POLITICS – 8

Apr 10
Japan’s Finance Ministry has admitted that one of its officials asked a school operator to lie about why it received a huge discount when it bought state-owned land. (NHK)

Apr 10
The Democratic Party and the Party of Hope, both Japanese opposition parties, agreed on Monday to launch a joint panel for talks to merge into a new party possibly in early May. (Jiji)

Apr 06
An Australian woman who was raped by a U.S. military serviceman more than a decade ago renewed on Thursday her request to Japan’s government to amend the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which critics claim allows both countries to evade responsibility for misconduct linked to U.S. bases. (Japan Times)

Apr 06
The head of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces has apologized for the delay in reporting the discovery of the daily logs of their activities in Iraq.
(NHK)

Apr 05
Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force has held a ceremony to mark the creation of a new command that has control over all GSDF units nationwide. (NHK)

Apr 03
A leading North Korea-watching website has disputed Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s reported remarks that Pyongyang is preparing to conduct a fresh nuclear test even as tensions on the Korean Peninsula ease ahead of a rare summit between the two Koreas. (Japan Times)

Mar 29
The Diet, Japan’s parliament, enacted the government’s 97,712.8-billion-yen budget for fiscal 2018 on Wednesday, at a time when the opposition camp continues to grill the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over a high-profile cronyism scandal. (Jiji)

Mar 28
A key figure in the Finance Ministry’s document-falsifying scandal related to a shady land deal has testified that neither Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nor his wife Akie was involved in the matter. (NHK)

Mar 27
A key figure in a document-tampering scandal involving the Finance Ministry is set to give sworn testimony at the Diet on Tuesday. (NHK)

Mar 26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited former US President Barack Obama to a sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Sunday.
(NHK)