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Political News(2023/12/17)

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Japan-ASEAN Special Summit Meeting Agrees on promoting security cooperation, including maritime issues

2023-12-17 19:13:00
A special summit meeting between Japan and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) held a full-fledged discussion on the 17th, and the leaders agreed to promote security cooperation, including in the maritime domain, keeping China's movements in mind.


Political funding issue: Secretary to a member of the Abe faction provides new explanation

2023-12-17 18:56:00
In response to a voluntary interview by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Department regarding an issue surrounding a political funding party affiliated with a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, some secretaries of members of the Abe faction said, ``Initially, kickbacks were listed as income in the political funding balance report. Through interviews with related parties, we have newly learned that the statement was previously written, but due to instructions from the faction, it is no longer included. The Abe faction is suspected of systematically turning some of the party's income into a slush fund, and the Special Investigations Department is believed to be investigating the details of the process.


Representative Izumi Ritmin “The Kishida administration has no legitimacy. Dissolve the House of Representatives and call for a general election.”

2023-12-17 15:33:00
In response to the issue surrounding the political funding party of a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, Izumi, the representative of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, stated that the Kishida administration has no legitimacy and announced his intention to call for the dissolution of the House of Representatives and a general election.


Osaka/Kansai Expo: Government to establish third-party committee to ensure cost transparency

2023-12-17 14:42:00
Regarding the Osaka/Kansai Expo, the government has begun making adjustments to establish a new third-party committee of experts in order to increase cost transparency. We will verify the validity of the costs and monitor the progress of the plan to ensure that there are no further increases.


Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Saito meets with Fukushima Governor Uchibori “Nuclear decommissioning is the key to recovery”

2023-12-17 13:14:00
On the 17th, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Saito visited Fukushima Prefecture for the first time since taking office, and met with Governor Uchibori. Regarding the decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, he said, ``This is the key to Fukushima's recovery, and we cannot afford to delay it.We stand by the people of Fukushima.'' I would like to continue working on this," he said.


Japan-ASEAN Special Summit Meeting Full-fledged discussions begin

2023-12-17 12:33:00
The special summit meeting between Japan and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) began in earnest on the 17th. In the morning, issues such as security were on the agenda, and it appears that opinions were exchanged on strengthening cooperation in the defense field, keeping in mind China and other countries that are increasing their maritime expansion.


Agriculture Minister Sakamoto “Promoting reforms to resolve issues facing Japanese agriculture” Sunday debate

2023-12-17 12:30:00
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Sakamoto, who took office last week, said in a Sunday debate on NHK that he would like to introduce the ``Basic Act on Food, Agriculture, and Rural Areas'' to next year's regular session of the Diet in order to solve various issues facing Japan's agriculture, such as the aging population and lack of workers. He expressed his intention to work on reforms, including by submitting amendments.


Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi “Responds to restore trust with a sense of crisis” NHK Sunday debate

2023-12-17 11:19:00
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi, who took office last week, expressed a sense of crisis in a Sunday debate on NHK, stating that it was extremely regrettable that the issue surrounding the political funding party of a faction of the Liberal Democratic Party was causing doubts among the public. He expressed his intention to take measures to restore trust in politics.


Liberal Democratic Party Mr. Ishiba faction’s political funding issue “Review and discuss the legal system”

2023-12-17 10:19:00
In response to the problems surrounding the LDP faction's political funding party, former LDP Secretary-General Ishiba has set political reform as one of the themes at next year's regular Diet session, and will discuss reviewing the legal system, including the Political Funds Control Act. I have expressed my belief that it is necessary.


Special summit meeting between Japan and ASEAN begins full-scale discussions, results in joint statement

2023-12-17 05:19:00
The special summit meeting between Japan and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) will begin in earnest from the 17th, with the leaders of each country exchanging opinions on themes such as the economy and security, and the results expected to be summarized in a joint statement.


Okinawa: 78% “interested” in Senkaku Islands, government poll

2023-12-17 04:04:00
In a government poll on the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, a total of 78% of people answered that they were "interested" or "somewhat interested" in the Senkaku Islands, the highest level since the survey began. Ta.


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