POLITICS

Aug 24
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch, calling it an unforgivable act. (NHK)

Aug 24
Major Japanese opposition party Osaka Ishin no Kai decided Tuesday to rename itself “Nippon Ishin no Kai” in a bid to gain wider voter support nationwide. (Jiji Press)

Aug 23
Japan’s first lady Akie Abe made an unofficial visit to Pearl Harbor on Sunday where she paid tribute to Americans killed in Japan’s surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. (Reuters)

Aug 22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stunned the world at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony with a cosplay performance dressed as Mario. (rocketnews24.com)

Aug 22
A Japanese man has been stopped by the Russian border guard while on a visa-free trip to Kunashiri, one of the four Russian-held northwestern Pacific islands claimed by Japan, informed sources said Sunday. (Jiji Press)

Aug 21
Tokyo District Court officials on Sunday removed activists’ tents on the economy ministry’s premises nearly five years after they were erected by anti-nuclear campaigners protesting the government’s handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Japan Times)

Aug 20
The Japanese government is primarily considering a special law as a means to realize Emperor Akihito’s hope of handing over the Imperial throne to Crown Prince Naruhito in the near future, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)

Aug 17
An elite central government bureaucrat on loan to the municipal government of Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, is generating a buzz by appearing in the city’s PR video dressed like a rapper. (Japan Times)

Aug 16
The Japanese government has begun work to submit a bill to lower the adult age under the Civil Code to 18 from the current 20 during next year’s ordinary Diet session, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)

Aug 16
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Monday to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo while two Cabinet ministers visited there on the 71st anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, immediately drawing criticism from South Korea, one of the Asian neighbors that suffered from Japanese wartime aggression. (Kyodo)