POLITICS – 5

Aug 29
Fukushima Mayor Hiroshi Kohata announced a decision on Tuesday to remove a controversial statue of a child in a radiation protection suit that has drawn waves of criticism since it was unveiled early this month. (Japan Times)

Aug 27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has officially announced he will run in the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership election in September.
(NHK)

Aug 18
The first of 2 new government planes has been delivered to Japan ahead of their debut next year.
(NHK)

Aug 16
In his last official appearance at the annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War II, Emperor Akihito on Wednesday repeated his “deep remorse” over the conflict that led to the deaths of tens of millions of people in Asia and elsewhere. (Japan Times)

Aug 16
China is expected to surpass Japan as the second-largest contributor to the general United Nations budget starting in 2019, according to the latest U.N. report on contributions. (Japan Today)

Aug 13
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated his intention to run in next month’s leadership race of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party and seek a third term.
(NHK)

Aug 09
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has died. He was 67.
(NHK)

Aug 05
A Russian media report says the country’s air force has deployed fighter jets on a trial basis on one of the 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
(NHK)

Aug 02
Japan’s government has set up an office to handle next year’s abdication of Emperor Akihito and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito.
(NHK)

Aug 02
The Japanese government is considering splitting the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, concluding that the mammoth bureaucracy with an extensive portfolio is incapable of responding to the complex needs of an aging society. (Nikkei)