October 08, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his Cabinet on Oct. 7, but retained most key members.
October 07, 2015
Another terrible tragedy occurred Oct. 3 in war-torn Afghanistan. A medical facility of crucial importance to the locals in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz was air-bombed, killing many people.
October 06, 2015
Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations have reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade-liberalizing pact.
October 05, 2015
Following a fresh start to design the new National Stadium, the effort to develop a new logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has also been launched.
October 03, 2015
The new national identification system, called “My Number,” will soon take effect. Under the system, a 12-digit national identification number is assigned to all people who have a certificate of residence in Japan.
October 02, 2015
The inauguration of the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency on Oct. 1 as an arm of the Defense Ministry has raised concerns about a rapid expansion of Japan’s arms exports under a profit-oriented policy.
October 01, 2015
As it tries to respond to the unfolding refugee crisis, Japan needs to overcome its traditional reluctance to accept outsiders and consider seriously how to open its door and embrace newcomers.
September 30, 2015
The education ministry and the internal affairs ministry on Sept. 29 released new supplementary teaching material for senior high school students and a teaching manual following election law revisions in June to lower the voting age from 20 to 18.
September 29, 2015
Around 2.4 million people in Japan are caring for family members while working. In 2012, 95,000 people quit their jobs to look after their parents and other family members. These government statistics paint a grim picture of how Japanese workers are struggling to provide nursing care to their loved ones.
September 28, 2015
A surge of refugees stampeding into Europe is drawing the world's attention. The European Union has decided to accept 160,000 of them, but that only accounts for a small fraction of the entire number.
September 26, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be trying to shift the focus of his political agenda after the bruising battle over his initiative to enact new national security legislation, which is still facing strong public opposition.
September 25, 2015
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s recent visit to Moscow, where he held talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, highlighted the Kremlin’s tough stance toward Japan more than anything else.
September 24, 2015
The 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), held this spring at U.N. headquarters in New York, failed to produce a formal final document.
September 23, 2015
Occupying the highlands of western China at an average elevation of 4,000 meters, Tibet marked the 50th anniversary of the foundation of its autonomous region on Sept. 1.
September 22, 2015
North Korea has indicated it will test-launch long-range ballistic missiles disguised as rockets to bring satellites into space and carry out its fourth nuclear weapons test.
September 21, 2015
After Japanese lawmakers passed deeply controversial national security legislation in the early hours on Sept. 19, shouts of pure anger repeatedly burst from protesters who had gathered in front of the Diet building.
September 19, 2015
Ugly scenes of pandemonium erupted Sept. 17 at an Upper House special committee as it passed contentious national security legislation. The committee chairman, mobbed by lawmakers, was invisible and his voice inaudible due to the rabble. Even those attending the proceedings didn’t know what was going on.
September 18, 2015
An Upper House special committee passed bitterly contentious security legislation on Sept. 17 while the Diet was mired in a fierce imbroglio between the ruling and opposition camps and surrounded by masses of protesters.
September 17, 2015
The political battle over government-drafted national security legislation between the ruling and opposition camps has reached its final phase amid mounting public protests.
September 16, 2015
Various nations are opening their doors to refugees, mainly from Syria, who are arriving in Europe in hordes. Following Canada, Australia and Venezuela, the United States last week announced that President Barack Obama instructed the government to prepare for the admission of 10,000 Syrian refugees per year.