POLITICS – 2

Jan 10
South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says the country’s government will not renegotiate its 2015 agreement with Japan on those referred to as comfort women. (NHK)

Jan 09
A U.S. amphibious assault ship capable of carrying advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets was soon to arrive at Sasebo naval base in Nagasaki Prefecture, the U.S. Navy said over the weekend. (Japan Times)

Jan 08
The U.S. Marine Corps said Sunday one of its helicopters made an emergency landing on an islet in Okinawa the previous day after an instrument reading indicated the main rotor was “moving at too high a speed.” (Japan Times)

Jan 06
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his strong determination on Friday to significantly improve Japan’s relations with China this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral peace and friendship treaty. (Jiji)

Jan 05
South Korean President Moon Jae-in apologized to former “comfort women” Thursday, saying the 2015 agreement with Japan negotiated by his predecessor’s government in an effort to bring closure to the wartime issue failed to consider the wishes of the women themselves. (Nikkei)

Jan 05
A mayor in western Japan, who has taken a hard-line stance toward news organizations he considers “biased,” refused to answer questions from a reporter on Thursday, telling him “I’ll kill you” before walking away. (Kyodo)

Jan 05
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed on Thursday his eagerness to further promote discussions among the public on amending the country’s Constitution. (Jiji)

Dec 29
The Japanese government has decided to introduce legislation to revise the Civil Code and lower Japan’s legal adult age from 20 to 18 to next year’s ordinary parliamentary session set to start in January. (Jiji)

Dec 28
A South Korean task force released on Wednesday a report elaborating on the contents of secret high-level talks between the South Korean and Japanese governments on the bilateral accord to resolve the issue of so-called comfort women. (Jiji)

Dec 27
The Japanese government is considering the possibility of upgrading the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Izumo destroyer to an aircraft carrier enabling the takeoffs and landings of fighter jets, informed sources said Tuesday. (Jiji)