POLITICS

Sep 26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday at the start of a 66-day extraordinary Diet session to swiftly ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and find new avenues for economic growth. (Kyodo)

Sep 26
Japanese defense officials say 8 Chinese military planes flew off Okinawa, southern Japan, on Sunday, going back and forth between the East China Sea and the Pacific. (NHK)

Sep 24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his visit to Communist-ruled Cuba, the first ever by a Japanese leader, had turned a new page in bilateral relations and the two countries would now deepen their economic relationship. (Reuters)

Sep 24
Lockheed Martin rolled out the first 42 F-35As ordered by the Japan Air Self Defence Forces to replace a nearly 80-strong fleet of McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms. (flightglobal.com)

Sep 23
A US fighter jet crashed into the sea off Okinawa, southwestern Japan, on Thursday afternoon. The pilot has reportedly been rescued by US forces. (NHK)

Sep 20
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reiterated their contrasting positions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement Monday in a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. (Nikkei)

Sep 20
China on Monday accused Japan of trying to “confuse” the situation in the South China Sea, after its neighbor said it would step up activity in the contested waters, through joint training patrols with the United States. (Reuters)

Sep 17
The Tokyo Summary Court on Friday ordered Yosuke Tsuruho, state minister in charge of issues related to Okinawa and the Northern Territories, to pay a fine of 60,000 yen for speeding on a highway in Osaka Prefecture in July. (Japan Today)

Sep 16
Japan’s largest opposition Democratic Party has chosen its acting president Renho as its new leader. (NHK)

Sep 16
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce plans for a panel to discuss Emperor Akihito’s abdication when he delivers a policy speech for the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept. 26, a government source said Thursday. (Japan Times)