POLITICS – 7

Jul 16
The government has launched a nationwide probe into allegations that foreign residents are abusing the public health insurance system, according to sources familiar with the matter. (Japan Times)

Jul 10
Haruka Kuwabara, at 31 currently the youngest mayor in Japan, was welcomed with flowers and applause by municipal employees in Tsunan, Niigata Prefecture, on Monday, her first day in office. (Japan Times)

Jul 10
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will provide financial support to areas in western Japan that have been battered by record-breaking torrential rains.
(NHK)

Jul 06
A Japanese court has ordered the government to grant refugee status to a Sri Lankan man who entered Japan 12 years ago after fleeing his country’s civil war. (NHK)

Jul 06
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed determination to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the issue of the North’s abductions of Japanese. (NHK)

Jun 27
A leading Liberal Democratic Party official on Tuesday criticized people opting not to have children as being “selfish,” in the latest remark from a politician of the ruling party urging people to have babies. (Japan Today)

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 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 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)