The Democratic Party took control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate in US midterm elections on Tuesday, which were seen as the first referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency since he was elected in 2016.
The Japanese government on Friday approved a bill that would accept more foreign workers from April 2019. The move is aimed at dealing with serious labor shortages in various sectors ranging from construction and farming to nursing care.
South Korea’s Supreme Court ordered on Tuesday Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation to compensate four South Koreans for their forced labor during World War Two, which the Japanese government denounced as unacceptable.
Freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was released after being held captive in Syria for more than three years, returned to Japan on Thursday. Speaking to the media aboard a flight, he described the years in captivity as “hell”.
The government plans to keep the consumption tax rate at 8 percent for daily necessities such as food and beverages after the planned tax hike to 10 percent in October 2019. It is also considering offering 2 percent rebates for cashless payments at small and medium-sized operators for a limited period.
Saudi Arabia announced on Friday evening that the missing Saudi journalist had died in a fistfight inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. Turkish officials claimed an audio recording proves that he was brutally murdered by a state-sponsored hit squad.
Former internal affairs minister Seiko Noda, who was replaced during the cabinet reshuffle last week, said she was worried about the shrinking number of female ministers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed the lone woman, regional revitalization minister Satsuki Katayama, could do the work of two or three.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday bragged about his administration’s accomplishments during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, which drew chuckles from an audience. He later defended his address, saying “They weren’t laughing at me, they were laughing with me.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe handily defeated his sole rival, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, in a vote for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday, paving the way for becoming the nation’s longest-serving leader during a new three-year term.
U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam and twice-defeated presidential candidate from the Republican Party, died on Saturday at the age of 81. He had been battling an aggressive brain tumor since its discovery in July, 2017.