POLITICS – 8

Aug 16
China is expected to surpass Japan as the second-largest contributor to the general United Nations budget starting in 2019, according to the latest U.N. report on contributions. (Japan Today)

Aug 13
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated his intention to run in next month’s leadership race of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party and seek a third term.
(NHK)

Aug 09
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has died. He was 67.
(NHK)

Aug 05
A Russian media report says the country’s air force has deployed fighter jets on a trial basis on one of the 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
(NHK)

Aug 02
Japan’s government has set up an office to handle next year’s abdication of Emperor Akihito and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito.
(NHK)

Aug 02
The Japanese government is considering splitting the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, concluding that the mammoth bureaucracy with an extensive portfolio is incapable of responding to the complex needs of an aging society. (Nikkei)

Aug 01
A video showing a man believed to be a Japanese journalist detained by an armed group in Syria has emerged online.
(NHK)

Aug 01
The governor of Tokyo has declared that the new site for the city’s main food market is safe. The declaration by Yuriko Koike paves the way for the planned opening of the Toyosu market in October.
(NHK)

Jul 31
Japan’s Defense Ministry has finished withdrawing missile interceptor units deployed around the country.
(NHK)

Jul 27
A second senior official of Japan’s education and science ministry has been arrested on bribery charges. Kazuaki Kawabata allegedly accepted gifts in exchange for giving a favor to a medical consulting firm in Tokyo.
(NHK)