POLITICS

Jul 23
“Abe colour” is an expression occasionally used in Japan’s domestic media. It means those government policies that reflect Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s personal views, and the term relates to his hawkish security policies. (aljazeera.com)
Jul 22
Visitors flocked to the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Okadama camp Sunday to view two U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey military transport aircraft, which were on display for the first time in Hokkaido. (The Japan News)
Jul 21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe envisions replacing more than half of his 18 ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle expected in early September, ruling coalition officials said Sunday. (Kyodo)
Jul 20
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his hope Saturday to continue dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite criticism toward Russia over a recent Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine. (Kyodo)
Jul 19
The US military’s Osprey transport aircraft has flown over Tokyo for the first time. The tilt-rotor aircraft traveled to an air base in the capital on Saturday. (NHK)
Jul 19
Police in Japan have searched the home of a former local politician who became an international sensation on the Internet for crying during a news conference. (NHK)
Jul 18
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for an international investigation into the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. (NHK)
Jul 18
Japan plans to set up a new unit to look at setting up integrated resort facilities featuring casinos in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the top government spokesman said Friday. (Kyodo)
Jul 18
Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday that Tokyo will actively support the new Kiev government’s efforts to stabilize the country. (Jiji Press)
Jul 18
The Ministry of Justice said it will dismiss the chief public prosecutor in Shizuoka Prefecture after he was accused of inappropriate and unsolicited sexual behavior by a female staff member. (Japan Today)