September 16, 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making the regeneration of provincial areas a top policy priority for his reshuffled Cabinet.
September 15, 2014
Last week, the government implemented several procedural steps toward restarting the Sendai nuclear plant’s No. 1 and No. 2 reactors, operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co.
September 13, 2014
The Asahi Shimbun has made some serious mistakes that have led to its gravest crisis in the postwar era.
September 12, 2014
Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) has decided to call on its member companies to make donations to political parties. The decision means the powerful business lobby will resume its involvement in the flow of big money into politics after five years of refraining from playing such a role.
September 11, 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been waging a diplomatic offensive in South Asia to "cut" China’s so-called String of Pearls. Abe's aim is to strengthen Japan’s relations with India and other countries to counterbalance China’s growing presence in the region.
September 10, 2014
The Imperial Household Agency on Sept. 9 released “The Annals of Emperor Showa” that document the life of Emperor Hirohito (1901-1989), posthumously known as Emperor Showa.
September 09, 2014
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged the Japanese government to impose legal restrictions on hate speech that provokes antipathy against specific races and ethnic groups. The panel made the call in its “concluding observations” issued on Aug. 29.
September 08, 2014
Japan is involved in negotiations over several economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with its trade partners. But multilateral talks for some important trade pacts with other Asia-Pacific countries have been struggling to make headway.
September 06, 2014
In what should be described as an outrageously belated move, Kansai Electric Power Co. has begun considering decommissioning the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at its Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. Both are aged reactors that have been in service for more than 40 years. Moreover, a fault line runs underneath the site of the reactors.
September 05, 2014
Former Liberal Democratic Party President Sadakazu Tanigaki has become the ruling party’s new secretary-general.
September 04, 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 3 reshuffled his Cabinet and replaced his Liberal Democratic Party executive lineup for the first time since the start of his second tenure as the nation's leader.
September 03, 2014
Events unfolding in South Korea evoke images of the clock being set back.
September 02, 2014
Fukushima Prefecture and two towns, Okuma and Futaba, have accepted the central government’s plan to construct an intermediate storage facility for radioactive soil and other polluted material generated by the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
September 01, 2014
International concern is growing over the dwindling populations of the Pacific bluefin tuna and the Japanese eel, or “nihon unagi,” but they are not the only fishes that need protection.
August 30, 2014
The first case of dengue fever, a disease normally associated with the tropics, was confirmed just the other day in Japan, the first in 70 years.
August 29, 2014
In April, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a written message of mourning to an annual Buddhist memorial service to honor Japanese World War II soldiers who were executed after the war as Class-A, Class-B and Class-C war criminals. The message was offered in the name of Abe as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
August 28, 2014
A system, no matter how well designed, serves little purpose unless it is put into effective use with the intention of benefiting from it.
August 27, 2014
In July 2011, Hamako Watanabe committed suicide by setting herself ablaze. Having been forced to evacuate her home in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March that year, Watanabe was allowed to return home for a short visit. That was when she killed herself.
August 26, 2014
A growing number of Japanese companies are making an effort to create an environment that allows women to play an active role and assume an important position at the workplace.
August 25, 2014
The seabed drilling survey has begun in the sea off Henoko in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, the planned reclamation site for relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is currently located in Ginowan in the same prefecture. The Japan Coast Guard and the Okinawa Defense Bureau are closely guarding the area.