POLITICS

Jun 30
A group of Japanese media representatives has issued a statement of protest against recent remarks by lawmakers. (NHK)
Jun 28
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Saturday that it has dismissed its Youth Division chief, Minoru Kihara, and banned him from holding party posts for one year amid controversy over media-suppressing remarks by some at a meeting of a party group headed by him. (Jiji Press)
Jun 27
Hiroshima will be a venue for the Group of Seven foreign ministers’ conference related to the G-7 Ise-Shima summit next year, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Friday. (The Japan News)
Jun 26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his regret Friday for remarks made by younger lawmakers from his Liberal Democratic Party, which blamed negative media reports for the low public popularity of bills that would expand overseas operations of the Self-Defense Forces. (Kyodo)
Jun 26
A hearing-impaired Japanese politician used text-to-speech software on her computer to pose questions during her debut at a local assembly. (NHK)
Jun 26
The Japanese and Chinese governments are making arrangements to sign next month at the earliest an agreement on setting up a maritime communication mechanism in a bid to avert accidental clashes in nearby waters, sources close to bilateral ties said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Jun 25
An all-girl pop group’s lyrics criticizing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have hit a sour note with the Yamato municipal government. (Asahi)
Jun 25
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in telephone talks on Wednesday that their countries will continue dialogue for the president’s possible visit to Japan by the end of this year. (Jiji Press)
Jun 23
People in Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa are marking the 70th anniversary of the end of a fierce battle in the final stage of World War Two. (NHK)
Jun 23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the U.S. military’s continuing presence. (Japan Today)