POLITICS

Dec 22
U.S. accusations that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures could force Japan to choose between backing its ally Washington and keeping talks on track with Pyongyang about Japanese citizens abducted decades ago. (Reuters)
Dec 22
Japan supports a U.S. move to identify North Korea as the culprit behind the recent hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., the top government spokesman said Monday, criticizing the attack as a grave national security issue. (Kyodo)
Dec 21
Public prosecutors questioned former Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe over his massive borrowings, informed sources have said. (Jiji Press)
Dec 19
Japan and the United States said Friday they will put off until the first half of 2015 a planned revision of their defense cooperation guidelines, keeping in step with Tokyo’s efforts to legislate the use of the right to collective self-defense. (Kyodo)
Dec 19
The US Defense Department has chosen Japan and Australia to provide maintenance for F-35 joint strike fighter jets in the Asia-Pacific region. (NHK)
Dec 19
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed the agreement between the United States and Cuba to hold negotiations toward normalizing bilateral ties. (NHK)
Dec 16
Hawkish former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, the supreme adviser to Jisedai no To (Party for Future Generations), on Tuesday officially put an end to his nearly 50-year political career after losing his Diet seat in Sunday’s Lower House election. (Japan Times)
Dec 16
The National Police Agency said Monday that 130 people were arrested nationwide for 70 cases of violating the Public Office Election Law. (Japan Today)
Dec 16
The leader of Japan’s largest opposition party stepped down Monday after losing his seat in a weekend election drubbing. (AFP)
Dec 16
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday vowed he would try to persuade a skeptical public of the need to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution, the day after scoring a thumping election victory. (Japan Today)