Governors in the capital region on Saturday urged the central government to declare another state of emergency following a record surge in COVID-19 cases. Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters that the government needs to hear from experts before making a decision.
President-elect Joe Biden called for unity in his victory speech on Saturday night after winning more votes than any other candidate in American history. But Republican President Donald Trump refused to concede, vowing to take the election to the Supreme Court.
Four Japanese cabinet ministers visited the Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s surrender in World War II. The shrine, which honors Class A war criminals, is seen as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism by its neighbors.
Former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, who was arrested on suspicion of violating the Public Offices Election Law, has admitted to giving out cash to local lawmakers and supporters. However, he said he did not intend to buy votes for his wife’s Upper House election campaign last July.