POLITICS – 2

Jan 15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has landed in Indonesia on the third leg of his Asia and Oceania tour. He will hold a summit with Indonesian President Joko Widodo later on Sunday in Jakarta. (NHK)

Jan 13
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a trillion-yen aid package for the Philippines, spread over 5 years, to help with the country’s infrastructure projects. (NHK)

Jan 13
Japanese and Russian ministers have agreed to draw up a work schedule around the end of March to implement energy deals signed during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan last month. (NHK)

Jan 12
A squadron of F-35B Lightning II fighters is headed for Japan to begin the jet’s first overseas mission in the Pacific. (stripes.com)

Jan 12
U.S. Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson on Wednesday affirmed Washington’s commitment to the defense of Japan in the event that China attempts to seize the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Japan Times)

Jan 12
Emperor Akihito might receive the title joko should he step down, remaining a member of the Imperial family but without a claim to the throne, as the debate led by the Japanese government over his potential abdication continues. (Nikkei)

Jan 11
The government has been considering the possibility of arranging for Crown Prince Naruhito to ascend the throne on Jan 1, 2019, with Emperor Akihito having expressed his desire to abdicate, a government source said Tuesday. (Japan Today)

Jan 08
An aide to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the incoming national security advisor to US President-elect Donald Trump have agreed the 2 leaders should have summit talks at an early date. (NHK)

Jan 06
Japan will temporarily recall its ambassador to South Korea, Nagamine Yasumasa, in protest at the installation of a girl’s statue symbolizing Korean comfort women in front of the Japanese consulate-general in Busan, southern South Korea, Japan’s top government spokesman said Friday. (Jiji)

Jan 06
The US military in Japan will resume mid-air refueling training exercises with its Osprey transport aircraft as early as Friday. (NHK)