POLITICS – 4

Apr 06
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strongly condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile that fell into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday. (Jiji)

Apr 06
Japanese postdisaster reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura on Wednesday came under fire for his angry responses to questions from a journalist on support for nuclear disaster voluntary evacuees. (Jiji)

Apr 04
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan is sending back its ambassador to South Korea. His announcement ends 3 months of diplomatic standoff over the statue symbolizing those referred to as wartime comfort women. (NHK)

Mar 31
The Japanese education ministry said Thursday its internal probe has newly confirmed 35 illegal cases of job-hunting support for retiring officials, on top of the 27 cases that were earlier recognized. (Jiji)

Mar 30
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday decided recommendations that urge the government to promptly consider creating a capability to attack the missile bases of any enemy. (Jiji)

Mar 28
Japan has decided not to take part in talks aimed at drawing up a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. (NHK)

Mar 28
The Diet enacted the government’s fiscal 2017 general account budget worth a record ¥97,454.7 billion on Monday. (the-japan-news.com)

Mar 26
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said Saturday he will certainly withdraw his predecessor’s approval for the landfill work for relocating a U.S. military base within the southernmost prefecture. (Jiji)

Mar 25
Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party on Friday submitted a record of email exchanges in which Akie Abe, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, denies her alleged payment of one million yen to an embattled school operator. (Jiji)

Mar 25
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Ground Self-Defense Force on Friday to withdraw its engineering troops taking part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by the end of May. (Jiji)