POLITICS – 5

May 01
Japan’s Emperor Akihito has one year remaining before handing over the throne to Crown Prince Naruhito. (Jiji)

Apr 29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday agreed to request North Korea take concrete actions toward denuclearization. (Jiji)

Apr 29
A memorial dedicated to Filipino “comfort women” forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II was removed Friday night, days after suspicions surfaced about its possible demolition. (Japan Today)

Apr 28
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed the outcome of the inter-Korean summit. He expressed hope that North Korea will take concrete action in the wake of the historic meeting. (NHK)

Apr 28
A Japanese TV network has released a statement by an employee who is believed to have been sexually harassed by a former Finance Ministry top bureaucrat. (NHK)

Apr 26
The Japanese government lodged a protest against South Korea on Wednesday over the use of a flag showing disputed Sea of Japan islands on a dessert planned for the inter-Korean summit on Friday. (Jiji)

Apr 25
Japan’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the resignation of Vice Minister of Finance Junichi Fukuda, 58, who last week offered to quit over his alleged sexually harassing remarks. (Jiji)

Apr 25
Education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has used an official ministry car to visit a “sexy yoga” studio in Tokyo, a weekly magazine said Tuesday, in another apparent scandal to hit the government. (Japan Today)

Apr 25
South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that he plans to take up the issue of Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago at his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Jiji)

Apr 24
NHK has learned that prosecutors have questioned a former senior Finance Ministry official about a document-tampering scandal in connection with the discounted sale of state-owned land. (NHK)