The Weekly Observer: January 31-February 4

Note from the compiler:


Greetings and thank you 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.

The new version after this long hiatus will include a one-page newsletter that summarizes the longer version in a more reader-friendly manner. I think the one-pager is for anyone who wants a quick read on the top news of the week; the longer version is for readers who want more detail on certain news.

Apologies for the late post, but this is last week’s newsletter.

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

The lineup:
1. Government Considers Extending COVID-19 Pre-Emergency Measures
2. Government Rushes to Speed Up Booster Shots
3. U.S.-Japan This Week: Rahm Emanuel and Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
4. Foreign Policy Developments
5. Defense/Security Developments
6. Lower House Passes Human Rights Resolution
7. State of the Economy
8. Government Expert Panel Drafts Economic Security Bill
9. Conflict Among Ruling and Opposition Parties Ahead of Summer Election
10. Other Political Developments
11. Other Noteworthy News
11a. Ex-PMs’ Anti-Nuclear Letter to EU Comes Under Fire
11b. Another Japan-South Korea Historical Spat Arises Over World Heritage Bid
12. Nikkei Poll (1/30)

–Rintaro Nishimura

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