Japanese education minister Keiko Nagaoka on Thursday expressed the hope that students will be allowed to attend their graduation ceremonies in the spring without having to wear face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Later in the day, however, the minister also told reporters that the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is “yet to decide” on the issue “at this point”, but will swiftly start discussions.
The Kishida administration has been eager to ease rules to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus from May, with critics saying that face-to-face communication among students is crucial for school education.
Aide to Japan’s prime minister says he ‘hates’ to see LGBT couples
Nikkei – Feb 04
A secretary to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Masayoshi Arai, said Friday night he does “not want to live next door” to an LGBT couple and that he would “hate to see them,” but quickly retracted the discriminatory remarks after they were reported by the media.
Kishida’s son in hot seat over shopping during official trips overseas
Japan Times – Jan 31
Shotaro Kishida, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s eldest son and his executive secretary, is in the hot seat over media reports that he went shopping and sightseeing in Europe, Canada and the U.S. using official vehicles when he accompanied the prime minister to those places in January.
Japan PM Kishida cautious about same-sex marriage
Kyodo – Jan 26
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday struck a cautious tone about legally recognizing same-sex marriage in line with other Group of Seven countries that have already adopted the practice.
Japan to lower COVID-19 to flu status in spring
Japan Today – Jan 20
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday announced plans to downgrade the legal status of COVID-19 to the equivalent of seasonal influenza in the spring, a move that would further relax mask wearing and other preventive measures as the country seeks to return to normalcy.
Japan court acquits utility executives in Fukushima disaster
staradvertiser.com – Jan 19
A Japanese court on Wednesday found three former utility company executives not guilty of negligence over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster and the subsequent deaths of more than 40 elderly residents during their forced evacuation.
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