POLITICS – 5

Dec 15
A U.S. Marine Osprey made a belly-landing at an airbase in Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, the day when another Osprey crashed off the southern Japan prefecture, U.S. military officials said Wednesday. (Jiji)

Dec 14
Vladimir Putin denied Tuesday that there is a territorial dispute over the Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido, and said Japan must make concessions to conclude a bilateral World War II peace treaty. (Japan Times)

Dec 14
Japan’s Defense Ministry says a US military Osprey aircraft made an emergency water landing in Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday night. (NHK)

Dec 14
The ruling bloc rammed a divisive casino legalization bill through an Upper House committee Tuesday evening, opening the door to its likely passage on Wednesday, the last scheduled day of the current Diet session. (Japan Times)

Dec 13
A group of Korean-Americans unveiled a girl’s statue symbolizing the issue of ‘comfort women’ at a ceremony in a Washington park on Saturday. (the-japan-news.com)

Dec 12
Japanese troops taking part in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan on Monday took on new roles of rescuing U.N. staff and other personnel under attack and of playing a bigger part in protecting U.N. peacekeepers’ camps. (Japan Today)

Dec 12
China and Japan have continued their recent tit-for-tat moves in the airspace above the Western Pacific, with aircraft from the two Asian giants on Saturday again engaging in an apparently tense encounter over the high seas between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako Island. (Japan Times)

Dec 10
Japan’s Upper House has passed bills to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and prepare related measures. (NHK)

Dec 09
The US Marine Corps says the pilot of a fighter jet that crashed off western Japan is dead. (NHK)

Dec 09
Japan’s top court has rejected a lower court order that the state suspend nighttime flights of Self-Defense Force aircraft from a base south of Tokyo. (NHK)