Boxing Naoya Inoue, 2nd division, 2nd person in history to unify championships from 4 major organizations
Professional boxer Naoya Inoue won by knockout in the 10th round in the super bantamweight championship unification match held in Tokyo on the night of the 26th, becoming the second person in history to unify the championships of four major organizations in two weight classes. I did.
All-Japan Badminton Championship “Old and New Aces” advance to 2nd round
The first round of each event was held on the 26th at the All Japan General Championship to determine the best badminton player in Japan, and in the men's singles there were two players who could be called new and old aces: Kodai Naraoka, who is aiming for his first championship, and Kento Momota, who is aiming for his second consecutive title. They each advanced to the second round.
Israeli military “airstrikes more than 100 Hamas targets” Hamas fights back
The Israeli military, which continues its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, is intensifying its offensive, announcing that it has carried out airstrikes on more than 100 targets belonging to the Islamic organization Hamas in one day. Hamas, on the other hand, is preparing to fight back through guerrilla warfare, and the number of civilian casualties continues to rise.
Three tax office employees working at adult entertainment stores and ``dad-hunting'' received disciplinary action
The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau announced on the 26th that three female employees in their 20s who were working at a tax office in Tokyo were working at an adult entertainment shop without permission and engaging in so-called "daddy activities." was punished with suspension. The three men explained that the money was for eating and drinking at the host club and purchasing branded goods, and they have already resigned at their request.
Five Abe faction executives deny involvement in faction's political funds balance report not listed
In a case involving a party for political funds held by a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, five senior members of the Abe faction, including former Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno, responded to voluntary questioning by the Special Investigation Department of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, all of whom revealed that the faction's political fund income and expenditure report was not correct. He provided an explanation denying any involvement in the reporting, saying, ``I was aware that the amount exceeding the quota had been refunded, but I was not aware that a portion of the party income was not recorded in the faction's income and expenditure report.'' Interviews with people involved revealed that they said things like, ``I didn't know.''
Chiba City Medical Association compiles information on antipyretics for children and things to avoid
As various infectious diseases such as influenza are spreading, the Chiba City Medical Association has compiled information on antipyretic drugs that should be avoided for use in children and is calling for caution.
Four major non-life insurance companies ordered to improve their operations over advance adjustment of insurance premiums Financial Services Agency
On the 26th, the Financial Services Agency issued business improvement orders to the four major non-life insurance companies based on the Insurance Business Law due to a problem in which they were adjusting premiums for commercial insurance in advance. Furthermore, this time, advance price adjustments were confirmed in contracts with 576 companies and local governments.
Two people are unconscious after being hit by a car in Suginami, Tokyo; an adult and a girl of elementary school age.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department and the Tokyo Fire Department, two people were hit by a car in Takaido Higashi, Suginami Ward, Tokyo just after 5pm on the 26th, and are unconscious and in critical condition. The victims appear to have been an adult and a girl of elementary school age. There is also information that the car was hit while backing up, and the Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the situation in detail. The site is located approximately 500 meters northeast of Takaido Station on the Keio Inokashira Line, in an area lined with residential buildings and supermarkets.
New anime movie: New digital expression of shadows on character expressions
The release of a new movie from the anime studio, which is mainly made up of former Studio Ghibli producers and animators, will begin this month, and in addition to the hand-drawn style, they will use new expressive techniques, such as incorporating techniques for applying shading to the character's facial expressions. The works that took on the challenge are attracting attention.
“Not being able to work is a matter of life and death” Shortage of electric wires and cables
NHK's information service ``News Post'' received a series of complaints about the shortage of electrical wires and cables for construction, which is having an impact. All major manufacturers have stopped accepting new orders, and there are concerns about construction delays. I looked into what was happening.
Vietnam plane bound for Narita: Cockpit window cracked, no injuries
On the afternoon of the 26th, a Vietnam Airlines passenger plane heading from Vietnam to Narita Airport had a problem with a crack in the cockpit window during the flight. There were no injuries to the crew or passengers, and the airline is investigating the cause.
A type of streptococcal infection, the highest number in the past 10 years Updated for 5 consecutive weeks Be careful during the New Year holidays
The number of patients in the week ending December 17th, a type of streptococcal infection that continues to be prevalent mainly among children, was the highest in the past 10 years for the fifth consecutive week. Experts are calling for countermeasures as the year-end and New Year holidays bring increased movement of people, raising concerns about the spread of infection.
Another car found in the sand in Shimokitayama Village, Nara
On the 23rd, an accident occurred on a national highway in Shimokitayama Village, Nara Prefecture, where one car was involved in an accident caused by a collapse of earth and sand on a slope, and work was underway to remove the earth and sand as it was thought that another car may have also been involved. According to the fire department, another car was found in the mud on the afternoon of the 26th. Since the number matches the license plate number of a car believed to have been driven by a missing man in his 70s from Wakayama Prefecture, the fire department believes there may be someone left inside the car and is currently investigating. We are.
Chiba District Court dismisses woman's complaint about pain caused by appearing in costume show
In a lawsuit in which a former contract employee who appeared in a show wearing a costume at Tokyo Disneyland sought compensation from the management company for suffering pain and numbness in her shoulders, arms, etc., the Chiba District Court ruled that ``the company... The company rejected the woman's complaint, stating that the company could not have foreseen the worsening of the woman's symptoms, and therefore it cannot be said that there was a breach of duty of care.
Worst bear damage ever; consideration begins on whether to make it a ``designated controlled wildlife''
As the damage caused by bears is at an all-time high, the Ministry of the Environment has begun considering whether to treat bears as a ``designated controlled wildlife,'' similar to sika deer and other animals, and to provide support for the costs of capturing them.
Ground improvement work off the coast of Henoko is scheduled to begin in mid-January with execution on the 28th
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Saito has decided on December 28th to approve the construction work on behalf of Okinawa Prefecture regarding ground improvement work off the coast of Henoko, Nago City, where the U.S. military base Futenma in Okinawa will be relocated. I did. In response to this, the Ministry of Defense is making arrangements to begin construction on the Oura Bay side, which has soft ground, in mid-January 2024.
“1 Yen Smartphone” regulations tightened tomorrow “Excessive discounts expected to be curbed” Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
Regulations against so-called ``1 yen smartphones,'' which sell smartphones at extremely low prices, will be tightened from the 27th. Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Matsumoto said at a press conference, ``I hope that excessive discounting will be restrained.''
ICOMOS Domestic Committee to re-do environmental assessment for redevelopment of Jingu Gaien
Regarding the redevelopment of Meiji Jingu Gaien, UNESCO's domestic advisory body has requested that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government redo the environmental assessment process, citing that the study on the impact on the ginkgo trees is not up to date. Meanwhile, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government says, ``We are proceeding appropriately with environmental assessment procedures.''
Aichi Nishio Eel restaurant disguises the production area and serves eel because it is difficult to secure Mikawa eel
An eel restaurant in Nishio City, Aichi Prefecture is being investigated by the police on suspicion of violating the Unfair Competition Prevention Act for allegedly serving eel from other countries to customers while displaying that it uses locally sourced eel from Mikawa. I found out that I had received it. According to some stores, it has become difficult to secure Mikawa-produced products due to an increase in orders for hometown tax return gifts.
Tokyo Akita Inu Appearance Competition Gunma Takasaki's 5-year-old Kitaaki wins top prize
As the faithful dog Hachiko celebrates his 100th birthday, a 5-year-old dog from Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture won the top prize at an Akita dog appearance competition held in Tokyo this month for his ``resilient face.'' Selected.
Police “discuss special fraud countermeasures” call for damage prevention at Fukuoka Airport
Police at Fukuoka Airport appealed to passengers at Fukuoka Airport to take precautions against special scams that continue to cause serious damage, asking them to discuss countermeasures during the year-end and New Year holidays when families gather together.
Policy to submit a bill to revise the Firearms and Swords Act that includes stronger regulations and penalties National Police Agency
In response to a series of violent incidents involving firearms, the National Police Agency has decided to apply the ``discharge offense,'' which is provided for handguns under the current Firearms and Swords Act, to hunting rifles and other firearms. The government has decided to submit a bill to revise the Firearms and Swords Act, which includes tougher regulations and penalties regarding guns, to next year's regular session of the Diet.
Average winter bonus paid at major companies reaches 900,000 yen for the first time in four years, Keidanren
A Keidanren survey found that the average amount of winter bonuses paid by major companies this year increased by more than 12,000 yen from last year, reaching the 900,000 yen level for the first time in four years.
A growing movement of companies setting up in-house after-school child care for long holidays such as winter vacation
Amidst the issue of waiting lists for after-school child care facilities that take care of elementary school students from dual-income households, there is a growing movement for companies to look after their children at companies during the winter break in order to support employees who are raising children.
A man and a woman in their 20s were injured at a karaoke bar in Nagoya. The woman was unconscious due to stab wounds.
According to the Nagoya City Fire Department, two people, a man and a woman in their 20s, were injured, and a woman was unconscious and in critical condition at a karaoke shop near the east exit of Nagoya Station. Two people appear to have suffered stab wounds, and police are investigating the circumstances.
Daihatsu head office factory also suspended Production at all domestic automobile factories
Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. suspended operations at its main factory in Ikeda City, Osaka on the 26th due to the issue of fraudulent acquisition of national certification, and halted car production at all domestic automobile factories. With no prospect of reopening, employees working at the factory are expressing concerns.
Ground improvement work off the coast of Henoko: Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism informs Okinawa Prefecture that he will carry out the work on his behalf on the 28th
On the 25th, Okinawa Prefecture decided not to approve the court-ordered ground improvement work off the coast of Henoko, Nago City, where the U.S. military base Futenma in Okinawa will be relocated. In response to this, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Saito decided to carry out the execution on behalf of the prefecture to approve the construction on the 28th, and announced that he had sent a notice to the prefecture on the 26th.
Metal parts from the sky injure a woman in a car, possibly falling from a plane, Anjo, Aichi
On the 25th, on a national highway in Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture, a woman driving a light passenger car that was waiting at a traffic light was hit by a metal part that fell from the sky and sustained minor injuries. Police are investigating the matter in detail, suspecting that it may have been a part that fell from an airplane.
Voluntary interview with Abe faction official Hagiuda Political funds Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Department
Interviews with people involved revealed that the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department voluntarily interviewed Koichi Hagiuda, former chairman of the Political Affairs Investigation Committee, a senior member of the Abe faction, regarding a case involving a political funding party run by a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party. The Special Investigation Department appears to have confirmed his recognition as an executive of a faction and as a member of the Diet member who received a kickback.
Four major non-life insurance companies ordered to improve their operations due to advance adjustment of insurance premiums for companies
Regarding the issue of four major non-life insurance companies adjusting insurance premiums for businesses in advance, Minister of Finance Suzuki announced that he had issued a business improvement order to the four companies based on the Insurance Business Law. The four companies that were penalized were Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Sompo Japan Insurance, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance.
The order of songs for the 2023 Kohaku Uta Gassen will be decided, and the last one will be MISIA
The order of the songs for the NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen, which will be broadcast on New Year's Eve, was announced on the 26th, and MISIA from the Red group will be the final performer.
Unable to contact couple in their 80s due to house fire in Munakata, Fukuoka
On the morning of the 26th, a fire destroyed a house in Munakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture, and firefighting efforts are continuing. The couple in their 80s who live in this house have not been able to be contacted and police are currently investigating.
Unemployment rate in November 2.5%, unchanged from last month
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the unemployment rate in November was 2.5%, unchanged from the previous month.
Effective job openings ratio in November: 1.28 times, 0.02 points lower than the previous month
The national average job openings-to-applicants ratio in November was 1.28 times, 0.02 points lower than the previous month. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says, ``There are moves to reduce job openings in some industries affected by soaring prices, and we need to keep an eye on them.''
Last year's milk production cost per dairy cow: National average of over 1 million yen, highest ever
In 2022, the national average cost to produce milk for each dairy cow was more than 1 million yen, the highest since statistics began being kept. This was due to the rise in the price of grain, which is used as feed, due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Former Unification Church Victim Relief Act New standards to be formulated for designation of religious corporations Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
In response to the enactment of the Act on Property Management of Religious Corporations to provide relief to victims regarding the issue of the former Unification Church, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has established new standards for the designation of religious corporations in order to understand the status of their assets. I understand that they have decided to do so.
[Updated from time to time] Israel strengthens offensive but rescue of hostages is difficult, family protests
The Israeli military has almost taken control of the northern Gaza Strip and is intensifying its offensive into the southern Gaza Strip, where it believes the Islamic organization Hamas leadership is hiding. Health authorities in the Gaza Strip announced on the 25th that 250 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 20,674. We will keep you updated on developments regarding Israel and Palestine as of December 26, Japan time.
[Updated from time to time] Russia military invasion of Ukraine (movement on December 26th)
Russia's military invasion of Ukraine continues. Russian and Ukrainian forces continue to fight in various parts of Ukraine, and many civilians have fled the country. We will keep you updated on developments regarding the situation in Ukraine on the 26th (Japan time), including the situation of the battle and the diplomacy of the countries involved. (There is a 7 hour time difference between Japan and Ukraine, and a 6 hour time difference with Moscow, Russia)
Russian critic Navalny jailed in Arctic prison
Support groups say Alexei Navalny, an opposition leader known in Russia as a leading critic of the Putin regime and whose whereabouts went missing this month, is being held in a prison in harsh conditions in the Arctic Circle. It has been revealed that it has been done.
Liberal Democratic Party rushes to make adjustments to new organization to consider reforms in response to political funding issue
In response to the problems surrounding factional political funding parties, the Liberal Democratic Party plans to launch a new organization in the new year to consider reforms aimed at preventing recurrence and restoring trust, and will hurry to make adjustments to the organization's structure and how to proceed with discussions. I am planning to do so.
Full-fledged coordination with the US side to export Self-Defense Force-owned “Patriot” from the beginning of the year
The government has relaxed export rules for defense equipment and has decided to export the Patriot surface-to-air missile system to the United States. In order to respond quickly, we have decided to export what the Self-Defense Forces have, and we will begin full-scale coordination with the American side from the beginning of the year.
Japan's dollar-denominated GDP as a share of the world's total fell to an all-time low last year
In 2022, Japan's dollar-denominated GDP (gross domestic product) will account for 4.2% of the world total, the lowest since 1980, when statistics are comparable. This was due to the depreciation of the yen, which reduced GDP when converted to dollars.