Galaxy News: Fumio Kishida’s Administration’s ‘Stance’ Toward CCP Becoming Suspicious; Japan Weighs Opening Immigration Door Wider

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1.Fumio Kishida’s Administration’s ‘Stance’ Toward China Becoming Suspicious

Yukan Fuji reported on Nov 18, the “stance” of the Fumio Kishida administration toward CCP has become suspicious. With the CPP authorities’ suppression of human rights in Hong Kong and Uyghur, developing a “Japanese version of the Magnitsky Act” to impose sanctions on human rights violations overseas has been under consideration. Still, it is reported that Prime Minister Kishida has decided to postpone it. The second Kishida cabinet was said to have struck a balance by appointing Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, one of the most “pro-CCP” politicians, and former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who was active in the development of the law, as “assistant to the prime minister for international human rights affairs.”

2.Japan Weighs Opening Immigration Door Wider for 14 Sectors Allowing Permanent Residency

Jiji news reported on Nov 18; the Japanese government decided to effectively eliminate the restriction of the duration of stay for skilled foreign workers in 14 industries where labor shortages are becoming severe. This will expand the scope of foreign workers who can obtain permanent residency in various fields, including agriculture, manufacturing, and services. The government will make a cabinet decision to review the system by the end of the next fiscal year.

3.Crude Oil Prices Plunge Temporarily Due to U.S. Asks Japan, China, Others to Consider Tapping Oil Reserves

Asahi News reported on Nov 18, U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has asked Japan, CCP, and other countries to consider releasing their crude oil reserves. Demand for crude oil will increase with the resumption of global economic activity. However, OPEC Plus, a group of major oil-producing countries, is reluctant to increase production, and WTI futures hit a seven-year high of $85 in late October. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno declined to say at a press conference on 18. Still, just comment, “Japan and the U.S. have been exchanging a variety of information daily, but I would like to refrain from commenting on each one. The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) has not clarified whether or not the U.S. has made a request but said that domestic stockpiles could only be released in case of supply shortages due to conflicts or disasters.

4.Taiwan Strait Peace Important, Japan’s Foreign Minister Tells CCP

Kyodo News reported on Nov 18, Japan’s new Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi spoke by phone Thursday with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, telling him that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait are paramount and conveying concern about the repeated intrusions of ships sent by Beijing into Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands. Hayashi also voiced “serious concern” over human rights issues in Hong Kong and Communist China’s far-western Xinjiang region. While speaking to Hayashi, Wang referred to Xi’s virtual meeting earlier this week with U.S. President Joe Biden and said that CCP has “healthy communication” with Washington, according to the official.

5.500 Billion Yen Earmarked for Building Domestic Vaccine Production Bases

NNN news reported on Nov 18, as part of an economic package, the government intends to establish a research base tasked with bolstering the development infrastructure for domestically produced vaccines and plans to earmark about 500 billion yen. The center to support research and development will be established under the Japan Agency for Medical Development (AMED), a national research and development corporation; it plans to develop a fund of more than 250 billion yen for research and development projects. The subsidies will likely cover about 90% of the cost, and about 230 billion yen will support manufacturing bases.

6.Japan Gov’t to Spend Record $488 Bill on Economic Stimulus

Kyodo News reported on Nov 18; Japan will spend a Record 55.7 trillion yen ($488 billion) on an economic stimulus package to ease the impact of the CCP virus pandemic. The sources said that the box, including policy measures funded by the private sector, such as emergency bank lending to struggling businesses, will be worth 78.9 trillion yen. The Cabinet of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will approve the package on Friday. Expanded from an earlier plan of around 30 trillion yen, the fiscal spending, also including government “zaito” investment and loan programs as well as local government expenditures, will be larger than the 48.4 trillion yen outlay for a similar package compiled in April last year by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration.

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Translator: Tagomi
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