Jan 01
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his cabinet will work toward a better future for the country beyond 2020. (NHK)

Dec 31
A civic group set up a statue of a girl symbolizing the issue of so-called wartime comfort women in front of the Japanese consulate-general in Busan, southern South Korea, on Friday. (Jiji)

Dec 30
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada visited war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo Thursday, her first visit there since she became the country’s top defense official in August. (Jiji)

Dec 27
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Hawaii, where he will remember the victims of Japan’s attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. (NHK)

Dec 26
Okinawa Gov Takeshi Onaga on Monday rescinded an action aimed at blocking the relocation of a U.S. air base within the island prefecture, a step crucial to enabling the central government to resume construction work, sources close to the matter said. (Japan Today)

Dec 26
As recently as five years ago, a Japanese prime minister was in Hawaii for an economic summit meeting, but pointedly stayed away from Pearl Harbor. (nytimes.com)

Dec 26
A Chinese aircraft carrier has passed between the 2 main islands in Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa to reach the Pacific Ocean. (NHK)

Dec 24
The U.N. Security Council on Friday rejected a U.S.-drafted resolution imposing an arms embargo and sanctions on South Sudan. (Jiji)

Dec 23
The Japanese government held on Thursday a ceremony to mark the return to Japan of more than half of a U.S. military training site in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, amid heightening tensions between the prefecture and the central government. (Jiji)

Dec 22
The United States and Japan held a ceremony on Wednesday marking the U.S. military’s return of nearly 10,000 acres (4,046 hectares) of land on Okinawa island to the Japanese government, the largest transfer since 1972. (Reuters)