POLITICS

Nov 12
An annual cherry blossom viewing party organized by the Japanese prime minister has come under scrutiny.
(NHK)

Nov 09
The Japanese Prime Minister has apologized for the postponement of the planned introduction of private-sector English tests for university admission. (NHK)

Nov 08
A US military fighter jet accidentally dropped an inert bomb on private land outside training grounds in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, on Wednesday evening.
(NHK)

Nov 08
Former education minister Hakubun Shimomura has flatly denied a media report that he is in a “cozy relationship” with a company that administers English tests.
(NHK)

Nov 05
NHK has learned that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated Japan’s position on the wartime labor issue in a brief dialogue he had with his South Korean counterpart at an ASEAN summit in Thailand.
(NHK)

Nov 02
Japan’s government plans to require all retailers in the country to charge customers for plastic bags starting on July 1 next year. Environmentally-friendly bags will be exempt.
(NHK)

Nov 01
State media in North Korea on Friday said the country successfully tested a “super-large rocket launcher ” the day before.
(NHK)

Oct 27
Japan’s government has decided to delay the introduction of mandatory charges for plastic bags at supermarkets, convenience stores and all other retail outlets for three months to July next year. It cites the need for time to prepare for the change.
(NHK)

Oct 26
Japan’s industry minister Isshu Sugawara has resigned over reports of a possible electoral law violation.
(NHK)

Oct 24
Flooding at levels of less than 1 meter made up more than 90 percent of the approximately 68,000 homes damaged by the destructive Typhoon Hagibis, the government said Wednesday, making the homeowners unlikely to receive financial support under current law. (Kyodo)