POLITICS

Aug 01
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that he plans to reshuffle his Cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party leadership in the first week of September. (Kyodo)
Jul 31
Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan’s military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own. (abcnews.go.com)
Jul 29
Russia criticized Japan on Tuesday for imposing new sanctions against Moscow over the recent shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine. (Jiji Press)
Jul 29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to replace Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, when his cabinet and the LDP leadership team are reshuffled in early September, informed sources said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 29
The government says it will allow landowners to keep their property rights for the land where it will build temporary storage facilities for radioactive debris in Fukushima Prefecture. It had originally planned to buy the land for the facilities. (NHK)
Jul 29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his nation will consider a new system for financial assistance for small island countries at a meeting with his counterparts from member states of the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM. (Jiji Press)
Jul 29
The government will likely set up facilities in major cities around the world to play a key role in promoting Japanese culture, including manga and washoku (Japanese food), according to government sources. (The Japan News)
Jul 29
Japan’s top government spokesman says Japan wants to work with Canada and other Group of Seven nations to find out how Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine. (NHK)
Jul 28
Japan will impose additional sanctions on Russia for failing to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, where the recent downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet killed all 298 people aboard, the government said Monday. (Kyodo)
Jul 28
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked the leader of Trinidad and Tobago to support Japan in next year’s election to choose non-permanent members on the UN Security Council. (NHK)