POLITICS – 6

Jun 18
Now that Japan’s parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to step down, the government is starting to dig into the details of the process. (Nikkei)

Jun 17
The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, enacted on Friday a bill to revise the Penal Code to toughen penalties for sex crimes. (Jiji)

Jun 17
Japan has declined an invitation to attend the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s annual meeting, informed sources said Friday.
(Jiji)

Jun 17
Prosecutors are set to search sites this weekend linked to the nationalist school operator at the center of a scandal tied to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, for evidence of fraud related to subsidies for its preschool, investigative sources said Friday. (Japan Times)

Jun 17
The Defense Ministry announced Friday that the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest warship, the Izumo helicopter carrier, wrapped up three days of joint drills with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the disputed South China Sea. (Japan Times)

Jun 16
An investigation has found 27 cases in which high-ranking bureaucrats secured cushy jobs after retirement, apparently violating Japan’s national public service law, Kozo Yamamoto, minister for civil service systems, said Thursday. (Jiji)

Jun 15
Japan’s Diet has enacted a bill criminalizing the act of plotting terror attacks and other organized crimes. (NHK)

Jun 14
Japan’s government will begin drills on Thursday for deploying ground-based PAC3 interceptors in view of North Korea’s recent missile launches. (NHK)

Jun 14
The Japanese government proposed Tuesday to limit floor space of casinos that would be created as part of so-called integrated resorts under a law that took effect late last year. (Jiji)

Jun 14
A U.N. human rights expert on Monday expressed concern over the Japanese government’s possible pressure on media organizations.
(the-japan-news.com)