POLITICS – 6

Mar 20
An additional survey at the proposed site of Tokyo’s new wholesale market has once again found higher-than-permitted amounts of toxic chemicals in groundwater. (NHK)

Mar 20
North Korea says it has successfully tested a powerful new engine developed for ballistic missiles. (NHK)

Mar 20
Then Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara received a briefing on a 2011 agreement not to seek additional payments from Tokyo Gas Co. for dealing with soil contamination at a site to host a new wholesale food market, a former metropolitan government official said Saturday. (Jiji)

Mar 17
Senior officials of the Defense Ministry have exclusively told NHK that the head of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force had been informed that the GSDF possesses daily reports from peace-keepers stationed in South Sudan. The ministry earlier said the reports had been discarded. (NHK)

Mar 17
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agreed Thursday that their countries will closely coordinate strategic goals as the U.S. side is reviewing its policy on North Korea. (Jiji)

Mar 16
The chairman of an educational body embroiled in a scandal involving a land deal for a private elementary school told the Diet on Thursday that he received a donation from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reports Sankei Sports. (tokyoreporter.com)

Mar 16
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi agreed Wednesday cooperation between their countries on maritime security and other fields. (Jiji)

Mar 15
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada admitted Tuesday that, as a lawyer, she had represented Moritomo Gakuen, a nationalist school operator under fire over a shady state land deal, in court in 2004. (Jiji)

Mar 14
Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada says she may have served as legal counsel for scandal-hit school operator Moritomo Gakuen in a civil lawsuit 13 years ago. (NHK)

Mar 14
Japan is planning to dispatch its largest warship to the disputed South China Sea for a three-month tour, multiple sources told Reuters. The move would be Tokyo’s biggest show of naval force since World War II. (rt.com)