1. LDP Members, Kono’s Support Rate Tops
On Saturday, a Kyodo News poll showed that 48.6 percent of rank-and-file members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) think Taro Kono is best suited to be party leader and, indeed, Japan’s next prime minister in less than two weeks, Kyodo News reported on Sept. 18. He is running for party leader alongside former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, former Interior and Communications Minister Hayao Takashi, and executive acting secretary-general Seiji Noda. Kishida received 18.5 percent support in a telephone survey, Takashi 15.7 percent, and Noda 3.3 percent.
2. 4 Candidates for LDP Presidential Election Hold Public Debate
The four candidates for the LDP presidential election to decide the successor of Prime Minister Kan Yoshihide: Taro Kono, former political investigation chairman Fumio Kishida, former General Affairs Minister Hayao Takashi, and acting chief executive Soko Noda, participated in a public discussion hosted by the Japan Press Club on September 18, according to Kyodo News. Kono pointed out regarding the pension system, “It is clear from the structure that insurance premiums cannot issue a minimum guaranteed pension.” Kishida mentioned the need to completely curb the movement of people and secure hospital beds and medical personnel, stressing, “First, I will present a general idea of economic measures on a scale of tens of trillions of yen and promote it. Effectively.”
3. Japan’s Foreign Minister Welcomed AUKUS to the British and Australian Foreign Ministers
According to Kyodo News, on September 18, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshichika Mogi held separate telephone talks with British Foreign Secretary Tony Truss and Australian Foreign Minister John Payne, informing them that he welcomed the new security mechanism “AUKUS” constructed by the United States, Britain, and Australia. Shigeki affirmed that “it will help strengthen participation in the Indian Pacific-like region. ” Shigeki also stressed that he “hopes to deepen Japan-UK relations further” and agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation, including security and economy well as collaboration on global issues such as climate change. Furthermore, Shigeki confirmed collaboration between the four countries and Japan and Australia given the four-nation summit held by Japan, the United States, Australia, and India in Washington, D.C., on the 24th.
4. Former Liberal Democratic Party General Affairs Chairman Takeshita Died
NHK reported on September 18 that Takeshita, a former general affairs chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party who served as minister of reconstruction, died of esophageal cancer at his home in Tokyo on the evening of September 17. He was 74 years old. Mr. Takeshita was elected seven times to the House of Representatives for the second district of Shimane Prefecture. in 2014, he first joined the double Abe Cabinet as Reconstruction Minister to speed up the reconstruction process, including rebuilding the lives of those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. in 2008, he was appointed chairman of the LDP’s Diet Countermeasures Committee and, in coordination with the opposition, passed the revised Organized Crime Punishment Act, which changed the constitutional requirements for conspiracy crimes, created a new crime of preparation for terrorism, and enacted a special law for the abdication of the emperor. Last January, he announced that he had esophageal cancer, and after about ten months of hospitalization, he resumed his political activities.
5. Japanese Prime Minister’s Message to Leaders on Supporting the World’s Transition to Decarbonization
The Prime Minister of Japan delivered a video message at an online meeting of heads of state on energy and climate issues hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden, NHK, reported on Sept. 18. In his message, he said that climate change is an urgent issue that all of humanity must address and that climate action is not a constraint on the economy but a key to generating growth. He emphasized that the government will promote policies that create a virtuous circle between the economy and the environment to achieve green growth, including fostering innovation and pricing carbon by requiring companies to bear the cost of their carbon emissions. In addition, he intends to support the world’s transition to a low-carbon world by making full use of technologies such as energy conservation and hydrogen.
6. Number of Foreign Students Entering Japan down 90% Due to CCP Virus
According to the Immigration Bureau, the number of new students entering Japan as “studying abroad” in the first half of FY21 was 7,078 is 11.5% of the 61,520 new international students in the first half of FY19, and the number for all of FY20 plummeted to 49,748 from 121,637 in FY19, NHK reported on Sept. 17. Some students, including government-sponsored students, are allowed to enter Japan under notable exceptions. Still, privately funded international students, who make up 95% of all international students, are not allowed to enter. As a result of the entry restrictions, some international students are forced to change their study destinations to other countries or reconsider seeking employment in Japan.
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