POLITICS

Sep 23
The Sapporo City Assembly in Hokkaido, northern Japan, has adopted a resolution calling for a member to resign over his controversial remarks about the region’s indigenous Ainu people. (NHK)
Sep 22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on his way to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. He will discuss with national leaders how to deal with the Islamic State militant group and other issues. (NHK)
Sep 22
Two of Japan’s small opposition parties merged and launched a new political party Sunday, the country’s third largest, in a bid to stir political realignment. (Kyodo)
Sep 22
New Komeito, the junior member of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition, confirmed Natsuo Yamaguchi, 62, as its head for a fourth term at a party convention held in Tokyo on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 20
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday, seeking a breakthrough in bilateral ties frozen by disagreements over Japan’s wartime past, including the “comfort women” issue. (Japan Times)
Sep 19
Japan is considering new sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, Japanese government officials said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 19
The media has learned from police that a former Japanese local politician, who became famous for his sobbing news conference, has apparently admitted to misusing public funds. (NHK)
Sep 17
Japan possessed about 47.1 tons of plutonium in and outside the country as of the end of 2013, up some 2.9 tons from the year before, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Sep 17
A month has passed since a Japanese man was captured in northern Syria by the extremist Islamic State militant group, but no progress is in sight for his release. (Japan Times)
Sep 17
The major opposition Democratic Party of Japan on Tuesday named key officials of its new leadership team headed by its president, Banri Kaieda, in a bid to shore up the party’s decreasing presence ahead of an upcoming extraordinary session of the Diet, or parliament, and a series of local elections next spring. (Jiji Press)