POLITICS

Aug 27
Officials with Japan’s government ministries are set to demand more than 100-trillion-yen, or over 960 billion dollars, for the 2015 fiscal budget. (NHK)
Aug 27
In an effort to strengthen its anti-drug programs and campaigns, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has submitted a budgetary appropriations request for next year amounting to 1.1 billion yen which is nearly 10 times higher than the amount requested for 2014. (Japan Today)
Aug 26
A Japanese assemblyman has pleaded not guilty to transporting stimulants at a trial in southern China. (NHK)
Aug 26
A Japanese whaling survey ship has left Russia’s Far East after being released following more than a week of inspections by Russian authorities. (NHK)
Aug 26
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely keep the number of women ministers and Liberal Democratic Party executives at four in an upcoming reshuffle, a senior government official said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 26
Japan will consider various factors including the situation in Ukraine before deciding whether to go ahead with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the country this autumn. (NHK)
Aug 25
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged full support for victims of last week’s massive landslides in Hiroshima, as he made his first visit since the disaster to the city. (Japan Today)
Aug 24
Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force has shown reporters its annual live-fire drills at the foot of Mt Fuji. (NHK)
Aug 24
According to the Japan Times, government sources indicated on Thursday that India and Japan are currently finishing negotiations to create a formal bilateral framework between their foreign and defense ministers, or a “two-plus-two” dialogue mechanism. (thediplomat.com)
Aug 24
Japan’s prime minister during the Fukushima disaster says Australia should be trying to wean other countries away from nuclear power, not increase exports of uranium. (abc.net.au)