POLITICS – 4

Dec 22
A Japanese program aimed at accepting a small number of refugees from war-torn Syria is under fire for implying that pregnant women are not welcome. (sbs.com.au)

Dec 22
The Japanese government is considering opposing a U.S.-sponsored motion to impose a U.N. arms embargo on South Sudan, or abstaining from a Security Council vote on it, it was learned on Wednesday. (Jiji)

Dec 21
Japan’s Supreme Court ruled against Okinawa Prefecture in a lawsuit over the relocation of a US base there. (NHK)

Dec 19
The U.S. military resumed flights of the Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in Japan on Monday, only six days after a major Osprey accident in the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa. (Jiji)

Dec 17
Japan and Russia signed economic cooperation agreements in a wide range of fields on Friday that involve massive economic assistance from Japan to Russia. (Jiji)

Dec 17
Japan will likely continue facing a tough road ahead over its decades-old territorial row with Russia although the leaders of the two countries have agreed on the start of talks for conducting joint economic activities on four northwestern Pacific islands at the center of the dispute as a step toward concluding a bilateral peace treaty. (Jiji)

Dec 16
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to seek a special system to conduct joint economic activity on Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan. (NHK)

Dec 16
Japan’s Self-Defense Forces on Thursday partially opened to the media for the first time ongoing exercises aimed at protecting Japanese citizens overseas. (Japan Today)

Dec 15
Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Japan on Thursday for summit talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They will meet in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture in western Japan, in the afternoon and in Tokyo on Friday. (NHK)

Dec 15
Japan’s Diet has enacted a bill to promote establishing “integrated resorts” that include casinos. (NHK)