This week on Japan News Roundup, we find that the Pokemon GO craze is still GOing and causing problems, young Japanese aren’t ready to be adults by the newly planned age, Fukushima is cleared of it’s tsunami warning, and more.
Donald Trump Meets with Shinzo Abe
President-elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, met for the first time with Abe being the first foreign leader to meet Trump in person after his election win. There were concerns leading up to the meeting in regards to organization of the meeting and Trump’s campaign rhetoric about foreign relations but the meeting seemed to have gone smoothly. In a surprising turn, it seems Ivanka Trump was also in attendance at the meeting.
LDP Looks to Improve Traffic Safety in Response to Pokemon GO
A series of traffic accidents since Pokemon GO’s release in Japan has forced the LDP to step in to take measures to combat it and protect the citizens.
The problems seem to come from both pedestrians crossing streets whilst looking at their phones as well as vehicle operators using their phone to play the game while driving.
Japan’s Self-Defense Force Deploys to South Sudan to Keep the Peace
For the first time in almost 70 years, Japan’s Self-Defense Force is being deployed overseas with the right to use force. They are on a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan and the right to use force is only on the condition that it is required to protect the citizens
The Japanese Diet Plans to Lower Age of Adulthood Against Uncertain Opinion
With a bill in preparation to lower the age of adulthood in Japan from 20 to 18, many in their late teens have voiced that it isn’t a welcome change as they feel ill-prepared to have the responsibility yet.
Japan Breaks Own Foreign Visitor Record from Last Year
Japan’s foreign visitors has reached a record breaking number in 2016 with about 24 million foreigners visiting the country. This sets Japan at ease as they try to reach their goal of 40 million annual visitors by 2020. The rise can be contributed to less strict visa requirements set by the government, more cruise ships, and more low cost international flights.
Japan Lifts Tsunami Warning in Aftermath of Fukushima Earthquake
Japan gets let off the hook this time as the 7.4 magnitude earthquake which caused a small tsunami in the previously affected Fukushima, only resulted in minor injuries thus far and is officially being lifted of its Tsunami alert.
There was a small scare as it disrupted the cooling functions at a nuclear plant, however it remained under control.
That’s it for this week’s Japan News Roundup!