The Weekly Observer: October 18-22

Note from the compiler:

Greetings to anyone who reads this weekly newsletter!! I hope this is a helpful resource to stay abreast of the latest developments in Japan and an entertaining list of news that interests a wide range of readers. My aim has been to be both informative and professional in the way I compile the news every week.

As usual, the document has bookmarks so you can skip over sections that are not of interest.

The lineup:
1. House of Representatives Election Campaign Begins
2. Major Media Outlets Predict Ruling Coalition Will Maintain Majority
3. U.S. Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for Ambassador to Japan
4. Foreign Policy Developments
5. Defense/Security Developments
6. Japan Prepares to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions
7. Kishida Cabinet Responds to Increase in Oil Prices
8. Other Political Developments
9. State of the Economy
10. Other Noteworthy News
10a. Japan Hits All-Time Low in Digital Competitiveness
10b. Ex-Justice Minister Kawai Withdraws Appeal of Prison Sentence
11. Asahi Shimbun Poll (10/20)

–Rintaro Nishimura

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