POLITICS – 8

Mar 10
A Japanese parliamentary vice minister who came under fire for being carried piggyback over a pond in a typhoon-hit area last year has tendered his resignation over a follow-up gaffe. (NHK)

Mar 09
A new open-source intelligence analysis of North Korean state-run media by missile experts has shown what appears to be the hypothetical target of the country’s test-launches earlier this week: U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture. (Japan Times)

Mar 09
Rattled by North Korean military advances, influential Japanese lawmakers are pushing harder for Japan to develop the ability to strike preemptively at the missile facilities of its nuclear-armed neighbor. (Japan Times)

Mar 08
The Japanese government adopted a bill on Tuesday to toughen penalties for sex crimes in what will be the country’s first fundamental reform of the legal framework for addressing sexual offences in more than a century. (Jiji)

Mar 08
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Tuesday with U.S. President Donald Trump that the North Korean threat has “entered a new stage,” in a telephone conversation regarding Pyongyang’s ballistic missile launches the previous day. (the-japan-news.com)

Mar 07
North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast on Monday, angering South Korea and Japan, days after it promised retaliation over U.S.-South Korea military drills it sees as preparation for war. (Reuters)

Mar 07
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday returned from a weeklong overseas trip after playing key roles in enhancing friendly relations between their country and Vietnam further. (Jiji)

Mar 07
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday suggested that the size of a discount on a state land sale to Moritomo Gakuen, a private school operator in Osaka, western Japan, was appropriate. (Jiji)

Mar 07
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called the latest missile launch by North Korea “a new stage of threat.” (NHK)

Mar 06
Japan’s Defense Ministry is conducting a detailed analysis of North Korea’s missile launches and has sent aircraft to search for debris. (NHK)