POLITICS – 4

Jul 08
The leaders of Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to cooperate closely to have the U.N. Security Council adopt a new sanctions resolution on North Korea over the reclusive state’s missile development. (Jiji)

Jul 07
A group of local assembly members in Tokyo and Saitama prefectures who have publicly identified their sexual-minority status said Thursday they launched an inter-assembly league to promote policies supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. (Japan Today)

Jul 07
The U.S. government’s confirmation that the missile North Korea fired Tuesday was an intercontinental ballistic missile has suddenly made the prospect of a North Korean ICBM flying through the sky over Japan and toward the United States a more realistic possibility. (the-japan-news.com)

Jul 06
Japan and the United States at a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on Wednesday called for tightening sanctions against North Korea, which claimed a successful test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week. (Jiji)

Jul 06
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the Japanese government is doing all it can to rescue people and assess the damage from the downpours in northern Kyushu. (NHK)

Jul 05
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to call on world leaders to pressure North Korea at the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Germany, following the reclusive country’s ballistic missile launch on Tuesday. (the-japan-news.com)

Jul 04
North Korea’s state-run media say the country has carried out its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. (NHK)

Jul 04
North Korea launched a ballistic missile that appears to have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Sea of Japan. (NHK)

Jul 04
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party suffered a historic defeat in Sunday’s Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to quickly get the Cabinet and the LDP back on their feet. (the-japan-news.com)

Jul 03
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new regional party and allies scored a landslide victory in Sunday’s metropolitan assembly election. (NHK)