POLITICS

Sep 30
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi used the deadly Sept. 27 eruption of Mount Ontakesan in central Japan to renew his call to move the nation away from its dependence on nuclear energy. (Asahi)
Sep 30
Japan was unable to find out Monday when North Korea will report its initial findings of a special investigation committee into the fates of at least 12 Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. (Kyodo)
Sep 30
The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun has issued a correction for a recent feature that retracted past articles on the issue of so-called comfort women. (NHK)
Sep 29
Japanese lawmakers convened for a new session of the Diet on Monday. (NHK)
Sep 29
Takako Doi, a former House of Representatives speaker and former chief of the Social Democratic Party, died of pneumonia on Sept. 20, the SDP said Sunday. She was 85. (Kyodo)
Sep 27
Japan intends to dispatch more Self-Defense Forces officers to important roles in U.N. peacekeeping activities, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said here Sept. 26. (Asahi)
Sep 27
China is positive about a resumption of exchanges between ruling-party lawmakers with Japan, Liberal Democratic Party sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 27
Junior ruling coalition partner New Komeito changed its English name back to the original “Komeito” to mark the 50th anniversary of the party’s formation in 1964. (Asahi)
Sep 27
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force has joined NATO units for their first joint exercise in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia. (NHK)
Sep 26
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged million in emergency aid for the Islamic State-induced humanitarian crisis in the Middle East in his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. (Kyodo)