POLITICS

Oct 31
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korea pledged to investigate the abduction of Japanese nationals without regard to the outcome of previous probes. But Pyongyang failed to provide detailed information on abductees. (NHK)
Oct 30
Four candidates have launched their campaigns to become the next governor of Okinawa. They’re expected to focus on the debate over a US base relocation plan in Japan’s southernmost prefecture. (NHK)
Oct 30
Tokyo prosecutors are searching the house of a former aide to Lower House member Yuko Obuchi over the recent political funds scandal. The scandal drove Obuchi from her post as Economy, Trade and Industry Minister. (NHK)
Oct 30
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Wednesday he had a “nice meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, less than two weeks ahead of a gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing where there is a window of opportunity for the two countries to thaw icy relations. (Kyodo)
Oct 30
Prosecutors have questioned a former secretary to House of Representatives lawmaker Yuko Obuchi over a political funds scandal involving Obuchi, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 29
The Japanese and North Korean governments ended the first-day session Tuesday of their two-day talks in Pyongyang on North Korea’s investigation into Japanese nationals abducted by the reclusive communist state. (Jiji Press)
Oct 29
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed Cabinet ministers on Tuesday to take thorough measures against the Ebola virus. (The Japan News)
Oct 29
Japan is planning to create a new cabinet post to oversee the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the education minister said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Oct 28
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki said Tuesday his support group incorrectly recorded expenditures totaling around 6.6 million yen in its funding report as spending for New Year’s events in 2008 and 2009 that were not sponsored by the group. (Kyodo)
Oct 27
Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki has apologized to plaintiffs in asbestos-related lawsuits for failing to take steps to prevent them from suffering health problems due to exposure to the carcinogen. (NHK)