POLITICS – 5

Mar 14
Journalists on Wednesday were given a guided tour of the Izumo — Japan’s largest flat-topped helicopter carrier — for the first time since the Defense Ministry revealed a controversial plan late last year to convert it so that it could handle fixed-wing aircraft — which critics and some opposition lawmakers say could make it capable of offensive operations. (Japan Times)

Mar 09
The governor and mayor of Osaka tendered their resignations Friday to seek election in each other’s current position with the aim of reorganizing the major city into a metropolitan government system similar to Tokyo’s. (Japan Today)

Mar 06
A former school operator and his wife will go on trial on Wednesday at the Osaka District Court in western Japan. The former president of Moritomo Gakuen is at the center of a favoritism scandal that rocked the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
(NHK)

Mar 05
Japan’s Imperial Household Agency has decided to allow members of the public into the Imperial Palace grounds on May 4 to celebrate the enthronement of the new Emperor.
(NHK)

Mar 02
A Self-Defense Forces recruitment office in Shiga Prefecture has caused a stir by releasing a poster that features female anime characters wearing super-short skirts, which expose what appear to be underwear. Some people have described the image as a form of sexual harassment. (Japan Times)

Mar 02
Of the 10,956 town and village assembly members in Japan, 8,442, or 77.1 percent, were aged 60 or over as of July 1 last year, a survey showed Thursday. (Japan Times)

Mar 02
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “fully” supports the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to walk away from talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, a move that resulted in the summit meeting ending abruptly Thursday without a deal. (the-japan-news.com)

Feb 26
Japan’s Imperial Household Agency announced on Monday that Emperor Akihito will hold the English title of “His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus” after he abdicates on April 30.
(NHK)

Feb 23
Japan on Friday stepped up its claim to a pair of South Korea-controlled islets, amid escalating tensions with its neighbor resulting from disputes over wartime issues. (Japan Times)

Feb 21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken over the phone with US President Donald Trump ahead of next week’s US-North Korea summit.
(NHK)