POLITICS

Mar 03
In the latest allegations of questionable political donations now aimed at top party leaders, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the main opposition party president are linked to contributions from companies after ministries awarded them subsidies, it was learned March 3. (Asahi)
Mar 03
Polish president, Bronisław Komorowski caused consternation of his Japanese hosts and domestic observers with some off-colour jokes during an official visit. (thenews.pl)
Mar 03
Ryoma Matsubayashi says he is still stung by a memory of a politician handing out campaign fliers who declined to give him one. (Wall Street journal)
Mar 02
Japan lodged a strong protest on Monday against North Korea’s launch of short-range missiles through a diplomatic channel in Beijing, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. (Jiji Press)
Mar 02
North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles toward the Sea of Japan on Monday morning, the South Korean Defense Ministry said. (Kyodo)
Mar 02
Japan and South Korea need to become more mature partners over the next 50 years and work together to write a new history, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said in a speech on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
Mar 02
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani has called for legislation that would enable Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to go to the rescue of Japanese nationals outside the country. (NHK)
Feb 27
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co. for not disclosing information immediately after rainwater contaminated with high-level radioactive materials leaked from its ruined Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant through a trench into the sea. (The Japan News)
Feb 27
Local government officials in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan, are surveying coral reefs to assess the impact of preparations to build an air base for the US Marines. Prefectural government officials say giant concrete weights set on the seabed may have damaged the reefs. (NHK)
Feb 27
Japan’s House of Representatives Budget Committee on Thursday found that embattled former Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa has received a total of 10 million yen from two companies. (Jiji Press)