POLITICS

Aug 18
The first of 2 new government planes has been delivered to Japan ahead of their debut next year.
(NHK)

Aug 16
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe skipped a visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Wednesday, the 73rd anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. (Jiji)

Aug 16
In his last official appearance at the annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War II, Emperor Akihito on Wednesday repeated his “deep remorse” over the conflict that led to the deaths of tens of millions of people in Asia and elsewhere. (Japan Times)

Aug 16
China is expected to surpass Japan as the second-largest contributor to the general United Nations budget starting in 2019, according to the latest U.N. report on contributions. (Japan Today)

Aug 13
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated his intention to run in next month’s leadership race of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party and seek a third term.
(NHK)

Aug 09
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has died. He was 67.
(NHK)

Aug 08
Japan’s Defense Ministry will raise the age limit of applicants for Self-Defense Forces members and cadets from the current 26 to 32 as early as October, ministry officials said Tuesday. (Jiji)

Aug 05
A Russian media report says the country’s air force has deployed fighter jets on a trial basis on one of the 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
(NHK)

Aug 03
The Japanese government is considering granting pardons to coincide with the abdication of Emperor Akihito and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito next year, government sources said on Thursday. (Jiji)

Aug 03
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, on Thursday reaffirmed cooperation between Tokyo and Seoul, as well as among them and Washington, toward denuclearizing North Korea. (Jiji)