This week in Japan: 2016/1/9-15

投稿者: | 2016年1月15日

– There happened a bus accident in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture. The tourist bus fell down from a cliff and more than 10 people are reported to be killed.
– Vocalist group SMAP is reported to be going to disband itself. SMAP consists of five male members, each of whom has got a major popularity in Japan for more than 20 years since the group’s start, not only as vocalists but also getting featured in movies, TV dramas and variety shows.
– Lower Diet passed the amendment of 2015 national budget and forwarded it to Upper Diet. The amendment added 3.3 trillion yen for a payment to poor old age retirees, a scheme to sustain agricultural businesses preparing TPP, and so on.