POLITICS – 2

Jan 24
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday dashed Japanese hopes of a settlement any time soon to a territorial dispute that has festered since 1945, declaring after a meeting with the visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan that there was still much “painstaking work” ahead. (nytimes.com)

Jan 24
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force says the patrol plane in question is a P3C from Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima Prefecture.
(NHK)

Jan 23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to seek progress on a decadeslong territorial dispute over a group of islands that have remained under Russian control since the end of World War II. (Japan Times)

Jan 23
Kei Komuro, whose engagement to Japan’s Princess Mako is planned, says he understands that all of his mother’s financial problems have been resolved.
(NHK)

Jan 21
The leaders of Japan and Russia hold crunch summit talks on Tuesday, with the two countries locked in an undiplomatic war of words over a set of disputed islands. (Japan Today)

Jan 18
The government decided Thursday only male adult imperial family members will attend one of the key ceremonies to mark Crown Prince Naruhito’s ascension to the throne on May 1, following the example set by Emperor Akihito’s enthronement in 1989. (Japan Today)

Jan 08
A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesperson says both Japan and South Korea feel the need for talks over last month’s radar incident.
(NHK)

Jan 07
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has directed ministries to look into countermeasures after plaintiffs in South Korea took legal steps to seize the local assets of a Japanese steelmaker that has refused to comply with a court order to pay compensation for wartime forced labor. (Japan Today)

Jan 06
A Japanese legislator is drawing criticism for his comment that “a nation would collapse” if everyone became LGBT. (Japan Today)

Jan 04
The Defense Ministry will crank into high gear its research to develop a high-output military laser that can intercept mortar rounds and enemy drones flying at low altitudes.
(Japan Times)