POLITICS NEWS - 2

Jul 31
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed plans to continue the local production of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. (janes.com)
Jul 30
The government was advised to postpone a decision on the Go To Travel tourism promotion program but rejected that advice, the head of a government team on novel coronavirus countermeasures said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Jul 30
Gov. Yuriko Koike said Wednesday asking restaurants and shops to close will be a "huge burden" for Tokyo's finances as the city faces a second wave of coronavirus infections. (Nikkei)
Jul 30
Japanese fighter pilot Lt. Col. Takamichi Shirota says his country is under increasing pressure from the air. Analysts say it's a pressure faced by few other nations. (CNN)
Jul 30
Japan has reacted angrily to statues in South Korea that appear to depict the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, prostrating himself before a young woman who represents tens of thousands of wartime sex slaves. (theguardian.com)
Jul 30
Korea’s objections to Japan’s export restrictions are being taken up by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which decided to create an arbitration panel. (koreajoongangdaily.joins.com)
Jul 29
Japan's top government spokesperson says 550 clusters of coronavirus infections had been confirmed across the country as of Tuesday. (NHK)
Jul 29
Japan's government is pushing ahead with the distribution of its much derided masks even though commercially made masks are now readily available, prompting a renewed outcry on social media. (Japan Today)
Jul 29
A botanical garden in South Korea has set up a statue of a man kneeling and bowing his head in front of a statue of a girl symbolizing those referred to as comfort women. (NHK)
Jul 29
A bodyguard of Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but Kono himself is negative, police and the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Jul 29
Japan's ruling party will urge the government to restrict the use of Chinese-developed apps like TikTok and better protect sensitive information, aiming to ensure that the country can keep working closely with the U.S. on security matters. (Nikkei)
Jul 28
Off a narrow corridor above a store selling Persian rugs in central Tokyo, a small office houses a private operation that won a tender in April to distribute more than US$20 billion in government aid to businesses hit by the coronavirus. (channelnewsasia.com)
Jul 28
South Korea warned that Japan risked reigniting tensions if it didn’t acknowledge past forced labor abuses, saying Seoul was prepared to build a regional coalition to hold Tokyo to account for its colonial behavior. (Bloomberg)
Jul 27
The Japanese government is pushing ahead with plans to get the economy back on track even as the outbreak continues to spread. (NHK)
Jul 27
Earlier this year, as it became clear that the coronavirus pandemic was not going to pass quickly, the Japanese government delayed plans for what would be the first state visit by a Chinese leader to Tokyo since 2008. (economictimes)
Jul 27
The first-ever auction of discarded Self-Defense Forces equipment, including items from a training vessel decommissioned in spring, was held Sunday by an agency affiliated with Japan's Defense Ministry. (Japan Times)
Jul 27
The Japanese government will ask the business community to ensure that each company has 70 percent or more employees work from home, economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Sunday. (Japan Times)
Jul 25
With the number of COVID-19 cases once again rising, the debate among government officials, the media and health experts over how, or whether, to once again ask businesses to close down is gaining momentum, though Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the situation isn’t dire enough to declare another state of emergency. (Japan Times)
Jul 25
Two decades after Japan rolled out an ambitious plan to go digital, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the government's deeply rooted technological shortcomings as ministries remain stuck in a paper-driven culture that experts say is hurting productivity. (thejakartapost.com)
Jul 25
Once again the capital stands at a critical juncture this weekend, with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike having urged residents to stay inside and avoid all nonessential travel following an unprecedented surge of the novel coronavirus. (Japan Times)

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