Dec 09
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party dropped its plan to enact on Friday a bill to legalize casinos in Japan, as it agreed with the main opposition Democratic Party Thursday to hold a hearing from unsworn witnesses on the bill next week. (Jiji)

Dec 08
Japanese defense officials say a US FA-18 fighter jet has crashed off the coast of the southwestern prefecture of Kochi. (NHK)

Dec 07
Japan’s Lower House has passed a bill to legalize casino gambling in the country. (NHK)

Dec 06
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he will visit Hawaii on Dec. 26-27, to remember the victims of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor together with outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama. (Jiji)

Dec 05
Shinzo Abe became the fourth-longest serving prime minister in Japan’s post-World War II history on Monday, marking his 1,807th day in office including his first tenure. (Jiji)

Dec 04
Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has held a meeting in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to make the final preparations for a Japan-Russia summit later this month. (NHK)

Dec 04
Finance Minister Taro Aso was the top political fundraiser in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2015, according to reports submitted to the government by political parties and groups. (the-japan-news.com)

Dec 03
The Japanese government is strengthening management of remote islands within national boundaries as part of an effort to protect territorial waters and impose a check on repeated Chinese provocations near them. (Nikkei)

Dec 02
A Lower House committee has approved a bill to legalize casino gambling in Japan. Proponents tout the economic benefits of casinos, while opponents say they may fuel gambling addiction. (NHK)

Dec 02
The Japanese government has decided to toughen its unilateral sanctions against North Korea, following the adoption of a new resolution by the UN Security Council on the North’s nuclear and missile development. (NHK)