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December 28, 2020   A focus of discussions regarding Japan’s fifth Basic Plan for Gender Equality decided on by the cabinet on December 25 has been a system allowing married couples to use differe...

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December 28, 2020   It is too timeworn to follow media’s year-end practice of selecting and commenting on the world’s 10 biggest news events of the past year. If I were to select only the biggest ...

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December 21, 2020   Is South Korea under President Moon Jae In qualified to join a club of liberal democracies? British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a plan to invite India, Austra...

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December 21, 2020   Novel coronavirus infections have continued a spread, forcing the Japanese government to suspend its Go to Travel campaign as a pillar of its economic stimulus package to cope ...

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December 21, 2020   Japan’s COVID-19 countermeasures have a lot of problems. In fact, the infectivity and severity of the novel coronavirus disease were found not so different from those of influe...

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December 14, 2020   On December 10, South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party railroaded through the National Assembly an amendment to the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials Ac...

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December 14, 2020   U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Lloyd Austin, a retired Army general, as defense secretary. As commander of U.S. Central Command in charge of the Middle East, Aust...

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December 7, 2020   Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders have been arrested and sentenced to prison one after another. The Chinese actions have come under growing fire in Japan. Even the Asahi Shimbun n...

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December 7, 2020   The Japanese National Diet ended an extraordinary session on December 5 without revising this time again the National Referendum Act that provides for constitutional amendment p...

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December 7, 2020   The year 2020, an annus horribilis of the Wuhan virus, is ending in about 20 days. During the year, media have continued to make fear-fueling reports, leading people to believe ...

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