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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


Spring has come to Japan


 The world is on the edge. In particular, North Korea might launch nuclear-tipped missiles at any time. On the other hand, Japan is internally enjoying a hopeful spring. I do appreciate the Abe Cabinet.   


 In Japan, students enter schools in April, and graduate in March. 90.6% of collage graduates have landed a job as of the end of January. This is the highest rate since 2000. The rate dropped to 77.4% in 2011, but has consecutively improved for 6 years. Also, 94.0% of high-school graduates have landed a job. The rate has improved for 7 consecutive years. Some industries and many small and mid-sized companies are suffering from labor shortages. The Japanese economy has completely recovered from the recession triggered by the Lehman Shock.   


 Japan’s national Police Agency released on the 16th that the number of yakuza members has shrunk to about 18,100 as of the end of the last year, a decrease of some 2,000 from the previous year. This is the smallest number since 1958 when the statistics were launched. Because the Abe Cabinet legally squeezed yakuza syndicates, they became unable to earn enough money to continue their operations. Also, companies and private sectors can now take a square stance toward them in accordance with the law. In terms of the crime rate, Japan is the safest nation in the world. I believe that Japan’s public safety will improve further.   


 In South Korea, the presidential election will probably take place on May 9th. Its most promising candidate Moon Jae-in insists on nullifying the 2015 agreement on comfort women in which Japan’s government consented to compensate South Korean victims whereas South Korea agreed to demand no more compensation after the treaty. However, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Japan and held a press conference on the 16th, stating, “We encourage both sides to approach that agreement in honest, and sincere efforts to bring this to a conclusion.” Japan has already fulfilled its duty. Whoever becomes the next South Korean president, he will have to honor the agreement.


 Last month, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis visited Japan and articulated, “ the Senkaku islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall with the scope of Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty.” This month, Mr. Tillerson also reaffirmed that the islands are covered by article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, which obliges the United States to defend Japanese territories. With the support from the U.S., China won’t be able to invade the Senkaku Islands.   


 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set up a firm relationship with the Trump administration. It’s a sad reality that Japan cannot safeguard its citizens and territory by itself. Mr. Abe realizes the fact and hence he is trying to rebuild Japan as a real “independent” nation. I will continue to support the Abe Cabinet.                          


  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • 14:27
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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