Upper House Committee Approves 2nd Extra Budget

Upper House committee approves 2nd extra budget

Japan's Upper House budget committee approved a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year on Friday to respond to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The budget is expected to be enacted in the afternoon at a plenary session.

The economic package is worth 31.9 trillion yen, or more than 298 billion dollars, a record for a supplementary budget.

Diet Approves Supplementary Budget

Diet approves supplementary budget

Japan's Diet has approved a supplementary budget for fiscal 2020 to fund an emergency economic package to deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. It includes a cash handout of 100,000 yen, or 940 dollars, for all residents.

The Upper House passed the budget bill at its plenary session on Thursday following unanimous approval by the chamber's Budget Committee earlier in the day. The bill cleared the Lower House on Wednesday.

Cabinet Approves Record Economic Aid Package

Cabinet approves record economic aid package

Japan's Cabinet has approved emergency economic measures of record proportions to deal with the impact of the coronavirus. The package is worth about 108 trillion yen, or one trillion dollars. The government plans to issue additional bonds to help fund the spending.

Also included is a plan to secure enough of the flu drug Avigan by the end of next March to potentially treat up to two million people infected with the new coronavirus.

Japan's Cabinet Approves Bill On Coronavirus

Japan's Cabinet approves bill on coronavirus

Japan's government has approved a bill which will enable the prime minister to declare a state of emergency over the new coronavirus if necessary.

The bill, approved at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, revises existing legislation which was enacted in 2012 to tackle a new type of influenza and other infectious diseases.

Japan's Cabinet Approves Visa Cancellation Policy

Japan's cabinet approves visa cancellation policy

Japan's Cabinet approved a policy on Friday that enables the government to invalidate the visas of people coming from China and South Korea. The measure is among those aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.

The Japanese government will cancel the visas next Monday. All foreign nationals coming from the two countries will be denied entry into Japan, if they do not have new visas.

Abe's Cabinet Approves 5g And Drone Support Bill

Abe's Cabinet approves 5G and drone support bill

Japan's Cabinet has approved a bill to support domestic firms investing in 5G communication networks and drones. Commercial 5G services are scheduled to start in Japan this spring.

The approval came at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Japan's Cabinet Approves Most Of Spending Plan

Japan's Cabinet approves most of spending plan

Japan's Cabinet has approved a package to fund most of an emergency plan to tackle the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The spending totals 10.3 billion yen, or 93.8 million dollars. The total plan is worth about 140 million dollars.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso told reporters on Friday that the government wants to implement "firm and urgent countermeasures to stop the further spread of the virus." He also said it wants to promote urgent support plans for affected industries.

Govt. Approves New Runway At Narita Airport

Govt. approves new runway at Narita airport

The Japanese government has given the operator of Tokyo's Narita airport approval to build a third runway and extend one of the two existing ones.

The president of Narita International Airport Corporation, Akihiko Tamura, received the license for the project at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on Friday.

Japan Govt. Approves Sdf Dispatch To Middle East

Japan govt. approves SDF dispatch to Middle East

Japan's Cabinet endorsed a plan on Friday to send a Self-Defense Force ship and aircraft to the Middle East.

The government is considering hoping to gather information to ensure commercial ships with ties to Japan can safely navigate the waters of the region. Japan will also continue diplomatic efforts to ease tensions and stabilize the situation there.

Cabinet Approves New Reconstruction Plan

Cabinet approves new reconstruction plan

Japan's Cabinet has approved a new plan for the reconstruction of areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami as well as the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The Cabinet approved the policies on Friday. The current rebuilding plan is set to expire in March 2021.

Japan's Diet Approves Sustainable Whaling Law

Japan's Diet approves sustainable whaling law

Japan's Diet has approved a revised law in support of sustainable whaling. Japan resumed commercial hunts in July for the first time in 31 years after leaving the International Whaling Commission.

The law says the government will assist the industry by helping to secure ships and crew.

Unesco Approves Mozu-furuichi As Cultural Heritage

UNESCO approves Mozu-Furuichi as cultural heritage

A UNESCO committee has decided to register a group of ancient burial mounds in Japan's western prefecture of Osaka as a World Cultural Heritage site.

The decision came at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee of the UN cultural agency in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku on Saturday.