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Japan in quandary over Duterte’s remarks
8:55 pm, October 21, 2016
The Japanese government has been left confused by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s announced intention to “separate” from the United States, and also by the actual steps taken to strength…
Infrastructure ministry to compile construction worker database
8:28 pm, October 21, 2016
In response to a nationwide shortage of construction workers, the infrastructure ministry is planning to compile a database of all roughly 3.3 million construction workers in the country as early as …
LDP, DP agree to reschedule TPP hearings
8:04 pm, October 21, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the main opposition Democratic Party agreed Friday to reschedule planned regional public hearings on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free …
Suu Kyi to visit Japan in November
8:00 pm, October 21, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government decided at a Cabinet meeting on Friday to invite Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for an official working visit to Japan for five days from Nov. 1. This will be …
Obituary / Kenji Kosaka / Former education minister
7:50 pm, October 21, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Kenji Kosaka, a former Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who held key posts in the government and the Diet, including education minister, died at a hospital in Tokyo on Friday….
Trilateral talks set for Thursday
7:47 pm, October 21, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan, the United States and South Korea will hold vice minister-level talks in Tokyo on Thursday, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday. The three countries plan to stre…
Komura likely to aim for 9-year limit for LDP head
9:03 pm, October 20, 2016
The Liberal Democratic Party’s task force for party and political system reform on Wednesday decided to entrust LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura with the compilation of a final plan to loosen the…
Japan to provide Malaysia with 2 large patrol vessels
8:52 pm, October 20, 2016
The government plans to provide Malaysia with two large second-hand patrol vessels to help enhance its maritime security capabilities in the South China Sea, according to government sources. With t…
Liquid formula eyed to support child-rearing
10:15 pm, October 19, 2016
The government intends to incorporate lifting the current ban on the sale of liquid baby formula into a set of intensive policies aimed at accelerating the empowerment of women, which it will draw up…
Govt to speed up N. territories talks before Putin’s Japan visit
9:16 pm, October 19, 2016
Japan and Russia on Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration that normalized bilateral diplomatic relations. Ahead of a planned visit to Japan by Rus…
Abdication panel to focus on 8 points
1:00 am, October 19, 2016
A government advisory panel tasked with discussing measures to reduce the Emperor’s official duties has decided to conduct hearings on eight points, including the Emperor’s abdication, with expert…
80 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine
11:41 pm, October 18, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — More than 80 Japanese lawmakers, including government members, made a group visit to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday morning during the ongoing autumn festival at the war-l…
LDP draft will not be used in Diet debates on constitutional revisions
10:30 pm, October 18, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will not use its draft proposal as a basis for discussions on constitutional amendments in the Diet, senior LDP lawmaker Okiharu Yasuoka sai…
Abe makes offering to Yasukuni
3:37 am, October 18, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a “masakaki” offering to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo Monday, the first day of the Shinto shrine’s four-day autumn festival. Abe dedicated th…
Nuclear stance helps doctor win Niigata
9:16 pm, October 17, 2016
NIIGATA — Ryuichi Yoneyama, a nuclear-cautious physician recommended by three opposition parties, won Sunday’s Niigata gubernatorial election, defeating three other independent candidates includin…
Suga: Japan faces heightened threat from North Korea
8:58 pm, October 17, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan faces a heightened threat from North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Sunday, following U.S. and South Korean announcements of a failed missile launch b…
Abdication advisory panel holds 1st meeting
8:55 pm, October 17, 2016
The government held the first meeting of an advisory panel at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday to discuss measures to reduce the Emperor’s official duties in response to the Emperor’s indi…
Abe: TPP necessary for Japan’s future
8:46 pm, October 17, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed Monday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact is essential for Japan’s growth and regional stability. “It’s a new economic …
Yoneyama wins Niigata gubernatorial race
11:48 am, October 17, 2016
Ryuichi Yoneyama, a candidate recommended by three opposition parties, won Sunday’s Niigata gubernatorial election. The 49-year-old physician — supported by the Japanese Communist Party, the Lib…
LDP eyes higher Post Bank savings
1:00 am, October 17, 2016
Momentum is growing within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to again raise the maximum balance for savings accounts with Japan Post Bank. The move was prompted by a request from Zentoku, the natio…
Panel on abdication issue to aim for bill submission in spring
11:00 pm, October 16, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government will launch discussions on the Emperor’s possible abdication at the first meeting of a panel of experts on Monday, with the aim of submitting related legislati…
Inada: Japan will gather information
8:53 pm, October 16, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government is gathering information on North Korea’s failed missile launch on Saturday, officials said Sunday. The development “does not cause any immediate impact on…
Mercury up to 7 times state limit detected in Toyosu
8:46 pm, October 16, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Mercury five to seven times the state-set safety limit was detected in samples of air collected in the underground empty area of a key building at Tokyo’s planned Toyosu food…
Lower house starts debate on TPP ratification
8:11 pm, October 14, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The House of Representatives started a debate Friday on a proposal to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact and related bills, including measures to alleviate it…
Japan, Russia vice foreign ministers hold strategic talks
7:50 pm, October 14, 2016
MOSCOW (Jiji Press) — Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov started strategic talks in Moscow on Thursday to lay the groundwork for a spat…
Decision on GSDF missions due in Nov.
9:48 pm, October 13, 2016
The government is set to decide in mid-November whether to assign new missions such as rescue operations, which were made possible by the security-related laws, to the Ground Self-Defense Force divis…
Abe ready for tenacious talks with Russia
9:38 pm, October 13, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday expressed his government’s readiness to “tenaciously” continue talks with Russia to resolve a territorial row over the northern terri…
All 5 NSC members away at same time
9:23 pm, October 13, 2016
Five key members of Japan’s National Security Council, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, were all out of Tokyo on Saturday for various reasons, including domestic or overseas official duties. …
2 more Chinese gas platforms operational
9:19 pm, October 13, 2016
Flames have been spotted at two Chinese offshore platforms near the Japan-China median line in the East China Sea, signaling operations are under way there, the Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday…
Russian assembly panel head to visit Japan
1:13 am, October 13, 2016
MOSCOW (Jiji Press) — Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Russia’s Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, said Tuesday he plans to visit Japan soon, accordin…
Decision on SDF’s duties in S. Sudan to be delayed
12:04 am, October 13, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government has started considering postponing to November or later a decision on whether to assign new tasks to Ground Self-Defense Force troops in a U.N. peacekeeping miss…
Obituary / Minoru Tanba / Former diplomat
9:18 pm, October 12, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Former diplomat Minoru Tanba, who worked hard to develop relations between Japan and Russia, died last Friday. He was 78. After joining the Foreign Ministry in 1962, Tanba se…
Trump’s aide stresses ties with Japan
9:13 pm, October 12, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Michael Flynn, visiting diplomatic and national security adviser to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, has expressed a willingness to further strengthen the U…
Japan to be COP22 latecomer
8:32 pm, October 12, 2016
Although the government approved a bill to ratify the Paris Agreement — a new international framework for greenhouse gas emissions cuts covering a period from 2020 — at a Cabinet meeting and submi…
Duterte to visit Japan on Oct. 25-27
3:00 am, October 12, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government decided at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to invite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Japan for an official working visit on Oct. 25-27. During the stay, Du…
Diet enacts 2nd extra budget
11:50 pm, October 11, 2016
Plan to ratify Paris climate deal OK’d
9:30 pm, October 11, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday adopted a plan to ratify the 2015 Paris agreement, a new international framework for greenhouse gas emissions cuts covering a per…
Campaigning kicks off in 2 by-elections / Results will likely affect decision on snap election
8:43 pm, October 11, 2016
Official campaigning for two House of Representatives by-elections kicked off Tuesday, serving as a prelude to a crucial fight in the next lower house election. The race in Tokyo Constituency No. 10 …
Nikai urges LDP to gear up for early election
8:22 pm, October 11, 2016
WAKAYAMA (Jiji Press)—Liberal Democratic Party secretary general Toshihiro Nikai signaled his intention on Monday to speed up the party’s preparations for an early election of the House of Repres…
DP to seek candidate unification
10:52 am, October 10, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Renho, the leader of the major opposition Democratic Party, expressed willingness Saturday to have the opposition camp field unified candidates in the next House of Representat…
Suga meets Onaga, explains govt view on partial base return
10:46 pm, October 09, 2016
NAHA (Jiji Press) — The Japanese government is negotiating with the U.S. side with a view to realizing the return of part of an area used for U.S. military training in the northern part of Okinawa P…
Suga trying to put brakes on Okinawa governor over base
10:46 pm, October 09, 2016
NAHA — The purpose of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga’s visit to Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday was to indicate again the central government’s strong intention to promote the relocation …
Inada visits GSDF camp in South Sudan
8:54 pm, October 09, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Defense Minister Tomomi Inada visited Ground Self-Defense Force troops’ camp in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on Saturday and inspected their activities under the U.N. pe…
Defense minister arrives in S. Sudan
3:27 am, October 09, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Defense Minister Tomomi Inada arrived in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on Saturday to see how members of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force are doing their jobs in the U.N…
Suga: Return of part of U.S. base by year-end
2:13 am, October 09, 2016
NAGO, Okinawa (Jiji Press) — The government aims to realize the return of part of an area used for U.S. military training in the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihi…
Freer travel to northern territories eyed for top-level talks
8:46 pm, October 08, 2016
The government hopes to use top-level talks during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s planned visit to Japan in December to expand a framework that allows Japanese citizens to visit the northern ter…
Taiwan makes overture to Japan / China’s high-handedness a major background factor
9:37 pm, October 07, 2016
‘Activity seen’ at N. Korean nuclear test site
8:18 pm, October 07, 2016
Tsai wants maritime dialogue with Japan
8:15 pm, October 07, 2016
PM calls for cutting costs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
8:06 pm, October 07, 2016
Japan, Russia to hold strategic talks
7:54 pm, October 07, 2016
Govt may drop plan to scrap spousal deductions
7:45 pm, October 07, 2016
Abe resolved to win Diet approval for TPP
7:33 pm, October 07, 2016
LDP on track to give president longer term
4:00 am, October 07, 2016
Koike hints at setting limit on Games costs
8:35 pm, October 05, 2016
Abe denies January dissolution plans
8:13 pm, October 05, 2016
Some in LDP seek poll before rezoning
8:12 pm, October 05, 2016
Renho: Lower house dissolution ready
2:00 am, October 04, 2016
Closure of domestic ivory markets to be urged
11:29 pm, October 03, 2016
My Japanology / Different approaches, shared values key to ties
8:50 pm, October 03, 2016
Abe shows eagerness for peace treaty in talks with Russian official
8:24 pm, October 03, 2016
LDP official: Lower house dissolution in Jan. possible
8:21 pm, October 03, 2016
Procedures to return U.S. facility to start this year
8:13 pm, October 03, 2016
Ruling bloc bracing for possible snap election in Jan.
4:00 am, October 03, 2016
Government to get stricter on pensions
3:34 am, October 03, 2016
Oct. 17 eyed to start talks on abdication
1:00 am, October 03, 2016
Putin aides visiting Japan to pave way for talks
11:00 pm, October 02, 2016
Abe flexible on LDP draft of top law revisions
8:11 pm, September 30, 2016
Abe vows steps against terrorism at 2020 Games
3:38 am, September 30, 2016
Wheels on casino bill slowly turning again
2:03 am, September 30, 2016
Japan, China hold counterterror talks
1:42 am, September 30, 2016
Abe spars with Renho, vows to boost economic policies
11:33 pm, September 28, 2016
Tokyo Gov. Koike seeks cooperation from assembly
10:00 pm, September 28, 2016
Abe willing to submit labor reform legislation in ’17
9:49 pm, September 28, 2016
18 errors of translation in Japanese TPP documents
3:00 am, September 28, 2016
Wiretaps to be used in more cases
2:00 am, September 28, 2016
Japan shuns U.S. navigation scheme
12:00 am, September 28, 2016
Japan, U.S. sign revised ACSA
11:00 pm, September 27, 2016
Current Diet session to debate fewer bills
9:04 pm, September 27, 2016
Abe seeks approval for TPP during current Diet session
8:26 pm, September 27, 2016
Nikai: LDP has no plan to withdraw top law draft
8:43 pm, September 26, 2016
Abe seeks to further debate on top law
8:25 pm, September 26, 2016
China military planes fly over Okinawa strait
8:01 pm, September 26, 2016
Komeito chief, Tang hold talks
8:00 pm, September 26, 2016
Japan eyes summit with China, S. Korea in Dec.
7:48 pm, September 26, 2016
Govt to revise online law database
11:32 pm, September 25, 2016
Government, Okinawa remain apart over U.S. air base issue
8:01 pm, September 25, 2016
G-7 ministers back new emissions reduction scheme
9:15 pm, September 24, 2016
Panel on Emperor shows Abe’s imprint
8:50 pm, September 24, 2016
Abe pledges ¥1.2 bil. aid to Cuba
8:46 pm, September 23, 2016
New tactic on northern territories
8:39 pm, September 23, 2016
2 islands’ return from Russia key to treaty
8:38 pm, September 23, 2016
Biden shows concern over China’s maritime advances
2:06 am, September 23, 2016
DP leader Renho catches flak for reshuffle
1:44 am, September 23, 2016
Japan, Myanmar to deepen defense cooperation
1:36 am, September 23, 2016
Japan, Britain agree to hold ‘2-plus-2’ talks early next year
1:22 am, September 23, 2016
Abe, Li confirm cooperation over North Korea
12:08 am, September 23, 2016
Abe: Japan to lead U.N. action on North Korea
10:15 pm, September 22, 2016
Monju reactor’s fate to be decided by year-end
12:37 am, September 22, 2016
Abe: UNSC reform cannot wait
10:50 pm, September 21, 2016
DP launches revamped leadership
10:00 pm, September 21, 2016
Govt adds $100 mil. in aid for refugees
9:42 pm, September 21, 2016
LDP mulls 9-year party chief term
8:42 pm, September 21, 2016
Abe visits quake-hit Kumamoto town
8:34 pm, June 05, 2016
Hiroshima visit fresh start for nuclear-free world
12:09 am, May 29, 2016
Obama renews call to eliminate N-weapons / Remarks speak to immense tragedy of World War II
9:54 pm, May 28, 2016
Japan-U.S. alliance to enter new phase
9:48 pm, May 28, 2016
White House would ‘welcome Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor’
8:55 pm, May 28, 2016
[Movie] Obama visits Hiroshima / U.S. president pays respects to A-bomb victims
4:15 pm, May 28, 2016
G-7 to stress online freedom, security
8:51 pm, May 24, 2016
Diet enacts extra budget for Kumamoto quake relief
9:15 pm, May 17, 2016
G-7 ministers vow education to promote diverse societies
3:32 am, May 16, 2016
Obama’s Hiroshima visit hailed
9:11 pm, May 15, 2016
Environment ministers to urge trading of greenhouse gas cuts
3:16 am, May 15, 2016
Containing diseases on G-7 agenda
11:02 pm, May 14, 2016
Kumamoto quakes designated as ‘extraordinary disaster’
10:15 pm, May 10, 2016
PM: Fiscal policies should be timely, done flexibly
10:14 pm, May 06, 2016
Abe: U.K. should stay in EU
9:13 pm, May 06, 2016
G-7 seeks ‘free flow of information’
8:43 pm, April 30, 2016
Abe’s Summit Diplomacy / Economic cooperation a major goal
8:29 pm, April 29, 2016
PM Abe visits quake-hit areas
8:27 pm, April 29, 2016
Abe orders extra budget for quakes
2:24 am, April 25, 2016
Govt plans ‘severe disaster’ designation
8:35 pm, April 23, 2016
Obama may follow Roos, Kerry
11:32 pm, April 21, 2016
Obama plans to visit Hiroshima on G-7 trip
8:33 pm, April 21, 2016
Kumamoto Earthquake / Support grows for new delay to tax hike
9:21 pm, April 20, 2016
Nagasaki mayor asks for visit by Obama
8:19 pm, April 14, 2016
Kerry says museum ‘gut-wrenching’
10:20 pm, April 11, 2016
N-free world focus at G-7 meeting
9:14 pm, April 11, 2016
Report: Obama ponders visit to Hiroshima
8:52 pm, April 11, 2016
G-7 ministers pledge antiterrorism plan
8:44 pm, April 11, 2016
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