POLITICS

Apr 27
A joint drill of Japanese and US fighter jets scheduled for Wednesday over the Pacific has been cancelled due to bad weather. (NHK)

Apr 27
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned the “looseness” of his cabinet on Wednesday as he effectively sacked Masahiro Imamura from the post of postdisaster reconstruction minister the same day over his latest gaffe. (Jiji)

Apr 27
A special Imperial abdication bill planned by the Japanese government will mention Emperor Akihito’s “thoughts” on stepping down from the throne, as a product of compromise with opposition parties, a draft outline of the bill showed on Tuesday. (Jiji)

Apr 26
The United States, Japan and other countries surrounding North Korea are on high alert over the nation’s provocative actions, including the possibility it would conduct its sixth nuclear test, as Tuesday marked the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army. (the-japan-news.com)

Apr 26
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to appoint Masayoshi Yoshino, a former State Minister of the Environment, as the new minister in charge of rebuilding areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)

Apr 25
It has been revealed that information related to Japan’s national security was included in the confidential documents disclosed by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. (NHK)

Apr 25
The Japanese government has decided to start landfill work at the Henoko coastal area in the city of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Tuesday for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma air base, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji)

Apr 24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have discussed the North Korean situation over the telephone amid heightened tensions surrounding the country. (NHK)

Apr 24
Two Japanese destroyers have begun a joint drill with the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group in the Pacific off the Philippines. (NHK)

Apr 24
The Ground Self-Defense Force’s 14th Brigade rumbled through the city of Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, on Sunday during a rare parade replete with combat vehicles. (Japan Times)