POLITICS

Jan 23
Two men with the same name have filed as candidates in the Karatsu city assembly election in Saga Prefecture, prompting the election board to take the unusual step of asking voters to differentiate between the two by writing something beside their name when voting on Jan 29. (Japan Today)

Jan 23
Close aides to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Sunday to work together to enhance bilateral relations, Japanese government officials said. (Kyodo)

Jan 21
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent Donald Trump a message celebrating his inauguration as new president of the United States in Washington on Friday. (Jiji)

Jan 20
The position of the Japan-U.S. alliance as the linchpin of Japanese foreign policy and security is an “unchanging principle,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a policy speech Friday hours before the inauguration of the next U.S. president. (Kyodo)

Jan 20
The organizing committee of the 2017 Asian Winter Games to be held in Hokkaido, northern Japan, next month has asked a Japanese hotel chain to take appropriate measures amid criticism for its owner’s denial of the 1937 Nanjing incident. (Jiji)

Jan 20
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered all of the country’s ministries and agencies to check whether their officials helped colleagues secure post-retirement jobs. (NHK)

Jan 19
The first batch of the US military’s F-35 state-of-the-art stealth aircraft has arrived in Japan. It’s the first deployment of the fighter jet outside the US mainland. (NHK)

Jan 18
Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa. (Japan Today)

Jan 17
It would be “difficult” for Crown Prince Naruhito to begin his reign as new emperor on Jan. 1, 2019, as has been recently reported by Japanese media, due to key events held every year on New Year’s Day, a senior Imperial Household Agency official said Tuesday. (Kyodo)

Jan 16
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo reaffirmed Sunday that their countries will strengthen cooperation in dealing with issues in the South China Sea, where China has stepped up military activities. (Jiji)