete measures to improve our organizational culture.
Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare imposes regulations after detecting ingredients similar to cannabis in gummy bears sold at stores in Tokyo
In response to a number of cases of people complaining of feeling unwell after eating gummies manufactured by a company in Osaka, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Takemi revealed that an on-site inspection by the Narcotics Control Department revealed that cannabis was found in gummies sold at stores in Tokyo. It was revealed that similar components were detected. In the near future, we plan to ban the possession and distribution of this ingredient as a designated drug.
The last large-scale construction work associated with the redevelopment of JR Shibuya Station will end in the early hours of the 20th.
The last large-scale construction work at JR Shibuya Station in conjunction with Shibuya's redevelopment was completed in the early hours of the 20th.
Condolences to Daisaku Ikeda “Prime Minister Kishida’s personal condolences” Chief Cabinet Secretary
Regarding the message of condolence posted by Prime Minister Kishida on social media following the death of Daisaku Ikeda, honorary president of Soka Gakkai, a support group for the New Komeito Party, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno explained that it was a message of personal condolence. .
Fiscal review to ``reduce burden by lowering personnel costs, etc.'' in next fiscal year's medical fee revision
The Fiscal System Council, an advisory body to the Minister of Finance, has compiled recommendations for next year's budget formulation, and has focused on revising medical fees, with the aim of reducing the burden on the working generation. We requested that the portion that corresponds to expenses be reduced.
This year's supplementary budget bill submitted to the Diet General account total of over 13.1 trillion yen
The government has submitted to the Diet a supplementary budget bill for this fiscal year with a total general account budget of over 13.1 trillion yen, which will support new economic measures.
Softbank landline telephone communication failure in parts of eastern Japan area today
SoftBank announced that the company's landline phone service has been unavailable or difficult to use since around 8:30 a.m. on the 20th. A similar communication problem occurred with this service from the 18th to the 19th.
Prime Minister Kishida ``Each political group should respond appropriately'' Some income is not disclosed.
A complaint has been filed against five factions of the Liberal Democratic Party for failing to include some party ticket income in their political fund income and expenditure reports, and the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department is proceeding with voluntary questioning. Prime Minister Kishida told reporters on the morning of the 20th that he recognized that each political organization should take responsibility for checking and responding appropriately.
Argentina presidential election “Right-wing Millay wins” local media
On the 19th, a presidential election run-off was held in Argentina, a South American country suffering from rapid inflation and other economic turmoil, and multiple local media outlets reported that right-wing congressman Milay won.
Stock prices hit new high after the bubble burst
At the beginning of the week, on the 20th, the Nikkei Stock Average on the Tokyo Stock Exchange briefly touched the 33,800 yen level during trading hours, marking the highest price since the so-called bubble burst. This is the highest level in 33 years since March 1990. In response to the decline in long-term interest rates in the United States, stock prices rose in the New York market last week, mainly in high-tech stocks, and buy orders also dominated the Tokyo market on the 20th.
Napoleon's hat sold for over 315 million yen
A hat said to have been worn by French Emperor Napoleon was put up for auction and sold for approximately 300 million yen.
President Biden celebrates his 81st birthday, some are concerned about his health
President Biden, the oldest president in American history, will celebrate his 81st birthday on the 20th. Mr. Biden is seeking reelection in next year's presidential election, but there are persistent voices of concern about his health, and Mr. Biden's age is also one of the factors voters judge.
Government considering reforming system to allow IT majors to pay consumption tax on foreign apps
It has been pointed out that when Japanese consumers purchase games etc. provided by overseas businesses through app stores, there are many cases in which they do not pay the consumption tax received by the businesses. The government is considering amending the system so that major IT companies that operate app stores will pay consumption tax on behalf of businesses.
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare: Policy requiring companies to make their support systems known to prevent employees from leaving their jobs for nursing care
In an effort to prevent workers who work while caring for family members from leaving their jobs to care for family members, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has established a policy requiring all companies to inform all employees who have reached the age of 40 of support systems such as family care leave. I did.
Aomori: Earthquake intensity 4 in Hachinohe City, Noheji Town, etc. No worries about tsunami
Just after 6 a.m. on the 20th, there was an earthquake in Aomori Prefecture with a maximum seismic intensity of 4. There is no need to worry about a tsunami from this earthquake.
Open AI investors lobby for Altman to return as CEO
Sam Altman, who was the CEO of Open AI, an American venture company that developed the generative AI ChatGPT, was effectively dismissed, and American media reported that the company was in turmoil and investors were criticizing the company. He said he was working on his return. Meanwhile, it has been reported that Mr. Altman is considering establishing a new AI company, and there is a lot of interest in his future developments.
Winter bonus expected to exceed previous year for third consecutive year, private forecast
Regarding bonuses for corporate workers this winter, private think tanks predict that the average amount paid per employee will be higher than the previous year for the third consecutive year, with an increase of 2.1% to 2.5%.
Number of missing people with dementia doubles in 10 years, with some living in facilities without identification
The number of people who went missing due to dementia or suspected dementia totaled more than 18,700 people nationwide last year, almost doubling in the past 10 years. NHK conducted interviews with major local governments around the country, including prefectural capitals, and found that five people living with dementia or suspected of having dementia in facilities and hospitals across the country are living without knowing their identities. Experts point out that ``we should consider providing support that transcends boundaries, such as creating a mechanism between local governments to inquire about unidentified people.''
Supplementary budget bill to be debated in the Diet today; fixed income tax reduction and other issues will be debated
This year's supplementary budget bill, which supports new economic measures, will go into deliberation today, and debate is expected to take place over issues such as flat-rate income tax cuts and benefits for low-income households.
Israeli military: ``Hospitals are hiding places for Hamas'', emphasizes legitimacy of operation
The local Red Crescent Society has announced that 31 newborns have been evacuated from Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli military continues its ground invasion of the Palestinian Gaza Strip and there are concerns about the dire humanitarian situation. Meanwhile, the Israeli military released a video showing an underground tunnel on the premises of a hospital, claiming that ``the hospital is a hiding place for terrorist acts by Hamas.''
Houthis hijack cargo ship operated by NYK Line
The Israeli military announced on the 19th that a cargo ship sailing in the Red Sea near Yemen had been hijacked by Yemen's Houthi rebels. The cargo ship was operated by a Japanese company, but there were no Japanese on board.
Tokyo Electric Power Company Releases Treated Water Sends Documents Necessary for Compensation Claim to Business Operator
Starting on the 20th, Tokyo Electric Power Company will begin in earnest to send the necessary documents for compensation claims to businesses that have suffered reputational damage due to the release of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean.
Takarazuka Revue to interview all members about hierarchical relationships and consider improvement measures
Following the death of a 25-year-old member of the Takarazuka Revue, the company interviewed all approximately 400 members of the company in order to understand the actual situation, such as the overcrowded rehearsal schedule and hierarchical relationships. We are planning to consider specific improvement measures.