Koike set to become 1st female Tokyo governor 10:11 pm, July 31, 2016


Koike set to become 1st female Tokyo governor
10:11 pm, July 31, 2016

Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike, 64, was assured of victory in Sunday’s Tokyo gubernatorial election, becoming the first female governor of the capital, according to tallies by The Yomiuri Shim…
Consumer agency to delay move decision
9:43 pm, July 31, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government will postpone its decision on whether to relocate the Consumer Affairs Agency from Tokyo to Tokushima Prefecture for three years, state minister for consumer aff…
Abe meets Hashimoto on top law
9:41 pm, July 31, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met with Toru Hashimoto, former head of Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai), and Ichiro Matsui, current leader of the party and Osaka gove…
Leader who will tackle jobs, health care sought in Tokyo race
9:26 pm, July 31, 2016
Creating an environment in which dual-income earners can work easily and seriously considering medical policies were some of the main factors when voters decided on a candidate in Sunday’s Tokyo gub…
DP election in turmoil
9:17 pm, July 31, 2016
The political course of the Democratic Party will be decided in its upcoming leadership election, but the situation has been thrown into turmoil by President Katsuya Okada’s Saturday announcement th…
Abdication issue a test for Abe govt / Avoiding violation of Constitution vital
11:30 pm, July 30, 2016
The government will speed up behind-the-scenes preparations to realize the Emperor’s reported intention to abdicate given the likeliness of the Emperor to publicly express his thoughts on the issue …
Okada not to run in DP top race
11:01 pm, July 30, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Democratic Party President Katsuya Okada said Saturday he will not run in the major opposition party’s leadership election scheduled for September. After the DP made “a ce…
Tanigaki resignation to impact LDP shake-up
10:30 pm, July 30, 2016
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki’s desire to leave his post could have a major impact on the Cabinet and party leadership shake-up that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expec…
Tanigaki conveys to Abe his wish to leave post
8:52 pm, July 30, 2016
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he will resign from his party post, government and ruling party sources said Friday. Abe, the president of…
Obama asked to step up N-disarmament
7:49 pm, July 30, 2016
HIROSHIMA (Jiji Press) — The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Friday sent a letter to the U.S. embassy in Japan asking U.S. President Barack Obama to step up his nuclear disarmament efforts. T…
GPIF pension fund incurred ¥5.3 trillion loss in FY15
10:12 pm, July 29, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Government Pension Investment Fund said Friday that it incurred an investment loss of ¥5,309.8 billion in fiscal 2015, its first negative return in five years. The dismal…
Prime minister to reshuffle Cabinet on Wednesday
9:08 pm, July 29, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that he will reshuffle his Cabinet on Wednesday. Unveiling the plan during discussions with ministers after a Cabinet meeting, Abe said t…
Policies under spotlight as Tokyo poll nears
8:51 pm, July 29, 2016
As the clock ticks down to Sunday’s Tokyo gubernatorial election, the three main candidates have been fleshing out their policies — and adding some new ones — to distinguish themselves from thei…
Progress seen on comfort women issue
8:39 pm, July 29, 2016
SEOUL — The first step was finally taken toward materializing a bilateral deal reached late last year between the Japanese and South Korean governments over the so-called issue of comfort women. Th…
ANALYSIS / ROK must keep momentum on deal
11:07 pm, July 28, 2016
The so-called comfort women issue, which has been a divisive factor between Japan and South Korea for a quarter of a century, has entered a crucial stage as it moves toward a final settlement. The Re…
Foundation set up in ROK for ‘comfort women’
8:39 pm, July 28, 2016
SEOUL — A foundation to support former comfort women was established by the South Korean government on Thursday based on a bilateral deal reached between the Japanese and South Korean governments la…
Marine data to be unified at JCG
8:17 pm, July 27, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A government task force decided Tuesday to develop from next fiscal year, starting in April, a system that allows the Japan Coast Guard to unify marine data from relevant gover…
Japan, U.S. confront China over ruling
8:15 pm, July 27, 2016
VIENTIANE (Jiji Press) — Japan and the United States remained at odds with China on Tuesday over a recent international tribunal ruling that basically dismissed Beijing’s claims to rights in the …
Abe, Harris stress defense cooperation
8:14 pm, July 27, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, agreed on Tuesday to promote defense cooperation between the two countries. Citing the…
Kishida urges China to respect intl tribunal ruling
8:18 pm, July 26, 2016
VIENTIANE (Jiji Press) — Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida urged China on Monday to abide by a recent international tribunal ruling that rejected its claims in the South China Sea over its territorial…
Hashimoto to lead upper house LDP
8:15 pm, July 26, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Former vice foreign minister Seiko Hashimoto was elected head of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers in the House of Councillors without contest Tuesday. Hashimoto, 51, will b…
Future unclear for LDP’s Tanigaki
7:59 pm, July 26, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Sadakazu Tanigaki, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, underwent surgery after suffering cervical cord damage and there is no prospect of his return to du…
Kishida seeks antiterror cooperation
7:57 pm, July 26, 2016
VIENTIANE (Jiji Press) — Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday expressed his country’s readiness to increase cooperation with Southeast Asian countries, China and South Korea in maintaining f…
Kishida stresses rule of law to solve maritime rows
8:57 pm, July 25, 2016
VIENTIANE (Jiji Press)—Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida highlighted Sunday Japan’s stance of putting great value on the rule of law in addressing maritime disputes and a peaceful solution to them. …
Japan-ROK deal confirmed
8:46 pm, July 25, 2016
VIENTIANE — Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung Se, in the capital of Laos on Monday, with the ministers confirming that the governments will …
GPIF to lay bare FY14 portfolio
3:34 am, July 25, 2016
The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) has determined it will disclose on Friday information about all the stocks and bonds it holds, including names of equities and their market capitalization…
Who will be LDP, DP ‘contact people’ in constitutional debate?
12:30 am, July 25, 2016
Who will the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party each choose as their party executive in charge of constitutional issues — many people are paying attention to this question. These e…
Yamaguchi set for 5th term as Komeito leader
11:30 pm, July 24, 2016
Komeito is making arrangements to hold a party convention in Tokyo on Sept. 17 to choose its party head, due to the expiration of current leader Natsuo Yamaguchi’s term of office, according to sour…
Ruling bloc catches up in Tokyo gov. race / Opposition parties feel a sense of crisis
9:30 pm, July 24, 2016
Both the ruling and opposition parties are trying their best to gather more support in the belief that it is still possible to beat former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike in the Tokyo gubernatorial elec…
Koike, Masuda lead field in Tokyo race / Support split within LDP bloc
8:54 pm, July 24, 2016
The leading candidates in the Tokyo gubernatorial election are former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike, 64, and former Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Hiroya Masuda, 64, according to analysi…
Abe sends Merkel condolences
8:05 pm, July 24, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message of condolence to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday over the mass shooting in Munich the previous day. “Japan stands with …
LDP retakes majority
8:04 pm, July 24, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The ruling Liberal Democratic Party retook a single-party majority in the House of Councillors for the first time in 27 years on Saturday as the party approved a former opposit…
LDP’s Kishida, Ishiba wary of Cabinet, leadership reshuffle
10:30 pm, July 23, 2016
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Shigeru Ishiba, minister in charge of regional vitalization, are becoming increasingly concerned about what to do when the Cabinet and leadership posts of the Liber…
Government likely not to issue deficit-covering bonds
8:35 pm, July 23, 2016
The government intends not to issue deficit-covering government bonds (see below) as the main source of revenue for the economic measures it plans to draw up by the end of this month, according to so…
SDF planes ordered to leave Djibouti
8:02 pm, July 23, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press)— Defense Minister Gen Nakatani ordered the Self-Defense Forces’ transport aircraft on Friday to return to Japan from Djibouti after accomplishing their mission to get Japanese …
Govt resumes helipad work in Okinawa
11:30 pm, July 22, 2016
NAHA (Jiji Press) — The Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau on Friday resumed the construction of helipads in the U.S. military’s Camp Gonsalves training area in Okinawa Prefecture amid s…
Govt files new lawsuit over Henoko relocation
11:23 pm, July 22, 2016
The government filed a new lawsuit against Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on Friday at the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court to confirm the illegality of Onaga’s refusal to comply with a government…
Defense white paper warns of China’s maritime action
9:08 pm, July 22, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Defense Ministry expressed strong concern over China’s maritime activities in an assertive, uncompromising manner, in a draft of the 2016 defense white paper it drew up T…
Suga, Aso to remain in current positions
8:36 pm, July 22, 2016
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering having both Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso stay in office in reshuffles of both his Cabinet and…
Govt eyes ¥20 tril. economic boost
9:45 pm, July 21, 2016
The government and ruling parties are working to compile about ¥20 trillion in economic measures by the end of this month, approximately double the previously envisioned figure, it has been learned….
Govt works to change Trump’s stance on Japan
9:30 pm, July 21, 2016
A sense of crisis is building in Tokyo following the Republican Party’s official nomination of Donald Trump as its candidate for the U.S. presidential race, as Trump’s isolationist assertions, wh…
DP eyes leadership election on Sept. 7
8:19 pm, July 21, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The largest opposition Democratic Party is considering holding its leadership election on Sept. 7, as an extraordinary session of the Japanese Diet is likely to be convened in …
UK’s Johnson pledges open market
8:16 pm, July 21, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and new British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson agreed in telephone talks on Wednesday to further strengthen relations between the two countries….
Turkey seeks crackdown on group in Japan
8:15 pm, July 21, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Turkish Ambassador to Japan Ahmet Bulent Meric met the press in Tokyo Wednesday to call for a crackdown of a group in Japan linked with Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based preacher s…
$2 bil. pledged to stabilize Iraq
8:12 pm, July 21, 2016
WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — Over 20 countries pledged a total of $2 billion in assistance to stabilize Iraq, at an international donor conference in Washington Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John…
Okinawa designates part of Nago ‘ruins’
8:11 pm, July 21, 2016
LDP in tug-of-war over upper house posts
10:30 pm, July 20, 2016
A tug-of-war has been intensifying within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over the selection of candidates for the next president of the House of Councillors. The largest LDP faction, led by Hir…
Name recognition key to Tokyo governor race
8:24 pm, July 20, 2016
In the July 31 Tokyo gubernatorial election, with a record 21 candidates running for election as leader of Japan’s capital, the trend of the “popularity vote” has been growing. Having a well-re…
Tanigaki hospitalized before LDP reshuffle
8:18 pm, July 20, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki remained hospitalized on Tuesday after suffering an injury while cycling on Saturday. His prolonged hospitalizati…
56% of Taiwanese like Japan the most
8:16 pm, July 20, 2016
TAIPEI (Jiji Press) — A poll has shown that a record 56 percent of Taiwanese people picked Japan as the foreign country or region they like most, the Taipei office of Japan’s Interchange Associat…
Ruling camp keeps low profile in Tokyo race
10:30 pm, July 19, 2016
With the Tokyo gubernatorial election approaching on July 31, the Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party dispatched their star lawmakers to make campaign speeches in support of the oppositi…
Abe to attend closing ceremony of Rio Games
9:30 pm, July 19, 2016
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to visit Brazil to attend the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Aug. 21 local time, according to sources. During the visit, the prime minister also…
PM to ponder Cabinet reshuffle during vacation
9:29 pm, July 19, 2016
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely use his summer vacation to consider how he should reshuffle the Cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party leadership, both of which are expected to take place on …
Japan in Depth / Japan, China tug-of-war ends in draw at ASEM
5:27 am, July 18, 2016
Female participation in politics still lags
11:30 pm, July 17, 2016
70th anniversary of women’s suffrage
11:29 pm, July 17, 2016
Deep historical relations with Turkey
10:29 pm, July 17, 2016
Parties lack concrete policies in Tokyo gov. race
11:30 pm, July 16, 2016
Japan, ROK agree to carry out accord
9:32 pm, July 16, 2016
Appeal to Cambodia
9:31 pm, July 16, 2016
Abe, Li restate their S. China Sea stances
9:30 pm, July 16, 2016
Abe, Yasay call for compliance
9:29 pm, July 16, 2016
‘South China Sea’ not in ASEM statement
8:57 pm, July 16, 2016
Abe stresses rule of law at meeting with Li
11:40 pm, July 15, 2016
Japan, U.S., ROK recognize S. China Sea ruling legality
9:25 pm, July 15, 2016
Record 21 candidates run for Tokyo governor
8:50 pm, July 14, 2016
SDF aircraft to be sent to S. Sudan to evacuate officials
8:47 pm, July 14, 2016
LDP to regain single-party majority
8:43 pm, July 14, 2016
UPPER HOUSE ELECTION 2016 / 70% hope for debate over Constitution
10:30 pm, July 13, 2016
UPPER HOUSE ELECTION 2016 / Analysts map candidates’ divisions
10:29 pm, July 13, 2016
Ruling could impact legal status of Okinotorishima islands
9:30 pm, July 13, 2016
Govt urges China to follow ruling
8:47 pm, July 13, 2016
Discord in Tokyo gov. poll
8:45 pm, July 13, 2016
Vote-value gap in upper house shrinks
8:16 pm, July 13, 2016
Abe orders economic measures to boost exports, tourism
8:44 pm, July 12, 2016
Education of young voters shows positive influence
8:29 pm, July 12, 2016
Cabinet reshuffle likely in early Aug.
8:17 pm, July 12, 2016
18-year-olds take lead among new voters
8:16 pm, July 12, 2016
No easy path to amending top law
7:54 pm, July 12, 2016
Despite opposition unity, LDP solid in 1-seat races
10:51 pm, July 11, 2016
Crowded race for Tokyo gov.
9:17 pm, July 11, 2016
Govt to evacuate citizens from South Sudan
9:07 pm, July 11, 2016
Victorious Abe promises stimulus / Pro-charter change camp hits two-thirds
9:00 pm, July 11, 2016
Cabinet duo loses; LDP out of Okinawa
8:59 pm, July 11, 2016
Ruling camp holds over 60% of seats
8:47 pm, July 11, 2016
Focus turns to economic measures / Ruling coalition members seek to spend ¥10 trillion
8:34 pm, July 11, 2016
Voter Turnout Stands at 54.7 Pct in Upper House Election
8:00 pm, July 11, 2016
UPPER HOUSE ELECTION 2016 / LDP, Komeito wins majority / Pro-charter change camp tops two-thirds threshold
10:11 am, July 11, 2016
UPPER HOUSE ELECTION 2016 / LDP, Komeito wins majority / Pro-charter change camp tops two-thirds threshold
3:11 am, July 11, 2016
UPPER HOUSE ELECTION 2016 / Leaders span Earth twice on campaign trail
11:29 pm, July 10, 2016
Early voters hit record high
11:29 pm, July 10, 2016
Sanctions on Kim Jong Un welcomed
11:06 pm, July 10, 2016
Japan mulls new antiterror measures
11:05 pm, July 10, 2016
Obama sends Abe letter of sympathy
11:00 pm, July 10, 2016
Voters to cast judgment on Abenomics
11:43 pm, July 09, 2016
75 seats new target for groups seeking constitutional revision
10:30 pm, July 09, 2016
Election for upper house to decide nation’s course / Party heads make final appeals for crucial vote
8:41 pm, July 09, 2016
Info-gathering unit to be expanded
7:58 pm, July 09, 2016
Suga longest-tenured chief cabinet secretary
8:37 pm, July 08, 2016
Support expanding for ‘vulnerable voters’ / Measures taken for ill, disabled people
10:30 pm, July 07, 2016
Abe, Modi affirm cooperation
8:44 pm, July 07, 2016
Japan, U.S., ROK officials to meet
8:43 pm, July 07, 2016
Economic concerns top election tweets
8:38 pm, July 07, 2016
With support across age groups, LDP gaining in proportional race
10:30 pm, July 06, 2016
Interest in election grows among teens
10:29 pm, July 06, 2016
Opinion poll: House of Councillors election 2016 / Party heads keenly focus on 12 one-seat constituencies
9:30 pm, July 06, 2016
Koike makes official her bid to become Tokyo gov.
8:56 pm, July 06, 2016
Poll: Ruling bloc likely to build upper house majority
8:25 pm, July 06, 2016
Japan, U.S. agree on civilian SOFA coverage
9:24 pm, July 05, 2016
Teen voter turnout at 38% in Fukuoka
8:36 pm, July 05, 2016
Abe, Renzi agree on antiterrorism efforts
8:34 pm, July 05, 2016
6.56 mil. vote early for upper house poll
8:33 pm, July 05, 2016
LDP puts off decision on Tokyo gov. election
8:32 pm, July 05, 2016
Japan, U.S. agree to limit civilian component in wake of murder
2:23 am, July 05, 2016
Lawmakers’ income logs 1st fall in 4 yrs
9:06 pm, July 04, 2016
Fear spreads in Japanese community
9:02 pm, July 04, 2016
Bereaved families reach Dhaka
9:00 pm, July 04, 2016
Gunmen made no demands
8:53 pm, July 04, 2016
Tokyo ward mayors ask Masuda to run
7:49 pm, July 04, 2016
Kennedy pays tribute to Bangladesh attack victims
7:17 pm, July 04, 2016
State minister briefed by Hasina
10:44 pm, July 03, 2016
¥126 billion ODA sent to Bangladesh
9:28 pm, July 03, 2016
Abe: Dhaka terrorism unforgivable
8:41 pm, July 03, 2016
G-7 to demand China respect intl ruling over South China Sea
8:34 pm, July 03, 2016
Japan version of CCRC to be studied
8:10 pm, July 03, 2016
1st poll held since voting age lowered
8:08 pm, July 03, 2016
House of Councillors election 2016 / 63% candidates cite economy as key
10:30 pm, July 02, 2016
Abe orders government to gather info
9:16 pm, July 02, 2016
1st Japanese elected to U.N. child committee
8:19 pm, July 02, 2016
Tokyo LDP branch eyes Masuda for gov.
1:05 am, July 02, 2016
MSDF to strengthen remote islands defense capability
9:27 pm, July 01, 2016
ASDF scrambles against China planes spike
8:35 pm, July 01, 2016
Abe visits quake-hit Kumamoto town
8:34 pm, June 05, 2016
Hiroshima visit fresh start for nuclear-free world
12:09 am, May 29, 2016
Obama renews call to eliminate N-weapons / Remarks speak to immense tragedy of World War II
9:54 pm, May 28, 2016
Japan-U.S. alliance to enter new phase
9:48 pm, May 28, 2016
White House would ‘welcome Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor’
8:55 pm, May 28, 2016
[Movie] Obama visits Hiroshima / U.S. president pays respects to A-bomb victims
4:15 pm, May 28, 2016
G-7 to stress online freedom, security
8:51 pm, May 24, 2016
Diet enacts extra budget for Kumamoto quake relief
9:15 pm, May 17, 2016
G-7 ministers vow education to promote diverse societies
3:32 am, May 16, 2016
Obama’s Hiroshima visit hailed
9:11 pm, May 15, 2016
Environment ministers to urge trading of greenhouse gas cuts
3:16 am, May 15, 2016
Containing diseases on G-7 agenda
11:02 pm, May 14, 2016
Kumamoto quakes designated as ‘extraordinary disaster’
10:15 pm, May 10, 2016
PM: Fiscal policies should be timely, done flexibly
10:14 pm, May 06, 2016
Abe: U.K. should stay in EU
9:13 pm, May 06, 2016
G-7 seeks ‘free flow of information’
8:43 pm, April 30, 2016
Abe’s Summit Diplomacy / Economic cooperation a major goal
8:29 pm, April 29, 2016
PM Abe visits quake-hit areas
8:27 pm, April 29, 2016
Abe orders extra budget for quakes
2:24 am, April 25, 2016
Govt plans ‘severe disaster’ designation
8:35 pm, April 23, 2016
Obama may follow Roos, Kerry
11:32 pm, April 21, 2016
Obama plans to visit Hiroshima on G-7 trip
8:33 pm, April 21, 2016
Kumamoto Earthquake / Support grows for new delay to tax hike
9:21 pm, April 20, 2016

Nagasaki mayor asks for visit by Obama
8:19 pm, April 14, 2016
Kerry says museum ‘gut-wrenching’
10:20 pm, April 11, 2016
N-free world focus at G-7 meeting
9:14 pm, April 11, 2016
Report: Obama ponders visit to Hiroshima
8:52 pm, April 11, 2016
G-7 ministers pledge antiterrorism plan
8:44 pm, April 11, 2016
Japan, U.S. aim for successful G-7
8:33 pm, April 01, 2016
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