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Policy Radar September 2019

Being closed for now almost 4 months, the ruling coalition plans to convene an extraordinary Diet session on the 4th of October. Prime Minister Abe is set to deliver a policy speech on the opening day, this being the first time the newly established Cabinet (explored below) has an opportunity to face parliamentary scrutiny. Extraordinary sessions are shorter than ordinary ones, and in this occasion, it is expected that the session lasts until the 10th of December. The Government has the intention of submitting something between 15 to 20 bills during this session (more than last year’s record low of 13), including reforms to company laws, ratification of the newly signed U.S trade deal, an amendment to the National Strategic Special Zone Law in order to create “super cities” (scrapped last year due to insufficient coordination between the LDP and Komeito) and, probably, matters pertaining to the building of Integrated Resorts.

Yokohama Radio Show Appearance

Timothy Langley, CEO and Representative Director of Langley Esquire, was featured on FM Yokohama and FM COCOLO’s popular show « SUNSTAR WEEKEND JOURNEY » on September 14-15. Timothy had the opportunity to discuss his life in Japan, as well as being one of the only few foreigners living in Akita Prefecture. They also discussed his experience as the first foreigner working as a Diet Secretary in the Japanese Diet and his role in the Public Affairs and Consulting industry.

Policy Radar August 2019

Langley Esquire’s initiative to deliver up-to-date information on political developments in the Japanese Diet. While the parliament remains closed, the Japanese Government has been active in the international scene with PM Abe’s visit to the G7 in France and the diplomatic feud with South Korea. This month’s edition focuses on Japan’s participation in the G7 and trade relations with key partners, as well as policy developments in the Integrated Resorts, Technology and Labor industries.

Policy Radar July 2019

Langley Esquire’s initiative to deliver up-to-date information on political developments in the Japanese Diet: the Diet’s session ended on the 26th of June and the Government has been focusing on the triennial House of Councillors Election. Thus, the Government has done little in terms of agenda-setting or policy-making, so this month’s edition will focus on an analysis of the election, and a brief summary of policy developments in the Tobacco, Data and Trade industries.

Mission Japan: European Union

In this episode of Mission Japan, we are honored to welcome H.E. Patricia Flor, the EU Ambassador to Japan. The EU Ambassador sheds light on the recently signed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the lesser-known Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), data protection, and how Brexit will likely affect EU-Japan relations.

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Policy Radar May 2019

This is a continuation of Langley Esquire’s new initiative to deliver up-to-date information on political developments in the Japanese Diet. This is the last time we will post Policy Radar on our website for the general public, so please subscribe to our policy mailing list below if you wish to keep receiving these via email.