Two cars collide at an intersection, one of which crashes into a bento shop, killing one person in Fukuoka
On the afternoon of the 11th, two cars collided at an intersection in Sawara Ward, Fukuoka City, and one of them crashed into a bento shop on the side of the road. A male customer who was in front of the store was involved in the accident and died, and police are investigating the details of the accident.
Chinese Navy's aircraft carrier "Shandong" fleet passes through the Taiwan Strait from north to south
Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense announced that on the 11th, the Chinese Navy's aircraft carrier Shandong passed through the Taiwan Strait from north to south.
Government finalizes draft of ``Children's Future Strategy'' to strengthen measures against declining birthrate
A draft of the government's Children's Future Strategy, which aims to strengthen measures against the declining birthrate, has been finalized. The plan includes easing requirements for child allowance payments and waiving university tuition fees for households supporting three or more children.
COP28 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “Time to seek solutions through compromise”
The United Nations' climate change conference, COP28, is being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and final negotiations are underway towards the end of the session on the 12th. On the other hand, negotiations regarding the abolition of fossil fuels have stalled, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on countries to cooperate, saying, ``It's time to find a solution through compromise.''
31 Japanese squirrels die at Inokashira Natural Culture Garden Multiple drugs used due to parasites
It was discovered that 31 Japanese squirrels had died by the 11th after being treated with multiple drugs to exterminate parasites at the Inokashira Natural and Cultural Park in Musashino City, Tokyo.
“Russian military missile attack on Kiv, etc.” Winter operation begins?
The Ukrainian military announced that the capital, Kiiv, and other areas had been attacked by Russian missiles. It is believed that the Russian military has begun a full-scale winter operation targeting infrastructure facilities.
Unfounded information spread overseas
On the 7th of this month, a video shows a large amount of fish such as sardines and mackerel washed up on the coast of Hakodate City. On social media, posts by overseas users pointing out the impact of the release of treated water from TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant are spreading. The fish are believed to have been washed ashore after being chased by dolphins or other animals, and the Fisheries Agency said, ``It is a worrying situation that baseless information is being spread.''
``Trigger clause'' adjusted by consideration in the tax reform outline Self-public taxation survey
The Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito parties' tax research committees are making adjustments to include a statement to the effect that they will continue to consider the "trigger clause," which suspends the taxation of the added portion of gasoline tax, in next year's tax reform outline, which will be decided soon. I did.
Figure “Rikuryu” Missed All Japan Championship Kihara injury not fully healed
The figure skating pair of Riki Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, affectionately known as "Rikuryu," will be absent from the All Japan Championships starting December 21st due to Kihara's injury not fully recovering. I did.
Liberal Democratic Party support rate plunges by 30% for the first time since returning to power, NHK poll
Support ratings for each party in December. "Liberal Democratic Party" 29.5%, "Constitutional Democratic Party" 7.4%, "Japan Restoration Party" 4.0%, "Komeito" 3.2%, "Communist Party" 2.6%, "People's Democratic Party" 2.1%, "Reiwa" 1.7% said ``Shinsengumi,'' 0.3% said ``Social Democratic Party,'' 0.1% said ``A party created by everyone,'' 0.4% said ``Participant Party,'' and 43.3% said ``I don't particularly support any political party.'' This is the first time since the Liberal Democratic Party returned to power that its approval rating has fallen below 30%.
Kishida Cabinet approval rating 23%, lowest since inauguration and lowest since the return of the Liberal Democratic Party
According to an NHK opinion poll, the number of people who said they "support" the Kishida cabinet dropped 6 points from the November survey to 23%, the lowest since the cabinet was inaugurated in October. On the other hand, the number of people who answered "I do not support" increased by 6 points to 58%.
Ukraine appeals for continued support from US, aims for economic independence through defense industry
Amid concerns about the decline in aid, the Ukrainian government sent a delegation of ministers and senior officials to Washington last week to emphasize the need for continued aid. In the US Congress, amid voices of opposition to aid to Ukraine from the opposition party, the Republican Party, he met with members one after another and asked for their cooperation. He also met with Speaker Johnson, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, who was seen as an opponent of aid to Ukraine. Chairman Johnson is said to be becoming more open to aiding Ukraine, and it will be interesting to see if this will have an impact on the budget discussion. This is an explanation by Hideki Yui, the caster of International Report 2023. *This is the content that was broadcast on "International News 2023" on December 8th. *The video is 3 minutes and 38 seconds long and cannot be viewed on data broadcasting.
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant Regulation Commission conducts on-site inspection and finds ``significant improvement''
On the 11th, the Nuclear Regulation Authority conducted an on-site inspection of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata Prefecture, which has been subject to a series of anti-terrorism problems and has been ordered to effectively prohibit its operation. "I can see it," he said, giving a certain rating. The regulatory commission will meet with TEPCO's president next week, and will make a final decision on whether to lift the order as early as this year.
Actor Murasugi arrested on suspicion of violating special drug law
Murasugi Seinosuke, an actor who has appeared in many dramas and movies, was arrested by police on suspicion of purchasing and receiving controlled substances such as marijuana.
Two YouTubers re-arrested on suspicion of possession of stimulants, suspected of being illegally detained
Regarding two YouTubers who were arrested for posting lies on an Internet bulletin board and instigating them to bring stimulants, the Metropolitan Police Department has unfairly accused a man in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo of possessing stimulants. He was re-arrested on suspicion of being detained. Both are denying the charges.
Celebrating 30 years as a world heritage site at Shirakami Mountains and Himeji Castle
Today, the 11th, marks 30 years since the Shirakami Mountains, which straddle Akita and Aomori prefectures, and Himeji Castle in Hyogo prefecture were registered as World Heritage Sites. A commemorative ceremony was held locally.
Policy Research Council Chairman Hagiuda: “If he resigns as a cabinet minister, he will have to decide for himself whether to proceed or withdraw.”
In response to the issue surrounding the Liberal Democratic Party's Abe faction's political funding party, one of the Abe faction's leaders, Chairman of the Political Affairs Research Council, Hagiuda, responded to a press interview, stating that if a cabinet minister resigns in the future, he will not be able to serve as the Political Affairs Research Chairman. He said that he would like to make the decision on whether to serve or leave the position because he has a great responsibility.
US Forces Korea F16 fighter jet crashes into the Yellow Sea on the west side of the Korean Peninsula, no damage confirmed
The US military stationed in South Korea announced that an F-16 fighter jet flying over the Yellow Sea on the west side of the Korean peninsula crashed. The pilot made an emergency evacuation and was rescued, and so far no damage to fishermen or others at sea has been confirmed.
“Support subsidy system” to strengthen countermeasures against declining birthrate will start operation in stages from 2026
In order to strengthen countermeasures against the declining birthrate, the government has compiled a draft proposal for a "support grant system" to be established to secure the necessary financial resources. The tax will be collected from citizens and businesses through medical insurance, and will be phased in from fiscal 2026.
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to provide benefits equivalent to 10% of wages for those working shorter hours raising children under 2 years old
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has announced a policy to provide benefits equivalent to 10% of wages on top of wages to people who are working reduced hours while raising children under the age of two. By improving the situation in which people lose income due to reduced working hours, we hope to create an environment in which it is easier to raise children.
Timing of start of defense tax increase: decision postponed this month due to political funding issue, Liberal Democratic Tax Commission
Regarding the tax increase aimed at securing funding for defense costs, the Liberal Democratic Party's Tax Investigation Committee said that it would be difficult to decide on a specific start date in the current political situation, taking into account issues surrounding factional political funding parties. We agreed to postpone the decision.
A new tax system will be established with a 30% deduction for intellectual property income from research and development in Japan.
In next fiscal year's tax reform, the government and ruling party plan to introduce new measures to reduce corporate taxes on income earned by companies from patents and other materials researched and developed domestically. The aim is to encourage domestic research and development and increase the international competitiveness of companies by deducting 30% of income earned from patents etc. from taxation.
Kofu couple murder arson case trial - prosecutor seeks death penalty for defendant, then 19 years old
In 2021, defendant Hiroki Endo (21), who was 19 years old at the time, was charged with murder and arson in a case in which a couple in their 50s were murdered in a house in Kofu City and the house was set on fire. Prosecutors sought the death penalty.
Self-Defense Force officer arrested on suspicion of murder says he was planning to kill another person
A 21-year-old Self-Defense Force officer who was arrested on the 10th in connection with the stabbing death of an 82-year-old man in an apartment in Kyoto City earlier this month was arrested on the 10th after being stabbed to death in an apartment building in Kyoto. It was discovered during an interview with the police that he had made a statement. During the investigation so far, the suspect has stated, ``I did not know the victim and could have been anyone,'' and police are investigating the details of what happened.
One day after Shohei Otani's transfer was announced, it was widely covered in U.S. newspapers.
On the 10th, one day after the announcement of Shohei Ohtani's transfer to the Major League Baseball Dodgers, Otani was featured in the local newspapers of Los Angeles, where the Dodgers are based, as well as in the New York Times, making it the best in the history of professional sports. Otani's contract, which became the amount, has been reported with some surprise.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu releases video urging Hamas fighters to surrender
Israeli forces are continuing to engage in fierce fighting in several areas, including the main city of Khan Yunis in the south, with the goal of killing Hamas leader Sinwar, the leader of the Islamic group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Netanyahu, in a video released on the 10th, shakes up Hamas by telling him, ``Don't die for Shinwar. Surrender now.''
Western to eastern Japan: Atmospheric instability will continue until the 12th. Be careful of lightning strikes, strong gusts, etc.
Due to the front and low pressure, atmospheric conditions are expected to be extremely unstable in western Japan from the evening of the 11th to the 12th, and in eastern Japan from the evening of the 12th. The Japan Meteorological Agency is warning people to be careful about lightning strikes, tornadoes, and other strong wind gusts.
Resolution of no confidence in Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno to be submitted today and adjusted
Regarding the issue surrounding the Liberal Democratic Party's Abe faction's political funding party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan has begun negotiations to submit a no-confidence motion against Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno on the 11th, accusing him of not fulfilling his accountability.
Hong Kong's district council elections are almost dominated by pro-China factions, with voter turnout at its lowest since handover to China
Voting was held on the 10th in Hong Kong for district councils, which are local councils, and as a result of the vote counting, pro-China factions that are close to the Chinese government almost monopolized the seats. Due to changes in the electoral system, no pro-democracy candidates were able to run, and voter interest was low, with turnout at 27.5%, the lowest since Hong Kong was returned to China.
Kaz, 56 years old, makes his second appearance in the Portuguese second division league this season.
On the 10th, Tomoyoshi Miura, a 56-year-old former Japanese national soccer player and player of Portugal's second-division league Oliveirense, played in an away match for the second time this season.
“Argentina’s Trump” right-winger Milay becomes the new president
In the South American country of Argentina, right-wing candidate Javier Millay, who won the presidential election run-off held last month, has been sworn in as the new president. The question will be whether they can demonstrate their ability to rebuild the rapidly deteriorating economy.
Sanyo Shinkansen Shin-Osaka-Shin-Kobe operation suspended on up and down lines
The Sanyo Shinkansen has been suspended from around 9:20 a.m. on the up and down lines between Shin-Osaka Station and Shin-Kobe Station due to a car colliding with a bridge girder in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture. JR West is dispatching staff to the site. As of now, it is expected that operations will resume around 10:30 a.m.
Stock price temporarily rose by more than 600 yen, hitting new high on New York market this year on the 8th
At the beginning of the week, on the 11th, the Tokyo stock market and Nikkei average stock price rose by more than 600 yen. In the New York market on the 8th, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose as the US November employment statistics announced on the day showed that the growth in the number of employed people exceeded market expectations, and concerns about an economic slowdown eased. The highest value has been updated. In response to this trend, buy orders have been increasing in the Tokyo market immediately after trading began.
Large corporate business confidence index October-December +4.8 points, positive for third consecutive quarter
According to the ``Corporate Business Economic Forecast Survey'' released by the Ministry of Finance and other organizations, the index indicating business confidence of large companies from October to December was 4.8 points, the third consecutive quarterly positive figure. The manufacturing industry has a score of 5.7 points, and the non-manufacturing industry has a score of 4.4 points.
Research to prevent “heat shock” to enjoy sauna safely
I think some people are fascinated by the charm of saunas because they find it relaxing. On the other hand, it is also said that there is a possibility that the risk of "heat shock", which causes stroke and myocardial infarction, may increase. We spoke to a researcher who is trying to prevent such risks while making it possible to enjoy saunas safely.
Prime Minister: Cabinet reshuffle and party executive personnel changes: ``Appropriate response at the right time''
In response to the issue surrounding the Liberal Democratic Party's Abe faction's political funding party, when Prime Minister Kishida entered the Prime Minister's Office, he was asked by reporters whether he had any plans to reshuffle the cabinet or reshuffle party executives. He said: In this regard, Prime Minister Kishida stated, ``I take seriously the growing suspicions among the public regarding the political funding of the Liberal Democratic Party's policy group, and I have a sense of crisis.'' He added, ``While grasping the situation, I would like to consider appropriate responses at the appropriate time in order to restore public trust and avoid delaying national politics. I have nothing to say."
Communication failure at KDDI such as au and UQ mobile in wide area including Tokai, Hokuriku and Okinawa
According to KDDI, a communication problem has been occurring since 7 a.m. on the 11th, mainly in western Japan, making voice calls and data communications on mobile phones using the company's lines unavailable or difficult to use. is. Mobile phone services using KDDI lines such as au, UQ Mobile, and povo are affected.
Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony: Winner is in prison, daughter and son read speech on his behalf
At this year's Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, children read out speeches on behalf of human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, who is imprisoned in an Iranian prison, and advocated for the protection of women's rights. He called for support from the international community for the domestic movement.
Private and public governments discuss tax reform and discuss finalizing the number of tax reductions such as income tax
Both the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito Party are accelerating discussions on next fiscal year's tax reform, and while the Liberal Democratic Party insists that tax cuts such as income tax should be limited to one-time only, the Komeito Party is able to respond flexibly. They are requesting that some leeway be left, and final discussions are expected to take place.
Prime Minister plans to change multiple government officials after the Diet session adjourns on the 13th Political funding issue
Prime Minister Kishida plans to replace several senior government officials after the Diet adjourns on the 13th, in response to issues surrounding the Liberal Democratic Party's Abe faction's political funding party. While there are voices within the government and Liberal Democratic Party calling for the replacement of all three Abe-aligned political officials, there are also negative opinions, and Prime Minister Kishida plans to carefully judge the scale and timing of personnel changes.
Russia dispatches troops to kill soldiers; unveiling ceremony of cenotaph in Sakhalin
The number of soldiers dispatched to Ukraine from Sakhalin Oblast in Russia's far east and killed in action has increased sharply over the past two months, according to information provided by the local governor. Supporting the view that the number of casualties is increasing as fierce fighting continues in eastern Ukraine and other areas, an unveiling ceremony was held on the 9th for a cenotaph in memory of the soldiers in Sakhalin Oblast.
21-year-old Self-Defense Forces officer arrested on suspicion of stabbing man to death; ``It could have been anyone'' statement Kyoto
On the 10th, police arrested a 21-year-old Self-Defense Forces officer on suspicion of murder after a man in his 80s was stabbed in the back at an apartment in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward this month. In response to police investigation, he admitted to the charges, saying, ``It could have been anyone.''