The Weekly Observer: February 28-March 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.

Here is this week’s newsletter. We have a new color for March! And be sure to check this week’s special edition (updated) on Ukraine too!

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

The lineup:
1. COVID-19 Pre-Emergency Measures Extended in 21 Prefectures
2. Government Continues to Push for Booster Shots
3. Government Raises Daily Cap on Entry to 7,000

4. Japan-U.S. Developments (Rahm Emanuel statements on GOJ measures against Russia; Suzuki-Yellen meeting; MOFA-METI-USTR trade meeting)
5. Foreign Policy Developments (Kishida-Zelenskyy meetings; additional sanctions on Russia and Belarus; foreign perceptions of Japan)
6. Former Prime Minister Abe Says Discussion on Nuclear Sharing Necessary
7. Defense/Security Developments
(North Korea’s latest missile test; Russian helicopter’s violation of Japanese airspace; renaming “enemy base strike capabilities”)
8. Diet Proceedings (LDP-CDP disagreements over next week’s Diet schedule; Diet resolutions condemning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine; Lower House Commission on the Constitution’s report on online Diet participation)
9. Government Approves Additional Measures to Combat Rising Oil Prices
10. Ruling Coalition and DPP Talk About the Trigger Clause
11. State of the Economy (GOJ financial package for small and medium-sized businesses; Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy’s report on decreasing median household income; Consumer Confidence Survey)
12. Other Political Developments (Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly record-high budget; LDP-DPP talks on Lower House electoral reform; former PM Suga’s potential new study group; Ishigaki City mayoral election)
13. Other Noteworthy News (Japanese Companies to Halt Production in Russia; Sony and Honda to Team Up and Develop EVs)
14. Nikkei Poll (2/28)

–Rintaro Nishimura

Image: Captain76 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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