POLITICS

Apr 25
The government and ruling parties on Friday began considering a plan to submit to the current Diet session a lawmaker-initiated bill for regulating drone flights, a move that comes in response to the discovery of a drone on the rooftop heliport of the Prime Minister’s Office earlier this week. (The Japan News)
Apr 24
Investigators say what appears to be rainwater was in the drone found on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office. (NHK)
Apr 24
Campaigning for Sunday’s second wave of quadrennial unified local elections has highlighted a legal loophole that allows candidates to go to extremes – including nudity – to gain votes. (Japan Times)
Apr 23
After a drone was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office in Tokyo Wednesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga underscored the importance of making regulations as soon as possible to prevent such unmanned aerial vehicles from being used for terror attacks. (Jiji Press)
Apr 23
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday that he will uphold past government apologies over World War II including a 1995 statement that offers a “heartfelt apology” to the people of Asian nations affected by Japan’s “colonial rule and aggression” during and before the war, a senior Japanese official said. (Kyodo)
Apr 23
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Wednesday to strengthen their countries’ mutually beneficial strategic partnership and help promote regional stability and prosperity. (Jiji Press)
Apr 22
A drone marked with a radioactive sign landed on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office on Wednesday and tested positive for a “minuscule” amount of radiation, media reported. (Reuters)
Apr 22
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has delivered a speech at the Asian-African Summit in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. He pledged to contribute to peace and prosperity in Asia and Africa based on remorse for Japan’s actions during World War Two. (NHK)
Apr 22
More than 100 Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday paid homage at Yasukuni shrine, risking fresh anger from Asian neighbors that fell victim to Tokyo’s aggression last century. (Japan Today)
Apr 22
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Indonesia. He’ll attend the Asian-African Summit opening in the country’s capital Jakarta on Wednesday. (NHK)