POLITICS – 5

Jul 16
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will provide financial support to areas in western Japan that were hit hard recently by record-high rainfall.
(NHK)

Jul 16
The government has launched a nationwide probe into allegations that foreign residents are abusing the public health insurance system, according to sources familiar with the matter. (Japan Times)

Jul 12
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Okayama Prefecture Wednesday to see firsthand the damage, such as burst dikes and landslides, that recent torrential rain inflicted on the western Japan prefecture. (Jiji)

Jul 12
The House of Councillors passed on Wednesday an amendment bill to the public offices election law calling for increasing the number of seats in the upper chamber of Japan’s Diet by six from the current 242. (Jiji)

Jul 11
A Chinese court ordered a 12-year prison term for a Japanese man over spying and other charges, Japanese government sources said Tuesday. (Jiji)

Jul 10
Haruka Kuwabara, at 31 currently the youngest mayor in Japan, was welcomed with flowers and applause by municipal employees in Tsunan, Niigata Prefecture, on Monday, her first day in office. (Japan Times)

Jul 10
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will provide financial support to areas in western Japan that have been battered by record-breaking torrential rains.
(NHK)

Jul 06
A Japanese court has ordered the government to grant refugee status to a Sri Lankan man who entered Japan 12 years ago after fleeing his country’s civil war. (NHK)

Jul 06
What is believed to be an image of Junpei Yasuda, a 44-year-old Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria, appeared Friday on the Facebook page of a Syrian man. (Jiji)

Jul 06
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed determination to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the issue of the North’s abductions of Japanese. (NHK)