POLITICS – 7

Oct 01
Voters in Okinawa have chosen Denny Tamaki as their next governor. The former Lower House lawmaker has won Sunday’s election.
(NHK)

Sep 21
US President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his re-election as the leader of the main governing party.
(NHK)

Sep 19
Shinzo Abe is poised to win a third term as head of his political party on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and realize his dream of reforming the constitution. (Japan Today)

Sep 18
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force says one of its submarines took part in a drill in the South China Sea.
(NHK)

Sep 13
The Russian government has expressed readiness to open talks with Japan on President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to sign a peace treaty by the end of the year without any preconditions.
(NHK)

Sep 13
Japan’s prime minister and China’s president say they’ll work to improve relations. As part of that, Shinzo Abe told reporters he’ll push ahead with plans to visit China next month. The two leaders met on the sidelines of an economic forum in eastern Russia.
(NHK)

Sep 11
The mayor of the eastern Japan town of Minakami tendered his resignation Monday after sexual harassment allegations against him have made the passage of a no-confidence motion in the local assembly almost inevitable. (Japan Today)

Sep 01
Japan’s Defense Ministry plans to request a record budget to address security issues, such as North Korea’s ballistic missile program and China’s maritime activities.
(NHK)

Aug 29
Fukushima Mayor Hiroshi Kohata announced a decision on Tuesday to remove a controversial statue of a child in a radiation protection suit that has drawn waves of criticism since it was unveiled early this month. (Japan Times)

Aug 27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has officially announced he will run in the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership election in September.
(NHK)