Nov 05
NHK has learned that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated Japan’s position on the wartime labor issue in a brief dialogue he had with his South Korean counterpart at an ASEAN summit in Thailand.

Nov 02
Japan’s government plans to require all retailers in the country to charge customers for plastic bags starting on July 1 next year. Environmentally-friendly bags will be exempt.

Nov 01
State media in North Korea on Friday said the country successfully tested a “super-large rocket launcher ” the day before.

Oct 27
Japan’s government has decided to delay the introduction of mandatory charges for plastic bags at supermarkets, convenience stores and all other retail outlets for three months to July next year. It cites the need for time to prepare for the change.

Oct 26
Japan’s industry minister Isshu Sugawara has resigned over reports of a possible electoral law violation.

Oct 24
Flooding at levels of less than 1 meter made up more than 90 percent of the approximately 68,000 homes damaged by the destructive Typhoon Hagibis, the government said Wednesday, making the homeowners unlikely to receive financial support under current law. (Kyodo)

Oct 22
Emperor Naruhito officially declared his enthronement to world representatives on Tuesday in a ceremony that was conducted amid relative peace and calm. (Japan Times)

Oct 21
Political leaders and royal families from around the world will gather in Japan on Tuesday to witness the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, who will formally declare his accession. (Nikkei)

Oct 21
The government on Friday approved granting pardons to roughly 550,000 petty criminals in light of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony next Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Oct 16
The government’s response to Typhoon Hagibis dominated Tuesday’s debate in the Diet.