POLITICS

May 24
A Japanese man in his 50s has been indicted in China after being arrested for his alleged involvement in spying activities, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
May 23
A suprapartisan organization comprising political parties, companies and civic groups opposing the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma air station within Okinawa Prefecture decided at a meeting Sunday to hold a massive rally to protest against the murder of a local woman believed to be committed by a former Marine. (Jiji Press)
May 23
Barack Obama said on Sunday his visit to Hiroshima, the first city to suffer an atomic bombing, would emphasize friendly ties between former enemies. But the US president reiterated he would not apologize for the devastating attack. (theguardian.com)
May 21
Embattled Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Friday that he will leave the issue of his allegedly dubious use of political funds to a third-party investigation. (the-japan-news.com)
May 21
Following the arrest of a former U.S. Marine on charges of abandoning a woman’s body in Okinawa Prefecture, angry local residents rallied on Friday in front of U.S. Kadena Air Base, where the suspect currently works as a civilian. (Jiji Press)
May 21
U.S. President Barack Obama hopes to face “difficult historical facts” during his upcoming visit to Hiroshima, one of the only two cities in the world that has suffered an atomic bombing, a senior White House official for Asian affairs said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
May 20
Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank governors are to begin a two-day meeting in Sendai, northern Japan, on Friday. (NHK)
May 19
The main opposition Democratic Party on Thursday unveiled what it calls a “vibrant” new logo that was then assailed by renewed claims of plagiarism and cries of obscenity. (Japan Times)
May 19
Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday he stands behind a group of former U.S. sailors suing the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, who claim health problems they now suffer were caused by exposure to radiation after three reactors melted down in the days after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. (Japan Today)
May 18
Japan and South Korea agreed Monday to accelerate efforts to set up a foundation to help former “comfort women” procured for Japan’s wartime military brothels, the centerpiece of a landmark bilateral deal struck last year, the Japanese government said. (Kyodo)