In the press review of this Monday, October 26, we will discuss: Japan which remains outside the nuclear weapons treaty, the expected drop in births in 2020, and finally Yoshihide Suga’s speech to the Diet.
Japan out of treaty
Japan has decided not to join the United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons. It is thus anchored on the American position, as well as that of the nuclear powers, like France. However, this decision can be seen as contradicting the anti-nuclear credo of the country, the only victim of atomic weapons. But often, politics comes first and Japan relies on the US atomic shield, especially in a context of growing tensions with China. Activists, including survivors of the 1945 attacks, demonstrated in favor of the treaty, which is due to enter into force in January 2021, but they were not heard.
The number of births in 2020 should reach, according to estimates, around 845,000. We would then be well below the 865,239 in 2019, the current record since the recording of these data 120 years ago. In 2016, it went below the million mark for the first time. The concern is great and for some, the country could register less than 800,000 births in 2021. If the birth rate continues to drop dramatically, the government’s meager efforts to stabilize an aging country may not be enough.
Speech to the Diet
In his speech at the start of the Special Session to the Diet, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called for new measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and support the economy. He also reaffirmed his commitment to the organization of the Olympic Games next year. But it is especially in terms of the environment that he stood out. Indeed, it is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. “The response to climate change is no longer a constraint on economic growth” he indicated.