POLITICS – 3

May 26
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday set proposals that the government introduce a multipurpose “mother ship” enabling takeoffs and landings by fighter jets. (Jiji)

May 23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday denied he had knowledge of a veterinary school project at the center of favoritism allegations much earlier than he has previously admitted, as shown in a newly disclosed document. (Japan Today)

May 23
The mayor of Komae in western Tokyo expressed his intention to resign on Tuesday after four female employees of the municipal government submitted a protest letter saying they have been sexually harassed by him. (Japan Times)

May 22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was aware of a veterinary school plan by Kake Educational Institution in February 2015, nearly two years earlier than he claims, a newly disclosed document showed Monday. (Jiji)

May 21
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged his commitment to ensuring the rule of law at sea.
(NHK)

May 17
The Diet, Japan’s parliament, enacted Wednesday a bill requesting political parties and organizations to even out the number of male and female candidates in public offices elections as much as possible. (Jiji)

May 16
Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Tuesday that he underwent surgery in April to have a cancerous pancreatic tumor removed. (Japan Times)

May 16
New commercial satellite imagery has provided the first definitive evidence that North Korea is dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear test site ahead of a scheduled ceremony next week to mark the event, U.S. researchers said Monday. (Japan Times)

May 12
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso has retracted a remark of his about a former top bureaucrat at his ministry who is accused of sexually harassing a female TV reporter.
(NHK)

May 11
Japan’s Emperor Akihito has met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who’s visiting the country for the first time since taking office. (NHK)