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Keynote of former US Vice President Al Gore

GR Japan was honoured to worked with former US Vice President Al Gore

GR Japan was honoured to work with former US Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project to help organise the first ever Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Japan on 2-3 October. The event saw more than 1,000 participants, from academia, government and business learn how they can lead the global fight for climate solutions.

Ordinary Diet Session Closed - PM Abe Focuses on G20 and the Upper House Election

The extraordinary Diet session was ended on Wednesday, 26 June, as scheduled.  Now Prime Minister Abe focuses on the success of the G20 summit that is held today and tomorrow.  It is crucial for him and his administration to appeal his diplomatic skills for the upcoming House of Councillors election scheduled on 21 July, aiming to win more than half of the 124 seats to be contested.

Ordinary Diet Session Starts Today - PM Abe Calls for Understanding for Upcoming Tax Hike

The 198th ordinary Diet session was convened today.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a policy speech at the opening of the session, seeking understanding for his plan to raise the consumption tax from 8 percent to 10 percent in October. He also expressed his intention of amending the Constitution, settling the territorial dispute with Russia and signing a peace treaty, and strengthening the nation's cyber and space defense programs.

Extraordinary Diet session closed, ordinary Diet session expected to convene at the end of January

The extraordinary Diet session was ended yesterday as scheduled although the extension of the session was once considered as the opposition parties fiercely protected to deliberate a bill to accept more foreign workers into Japan as well as to revise the Water Supply Act to allow private companies to run municipal water services. The ordinary Diet session is said to be convened on the week of 28 January.  Prime Minister Abe's comments at the close of the session are available from NHK World sit

GR Japan President & CEO Spoke about Positive Partnership Between Business and Local Governments in Osaka and Kansai at the ACCJ Kansai Event

GR Japan President & CEO Jakob Edberg spoke for the Kansai Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) on 10 October. Edberg talked about the update of the Japanese political scenes and shared his insights on recent developments in the efforts of the regions’ business communities in this area, including how companies’ strategic engagement and communications activities with local governments has contributed to growth.

PM Abe's Renewed Cabinet Members Announced

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his new cabinet on 2 October. He retained key veteran ministers to keep the basic framework of his administration intact while appointing 12 first-timers, the highest figure for any of the cabinets he formed. With his refreshed cabinet, Abe aims to tackle challenges facing Japan and complete Abenomics. For the complete list of the cabinet, please refer to  the Japan Times. 

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