POLITICS – 6

Apr 11
Japan’s Olympic minister resigned Wednesday after making remarks deemed offensive to the people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a gaffe that had questioned his credentials.
(Japan Today)

Apr 10
Japanese defense officials are searching for a fighter jet off the coast of Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. They lost contact while it was on a training mission.
(NHK)

Apr 09
Japan decided Tuesday to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two years, maintaining pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize and resolve its past abductions of Japanese nationals.
(Japan Times)

Apr 05
Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have met with Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela and his wife at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
(NHK)

Apr 04
The Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday the name for Japan’s forthcoming new Imperial era, Reiwa, means “beautiful harmony” in English.
(Japan Times)

Apr 03
The Japanese government on Tuesday approved sending two Self-Defense Forces officers to a multinational peacekeeping force in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula later this month, in what would be the first dispatch of SDF personnel to an overseas mission not under the command of the United Nations. (Kyodo)

Apr 01
“Reiwa” is a name that will be on the lips of most Japanese today and it will be for years to come. It’s the name the Japanese government has selected for the new era which is set to start when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes the new Emperor on May 1.
(NHK)

Mar 30
Japanese people now have a time for the unveiling of the name of the country’s new era, which will start when the new Emperor takes the throne on May 1. The Chief Cabinet Secretary says the long-awaited announcement will be made at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday. (NHK)

Mar 28
The Diet on Wednesday enacted a record ¥101.46 trillion (0 billion) budget for fiscal 2019 that will boost spending on social security and defense and include stimulus measures to buoy the economy after a planned consumption tax hike. (Japan Times)

Mar 28
The Japanese government plans to have its top spokesperson announce the name for the era of the nation’s new emperor next Monday.
(NHK)