POLITICS – 3

Aug 03
The Japanese government is considering granting pardons to coincide with the abdication of Emperor Akihito and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito next year, government sources said on Thursday. (Jiji)

Aug 03
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, on Thursday reaffirmed cooperation between Tokyo and Seoul, as well as among them and Washington, toward denuclearizing North Korea. (Jiji)

Aug 02
Japan’s government has set up an office to handle next year’s abdication of Emperor Akihito and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito.
(NHK)

Aug 02
The Japanese government is considering splitting the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, concluding that the mammoth bureaucracy with an extensive portfolio is incapable of responding to the complex needs of an aging society. (Nikkei)

Aug 01
A video showing a man believed to be a Japanese journalist detained by an armed group in Syria has emerged online.
(NHK)

Aug 01
The governor of Tokyo has declared that the new site for the city’s main food market is safe. The declaration by Yuriko Koike paves the way for the planned opening of the Toyosu market in October.
(NHK)

Jul 31
Japan’s Defense Ministry has finished withdrawing missile interceptor units deployed around the country.
(NHK)

Jul 31
The Defense Ministry said Monday that planned Aegis Ashore radars to protect Japan from ballistic missiles will cost 134 billion yen per unit, up over 60 pct from the initial estimate. (Jiji)

Jul 27
A second senior official of Japan’s education and science ministry has been arrested on bribery charges. Kazuaki Kawabata allegedly accepted gifts in exchange for giving a favor to a medical consulting firm in Tokyo.
(NHK)

Jul 25
Japan’s Defense Ministry has decided to postpone a procedure to deploy a new missile defense system due to opposition from candidate host communities.
(NHK)