Watch on Japan | #5 Science Council Reform – MALABAR Exercise – BIDEN’s Win, Wait & Watch situation for Japan – ASEAN Annual Summit.
By Divya Suresh
HIGHLIGHTS: 1st Nov –15th Nov.
● Suga calls for Science Council reform.
● The Suga government faces a row of questions over the Science Council and the dispute remains unsettled.
● Japan’s navy participates in the Malabar exercises hosted by India in the Bay of Bengal.
● Japan’s Nikkei hits the highest level since 1991.
● Asia Pacific countries including Japan, China & ASEAN members sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade deal.
● In the budget committee meeting Q&A, Suga stood by his decision of not appointing the recommended members by the Science Council committee. He cited human resource management as a reason for excluding the members. He refused charges of biased appointments while pointing to the fact that a person who opposed the Security legislation law was also amongst the appointed 99 members. His speech also touched upon reform of the Science Council. The Science Council is a representative organisation of Japan’s academic community that makes policy recommendations independent of the government.
Divya Suresh is an alumna of Takshahila Institution’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Programme.
The views expressed above are the author’s own and do not represent Takshashila Institution’s recommendations.