Lower House Passes Emergency Declaration Bill

Lower House passes emergency declaration bill

The Lower House of Japan's Diet has passed a bill to enable the prime minister to declare a state of emergency to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

The legislation won the approval at a plenary session of the Lower House on Thursday with a majority vote from the governing Liberal Democratic Party, its coalition partner Komeito, the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, and others. The bill was then sent to the Upper House for a final Diet endorsement.

Lower House Committee Passes Bill On Coronavirus

Lower House committee passes bill on coronavirus

A Lower House committee in Japan's Diet has passed a bill that would allow the prime minister to declare a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The bill was approved on Wednesday with a majority vote from the governing Liberal Democratic Party, its coalition partner Komeito, as well as the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, Democratic Party for the People, Nippon Ishin and others.

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.

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.

Tepco Grants Electricity Bill Extensions In Chiba

TEPCO grants electricity bill extensions in Chiba

Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced extensions to electricity bill payment deadlines in parts of Chiba Prefecture amid widespread blackouts resulting from Typhoon Faxai.

The measure applies to households and businesses in 41 municipalities, including the cities of Chiba, Choshi, Tateyama, Yotsukaido and Narita.

Tepco Grants Electricity Bill Extensions

TEPCO grants electricity bill extensions

Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced extensions to electricity bill payment deadlines in parts of Chiba Prefecture amid widespread blackouts resulting from Typhoon Faxai.

The measure applies to households and businesses in 41 municipalities, including the cities of Chiba, Choshi, Tateyama, Yotsukaido and Narita.

Bill Gates' ‘greatest Mistake Ever' Was Losing Out To Android

Bill Gates' ‘Greatest Mistake Ever' Was Losing Out To Android


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates talked about what he considers to be his “greatest mistake every” at the company during an interview at venture capital firm Village Global. It was the company’s haphazard move from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone. That move allowed Android to become the only true alternative to Apple’s iOS platform.

“In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is,” Gates said.

Govt. Approves Bill To Tackle Child Abuse

Govt. approves bill to tackle child abuse

Japan's government has approved revisions to its child abuse prevention law following a series of high-profile abuse cases in which victims have died.

The draft bill, approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, bans parents from physically punishing children.

Govt. Approves Bill To Vet Disabled Workers

Govt. approves bill to vet disabled workers

Japan's government has approved a bill that will require central and local government offices to thoroughly screen people with disabilities before hiring them.

The Cabinet decided revisions to the law that promotes the employment of people with disabilities on Tuesday.

Govt. Oks Bill To Recognize Ainu As Indigenous

Govt. OKs bill to recognize Ainu as indigenous

The Japanese government has mapped out a bill to officially recognize the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan.

The bill, which was endorsed at a Cabinet meeting on Friday, legally stipulates for the first time that the Ainu are an indigenous people and calls for the creation of a society in which they can take pride in their heritage.