Law of japan – Const Japan http://const-japan.com/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 08:34:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://const-japan.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T131502.299-150x150.png Law of japan – Const Japan http://const-japan.com/ 32 32 France expresses its support for India, Germany, Brazil and Japan as permanent members of the UNSC https://const-japan.com/france-expresses-its-support-for-india-germany-brazil-and-japan-as-permanent-members-of-the-unsc/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 04:21:46 +0000 https://const-japan.com/france-expresses-its-support-for-india-germany-brazil-and-japan-as-permanent-members-of-the-unsc/ France reaffirmed its support for India, Germany, Brazil and Japan as permanent members of an expanded UN Security Council, stressing the need to take into account the emergence of new powers willing and able to assume the responsibility of a permanent presence in the powerful body world. “France’s position is consistent and well known. We […]]]>

France reaffirmed its support for India, Germany, Brazil and Japan as permanent members of an expanded UN Security Council, stressing the need to take into account the emergence of new powers willing and able to assume the responsibility of a permanent presence in the powerful body world. “France’s position is consistent and well known. We want the Council to be more representative of today’s world, in a way that further enhances its authority and effectiveness,” France’s deputy permanent representative said on Friday. France to the UN, Nathalie Broadhurst.

She was addressing the plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the “question of equitable representation and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council”.

“We must indeed take into account the emergence of new powers that are willing and able to take on the responsibility of a permanent presence on the Security Council,” Broadhurst said.

Broadhurst said that to preserve its executive and operational nature, an expanded Council could have up to 25 members.

“France supports the candidacy of Germany, Brazil, India and Japan as permanent members. We also want a stronger presence of African countries, including among the permanent members. The remaining seats should be allocated in order to achieve equitable geographic representation,” she said.

She added that the question of the veto is “eminently sensitive”, and that it is up to the States which request the granting of a permanent seat to determine themselves.

“In this reflection, the objective must remain twofold: on the one hand, to consolidate the legitimacy of the Security Council; on the other hand, to strengthen its capacity to fully assume its responsibilities in the maintenance of international peace and security. ‘. she says.

”It is in this spirit that France proposed, as early as 2013, that the five permanent members of the Council voluntarily and collectively suspend the use of the veto in the event of mass atrocities. This voluntary approach does not require a revision of the Charter but a political commitment from the permanent members,” she added.

The UK has also expressed support for India, Germany, Japan and Brazil to sit as permanent members in an expanded UN Security Council.

“Our position is well known. The United Kingdom has long called for the enlargement of the Security Council to permanent and non-permanent categories,” British Ambassador Barbara Woodward said on Thursday during the General Assembly debate on the reform of the Security Council. Security Council.

“We support the creation of new permanent seats for India, Germany, Japan and Brazil, as well as permanent representation of Africa on the Council. We also support an expansion of the category of non-permanent members, bringing the total number of Security Council members to somewhere in the mid-twenties,” she said.

Woodward said that with these changes, the Council would be more representative of today’s world. “And, coupled with a renewed commitment to the Charter of the United Nations, it would be better able to respond decisively to threats to international peace and security,” she said.

Of the five permanent members of the 15-nation council, the US, UK, France and Russia have backed a permanent seat for India in the UN body.

India’s current two-year term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council will end next month after it chairs the 15-nation Council.

New Delhi and other G4 countries, namely Brazil, Germany and Japan, have been at the forefront of efforts calling for urgent reform of the Security Council, which has remained deeply divisive in the face of challenges current.

India has asserted that the Council in its current form does not reflect today’s geopolitical realities and that its credibility is at risk if nations such as developing powers like India do not have seats. standing at the horseshoe table.

The G4 supports the need for a comprehensive reform of the Security Council, with the increase in the number of seats in the categories of permanent and non-permanent members, equitable regional representation, more transparent and inclusive working methods and a strengthened relationship with other United Nations bodies, including the General Assembly.

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Before the explosion, Wall Street heavyweights fought for FTX https://const-japan.com/before-the-explosion-wall-street-heavyweights-fought-for-ftx/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:32:20 +0000 https://const-japan.com/before-the-explosion-wall-street-heavyweights-fought-for-ftx/ “No one saw this coming” has been a common refrain in the financial world since the rapid disintegration of Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency empire. Nowhere is this sentiment more evident than in the letters sent to US regulators in support of FTX’s request for a controversial plan that would have revolutionized derivatives trading, a heavily regulated […]]]>

“No one saw this coming” has been a common refrain in the financial world since the rapid disintegration of Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency empire. Nowhere is this sentiment more evident than in the letters sent to US regulators in support of FTX’s request for a controversial plan that would have revolutionized derivatives trading, a heavily regulated corner of Wall Street.

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The first private company flies to the Moon to extract dust https://const-japan.com/the-first-private-company-flies-to-the-moon-to-extract-dust/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 16:19:00 +0000 https://const-japan.com/the-first-private-company-flies-to-the-moon-to-extract-dust/ Space law experts are watching the mission closely as it is likely to set a precedent for the future of mining on the lunar surface. Christopher Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University, said: “The use of space is one of the hot areas of space law at the moment. “What we […]]]>

Space law experts are watching the mission closely as it is likely to set a precedent for the future of mining on the lunar surface.

Christopher Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University, said: “The use of space is one of the hot areas of space law at the moment.

“What we have right now is kind of an ad hoc situation where national legislatures pass their own laws, and I think the United States and Japan will be keen to set a precedent here in what they can achieve commercially.

“I think there needs to be some international guidelines on this, because if we approach this properly now, it will solve a lot of problems in terms of security and future conflicts, and what the world doesn’t need right now. time, it’s more conflict.”

He added: “Traditionally, space law emanates from the United Nations, which would give it a certain legitimacy. Even though it is a huge international treaty, a commitment to collaboration between countries and commercial actors. would be helpful.

Purify the air on the right of space

Current space law is vague on the exploitation of resources. The 1966 UN Outer Space Treaty states that “outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by use or occupation, or by any other means “.

Furthermore, its 1979 Moon Treaty called for “the orderly and safe utilization of natural lunar resources with an equitable sharing by all States Parties of the benefits derived from such resources”.

Nasa’s Artemis Accords, signed by 21 countries including Britain, the United States and Japan, but not Russia, endorsed the ability to extract and use space resources. He also called for the suspension of the Outer Space Treaty, creating a confusing situation.

The Ispace lander hitches a ride on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Nov. 22 barring any delays.

It’s currently hurricane season in Florida, and NASA’s Artemis Moon mission, which is due for a third launch attempt next week, also faces an anxious wait.

If successful, the lander is expected to touch down at Lacus Somniorum on the moon’s northeast nearside next spring.

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Over 80% of Japanese adults find tobacco smoke unpleasant: survey https://const-japan.com/over-80-of-japanese-adults-find-tobacco-smoke-unpleasant-survey/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 06:03:33 +0000 https://const-japan.com/over-80-of-japanese-adults-find-tobacco-smoke-unpleasant-survey/ (File Photo/Mainichi) TOKYO (Kyodo) — About 83 percent of people aged 18 and older in Japan find tobacco smoke unpleasant, according to a recent government survey, underscoring widespread negative feelings among the public toward second-hand smoke. Although the government in April 2020 imposed a general ban on smoking […]]]>

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TOKYO (Kyodo) — About 83 percent of people aged 18 and older in Japan find tobacco smoke unpleasant, according to a recent government survey, underscoring widespread negative feelings among the public toward second-hand smoke.

Although the government in April 2020 imposed a general ban on smoking in indoor spaces used by several people, nearly half of those surveyed said they wanted stricter measures to stop passive smoking, according to the survey. from the Cabinet Office published on Friday.

Just over 56% said they found tobacco smoke “unpleasant”, while around 26% said it was “somewhat unpleasant”. Around 75% of men expressed these views, alongside around 89% of women.

The latest data cannot be directly compared with the latest survey conducted in 2019, which showed around 78% responded the same way, due to changes in the survey method.

Regarding the measures the government should take on the issue, some 48% of respondents want stronger measures against passive smoking. Of these, around 60% called for outdoor smoking locations in streets and parks, among other places, to be reduced.

In a multiple-choice question about smoking places people didn’t like, most respondents, around 70%, named ‘on the street’, followed by almost 51% who chose restaurants.

About 40% said they find tobacco smoke unpleasant even in places frequented by smokers, including establishments serving alcohol such as bars and Japanese izakaya pubs, as well as designated outdoor smoking areas.

Under a revised health promotion law implemented in April 2020, people are in principle prohibited from smoking inside restaurants, offices, hotel lobbies and other open places to the general public.

The survey interviewed 3,000 adults between August and September online and by mail, with 1,556 giving valid answers.

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North Korea continues missile barrage with test over Japan https://const-japan.com/north-korea-continues-missile-barrage-with-test-over-japan/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:00:47 +0000 https://const-japan.com/north-korea-continues-missile-barrage-with-test-over-japan/ Japan says missiles fired by North Korea flew over northern Japan on Thursday, the latest in a series of weapons tests that have heightened tensions in the region. The announcement from the Japanese prime minister’s office came shortly after South Korea’s military said it detected North Korea launching at least one ballistic missile towards its […]]]>

Japan says missiles fired by North Korea flew over northern Japan on Thursday, the latest in a series of weapons tests that have heightened tensions in the region.

The announcement from the Japanese prime minister’s office came shortly after South Korea’s military said it detected North Korea launching at least one ballistic missile towards its eastern sea. Japan said more than one missile was fired, although it did not immediately say how many. He said the missiles flew over his territory and landed in the Pacific Ocean. The Prime Minister’s Office has issued warnings to residents of northern Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures, ordering them to enter company buildings or hide. No damage or injuries were reported in the areas where the alerts were issued. The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul did not immediately confirm the type of missile detected or the distance the weapon traveled. The launches came a day after North Korea fired more than 20 missiles, the most it had ever fired in a single day. One of these missiles flew towards a populated South Korean island and landed near the rivals’ tense maritime border, triggering air raid sirens and forcing residents of Ulleung Island to evacuate. South Korea quickly responded by launching its own missiles into the same border area.

Wednesday’s launches came hours after North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons to make the United States and South Korea “pay the most horrific price in history” in protest against ongoing South Korean-American military exercises which it sees as a rehearsal for a possible invasion.

North Korea last flew a missile over Japan in October in what it described as a test of a new intermediate-range ballistic missile, which experts say is potentially capable of to reach Guam, an important American military center in the Pacific. This launch forced the Japanese government to issue evacuation alerts and stop the trains. North Korea has ramped up its weapons demonstrations at a record pace this year. It has fired dozens of missiles, including its first demonstration of intercontinental ballistic missiles since 2017, as it exploits the distraction created by Russia’s war in Ukraine to advance weapons development. The North has punctuated its testing with an escalating nuclear doctrine that authorizes preemptive nuclear attacks on a variety of loosely defined crisis situations. US and South Korean officials have said North Korea could up the ante in the coming weeks with its first detonation of a nuclear test device since September 2017.

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Tokyo to start issuing same-sex partnership certificates https://const-japan.com/tokyo-to-start-issuing-same-sex-partnership-certificates/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 09:11:00 +0000 https://const-japan.com/tokyo-to-start-issuing-same-sex-partnership-certificates/ With gay marriage banned in Japan, Takashi Otsuka saw so few legal options that he decided to legally adopt his same-sex partner. Otsuka, 74, who has run a bar in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district for 40 years, met his partner, Shinji, 51, when he came to his bar as a customer 20 years ago. Shortly after, […]]]>

With gay marriage banned in Japan, Takashi Otsuka saw so few legal options that he decided to legally adopt his same-sex partner.

Otsuka, 74, who has run a bar in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district for 40 years, met his partner, Shinji, 51, when he came to his bar as a customer 20 years ago.

Shortly after, they moved in together. But due to the large age gap between them, Otsuka decided to adopt Shinji as his son in 2013 so that he could leave his money to her if he died.

Under the law, two people cannot legally marry after dissolving an adoption. But Otsuka said at the time he had no hope of them getting legally married in Japan, when the adoption system would firmly protect their relationship as a family.

Otsuka, however, is much more optimistic now that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is introducing a partnership system that will officially recognize same-sex relationships.

It will start issuing certificates to couples from November 1.

When Otsuka found out about Tokyo’s new partnership system, he thought it would bring them little benefit. It does not offer the same legal benefits as marriage.

But when he read the Metropolitan Government’s explanation of who can apply under the system, something caught his eye: Couples who have chosen to adopt their partner can apply.

The government must think of people like them, he thought.

Thus, he and Shinji filed for partner status together on October 14.

Although the partnership is still a long way from legalizing same-sex marriage, Otsuka said he believes it represents hope that marriage will be possible in the future.

“This system is a step towards same-sex marriage,” he said. “The only way to achieve same-sex marriage is to demonstrate that many people use the partnership system.”

While similar partnership systems already exist in Japan, only around 10% of local governments in the country have one in place. But they now cover more than half of Japan’s population.

Tokyo’s Shibuya and Setagaya wards became the first local governments to introduce a same-sex recognition system in November 2015.

According to a joint survey by the Shibuya Ward Government and Nijiiro Diversity, an Osaka nonprofit that advocates for the rights of sexual minorities, 239 local governments, including nine prefectures, had systems like this as of 11 October, covering 55.6% of the Japanese population. population.

This figure will exceed 60% once Tokyo introduces its system.

According to the organization, 3,456 same-sex couples across the country had been officially recognized through partnership systems by the end of September.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government began accepting applications on October 11. As of 9 a.m. on October 28, 137 same-sex couples had applied.

Under these partnership systems, same-sex couples can apply for official recognition of their union by taking an oath or submitting a notarized document proving that they are living together.

Under the Tokyo system, couples can apply online by submitting their family record book, residence certificate and ID.

Obtaining official recognition through the system enables same-sex couples to apply to move into public family apartment complexes and apply for social benefits for people in the same household.

They are also allowed to visit their partners when they are hospitalized in facilities run by central or local governments, and they can give consent for doctors to operate on their sick partners.

When a member of the LGBT community applies for a mortgage, some financial institutions will consider their partner to be a spouse if the couple is officially recognized by their local authority.

They will also allow the income of the partner to be added to the income of the applicant when preparing a mortgage agreement.

Some insurers will allow them to benefit from their partner’s life insurance if they form an officially recognized couple.

Some companies will also grant them access to spousal benefits.

But they will still be denied many privileges even if they gain recognition of a partnership.

This includes inheriting property from their partner after their death, joint custody of children and using the “spouse deduction” system to deduct a certain amount from taxable income.

Same-sex couples have filed lawsuits across the country arguing that banning same-sex marriage violates the Constitution, which guarantees “freedom of marriage.”

But the judges have been divided in their opinions so far.

While the Sapporo District Court ruled in March that the ban violated the Constitution, the Osaka District Court ruled in June that it did not.

Maki Muraki, head of Nijiiro Diversity, said the growing popularity of same-sex partnership systems shows the need to move towards allowing marriages as well.

“The partnership system has spread rapidly, which shows how desperately people who live with same-sex partners need legal protection,” she said. “While they feel a sense of security brought by recognition by public bodies, they also feel that the legal benefits of the system fall far short of those of marriage.”

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The lawyers’ legal services market will reach 635.9 billion https://const-japan.com/the-lawyers-legal-services-market-will-reach-635-9-billion/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 09:38:57 +0000 https://const-japan.com/the-lawyers-legal-services-market-will-reach-635-9-billion/ Dallas/ Texas, Oct. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lawyers provide legal services to individuals, businesses and other organizations. They work as in-house lawyers for companies, in private practice or for the government. Legal services are accessible through a variety of methods, including traditional law firms, online services, and mobile apps. Lawyer Legal Services Market rapidly […]]]>

Dallas/ Texas, Oct. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lawyers provide legal services to individuals, businesses and other organizations. They work as in-house lawyers for companies, in private practice or for the government. Legal services are accessible through a variety of methods, including traditional law firms, online services, and mobile apps. Lawyer Legal Services Market rapidly expanding now a days. Legal services can also be divided into a wide range of categories, such as business law, bankruptcy law, employment and labor law, real estate law, and tax law.

The lawyer legal services market offered by lawyers is expected to grow from USD 349.2 billion in 2019 to USD 635.9 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 13.6%.

Top Key Players Operating in the Global Lawyer Legal Services Market

  • Piper DLA
  • Denton
  • White & Case srl
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • and Latham & Watkins LLP

These companies are committed to providing their customers with state-of-the-art solutions. They have also spent money on research and development activities in an effort to improve their product offering. Moreover, in order to meet the requirements of their customers in various fields, these companies are expanding their geographic reach.

Organizations that provide their clients with various legal services constitute the legal services market. The in-house lawyers of these companies are authorities in one or more legal fields and offer their services to individuals and businesses. These lawyers offer a variety of services, including family court, criminal procedure, intellectual property law, bankruptcy law, wage and hour law, tax law, and real estate law. The legal services sector covers all the solutions offered by lawyers. These can generally be categorized into (B2B), (B2C), hybrid and criminal legal practices. The two categories of law firm services are contentious and non-contentious.

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Key segments of the global lawyer legal services market

Service overview

  • Hybrid legal services
  • (B2B) legal services
  • Criminal law practices
  • (B2C) legal services

Size overview

  • SME law firms
  • Large law firms

Overview of modes

Overview of practice

  • Work/Employment
  • Bankruptcy
  • Company
  • Patent litigation
  • Tax
  • Dispute
  • Immovable

End User Overview

  • Mining and Oil & Gas
  • Manufacturing
  • People
  • IT services
  • Construction

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Financial Services Market appears to be growing owing to growing demand for legal services from individuals and businesses, growth of web service providers, and increasing use of blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) ) in the legal sector.

Currently, B2B legal services are dominating the legal services market for lawyers as they are needed in almost every industry for a number of factors including documentation, agreements, compliance and preventing any potential legal issues in the workplace. ‘coming. Large law firms now control the largest market share among these groups due to their ability to handle more complex legal issues than small and medium-sized businesses. Large law firms also have a better success rate in winning litigation, which greatly contributes to their growth.

Currently, the majority of the company’s sales are done online. An increase in the use of online platforms by lawyers and clients to provide legal services can also be attributed to the development. Currently, litigation is leading among these sectors due to an increase in the number of legal problems in many companies, public awareness of legal rights and procedures, and the presence of several law firms specializing in litigation. .

Regional Overview of Healthcare Financing Solutions Market

  • North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia, Italy and rest of Europe)
  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and Australia)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and rest of South America)
  • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, South Africa and Rest of Middle East and Africa)

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Individuals now make up the majority of these segments of the lawyer legal services market due to their need for legal services for a variety of personal issues including divorce, child custody, real estate disputes and other things, as well only for business purposes like starting a new business, drafting contracts, etc. The market is currently controlled exclusively by North America. It is that there are many law firms in the region that focus on different areas of law, there is a growing need for legal services from individuals and businesses, and there are many service providers local legal authorities.

Competitive landscape

Dentons, a global legal firm, announced in May 2019 that it had acquired Muinificion & Lingam di Valenza, an Italian law firm. With this acquisition, Dentons will be able to reach more clients and increase the range of legal services it offers.

In September 2019, John Cuthbertson was selected to serve as the new Group Co-Chairman for the International Energy Sector at DLA Piper. The hiring of Cuthbertson should improve the company’s position in the international oil and gas market.

Philip Chatham will take over as the new head of Hogan Lovells’ London office in November 2019, according to the company’s announcement. Chatham’s appointment is part of the firm’s strategy to maintain growth in the UK legal industry.

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Japan’s Cabinet Minister Resigns Over Unification Church Ties | https://const-japan.com/japans-cabinet-minister-resigns-over-unification-church-ties/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 22:10:00 +0000 https://const-japan.com/japans-cabinet-minister-resigns-over-unification-church-ties/ TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy minister tendered his resignation on Monday over his ties to the Unification Church after facing mounting criticism in a growing controversy involving dozens of party lawmakers in power. Daishiro Yamagiwa’s resignation is another blow to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government, which has been rocked by his party’s close ties to […]]]>

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy minister tendered his resignation on Monday over his ties to the Unification Church after facing mounting criticism in a growing controversy involving dozens of party lawmakers in power.

Daishiro Yamagiwa’s resignation is another blow to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government, which has been rocked by his party’s close ties to the controversial South Korea-based church following the assassination of the former leader Shinzo Abe in July.

Yamagiwa faced growing demands from opposition lawmakers for his resignation after he repeatedly said he had no recollection of his past attendance at church meetings while traveling abroad and that he had posed for group photos with church leader Hak Ja Han Moon and other leaders.

Kishida on Tuesday appointed former health minister Shigeyuki Goto to replace Yamagiwa as economy minister.

Kishida said Goto is a seasoned politician who is “very good at explaining” and has a “passion” for economic and social reform. Kishida said he expected him to play a central role in coordinating and achieving key policy goals, including a major economic package that Kishida plans to announce later this week. Goto’s appointment is to be made official after a ceremony at the palace later on Tuesday.

Kishida’s government support ratings have plunged over its handling of the scandal and for holding a highly unusual state funeral for Abe, one of Japan’s most controversial leaders, who is now seen as a key link between the Ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the Church. Abe sent a video message in 2021 praising Hak Ja Han Moon at a meeting of the Universal Peace Federation-affiliated church.

Since the 1980s, the church has been accused of underhanded business and recruiting tactics, including brainwashing members into paying it huge portions of their salaries.

“I just tendered my resignation” to Kishida, Yamagiwa told reporters on Monday. He said he regularly threw away documents and therefore could not clearly verify past contact with the church and only offered explanations after reports of his past ties to the church surfaced. “As a result, I ended up causing trouble for the administration,” Yamagiwa said. “I have attended church meetings many times and it has given credibility to the group, and I deeply regret that.” He pledged to stay away from the church in the future.

A ruling party survey in September found nearly half of its roughly 400 lawmakers had church ties, including cabinet ministers, many of whom shared the church’s conservative views and sent messages or attended church meetings, but not as followers of church theology. Kishida has pledged to cut all such ties and recently said he has asked the government to probe the church, with the option of revoking its legal status. Media surveys show that many Japanese want a clearer explanation of how the church may have influenced party policies.

Kishida said he had accepted Yamagiwa’s resignation because “as prime minister, I must prioritize our work to advance economic measures, a supplementary budget and support for victims of church issues.” .

Yamagiwa, who has come under fire for clinging to his post and stalling parliamentary sessions due to questioning by opposition lawmakers, was seen as having been forced to resign. He said he had no intention of resigning as a lawmaker because he had broken no laws.

Former Prime Minister Abe was shot dead during an outdoor campaign speech in July. The suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami, told police he killed Abe because of his apparent connection to a religious group he hated. A letter and social media posts attributed to Yamagami said her mother’s large donations to the Unification Church bankrupted her family and ruined her life.

The church, founded in South Korea in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon, was granted religious organization status in Japan in 1968 amid an anti-communist movement backed by Abe’s grandfather, the former prime minister Nobusuke Kishi.

The group acknowledged that there had been instances in which it had received “excessive” donations. He says the problems have eased since he passed tougher compliance measures in 2009 and promised further reforms.

The police investigation into Abe’s murder led to revelations of widespread ties between the church and members of the ruling party, including Abe, over their shared interests in conservative causes. The case has also brought to light the suffering of relatives of adherents, some of whom say they were forced to join the church or left impoverished or neglected due to the devotion of their parents.

Many critics regard the church as a cult due to problems with worshipers and their families, including financial and mental difficulties.

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Japan and Australia improve their security pact against the Chinese threat https://const-japan.com/japan-and-australia-improve-their-security-pact-against-the-chinese-threat/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 06:08:25 +0000 https://const-japan.com/japan-and-australia-improve-their-security-pact-against-the-chinese-threat/ Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (L) after a news conference as part of their meeting in Perth on October 22, 2022. Tony Mcdonough | AFP | Getty Images Japan and Australia on Saturday signed a new bilateral security agreement covering military, intelligence and cybersecurity cooperation to […]]]>

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (L) after a news conference as part of their meeting in Perth on October 22, 2022.

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Japan and Australia on Saturday signed a new bilateral security agreement covering military, intelligence and cybersecurity cooperation to counter deteriorating security prospects driven by China’s growing assertiveness.

The update of the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, a pact first signed in 2007 when China’s rise was less of a concern, was the main outcome of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio’s meeting. Kishida with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese in the west coast city of Perth.

It relies on a reciprocal access agreement which Kishida signed in January with then Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, which removes barriers to holding joint military exercises in either country.

It is the first such agreement that Japan has concluded with a country other than the United States. Japan announced on Saturday that its Self-Defense Forces will train and participate in exercises with the Australian military in northern Australia for the first time under the deal.

In the context of the agreement, Albanese told reporters, “This historic statement sends a strong signal to the region of our strategic alignment.”

The statement covers military interoperability, intelligence, cybersecurity, space operations, law enforcement, logistics and telecommunications protection.

The statement also refers to cooperation to “resist economic coercion and disinformation” – threats that China is widely accused of.

Kishida said the new cooperation framework was developed in an “increasingly challenging strategic environment”.

“This renewed declaration … will chart the direction of our security and defense cooperation over the next 10 years,” Kishida said through an interpreter.

The prime ministers agreed that the new declaration reinforces Japan’s and Australia’s bilateral security treaties with the United States that underpin peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

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Kishida’s visit for an annual bilateral summit is his fourth meeting with Albanese since the Australian leader’s government was elected in May.

They first met in tokyotwo days after the election, for a summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the Quad, which brought together Albanese and Kishida with US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The decision to hold Saturday’s meeting in Perth – the capital of Western Australia state, which supplies much of Japan’s liquefied natural gas and the wheat from which udon noodles are made – was symbolic of the ties close economic relations between the two countries.

Japan and Australia have agreed to cooperate on energy security, which is globally threatened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Australia provides most of Japan’s energy in the form of LNG and coal.

Kishida said both he and Albanese were deeply committed to nuclear disarmament. Kishida said a Russian nuclear strike on Ukraine would be an “act of hostility against humanity”.

“Russia’s act of threatening to use nuclear weapons is a serious threat to the peace and security of the international community and absolutely unacceptable,” he added.

The Quad goes beyond military exercises – and China is watching

Japan and Australia have agreed to improve energy security by boosting Japan’s access to LNG, hydrogen and critical minerals as the two countries move to net zero greenhouse gas emissions from here 2050.

The two countries also signed a partnership on essential minerals that would strengthen the supply chains of Japanese manufacturers.

Australia’s resources of critical minerals like antimony, cobalt, lithium, manganese ore, niobium, tungsten and vanadium rank among the top five in the world, according to an Australian government website.

Critical minerals including rare earths, are crucial components for clean energy technologies such as batteries, wind turbines, electric vehicles, solar panels and hydrogen electrolysers, the government said.

Kishida said Australia had gained special importance outside of Japan’s alliance with the United States.

“I think Japan-Australia relations have become a key part of Japan’s cooperation with its partners,” Kishida told Japanese reporters who flew to Australia with him.

China’s defense budget has more than quadrupled since 2007, when Australia and Japan signed their first defense declarations.

In 2006, Japanese warplanes rushed 22 times to intercept Chinese military aircraft in Japanese airspace. Last year, Japanese warplanes took off 722 times in response to Chinese planes.

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Yen drops to 150 against dollar, new 32-year low https://const-japan.com/yen-drops-to-150-against-dollar-new-32-year-low/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 07:46:42 +0000 https://const-japan.com/yen-drops-to-150-against-dollar-new-32-year-low/ The yen crossed the 150 line and hit a 32-year low against the US dollar on Thursday. Despite continued speculation of a yen-buying intervention by the Japanese authorities, the yen depreciated against the US currency to a level not seen since August 1990. A financial data screen in Tokyo shows the yen (top) crossing the […]]]>

The yen crossed the 150 line and hit a 32-year low against the US dollar on Thursday.

Despite continued speculation of a yen-buying intervention by the Japanese authorities, the yen depreciated against the US currency to a level not seen since August 1990.

A financial data screen in Tokyo shows the yen (top) crossing the 150 line on October 20, 2022. (Kyodo)

The yen was sold off against the dollar as the Federal Reserve continued to aggressively raise interest rates to tame decades-high inflation in the United States, while the Bank of Japan maintained an ultra-loose monetary policy .

Continued expectations of a growing interest rate differential between the two economies encouraged traders to buy the dollar.

Yen volatility prompted Japanese authorities to intervene in the currency market last month for the first time in 24 years after the yen fell to the 145 zone against the dollar, but the move only provided a brief respite.

The value of the yen against the dollar has almost halved from its post-war high of 75.32 reached in 2011. While the dollar briefly dipped in the lower 140 yen range following the intervention of the Japan marketed on September 22, the yen has since depreciated, causing the dollar to soar almost 10 yen in less than a month.


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The yen falls to a new 32-year low in the lower zone of 149 against the dollar in London


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