A total of 83 wooden boats apparently from North Korea have been found drifting in the Sea of Japan or to the Japanese coast so far this year, the highest figure since comparable data become available in 2013, the Japan Coast Guard said Wednesday. (Jiji)
The Japanese government is weighing a plan to equip fighter jets with long-range cruise missiles amid the North Korean nuclear and missile threat, starting with earmarking research costs in its fiscal 2018 budget plan, government sources said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
The U.N. General Assembly on Monday endorsed a Japanese antinuclear resolution by a wide margin, although fewer countries backed it than in previous years amid perceptions of backpedaling on disarmament. (Kyodo)
The Japan Coast Guard says as many as 28 wooden boats believed to be from the Korean Peninsula were spotted drifting off the Japanese coast or had run aground in November.
It is the largest monthly figure since recordkeeping began 4 years ago. (NHK)
The “sokui no rei” enthronement ceremonies for Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito are expected to take place in autumn 2019, about a half year after Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30 and the Crown Prince accedes to the throne the following day, government sources said Saturday. (Jiji)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the Imperial House Council has chosen April 30th, 2019, as the date for Emperor Akihito’s abdication, and picked the next day, May first, for Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession. (NHK)
North Korea launched what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday morning, reaching a higher altitude than previous tests and suggesting one of the longest ranges in the country’s arsenal. (Nikkei)