POLITICS – 7

Mar 14
A finance ministry bureau has notified Moritomo Gakuen, the Japanese school operator at the center of a controversial land deal, that the government will buy back the land. (NHK)

Mar 14
Democratic Party President Renho expressed her intention to draw up new draft legislation to review the nation’s nuclear energy policy at a party convention Sunday, but she did not elaborate on the details. (the-japan-news.com)

Mar 13
The king of Saudi Arabia has arrived in Tokyo. King Salman bin Abdulaziz is the first Saudi monarch to visit Japan in 46 years. (NHK)

Mar 12
The head of Moritomo Gakuen, Yasunori Kagoike, has commented on withdrawing the application to open an elementary school in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan. There is a controversy about how the school operator acquired state-owned land. (NHK)

Mar 12
A newly revealed document showed on Saturday a possible backroom agreement in 2001 between the Tokyo metropolitan government and Tokyo Gas Co. <9531> on the scope of soil decontamination at the Toyosu new wholesale food market in Tokyo. (Jiji)

Mar 11
Japan’s Prime Minister says his administration will end its main UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. (NHK)

Mar 10
Japan’s largest opposition Democratic Party has unveiled its new mascot, “Minshin,” hoping that it will help improve its image. (Jiji)

Mar 10
Moritomo Gakuen, the Japanese school operator at the center of a controversial land deal, has withdrawn its application for approval to open an elementary school in Osaka Prefecture. (NHK)

Mar 10
The Osaka prefectural government is likely to disapprove a plan by school operator Moritomo Gakuen to open an elementary school on a land plot it bought from the Japanese government in a questionable deal, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji)

Mar 10
Tires suspended from a US military helicopter were accidentally dropped on training grounds during an exercise on Wednesday at a US base in Okinawa Prefecture. (NHK)