POLITICS – 6

Apr 24
Up to 53 million yen will be paid in retirement allowance to Vice Minister of Finance Junichi Fukuda, who tendered his resignation last week following a media report accusing him of sexual harassment, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)

Apr 24
Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has revealed that another batch of activity logs from Japan’s Self-Defense Force mission in Iraq years ago has been found. (NHK)

Apr 23
Izumi Nakamitsu, U.N. undersecretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs, has been named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. (Jiji)

Apr 22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday praised North Korea’s decisions to stop nuclear testing and test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and abolish its nuclear test site in the northern part of the country. (Jiji)

Apr 21
When asked about a complaint from a Japanese TV station that the most senior official at his ministry sexually harassed a reporter, Finance Minister Taro Aso said the font used on the complaint letter was too small. (Japan Times)

Apr 21
A nonpartisan group of Japanese lawmakers has visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
(NHK)

Apr 20
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have agreed to maintain the maximum pressure on North Korea until the country takes concrete steps for denuclearization. The 2 leaders also agreed to create a new framework to discuss trade and investment.
(NHK)

Apr 19
Niigata Governor Ryuichi Yoneyama has announced he’s stepping down over an alleged sex scandal. (NHK)

Apr 19
A Japanese television network says a woman employee is among the victims of alleged sexual harassment by a top bureaucrat of the Finance Ministry. (NHK)

Apr 19
The Diet on Wednesday enacted a revised law stipulating Japanese court jurisdiction over international divorces, in a move expected to speed up lengthy proceedings. (Japan Today)