POLITICS

Apr 26
The Japanese government lodged a protest against South Korea on Wednesday over the use of a flag showing disputed Sea of Japan islands on a dessert planned for the inter-Korean summit on Friday. (Jiji)

Apr 25
Japan’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the resignation of Vice Minister of Finance Junichi Fukuda, 58, who last week offered to quit over his alleged sexually harassing remarks. (Jiji)

Apr 25
Education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has used an official ministry car to visit a “sexy yoga” studio in Tokyo, a weekly magazine said Tuesday, in another apparent scandal to hit the government. (Japan Today)

Apr 25
South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that he plans to take up the issue of Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago at his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Jiji)

Apr 24
NHK has learned that prosecutors have questioned a former senior Finance Ministry official about a document-tampering scandal in connection with the discounted sale of state-owned land. (NHK)

Apr 24
Up to 53 million yen will be paid in retirement allowance to Vice Minister of Finance Junichi Fukuda, who tendered his resignation last week following a media report accusing him of sexual harassment, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)

Apr 24
Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has revealed that another batch of activity logs from Japan’s Self-Defense Force mission in Iraq years ago has been found. (NHK)

Apr 23
Izumi Nakamitsu, U.N. undersecretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs, has been named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. (Jiji)

Apr 22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday praised North Korea’s decisions to stop nuclear testing and test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and abolish its nuclear test site in the northern part of the country. (Jiji)

Apr 21
When asked about a complaint from a Japanese TV station that the most senior official at his ministry sexually harassed a reporter, Finance Minister Taro Aso said the font used on the complaint letter was too small. (Japan Times)