POLITICS

Apr 28
Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo’s claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan’s southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
Apr 28
Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is hoping to advance ties with China when he visits Beijing this weekend. (NHK)
Apr 26
Prosecutors on Monday sought a three-year prison sentence for ex-lawmaker Ryutaro Nonomura, 49, on charges of misusing taxpayers’ money. Nonomura, a former Hyogo prefectural assemblyman, became globally famous when he was filmed at a news conference in 2014, bawling over the accusation. He was subsequently indicted for fraud. (Japan Today)
Apr 26
NHK has learned that Japan has failed to win a contract to develop and build submarines jointly with Australia. (NHK)
Apr 25
The win by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s candidate in the House of Representatives by-election in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Sunday has bolstered hopes among officials of the governing bloc for victory by the coalition in the House of Councillors election this summer. (Jiji Press)
Apr 25
A candidate endorsed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has won a Lower House by-election in Hokkaido, northern Japan. (NHK)
Apr 25
Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force fighters made a record number of scrambles against Chinese aircraft over the last fiscal year through March 2016. (NHK)
Apr 24
The South Korean military has suggested that North Korea’s apparent launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine ended in failure. (NHK)
Apr 23
A non-partisan group of 92 Japanese lawmakers visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Friday morning for the spring festival. (NHK)
Apr 22
A Chinese court has sentenced a Chinese man to seven years in prison for spying related to the Senkaku Islands in the southern Japan prefecture of Okinawa, according to state-run China Central Television. (Jiji Press)