POLITICS

Feb 21
The Japanese government says Emperor Akihito’s abdication ceremony will be held next year on April 30th, the day he steps down, as a state event. (NHK)

Feb 20
A fighter jet from the US Misawa Airbase in northern Japan developed an engine fire on Tuesday morning and offloaded fuel tanks into a lake. (NHK)

Feb 20
Japan’s labor minister has apologized for having provided inaccurate figures to the prime minister in Diet debate on working system reform. (NHK)

Feb 19
Members of the Liberal Democratic Party are proposing that the minimum ages for holding public office be lowered to a uniform 20, it was learned Sunday. (Japan Times)

Feb 17
Demonstrators took to the streets in a dozen cities in Japan on Friday demanding the dismissal of National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa, who is accused of giving false parliamentary testimony over a controversial sale of state land. (Jiji)

Feb 17
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party made progress Friday in its discussions to seek the first-ever amendments to Japan’s postwar Constitution, agreeing on the wording of a draft for rewriting an existing article on electoral systems. (Japan Today)

Feb 15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed during a phone call Wednesday night to continue exerting maximum pressure on North Korea, while reaffirming that the reclusive state must agree to denuclearize before any dialogue can happen.
(Nikkei)

Feb 13
The number of people who applied for refugee status in Japan last year reached a record high of 19,628, up 80 percent from the previous year, the Justice Ministry announced Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Feb 13
The Japanese government is poised to put its new guidelines on the management of administrative documents into force in April, in the wake of scandals related to two private school operators. (Jiji)

Feb 12
The U.S. Navy is investigating an alleged drug ring involving a number of sailors based at the 7th Fleet’s headquarters in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, it confirmed Saturday. (Japan Times)