POLITICS – 6

Jun 23
A lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has apologized for jeering at a cancer sufferer during a parliamentary hearing on the dangers of secondhand smoke. (Jiji)

Jun 22
The Japanese government is considering canceling evacuation drills planned for fiscal 2018 to prepare for possible ballistic missile launches by North Korea, officials said Thursday. (Jiji)

Jun 20
The head of a veterinary school operator at the center of a political scandal in Japan denies he ever had a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss a school project.
(NHK)

Jun 20
The House of Representatives passed a bill to introduce up to three casino-featuring integrated resorts in Japan at a plenary meeting Tuesday. (Jiji)

Jun 17
Police arrested Hiromi Tsukuda, former mayor of Ito in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka, Saturday on suspicion of bribery over the city’s land purchase. (Jiji)

Jun 16
Japan’s ruling coalition is set to extend the ongoing ordinary session of the Diet, the country’s parliament, to ensure the enactments of important bills, including those to introduce casino-featuring integrated resorts and increase the number of seats in the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, by six, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji)

Jun 15
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly said he was open to dialogue with Japan during Tuesday’s summit in Singapore with US President Donald Trump. (NHK)

Jun 14
A sense of alarm spread within the Japanese government after U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday mentioned his wish to pull U.S. soldiers out of South Korea. (Jiji)

Jun 13
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledged zero tolerance on sexual harassment, ordering senior officials to undergo training to prevent abuse after a scandal involving a top government bureaucrat. (Japan Today)

Jun 12
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is the first step toward resolving various issues concerning the North. (NHK)