POLITICS

May 28
Top negotiators of the United States, Japan, and South Korea — three of six countries involved in stalled talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear program — agreed Wednesday to increase “pressures and sanctions” on North Korea to dissuade the North from military provocations. (Kyodo)
May 27
Japanese lawmakers approved health care reforms on Wednesday to address the rising costs of elderly care, with increased cost-sharing by high-income workers and prefectures taking over the running of loss-making public insurance bodies from municipalities. (Japan Times)
May 27
The Diet, Japan’s parliament, on Wednesday enacted a bill to create a ministerial post for affairs related to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Jiji Press)
May 27
Citing an increasingly severe security environment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the importance of security-related bills to seamlessly respond to every situation, expressing his resolve to pass them in the current Diet session. (The Japan News)
May 26
The Japanese government came up Monday with a draft of new cybersecurity strategy calling for measures to protect Internet-connected devices and systems from cyberattacks. (Jiji Press)
May 25
People who oppose the government’s plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station within Okinawa Prefecture took part in a rally at the Diet building in Tokyo on Sunday. (NHK)
May 23
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged an aid package worth about 500 million dollars to help Pacific Island nations tackle natural disasters and the effects of climate change. (NHK)
May 23
The words “a nuclear-weapons-ban treaty” have been deleted from the president’s draft text on nuclear disarmament scheduled to be adopted at the ongoing review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. (The Japan News)
May 23
China expressed displeasure on Friday with a visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine by Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Jiji Press)
May 22
The Japanese Defense Ministry said Thursday that two Chinese bombers flew over open seas between Okinawa Prefecture’s main island and the island of Miyakojima, prompting the Air Self-Defense Force to scramble fighter jets. (Jiji Press)