POLITICS – 2

Apr 24
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reiterated his determination to resolve the issue of North Korea’s past abductions of Japanese nationals, with concerns lingering over the safety of the abductees amid tension on the Korean Peninsula. (Japan Today)

Apr 24
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a city councillor for allegedly bringing a knife to the office of Asahi Broadcasting to take his life in lodging a protest, reports the NHK (tokyoreporter.com)

Apr 22
China and South Korea have criticized Japanese government leaders and parliament members for their actions relating to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine. (NHK)

Apr 21
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike was named one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 by Time Magazine on Thursday along with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Japan Times)

Apr 21
The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Australia have agreed to boost their cooperation with the United States due to their region’s worsening security environment. (NHK)

Apr 20
The first batch of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel withdrawing from a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan have returned to Japan. (NHK)

Apr 19
Japanese reporters have visited a site in North Korea where the remains of Japanese who died around the end of World War Two are said to have been buried. (NHK)

Apr 19
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Vice President Mike Pence have agreed on the importance of the role of China in dealing with the increasing threats from North Korea. (NHK)

Apr 19
Japan’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday it will open almost all Self-Defense Forces positions to women, aiming to double the proportion of female members in the SDF. (Jiji)

Apr 18
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government is making contingency plans to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals on the Korean Peninsula in the face of increasing tensions in the region. (NHK)