POLITICS – 2

Jul 14
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he will explain before a parliamentary committee the favoritism scandal with a school operator run by his close friend at the center. (Jiji)

Jul 13
Japan has lodged a protest against North Korea over an incident this month in which a ship thought to be North Korean pointed what appeared to be a gun at a Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol vessel. The incident took place inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. (NHK)

Jul 13
Japan’s revised Penal Code stipulating tighter penalties against sex offences went into force Thursday. (Jiji)

Jul 12
Yamanashi Prefectural Police have arrested a 66-year-old village councilman for the alleged possession of stimulant drugs, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jul 11
asunori Kagoike, the former chief of scandal-tainted school operator Moritomo Gakuen, on Monday requested the Osaka prefectural assembly set up a powerful special investigation committee over a scrapped plan to open an elementary school. (Jiji)

Jul 10
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Monday kicked off a campaign to encourage residents to replace their incandescent lightbulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting for free. (Japan Times)

Jul 10
Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has fallen to the lowest level of his premiership, opinion polls showed Monday, after scandals and a historic defeat of his ruling party in Tokyo elections. (Japan Today)

Jul 10
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he will reshuffle members of his cabinet and executives of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in early August. (Jiji)

Jul 09
The South Korean government has released rare video footage of Korean women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II, the first time moving images have been shown of the “comfort women.” (Japan Times)

Jul 09
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to strengthen their dialogue to improve bilateral ties.
(NHK)