POLITICS

Jul 20
The United States is bracing for the possibility of another ballistic missile launch by North Korea. (NHK)

Jul 19
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has denied media reports that she agreed to hide the fact that the records relating to the Ground Self-Defense Force’s peacekeeping activities in South Sudan were at the GSDF command. The ministry once said they had been destroyed.
(NHK)

Jul 18
Renho, leader of Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party, on Tuesday disclosed personal documents as evidence that she has resolved the issue of her Japanese-Taiwanese dual citizenship and is now a Japanese citizen. (Jiji)

Jul 18
Japan on Monday pledged billion over the next two years to back the UN’s development agenda, raising its profile as one of the world’s largest foreign aid donors. (digitaljournal.com)

Jul 18
Japan Coast Guard officials say 2 Chinese patrol ships have entered Japanese territorial waters off the country’s northeast. (NHK)

Jul 16
Two Chinese coast guard ships were spotted Saturday in Japanese waters around Okinoshima island and one near Tsushima Island, in the first confirmation of an intrusion by Chinese government vessels in the area, the Japan Coast Guard said. (Japan Today)

Jul 15
China told Japan on Friday to “get used to it” after it flew six warplanes over the Miyako Strait between two southern Japanese islands in a military exercise. (nypost.com)

Jul 14
The U.S. Senate confirmed private equity executive William Hagerty on Thursday as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Japan, filling a post considered especially crucial in light of neighboring North Korea’s recent missile tests. (Japan Today)

Jul 14
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he will explain before a parliamentary committee the favoritism scandal with a school operator run by his close friend at the center. (Jiji)

Jul 13
Japan has lodged a protest against North Korea over an incident this month in which a ship thought to be North Korean pointed what appeared to be a gun at a Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol vessel. The incident took place inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. (NHK)