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  • Bill OK’d for tougher sex crimes penalties

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government adopted a bill on Tuesday to toughen penalties for sex crimes in what will be the country’s first fundamental reform of the legal framework for addressing sexu…

  • N. Korea sends warning over U.S. forces in Japan

    In response to North Korea’s announcement on Tuesday that four ballistic missiles were fired as an exercise for an attack on U.S. forces stationed in Japan, the Japanese government has increased it…

  • Abe’s longer tenure affects dissolution

    With the ruling Liberal Democratic Party having extended the maximum tenure for its president on Sunday, all eyes are now on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s strategy regarding dissolution of the House o…

  • Abe, Trump agree threat of N. Korea now in ‘new stage’

  • Osaka gov. not to OK Moritomo school plan soon

    OSAKA (Jiji Press) — Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui said Monday his government is unlikely to give its approval for a school operator at the center of a high-profile land deal scandal to open an elementa…

  • NSC meeting held

  • Likely reaction to U.S.-ROK drills

  • North Korea fires 4 ballistic missiles into ocean

    SEOUL (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, South Korean a…

  • LDP extends max presidential term to 9 years

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) —The Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday extended the maximum party presidential tenure, allowing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to run in the next LDP leadership election for a term e…

  • 148 outlying islands to get more support

    The government will designate 148 outlying islands close to Japan’s national borders as “inhabited outlying border islands,” aiming to maintain territorial integrity by increasing the number of …

  • DP sticks to revising Imperial House Law for abdication

    The largest opposition Democratic Party held firm to the idea of revising the Imperial House Law to enable the Emperor to abdicate, at Friday’s general meeting of representatives from all parties an…

  • China cuts GDP target to 6.5%

    BEIJING (AFP-Jiji) — China’s premier warned Sunday that the world’s second-largest economy faces “grave challenges,” signalling a further deceleration as he announced a trimmed 2017 gross d…

  • Tillerson to visit Japan in mid-March / China, ROK visits planned for same time

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to visit Japan, China and South Korea in mid-March, sources familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said on Friday. It will be Tillerson’s fir…

  • Parties disagree over abdication framework

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Representatives of ruling and opposition parties failed to build a consensus on the kind of legal framework that should be adopted to realize the abdication of the Emperor, duri…

  • U.S. vice president to visit Japan in mid-April

    The Japanese and U.S. governments are arranging for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to visit Japan in mid-April, it has been learned. According to sources, Pence will arrive in Japan on April 17 or 18…

  • Moritomo head, Konoike had extensive contact

    KOBE (Jiji Press) — Yasunori Kagoike, head of Osaka-based private educational entity Moritomo Gakuen, has lobbied Yoshitada Konoike, a lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on 15 occasio…

  • Ishihara fends off key questions on Toyosu

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — At a much-awaited press conference on Friday, former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara did little to clear up key questions about a controversial food market relocation decided durin…

  • Investment, jobs to be focus of talks

    With key bilateral economic talks scheduled for next month, top Japanese government officials will be carefully watching the actions of U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming weeks. In a policy a…

  • Japan-India talks scheduled

    NEW DELHI (Jiji Press) — Japan and India will hold a meeting of their deputy-minister-level foreign affairs and defense officials in Tokyo on Wednesday for discussions on the international situatio…

  • Tokyo Gas execs to be summoned

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A powerful special investigation committee of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly decided on Wednesday to summon five former and current executives of Tokyo Gas Co. as sworn witnes…

  • JCG to expand video transmission on Senkaku patrols

    The Japan Coast Guard has decided to install video transmission devices on all 12 of its special unit large patrol vessels assigned to monitor the security situation around the Senkaku Islands in Ish…

  • Ruling, opposition parties agree on abdication

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Representatives from ruling and opposition parties agreed Thursday that they will aim to realize the Emperor’s abdication. The agreement was reached at a meeting hosted by D…

  • Abe: Anyone involved in Moritomo deal accountable

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Akira Koike, head of the secretariat of the opposition Japanese Communist Party, said Thursday that the visitor records he has obtained that are related to a private school ope…

  • Talks heat up over free higher education

    Discussions are heating up within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over how the government should procure funds to make universities and junior colleges tuition-free. The LDP is considering intro…

  • Late April likely date for Abe’s visit to Russia for talks

    The Japanese and Russian governments are in the final stage of arrangements for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Russia, with an eye on late April as a likely time, it has been learned. Ahead …

  • ‘Preparing for terrorism’ bill applies to 277 serious offenses

    The government plans to establish a new crime category of “preparing for terrorism and other offenses” in a bill to revise the Law on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds, …

  • Japan, U.S., ROK seek pressure on N. Korea

    WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Monday that the international community needs to put pressure on North Korea in response to the reclusive state’s nuclear…

  • School operator ‘made pupils support Abe’

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A kindergarten run by the private school operator at the center of a controversial land acquisition deal made its pupils express support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an oppos…

  • China conducts seabed surveys in Japan’s EEZ without consent / JCG finds 63 cases over 5 years

    China conducted a total of 63 seabed surveys inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the East China Sea and elsewhere without consent over the five years from 2012 to 2016, according to a s…

  • Lower house passes record budget for FY17

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The House of Representatives passed Monday the government’s fiscal 2017 general-account budget, worth a record ¥97.45 trillion, which calls for directing funds toward measur…

  • Meeting on abdication set this week

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — House of Representatives Speaker Tadamori Oshima on Monday showed a plan to convene a meeting of representatives from both ruling and opposition parties on Thursday and Friday …

  • SDP to move HQ to save costs

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The opposition Social Democratic Party, whose presence has been declining sharply, has decided to relocate its headquarters from the Nagatacho political district in Tokyo’s C…

  • LDP’s Uchida to retire from Tokyo assembly

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Shigeru Uchida, a Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly, announced Saturday that he will not run in this summer’s assembly election, citing …

  • DP delays decision on nuclear power policy over dissent from union wing

    The Democratic Party has decided to abandon its plan to reach a final consensus on nuclear energy policy before its party convention scheduled for March 12. Sources said Friday that the DP was force…

  • Rengo opposes DP’s nuclear policy shift

    The Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) has been hardening its attitude toward the main opposition Democratic Party, which it has so far supported. Rengo opposes the DP’s plan to move forwa…

  • LDP opens talks on missile defense

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The ruling Liberal Democratic Party began discussions on Thursday on how to improve the country’s defense capabilities in a bid to better counter threats from North Korean mi…

  • Ruling, opposition parties set abdication talks for next week

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Parliamentary leaders agreed Thursday that the ruling and opposition parties will start talks on Imperial abdication as early as late next week. The leaders of both chambers o…

  • Abe’s Wife Resigns as Honorary Principal of Controversial School

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday his wife, Akie, has resigned as honorary principal of an elementary school set to open this spring on a controversial piece of land in wes…

  • Abe to visit Italy on tour in March

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Italy as part of a European tour next month, government sources said Thursday. Abe plans to hold talks with his Italian count…

  • ROK video calls Sea of Japan ‘East Sea’

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has posted a video on its website in which the Sea of Japan is called “East Sea,” it was learned Wednesday. The Japanese government immedi…

  • U.S. report: ‘Uncertainty’ in relations with Japan

    WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — A U.S. Congressional Research Service report released on Wednesday posed questions over the course of Japan-U.S. relations after the two country’s closely watched summit…

  • Japan protests Russian military deployment plan

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan has lodged a protest with Russia through diplomatic channels over a Russian plan to deploy a new military division to the Kuril Islands. “It is regrettable” that Rus…

  • Russia mulls new military approach for Kuril Islands

    MOSCOW (Jiji Press) — Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a parliamentary meeting on Wednesday, revealed a plan to deploy a new military division to the Kuril Islands this year, according to…

  • S. Korea minister urges moving statue

    SEOUL (Jiji Press) — South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se has sent an official letter to local governments and a local legislature calling for moving a girl’s statue symbolizing so-called c…

  • Tokyo govt to share costs for temporary Olympic facilities

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Tokyo metropolitan government will consider sharing the costs of preparing temporary facilities both in and outside the Japanese capital for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympi…

  • LDP, DP split over how Emperor should abdicate

    The Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party continue to be at odds over whether the issue of the abdication of the Emperor should be handled by constitutional commissions in the House of Rep…

  • Submission of abdication bill planned around Golden Week

    The government intends to establish a special measures law that limits abdication to a single emperor’s reign, submitting a bill for that purpose to the Diet around the Golden Week holiday period in…

  • More amakudari cases found illegal

    The education ministry has acknowledged 17 more cases in which it systematically helped its senior officials find postretirement jobs at Sophia University, Gifu University and other organizations in v…

  • ‘Premium Friday’ to delay fiscal budget vote

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The ruling coalition agreed Tuesday to push back a proposed House of Representatives committee vote on the government’s fiscal 2017 budget bill from Friday to next week in vi…

  • Inclusive society plan mooted for 2020 Games

  • Govt to reward good treatment of foreign trainees

  • LDP-DP gap on abdication highlighted / Speaker of lower house seeks meeting

  • Probe panel on Toyosu to be set up

  • Approval rating for Abe Cabinet increases to 66% in latest opinion poll

  • Government still cautious about Trump’s trade policies

  • Komura suggests study on acquiring attack capability

  • Economic activities talks with Russia set

  • Japan, China to urge N. Korea

    BONN (Jiji Press) — Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi agreed Friday to urge North Korea to abide by a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions against its nucle…

  • Yun: ROK will make efforts over statues

  • Abe says nursery waiting lists difficult to eliminate

  • Japan, South Korea, U.S. condemn DPRK test / Ministers reaffirm trilateral cooperation

    BONN — The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea condemned in a joint statement on Thursday “in the strongest terms” North Korea’s test-launch of a ballistic missile Su…

  • Democratic Party delays conclusion on nuclear-energy targets amid internal strife

  • Abe to meet French, German leaders as ‘bridge’ to Trump

  • Yomiuri Shimbun Proposal / Stable child, nursing care vital to spurring economy

  • Yomiuri Shimbun Proposal / Improving environment for working women

  • Yomiuri Shimbun Proposal / ‘Double care’ weighs heavily on women

  • Yomiuri Shimbun Proposal / Stress mounts for parents forced to hunt for day care

  • Array of issues complicate Japan-S. Korea cooperation

  • Abe urged Trump to show intl leadership

  • Govt balks after Russia names disputed islands

  • LDP panel backs one-off abdication law for Emperor

  • Govt protests North Korea launch

    The government has issued strong protests against North Korea’s ballistic missile launch, and begun working with other countries to help bring about resolute action by the U.N. Security Council. …

  • Provocations indicate Pyongyang’s hostility

    North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch seems to indicate the country’s clear hostility toward Japan and the United States after the two nations recently reconfirmed their desire for Pyongy…

  • Japan used 3 of Trump’s key men to arrange Abe trip

  • Trump security pledge comes after his China balancing act / Avoiding provocation seen as U.S. priority

  • Abe keeps mum on travel ban

  • Trump considers new, revised travel ban

  • Kishida, Tillerson agree to fortify the alliance further

  • Trump commits to Senkaku defense

  • U.S. leader touts friendship with Abe

  • Abe, Trump take Air Force One flight to Palm Beach

  • Japan, U.S. affirm Senkakus defense under Article 5

  • Abe-Trump talks to focus on auto trade, Senkakus

  • Female models faced sexual demands

  • Opposition seeks Inada’s resignation

  • Panel asked to study Juvenile Law change

  • Ishihara accepts assembly summons

  • Agreement on upper house reform facing rocky road

  • Trade to dominate Abe-Trump talks

  • LDP fears Koike’s national influence

  • Impasse over Busan statue drags on

  • Abe vows to prevent systematic amakudari

  • Tillerson reconfirms U.S. commitment to Senkakus

  • Trump to play golf with Abe to know him better

  • Henoko work schedule holds seeds of conflict over permit

  • LDP panel backs special law for abdication

  • Northern territories panel discusses joint activities

  • Bill urges parent-child exchanges after divorce

  • Work off Henoko commences

  • Koike-backed incumbent wins Chiyoda Ward poll

  • Abe showing consideration for U.S. to win practical benefits

  • Japan in Depth / Govt relieved by Mattis’ stance on cost of U.S. forces

  • Suga seeks understanding

  • Inada: SDF not to join U.S. in S. China Sea

  • Onaga’s appeals over air base rebuffed in U.S.

  • Japan succeeds in missile interceptor test off Hawaii

  • Abe, Mattis show alliance unshakable / Meeting in Tokyo sends strong message to China

  • Abe to propose plan for creating 700,000 U.S. jobs

  • Trump: Japan guided yen lower for years

  • Auto trade key in Abe-Trump talks

  • Abe, Trump meeting being arranged for Feb. 10

  • My Japanology / Hooked for 40 years since a visit to Ryoanji temple

  • Valentine for ambassador?

  • India-Japan strategic partnership: Renewed focus on peace and security in Asia

    By Madhuchanda Ghosh India and Japan are redefining their relations in the backdrop of the changing security architecture in Asia. The post Cold War structural changes in Asia’s security environm…

  • Govt eager to learn Mattis’ Japan views

  • Japan in Depth / Trump statement casts pall over TPP prospects

  • Abe deems Trump ‘can be trusted’ / Informal N.Y. meeting held with future U.S. leader

  • Abe takes rare step meeting Trump

  • Abe ‘convinced’ by Trump after New York meeting

  • Abe departs for talks with Trump

  • Start with politics to break the glass ceiling

  • Lower house approves TPP

  • Abe, Trump to meet Nov. 17 in New York

  • Abe sends congratulations

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