POLITICS

Sep 01
Japan’s Foreign Ministry has exhibited for the first time in 2 decades the written agreement that formalized the country’s surrender to mark the end of World War Two. (NHK)
Aug 31
Students, mothers and other protesters staged rallies at more than 200 locations across Japan on Sunday, calling for the scrapping of controversial security legislation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to enact to strengthen the role of Japanese forces abroad. (Kyodo)
Aug 30
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Saturday he plans to establish a new political party possibly within the year, deepening the strife within Japan’s second-largest opposition party. (Kyodo)
Aug 28
Japan criticized China’s official Xinhua News Agency on Friday for having demanded an apology from Emperor Akihito over Japan’s wartime acts, saying such a claim was “extremely discourteous to His Majesty the Emperor.” (Kyodo)
Aug 28
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to be reelected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as early as Sept. 8, as no one apparently plans to challenge him, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 28
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said Thursday it wants 6,679.1 billion yen in its general-account budget for fiscal 2016, up 15.4 pct from the amount allocated in the government’s fiscal 2015 initial budget. (Jiji Press)
Aug 27
Fed up with the spread of “Nagatacho disease” among their colleagues, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui said they were leaving the opposition Japan Innovation Party. (Asahi)
Aug 27
A controversial former Lower House member is now being accused of engaging in sex acts with a male prostitute, according to a report in the September 3 issue of weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun. (Tokyo Reporter)
Aug 27
Takaya Muto, a Lower House member who quit the Liberal Democratic Party over an alleged money scandal last week, has engaged in sexual intercourse with a 19-year-old male prostitute repeatedly since last November, the website of weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun reported Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Aug 26
U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Japan after WikiLeaks claimed Washington had spied on Japanese politicians, a government spokesman said Wednesday. (Japan Today)