POLITICS – 2

May 04
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he maintains his goal of Constitution by 2020 as the country marked the 72th anniversary of the supreme law coming into force.
(Japan Today)

May 04
The government is considering granting amnesty to criminals in honor of new Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony in October, sources close to the matter said Friday. (Kyodo)

May 01
It’s the first day of the new Reiwa era in Japan — full of celebrations and rituals. Emperor Naruhito took the throne at the start of Wednesday — and has spent the day taking part in ceremonies to mark the historic occasion.
(NHK)

Apr 30
Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate, bringing the three-decade-long Heisei era to a close. A ceremony to mark the occasion was held at the Imperial Palace.
(NHK)

Apr 30
Tokyo police have arrested a man in his 50s in connection with knives left on the school desk of Prince Hisahito, the grandson of Emperor Akihito.
(NHK)

Apr 30
US President Donald Trump hopes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will work to reduce US trade deficit with Japan. He says he thinks Abe “will be fair.”
(NHK)

Apr 28
Two knives were found at the classroom desk of Prince Hisahito, the 12-year-old grandson of Emperor Akihito, with security camera footage showing a man had trespassed on the grounds of his Tokyo junior high school, police said Saturday.
(Japan Today)

Apr 28
Japan’s second-largest opposition Democratic Party for the People absorbed Friday a smaller opposition party in an attempt to expand its strength ahead of an upper house election this summer.
(Japan Today)

Apr 27
Emperor Akihito took part in an award ceremony in Tokyo on Friday, in what was likely his last official duty outside the Imperial Palace ahead of his abdication next week. (Japan Times)

Apr 25
The Diet enacted legislation Wednesday to pay ¥3.2 million in state compensation to each person who underwent forced sterilization under the nation’s now-defunct eugenics law.
(Japan Times)