POLITICS – 4

Oct 08
The number of foreign nationals who were deported in the January-June period for immigration violations rose 16.5 percent from a year before to 7,892, the Justice Ministry has announced.
(Japan Times)

Oct 06
In a bid to curtail hate speech ahead of the 2020 Games, Tokyo on Friday adopted a non-discrimination ordinance protecting the LGBT community.
(Japan Times)

Oct 03
Japan’s prime minister has reshuffled his Cabinet. Shinzo Abe appointed a dozen first-time ministers, while keeping several central roles unchanged. It follows his re-election as Liberal Democratic Party leader last month, where he won a third and final term despite recent scandals.
(NHK)

Oct 01
Voters in Okinawa have chosen Denny Tamaki as their next governor. The former Lower House lawmaker has won Sunday’s election.
(NHK)

Sep 21
US President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his re-election as the leader of the main governing party.
(NHK)

Sep 19
Shinzo Abe is poised to win a third term as head of his political party on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and realize his dream of reforming the constitution. (Japan Today)

Sep 18
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force says one of its submarines took part in a drill in the South China Sea.
(NHK)

Sep 13
The Russian government has expressed readiness to open talks with Japan on President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to sign a peace treaty by the end of the year without any preconditions.
(NHK)

Sep 13
Japan’s prime minister and China’s president say they’ll work to improve relations. As part of that, Shinzo Abe told reporters he’ll push ahead with plans to visit China next month. The two leaders met on the sidelines of an economic forum in eastern Russia.
(NHK)

Sep 11
The mayor of the eastern Japan town of Minakami tendered his resignation Monday after sexual harassment allegations against him have made the passage of a no-confidence motion in the local assembly almost inevitable. (Japan Today)