Dec 02
X Japan musician Yoshiki has promised his support for Cool Japan campaigns by the government. (Japan Today)

Dec 02
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Friday ahead of a summit between the 2 countries’ leaders. (NHK)

Dec 01
Japan has received its first Lockheed Martin F-35A, marking the first delivery of a Joint Strike Fighter acquired via the foreign military sale (FMS) route. (flightglobal.com)

Nov 30
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party resumed on Wednesday Lower House committee deliberations on a long-stalled bill to legalize casinos, with key LDP executives saying the party will try to enact the controversial legislation by Dec. 14. (Japan Times)

Nov 30
The House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, passed a controversial pension system reform bill on Tuesday. (Jiji)

Nov 30
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says he will continue to work toward Japan’s hosting of 3-way meeting of the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea by the end of this year. (NHK)

Nov 29
Overturning a lower court decision, Nagoya High Court ruled on Monday the mayor of Minokamo in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, guilty of receiving a total of 300,000 yen in bribes linked to the city’s project to introduce a rainwater cleanup system. (Jiji)

Nov 27
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a message of condolence to Cuban leader Raul Castro on the death of Fidel Castro. (NHK)

Nov 26
A Lower House committee has approved, by a majority vote, a bill to reform Japan’s public pension system. (NHK)

Nov 24
The deployment of Russian missile systems on the Kuril Islands should not influence efforts to settle the long-running territorial dispute between Moscow and Tokyo over the islands, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. (Japan Times)