The Weekly Observer: February 14-18

Note from the compiler:

Greetings and thank you to anyone who reads this weekly newsletter! We’re through another week!!

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.

Here is this week’s newsletter.

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

The lineup:
1. Government Extends Pre-Emergency Measures in 17 Prefectures Until March 6
2. Government Completes Distribution Schedule for 100 Million Jabs
3. Government Raises Daily Cap on Foreign Entry to 5,000
4. A Series of Meetings Regarding the Situation in Ukraine

4a. Kishida-Zelensky
4b. Kishida-Putin
4c. Kishida-Johnson
4d. Hayashi-Reshetnikov
4e. Akiba-Sullivan
4f. G7 Finance Ministers’ Meeting
5. Japan’s Response to the Situation in Ukraine
6. Japan-U.S.-ROK Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
7. Foreign Policy Developments

7a. G7 Leaders’ Summit & Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
7b. TPP Updates
7c. China Arrests Japanese Citizen
7d. Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on COVID-19
8. Defense/Security Developments
8a. Renaming “Enemy Base Strike Capabilities”
8b. Defense Minister Does Not Rule Out Sending Fighter Jets Into Enemy Airspace
8c. Russian Naval Activities in Waters Around Japan
8d. Kishi-Dutton Phone Conference
8e. Kishida-Hun Manet, Kishi-Hun Manet Meetings
8f. ASDF Identify Bodies of Two Pilots Aboard Crashed F-15
8g. MOD Creates New Intelligence Officer Position
9. Diet Proceedings
9a. FY 2022 Budget Vote on Feb. 21
9b. Lower House Commission on the Constitution Convenes
9c. CDP Withdraws Plan to Regularize Opposition Diet Affairs Consultation
10. Economic Statistics
11. State of the Economy
12. Government Policies Fail to Contain Oil Prices
13. Other Developments

13a. Rengo Lays Ground Rules for Endorsement in HoC Election
13b. Economic Security Bill Approved by LDP/Komeito Divisions
13c. LDP Set to Revise Party Rules for Executive Term Limits
13d. Ex-lawmaker Tōyama Pleads Guilty to Violating Money Lending Business Act
13e. TSMC Increases Investment in Construction of New Plant in Japan
14. Other Noteworthy News
14a. METI to Create Human Rights Guidelines for Japan Inc.
15. NHK Poll (2/14)

–Rintaro Nishimura

Image: Captain76 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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