POLITICS

Feb 08
North Korea took another step toward its goal of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, with the range of the rocket launched Sunday estimated at up to 13,000km. (Nikkei)
Feb 08
North Korea has launched what is widely believed to be a long-range ballistic missile. (NHK)
Feb 07
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Osumi carrying a Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, surface-to-air missile battery arrived at the remote southwestern Japan island of Ishigaki Saturday in preparations for a possible missile launch by North Korea. (Jiji Press)
Feb 07
The government said Saturday that North Korea has changed the scheduled period for test-firing a ballistic missile to sometime between Sunday and Feb. 14. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 05
A former associate dean of Tokyo’s pro-Pyongyang Korea University who is suspected of supporting the activities of North Korea’s spy agency was found to have deleted several documents from his computer after a South Korean lawmaker was arrested for alleged connections to the agency, it has been learned. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 04
Olympics minister Toshiaki Endo, who formerly headed a shake-up of Japan’s English education program, has admitted taking cash from the founder of a Tokyo teacher dispatch agency but said he did nothing wrong. (Japan Times)
Feb 04
Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani says he has issued a command to shoot down any incoming ballistic missiles. (NHK)
Feb 03
Japan’s Self-Defense Forces are preparing for the planned launch of what North Korea calls a satellite. (NHK)
Feb 03
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called on North Korea to abandon its plan to launch an earth observation satellite later this month, condemning it as a de facto test of a long-range ballistic missile. (Kyodo)
Feb 03
The Japanese government is to spend Y13 billion on rebuilding facilities on Okinotorishima, a tiny atoll 1,740 km south of Tokyo that helps to extend Japan’s exclusive economic zone into the Pacific Ocean. (scmp.com)