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JAPAN COVID-19 UPDATE

Japan’s government lifted the nationwide state of emergency on 25 May but some restrictions remain.  The government is now working to lift border restrictions in phases with business travellers allowed in first, and resumption of tourism later in the year. Following the record-breaking supplementary budget on 30 April, the government is now preparing a second, even larger package to tackle the crisis and support economic recovery.  The crisis has proved a challenge to Japanese leaders, with Abe’s ratings falling below 30% despite the low number of cases.

GR GROUP RESPONSE TO COVID-19

With offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Washington D.C. and London, the GR Group has been working to support employees and clients through the COVID-19 crisis.

To date, there have been no cases of COVID-19 diagnosed among our staff.

The company advised all staff on 24 February to seek medical advice and stay at home if they experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  Staff were encouraged to adjust working hours to avoid commuting during rush-hours and were advised to postpone all non-essential travel.

静岡県 由比漁港桜えび漁船の出港

Report 「漁業収入安定対策事業に関する論点」

GR Japanでは日本の漁業の持続可能な発展を目指して、日本国内の水産政策にまつわる政策提言活動を行なっています。2018年12月の漁業法改正により新たな資源管理システムの構築が決定され、今後、資源管理に取り組む漁業者の経営安定を図るため、漁業収入安定対策事業の法制化が予定されています。そこで本事業の法制化にあたっての論点を添付のレポートにまとめました。なお、主な論点は、1)漁業補助金のあり方、2)経営への影響、3)水産資源への影響であると考えます。

掲載画像: 静岡県 由比漁港桜えび漁船の出港 © AyaKatase クリエイティブ・コモンズ・ライセンス(表示4.0 国際)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GR Korea's first International Policy Forum with webinar

GR Korea was honoured to welcome Dr. Jiyoon Kim, a popular radio and TV commentator on Korean politics and elections, as the guest speaker at the first International Policy Forum webinar in Korea.  The subject of the webinar was Korea’s National Assembly Election - Implications for Government and the Economy in the Covid-19 World, and it was hosted by Juyun Moon, Team Leader for GR Korea.

GR Japan Report, "Declaration of State of Emergency in Japan"

Prodded by calls for more decisive action by the government, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in response to the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.  While the declaration does not entail a complete “lockdown” of cities, the government hopes the move will help slow the spread of the pandemic, which has already killed more than 98,000 people worldwide.  But experts question whether this will be sufficient given the lack of enforcement measures and questions about compliance.

Webinar with Yoshimasa Hayashi, Chair of the Liberal Democratic Party Headquarters for Economic Growth Strategies

GR Japan was honoured to host a webinar with Yoshimasa Hayashi, Chair of the LDP Headquarters for Economic Growth Strategies, the body setting Japan’s economic policy responses to the coronavirus crisis.  Mr. Hayashi shared invaluable insights into Japan’s economic response and its impact on businesses and individuals.  The webinar was hosted by GR Japan’s CEO, Jakob Edberg. 

Japan Prime Minister Abe says postponing Olympics may be unavoidable

Japan’s response to COVID-19

The world is grappling with the rapid spread of COVID-19 and Japan is no exception.  The World Health Organization has stated that Europe is now the world’s COVID-19 pandemic epicenter. But Japan is in a delicate position as the country is gearing up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the timing of which is becoming increasingly uncertain.

GR Japan IPF Report: Mr. Shigeru Ishiba on the shift from Heisei to Reiwa Era

Ishiba’s three observations on the meaning of the change from Heisei to Reiwa

The beginning of the Reiwa era marks the end of Japan’s post-war era;
Japan’s thinking needs to react to the fact that the nature of capitalism has changed, including an increase in economic inequality;
Japan’s democracy needs a new vision and new goals, in keeping with these changes and the end of the post-war era. 

Ishiba speaking at GR Japan

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.

通常国会閉会 G20開幕そして参院選挙へ

第198回通常国会は予定通り6月26日に閉会しました。これを受け、国政は、本日から明日にかけて開催されるG20そして7月21日に投開票される参院選挙へと軸を移します。安倍首相はG20で外交手腕をアピールし、参院選挙で改選議席の過半数獲得を目指します。安倍首相による国会閉会後の会見は、首相官邸のウェブサイトよりご覧いただけます。

 

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