POLITICS

Mar 31
The defense chiefs of Japan and India agreed Monday to continue talks over potential exports of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force’s US-2 amphibious aircraft to the South Asian country. (Kyodo)
Mar 30
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he had spoken with South Korean President Park Geun Hye in Singapore and requested that South Korea arrange a trilateral summit with China at an early date. (Kyodo)
Mar 27
The Korean Cultural Center, a facility of the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo, was hit by a suspected arson attack Wednesday night, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Mar 27
The assembly of Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward is expected to pass an ordinance next week acknowledging same-sex partnerships as equivalent to marriage, after a bill for the ordinance was approved at a committee meeting Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Mar 26
Candidates in 10 gubernatorial elections across Japan have launched campaigns in a series of contests that are expected to hinge on measures to boost the economy and revive dwindling regional communities. (NHK)
Mar 26
The Fukuoka High Court ruled Wednesday that the December 2014 general election was unconstitutional due to a disparity in the weight of votes between districts, making it the first such judgment in a series of similar lawsuits filed with high courts nationwide. (Kyodo)
Mar 25
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force commissioned its largest ever helicopter-carrying destroyer Izumo on Wednesday, as it strengthens its maritime defense around the nation’s southwestern remote islands. (Kyodo)
Mar 25
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to attend the state funeral of Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. (NHK)
Mar 25
The Hiroshima High Court and the Sendai High Court’s Akita branch ruled Tuesday that last December’s Lower House election was “in a state of unconstitutionality” due to the disparity in the weight of votes between districts. (Japan Times)
Mar 24
The Saga District Court on Tuesday doubled the monetary penalty imposed on the state for refusing to open the floodgates of the Isahaya Bay dike in southwestern Japan as ordered by an earlier ruling. (Kyodo)