September 01, 2015
The Defense Ministry announced on Aug. 31 that it will request a record 5.091 trillion yen ($42 billion) for overall defense spending in fiscal 2016, which starts in April next year. The figure represents the fourth consecutive year-on-year increase in the ministry’s budget requests.
August 31, 2015
In Japan, Aug. 15 is remembered as the day when the Asia-Pacific war came to an end. Every year, the nation looks back on its wartime past as that day draws near, but this collective retrospection suddenly ceases when the anniversary day passes.
August 29, 2015
The government announced an outline of a blueprint for the new National Stadium on Aug. 28, six weeks after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to “take the current plan back to the drawing board and re-examine (the project) from scratch.”
August 28, 2015
Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), the nation’s most powerful business lobby, has decided to soon start considering a Japanese-style system to accept immigrants.
August 27, 2015
People need to be aware that children around them might be feeling gloomy at the prospect of soon having to return to school after the end of the summer vacation. Some may actually be feeling so depressed that they wish they could just disappear.
August 26, 2015
High-level talks between South Korea and North Korea, held amid tensions raised by a mutual arms buildup, finally concluded in the wee hours of Aug. 25.
August 25, 2015
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Etorofu, an island in the disputed Northern Territories off Hokkaido, on Aug. 22.
August 24, 2015
The process is under way for local governments to select textbooks that will be used in junior high schools from next spring.
August 22, 2015
Two reports have been released about the leak of personal data concerning 1.25 million or so people from the Japan Pension Service’s computer system due to a security breach caused by e-mails containing computer viruses.
August 21, 2015
Iwate Governor Takuya Tasso was re-elected by default for a third term on Aug. 20. He won the race unopposed after a prospective challenger withdrew.
August 20, 2015
The Upper House special committee to deliberate new national security legislation resumed its work on Aug. 19.
August 19, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II left something to be desired. For one, Abe made no mention of his own perception of history.
August 18, 2015
Japan’s economy shrank during the three months from April through June, its first decline in three quarters. The nation’s real gross domestic product--the value of total economic output adjusted for price changes--fell 0.4 percent during the quarter from the previous three months, according to preliminary data released Aug. 17 by the Cabinet Office. At this rate, the size of economic contraction will reach 1.6 percent on an annualized basis.
August 17, 2015
In the autumn of the year when World War II ended, the General Headquarters (GHQ), or the headquarters for the postwar Allied occupation of Japan, scrapped the strict controls on free speech the Japanese government had imposed.
August 15, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has left us wondering for what purpose and for whom it was written.
August 14, 2015
A multitude of infectious diseases, such as the Ebola virus disease in West Africa, are posing a serious threat to worldwide public health.
August 13, 2015
One big humanitarian issue facing Japan is how it should deal with people who cannot remain in their own countries because of fears of possible persecution for race, religion or political opinions.
August 12, 2015
The No. 1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co., was brought back online Aug. 11. It is the first facility to be reactivated in Japan after nearly two years of suspended operation of all reactors.
August 11, 2015
An advisory council of experts tasked by the Justice Ministry to review criminal law provisions for sex crimes has released a report on the discussions.
August 10, 2015
Discussions on the content of military logistics (or “rear-echelon support” in the parlance of current politics) to be provided overseas by Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have emerged as a focus of attention during deliberations in the Upper House over a controversial package of new security-related bills.