POLITICS – 3

Oct 31
South Korea’s Supreme Court ordered a Japanese steelmaker on Tuesday to compensate Korean men forced to toil in its factory for Japan’s World War II efforts, a landmark ruling that threatened to intensify friction between America’s two key allies in Asia. (nytimes.com)

Oct 31
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s decision-making body has approved a bill to revise the immigration control law to increase the number of foreign workers from next April.
(NHK)

Oct 29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have held talks at Abe’s holiday home in central Japan.
(NHK)

Oct 27
The rapprochement between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping led to some candid exchanges during the two leaders’ meetings on Friday, including some strong words of discontent from Xi toward U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade pressure. (Nikkei)

Oct 26
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have agreed to further enhance relations between the 2 countries.
(NHK)

Oct 22
The entire Cabinet along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refrained from visiting Tokyo’s war-linked Yasukuni Shrine during this year’s four-day autumn festival that ended Saturday. (Japan Times)

Oct 19
Just two weeks into her appointment, the only female minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new Cabinet found herself in hot water Thursday after a weekly magazine alleged that she was paid to use her bureaucratic influence to get a tax break for a business owner in 2015. (Japan Times)

Oct 19
Around 70 Japanese lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo during its annual autumn festival Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the shrine. (Japan Times)

Oct 18
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Wednesday to step up their countries’ cooperation in promoting stability in the Indo-Pacific region where China has been increasing its influence. (Kyodo)

Oct 12
In one of the most shocking scandals to hit Tokyo’s 149-year-old war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, the shrine’s top priest has been forced to resign after admitting his reported remarks harshly criticizing Emperor Akihito were genuine. (Japan Times)