Japan Current Affairs - 2020

Highlights of Japan-Vietnam agreement.

Japanese Prime Minister (PM) Yoshihide Suga, agreed on October 19, 2020 with the Vietnamese counterpart to step up defence and security cooperation. This is first overseas summit of Japanese PM after taking his office. The agreement has been signed in the light of China’s increasing influence in the region. Highlights The agreement will allow Japan Read More…

Yoshihide Suga to succeed Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister of Japan

On September 16, 2020, Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new prime minister of Japan after Shinzo Abe resigned. Background The longest serving Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe resigned in August 2020 due to health reasons. He was first elected to the Diet of Japan in 1996. Diet of Japan Diet is the bicameral Read More…

RCEP Member States hope India will Rejoin the Proposed Trade Agreement

A virtual inter-sessional ministerial meeting of the proposed free trade agreement of a group of 15 countries from the Indo Pacific region- Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was conducted on 23rd June 2020. Apart from the 10 ASEAN countries, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and China are the 15 countries that are negotiating for Read More…

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Bill to Rename ‘Tonoshiro’ to ‘Tonoshiro Senkaku’ triggered tensions between Japan and China

A group of Islands without inhabitants located at the South China Sea has been a point of disagreement between Japan and China since 1972. The island is known by the name Senkakus in Japan, while in the People’s Republic of China the Islands are known by the name Diaoyu. The island group is at present Read More…

Cipla’s ‘Cipremi’ gets approval for Treatment of COVID-19 Patients in India

In its June 13th, 2020 guidelines for Clinical Management Protocol for COVID-19, the Union Health Ministry as a part of investigational therapy added ‘Remdesivir’ only for restricted emergency use. A week after, on 21st June 2020, Hetero and Cipla Pharmaceuticals were granted approval by the Drug Controller General of India for the production and marketing Read More…