POLITICS – 7

May 12
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso has retracted a remark of his about a former top bureaucrat at his ministry who is accused of sexually harassing a female TV reporter.
(NHK)

May 11
Japan’s Emperor Akihito has met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who’s visiting the country for the first time since taking office. (NHK)

May 10
The leaders of Japan, China, and South Korea held a series of meetings in Tokyo on Wednesday. North Korea’s nuclear program has dominated much of the day’s discussion. (NHK)

May 10
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have reaffirmed joint efforts to fully denuclearize North Korea. (NHK)

May 09
Finance Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday repeated a controversial statement that appeared to downplay an incident of alleged sexual harassment by his ministry’s top bureaucrat, just a day after his earlier comments sparked protest demonstrations in a number of cities across the nation. (Japan Times)

May 09
The Defense Ministry on Tuesday punished a senior Self-Defense Forces member for insulting a Diet member on a street while he was off duty, concluding in a report that his act degraded the “dignity” an SDF member should maintain. (Japan Times)

May 08
Japan and China are unlikely to mention that the waters and airspace around a group of uninhabited islets controlled by Japan and claimed by China are subject to a bilateral communication mechanism aimed at averting unintended clashes, Japanese government sources said Monday. (Japan Today)

May 05
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the phone about North Korea. The conversation comes ahead of an expected summit between the United States and the North. (NHK)

May 02
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, now on a tour of the Middle East, says Japan will continue to support the stability of Jordan, which has been accepting a large number of Syrian refugees. (NHK)

Apr 29
A memorial dedicated to Filipino “comfort women” forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II was removed Friday night, days after suspicions surfaced about its possible demolition. (Japan Today)