POLITICS – 3

Apr 15
Japan’s National Security Council discussed how to evacuate its nearly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis, a government official said on Friday, amid rising concern over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. (Japan Today)

Apr 14
US researchers say new satellite images show continued activity near North Korea’s nuclear test site. (NHK)

Apr 14
A Japanese government panel broadly agreed Thursday that all official duties of Emperor Akihito should be handed over to his successor when he steps down. (Jiji)

Apr 14
Japan’s Defense Ministry says Air Self-Defense Force jets scrambled a record number of times during the last fiscal year, topping the past high in the Cold-War years. (NHK)

Apr 13
Japan’s navy plans a joint show of force with the U.S. Navy’s USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group as it steams toward the Korean peninsula aimed at deterring secretive North Korean regime from further missile tests, two sources said. (Japan Today)

Apr 09
Japan is waiting to see what move China will make next toward North Korea after the U.S.-Chinese summit ended Friday, incredulous that Beijing will intensify pressure on Pyongyang in earnest, officials said Saturday. (Jiji)

Apr 09
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized Saturday over controversial remarks recently made by his disaster reconstruction minister, who implied that Fukushima nuclear crisis evacuees from areas where the government deems safe should fend for themselves. (Kyodo)

Apr 08
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government supports the US government’s resolve not to tolerate the proliferation and use of chemical weapons. (NHK)

Apr 08
Officials of Japan’s land ministry are investigating private school operator Moritomo Gakuen over the possibility that the operator received an improper reimbursement for soil improvement. (NHK)

Apr 07
U.S. President Donald Trump told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in telephone talks Thursday that the United States considers all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea, according to the Japanese leader. (Kyodo)