POLITICS

Jul 28
NHK has learned that Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada intends to step down to take responsibility for an alleged cover-up of peacekeepers’ activity logs in South Sudan. (NHK)

Jul 28
Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Eriko Imai, a former member of popular girl band Speed, apologized on Thursday for her reported relationship with a married local assembly member. (Japan Times)

Jul 27
Democratic Party leader Renho announced Thursday she will step down as the head of the nation’s largest opposition force, saying she didn’t have the leadership ability to maintain party unity in the wake of its crushing defeat in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election earlier this month. (Japan Times)

Jul 27
Four of six Japanese nationals detained in China in March for their suspected involvement in unspecified “illegal activities” are now back in Japan after having been released, Japan’s top government spokesman said Thursday. (Japan Times)

Jul 27
The head of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force is expected to resign over cover-up allegations involving peacekeepers in South Sudan, dealing another blow to scandal-plagued Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Nikkei)

Jul 26
Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs will be relocated from Tokyo to the main building of the Kyoto Prefectural Police Headquarters in the western Japan city of Kyoto, it was decided Tuesday. (Jiji)

Jul 26
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he was initially unaware that Kake Educational Institution, headed by a friend of his, was involved in a controversial university faculty plan, correcting his past explanations in parliament. (Jiji)

Jul 25
Japan’s prime minister faced a second day of questioning in an ad hoc Diet session over allegations he misused his influence to help a long-time friend open a vet school in western Japan. Lawmakers grilled Shinzo Abe over when exactly he learned his friend was submitting his application. (NHK)

Jul 24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings sinking over a suspected cronyism scandal, on Monday said he had never instructed officials to give preferential treatment to a long-time friend, adding that the latter had never sought favors. (Reuters)

Jul 21
US President Donald Trump says the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn’t speak English. (NHK)