POLITICS

Dec 15
Japan’s central government is pushing ahead with a controversial plan to relocate an American military base within the southern prefecture of Okinawa. They’ve started full-scale land reclamation work despite strong local opposition.
(NHK)

Dec 12
Japan is seeking to possess its first aircraft carrier to allow for the deployment of U.S.-made stealth fighters as it seeks to bolster its arms capability under a new 10-year defense plan. (Japan Today)

Dec 12
A court in Beijing has sentenced a Japanese man in his 70s who was arrested in China in June 2015 to 12 years in prison for spying, sources well-informed about Sino-Japanese relations said Tuesday. (Japan Today)

Dec 11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do all he can to ensure the smooth operation of a new program that will bring more foreign workers to the country.
(NHK)

Dec 09
A Chinese court has sentenced a Japanese woman to six years in prison for spying, a source privy to bilateral relations said Saturday. (Japan Today)

Dec 09
The Diet on Saturday approved an economic partnership agreement with the European Union that’s set to create a free trade bloc accounting for 30 percent of world output.
(Japan Times)

Dec 08
Japan’s ruling coalition has pushed a controversial bill through the Diet with just a few days left before the current session ends. It will allow more foreign workers into the country.
(NHK)

Dec 08
The Japanese government plans to revise the rules for its procurement of telecommunications equipment to take into consideration the risks related to national security.
(NHK)

Dec 02
The leaders of Japan and Russia are holding talks in Argentina. They are expected to discuss a mechanism to speed up negotiations on a peace treaty.
(NHK)

Dec 01
Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito, has raised the question about the use of public funds for a ritual following next year’s Imperial succession.
(NHK)