In the press review of this Wednesday, October 28, we will discuss: the end-of-year vacation and the dissolution of the House of Representatives, the increase in benefit fraud during the coronavirus, and finally the protests of journalists against the United States. United.
Concern for the elections
Economic Revitalization Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura has called on the Japanese to take extended vacations or vacations on a staggered schedule for the new year, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. However, this call challenged elected members of the Liberal Democratic Party worried about the consequences that this could have on the proposed dissolution of the House of Representatives. Delaying the dissolution while the government’s approval rate is still high could work against Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, giving more seat to the opposition.
Increase in fraud
Numerous benefit frauds were recorded in the Archipelago during the coronavirus pandemic. These frauds target, in particular, subsidies for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as the self-employed, whose monthly income has fallen below half of the income recorded the previous year. At least 54 people have been arrested in this kind of case. To fight against this, the Ministry of the Economy has set up a system allowing fraudsters to return the embezzled money, on their own initiative, while protecting them from any additional sanctions.
Protests from journalists
Journalists and the entire Japanese press protested against a measure taken by the US Department of Homeland Security. Indeed, foreign media representatives will no longer be able to stay in the country as long as their work requires. Instead, their stay will be limited to 240 days, with an option to extend just once, depending on their activities. About 160 Japanese correspondents, from 14 media outlets, are currently based in the United States.