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Kishida’s slow action on scandal-tainted minister highlights PM’s weakness
The prime minister’s decision to replace Kenya Akiba was delayed by the leader’s dismal public approval ratings and shaky support within his ruling party.
U.S. national killed in Saitama was a well-established businessman in Japan
William Bishop Jr. came to Japan in 1974 and eventually went on to start his own health care consultancy. He has been described as “dedicated, …
BOJ debated rising wages and fading deflation risks at December meeting
The increased attention to mounting inflationary pressures could keep alive market expectations the BOJ will phase out massive stimulus next year.
Kishida says election to come before tax hike for defense
Kishida has unveiled plans for a 60% increase in defense spending over five years.
Images of 2022: World news
One event stood over all else this year: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The conflict ushered in rapid shifts on defense, energy and business.
COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo confirms 20,243 new coronavirus cases
The seven-day average of new cases in the capital came to 17,288.6, up 5.9% from a week earlier.
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