The Japan Coast Guard says as many as 28 wooden boats believed to be from the Korean Peninsula were spotted drifting off the Japanese coast or had run aground in November.
It is the largest monthly figure since recordkeeping began 4 years ago. (NHK)
The “sokui no rei” enthronement ceremonies for Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito are expected to take place in autumn 2019, about a half year after Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30 and the Crown Prince accedes to the throne the following day, government sources said Saturday. (Jiji)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the Imperial House Council has chosen April 30th, 2019, as the date for Emperor Akihito’s abdication, and picked the next day, May first, for Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession. (NHK)
North Korea launched what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday morning, reaching a higher altitude than previous tests and suggesting one of the longest ranges in the country’s arsenal. (Nikkei)
Senior members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are in disagreement over whether same-sex partners of state guests should be invited to banquets hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. (Japan Times)
The government sold land in Osaka to school operator Moritomo Gakuen for a highly discounted price based on faulty data estimating the cost of removing industrial waste left in the plot, a government watchdog on spending concluded in a much-awaited report released Wednesday. (Japan Times)
In the latest incident involving the American military in Okinawa, a U.S. Navy C-2 transport aircraft carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed into the ocean 150 km northwest of Okinotorishima on Wednesday. (Japan Times)