POLITICS

Aug 04
South Korean President Park Geun Hye said Monday the war anniversary statement that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issues this month should adhere to the 1995 statement, which offered an apology and described Japanese action during World War II as “aggression,” according to a Japanese opposition party leader who met Park. (Kyodo)
Aug 04
An aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was grilled at an Upper House Committee meeting on Monday over comments he made about Japan’s hotly debated national security legislation. (NHK)
Aug 02
The head of the Organising Committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Yoshiro Mori, has apologized to members of the International Olympic Committee for the decision to change the plan for a new national stadium. (NHK)
Aug 01
With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Imperial Household Agency made public on Saturday Emperor Showa’s voice from the master recording used to announce the end of the war. (The Japan News)
Jul 31
Authorities in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward will begin to issue official documents to same-sex couples in November, following a similar move in the Japanese capital’s Shibuya Ward, it was learned Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Jul 29
The office of London-based architect Zaha Hadid says it has offered to help Japan review the new stadium project for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. (NHK)
Jul 28
Japan’s parliament enacted Tuesday a bill aimed at merging some constituencies for the first time in a bid to reduce vote-value disparities in the electoral system for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber. (Jiji Press)
Jul 27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to reform working conditions in Japan to make it easier for women to actively participate in a variety of areas. (NHK)
Jul 27
The Japanese government plans to allow children to accompany their parents into polling stations in an effort to boost voter turnouts at national and local elections, officials said. (Jiji Press)
Jul 24
The House of Councillors on Friday passed a bill to reduce vote-value disparities among constituencies that features the first mergers of prefectural constituencies in the history of Japan’s constitutional politics. (Jiji Press)