Yemeni Houthi rebels continue to attack Israeli ships
A spokesperson for Yemen's Houthi rebel group told NHK that the US announcement of the creation of a coalition to respond to attacks on ships by the Houthi group in the Red Sea and other areas said, ``It will only cause chaos in the region.'' "We will continue to attack ships and other vessels headed for Israel," he said, clarifying his stance to counter the attack.
Taiwan presidential election candidates' televised political opinion presentations 1st time
A televised political opinion presentation by candidates for Taiwan's presidential election, which will be held next month, was held on the night of the 20th.
South Korean military announces US B1 bomber deployed to Korean Peninsula, Japan-US-South Korea joint training exercise
The South Korean military announced that while American B1 bombers were deployed to the Korean Peninsula, fighter jets from Japan, the United States, and South Korea participated in a joint training exercise. The three countries will strengthen security cooperation to deter the threat from North Korea.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics to establish new research and development base for cutting-edge semiconductors in Yokohama
With the construction of semiconductor production bases and research facilities one after another in Japan, it has been learned that South Korea's Samsung Electronics has decided to establish a new research and development base for cutting-edge semiconductors in Yokohama. The investment amount is expected to reach 40 billion yen, and arrangements are being made for the Japanese government to subsidize half of that amount.
Getting stuck in heavy snow When will it happen? How to prepare?
Every year, cars get stranded every time there is heavy snow. If it becomes a large-scale problem, it will take several days to resolve, and it may lead to you becoming unwell. When and where are stuck-up situations most likely to occur? Based on the latest research results, we will tell you in a Q&A format.
Arrangements are being made to appoint Kisaburo Watami as Liberal Democratic Party chairman of the Policy Research Council.
Prime Minister Kishida has entered into arrangements to appoint Kisaburo Watami, a non-partisan member of the Liberal Democratic Party's Abe faction, to replace Hagiuda, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's Abe faction, who has submitted his resignation.
West Japan: First warning-level heavy snow of the season possible; pay close attention to traffic impacts
Due to the influence of midwinter-like cold air flowing in, snow is expected to intensify from the 21st to the 23rd, mainly from western Japan to the Sea of Japan side of northern Japan, and snowfall is expected to increase significantly. There is a risk that western Japan will experience warning-level heavy snow for the first time this season, and caution should be taken to avoid the impact of snow accumulation and frozen roads on traffic.
The Nikai faction also created a list with the amount of kickbacks, and is it managed systematically?
The offices of the Abe faction and the Nikai faction were searched over a political fund party held by a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, and not only the Abe faction, but also the Nikai faction, set sales quotas for party tickets for each member of the party and kickbacks to the members. Through interviews with people involved, it was newly discovered that a list was created that included the amount of money spent. The Abe and Nikai factions are suspected of systematically managing the use of party income based on these lists, and the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department is believed to be working to uncover the facts.
Prime Minister Kishida solidifies his intention to appoint former Defense Minister Hamada as chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's National Relations Committee
Prime Minister Kishida has confirmed his intention to appoint former Minister of Defense Yasuichi Hamada, a non-partisan member, to replace Takagi, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's Abe faction parliamentary committee, who has submitted his resignation.
Prescription of diabetes medication through diet - Beware of online medical treatment troubles
The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan is warning people that there have been a number of cases where people have received online medical consultations aimed at dieting and been prescribed diabetes medications that claim to suppress appetite, leading to poor physical condition.
[Commentary] Ukrainian army’s thwarted reversal offensive “change in tactics”
The counteroffensive by the Ukrainian military that began in June this year has reached a stalemate, and there are harsh views that it has failed. What will happen next for the Ukrainian military? We asked commentator Takashi Tsuya, who is in charge of international security. *This is the content that was broadcast on “Catch! World Top News” on December 20th.
Next year's budget proposal final adjustment at around 112.7 trillion yen Exceeds 110 trillion yen for 2nd consecutive year
With the draft budget for next fiscal year and 2024 now reaching its final stages, the government has entered into final adjustments with a view to bringing the total amount of the general account to around 112.7 trillion yen. Although this fiscal year's initial budget, which was the largest ever, has exceeded 110 trillion yen for the second year in a row, the plan is to issue government bonds of around 35 trillion yen to cover the financial resources.
Philippines holds ceremony for installation of Japanese-made warning and control radar Ideas for strengthening cooperation
The ceremony was held to coincide with the Philippines importing a new radar from Japan to monitor the movements of aircraft and other aircraft and installing it at a base facing the South China Sea. The Philippine government has indicated a policy of sharing information obtained from radar with Japan and other countries, and has emphasized its intention to deepen cooperation in the security field.
November Newly built condominiums in the Tokyo metropolitan area average 82.5 million yen, an increase of 36% compared to the same month last year
The average price of new condominiums sold in Tokyo and three prefectures in the Tokyo metropolitan area last month was 82.5 million yen, an increase of 36% from the same month last year.
NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen guest judges include Shingo Kunieda and 8 others
Eight people who have been active in fields such as sports and entertainment have been selected as guest judges to appear on the NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen broadcast on New Year's Eve, including Shingo Kunieda, a former professional wheelchair tennis player who won the People's Honor Award. .
Nursing care insurance premiums to be raised for people aged 65 and over with annual income of 4.2 million yen or more
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to raise nursing care insurance premiums paid by seniors aged 65 and over starting next fiscal year for seniors with an annual income of 4.2 million yen or more.
Colorado Supreme Court denies Trump eligibility to run for president
The Supreme Court of Colorado in the western United States has ruled that former President Trump is not eligible to run for president in Colorado over the incident in which his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last year. The impact on future election campaigns will be closely watched.
Fukuoka High Court Naha Branch orders prefectural approval for Henoko improvement work in Okinawa
In a lawsuit over ground improvement work off the coast of Henoko in Nago City, where the U.S. military base Futenma in Okinawa is to be relocated, the Fukuoka High Court, Naha Branch, accepted the government's argument and issued a judgment against Okinawa Prefecture, which opposed the relocation. It ordered that the construction work be approved within three days, excluding Saturdays and Sundays, from the day after receiving the documents. If the prefecture does not approve the project after this deadline, the national government will be able to approve the construction work on behalf of the prefecture, and the improvement work is expected to proceed in the future.
140 people arrested this year for allegedly waiting for prostitutes on the streets of Kabukicho, about 2.7 times more than last year
As waiting for prostitutes on the streets of Kabukicho, Tokyo has become a problem, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced that it had arrested 140 people on suspicion of waiting for prostitutes from January to December 19th this year. The number has increased by approximately 2.7 times from last year, and 40% of this amount was for the purpose of repaying food and drinks at host clubs and other entertainment expenses.The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether there is any activity on the part of host clubs that promotes prostitution. We are increasing our vigilance.
Israeli President says he is willing to halt fighting again to free hostages
As military operations continue in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, Israeli President Herzog has expressed an openness to suspending hostages once again in preparation for the release of hostages. It will be interesting to see if this leads to concrete moves toward a cessation of fighting.
Western to northern Japan, mainly on the Sea of Japan side. Warning-level heavy snow possible. Be careful of traffic effects.
From the 21st to the 23rd (around Saturday), heavy snow is expected to occur mainly from western Japan to northern Japan on the Sea of Japan side, due to the influence of midwinter-like cold air flowing into the sky. There is a risk that western Japan will experience warning-level heavy snow for the first time this season, and caution should be taken to avoid the impact of snow accumulation and frozen roads on traffic.
Next fiscal year's medical fee revision: increase in personnel costs and reduction in drug prices
Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Takemi will consult with Finance Minister Suzuki regarding the revision of medical fees for next year, and will raise the ``main amount'', which is used to cover personnel expenses for medical workers, by 0.88%, while lowering the ``drug price,'' which is the official price of pharmaceuticals. It has been decided that there will be an overall negative revision of 0.12%.
Justice Minister Koizumi of the Nikai faction of the Liberal Democratic Party to leave the faction and submit notice of resignation
Minister of Justice Koizumi has submitted a notice to withdraw from the Nikai faction of the Liberal Democratic Party after the office of the faction to which he belongs was searched by the prosecutors. He appears to have made the decision not to cause any misunderstanding since he has the authority to direct the investigation into the attorney general.
1992 "Emperor's visit to China" to be realized Secret Japan-China foreign ministers meeting diplomatic documents released
Diplomatic documents were made public on the 20th, and in 1992, China's foreign ministers from both Japan and Japan are considering the matter, amid opposition within the country to the fact that it designated the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture as its own territory in a law in 1992. It was revealed that there were secret discussions in Tokyo in order to make the Retired Emperor, who was then Emperor, visit China.
Next year's budget draft Second day of ministerial negotiations Final adjustments on individual items
The second day of ministerial negotiations was held between Finance Minister Suzuki and each minister in preparation for the formulation of the government's budget for next fiscal year, 2024, with final adjustments regarding individual budget items underway.
UN Security Council meets in emergency meeting over North Korea's ICBM-class missile launch
In response to North Korea's launch of an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) class missile on the 18th, an emergency meeting was held at the United Nations Security Council, and many countries criticized the launch as a violation of Security Council resolutions. However, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations objected, saying it was an exercise of self-defense against the United States.
Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. obtains certification using fraudulent data, expands from 6 car models
Automobile manufacturer Daihatsu Motor Corporation used fraudulent data to obtain national certification without conducting necessary crash tests, and a subsequent investigation by a third-party committee found that fraud had been committed. It has been revealed that the number of car models will further expand from the previous six.
Trade balance in November: 776.9 billion deficit, second consecutive month of deficit
According to last month's trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, the trade balance (exports minus imports) was in the red at 776.9 billion yen. This is the second consecutive month that the trade balance is in the red.
Train and car collide at railroad crossing on Kintetsu Kashihara Line, 1 elderly man unconscious Nara
On the morning of the 20th, there was an accident between a train and a car at a railroad crossing on the Kintetsu Kashihara Line in Tawaramoto Town, Nara Prefecture, and one man was left unconscious and in critical condition. Due to this accident, the Kintetsu Kashihara Line has suspended service on the up and down lines between Hirahata Station and Kashihara-Jingumae Station.
U.S. “Houthi attack: more than 100 drones and ballistic missiles on 10 ships”
The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that Yemen's Houthi rebels have been repeatedly attacking ships in the Red Sea, with more than 100 drones and ballistic missiles targeting 10 commercial vessels. It was revealed that the attack was carried out by
“King & Prince” monopolizes the 1st place of the year
This year's music software sales rankings have been announced, and in addition to singles and albums, ``King & Prince'' has dominated the yearly rankings by artist.
All soccer categories from J1 to J3 will start next season on February 23rd.
The schedule for next season's soccer and J League games has been announced, with all categories from J1 to J3 set to start all at once on February 23rd.
Two LDP factions: Several members of the Diet do not pay income that exceeds the quota to the factions.
In an incident in which the offices of the Abe faction and the Nikai faction were searched over a political fund party held by a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, several members of the Abe faction and the Nikai faction each raised money for the party in excess of their sales quota. Through interviews with people involved, we newly discovered that there are cases in which the proceeds are not delivered to the faction in the first place. It is suspected that such party income is not recorded in the political fund income and expenditure reports of factions and members of the Diet, and the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department is believed to be investigating the details of the incident.
Strongest cold air this winter, heavy snowfall from the 21st in western to northern Japan, mainly on the Sea of Japan side
Due to the strongest cold air flowing in this winter, heavy snow is expected to occur in flat areas from the 21st to the 22nd, mainly on the Sea of Japan side of western and northern Japan. There is a risk of heavy snowfall in western Japan for the first time this season, so please pay close attention to the latest weather information.
Liberal Democratic Party Nikai faction Justice Minister Koizumi considers leaving the faction Political funding party issue
The offices of the Abe faction and the Nikai faction were raided by prosecutors over issues surrounding political funding parties of factions of the Liberal Democratic Party. Minister of Justice Koizumi, who is a member of the Nikai faction, is considering leaving the faction to prevent misunderstandings in the prosecution's investigation.
Benefits during childcare leave The government's share of the burden will be increased 10 times to one-eighth
As more men are taking childcare leave and the amount of benefits they receive while on leave is expected to increase, the government plans to raise the national burden from 1/80 of the benefit amount to 1/8 from next fiscal year.
Bankruptcies of home-visit nursing care providers hit record high this year Credit bureau
A credit bureau has revealed that the number of bankruptcies of home-visit care providers this year reached a record high of 60 as of the middle of this month. The credit bureau says that this is due to factors such as a shortage of helpers and high prices, and points out that ``the challenge is how to maintain services as demand continues to rise.''