Apr 24, 2014

Did Barack, Shinzo get down to sushi or business?

U.S. President Barack Obama had his first session with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday in Tokyo, treated at what is often touted as the best-ever sushi bar in Japan: Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Abe greeted Obama, who rushed straight from Haneda ...

149 lawmakers visit Yasukuni

Apr 22, 2014

149 lawmakers visit Yasukuni

A total of 147 lawmakers, as well as two Cabinet ministers, visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday morning, in a move that could be perceived as provocative by China, South Korea — and even the United States. Internal affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo visited ...

Apr 18, 2014

MSDF armada masses; first order is curry contest

One key mission of a group of 15 Maritime Self-Defense Force warships, including four of the nation’s six state-of-the-art Aegis destroyers, is generating a nationwide buzz on the Internet. The ships will gather Saturday at the MSDF base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. Why so ...

Apr 17, 2014

Cabinet gets Diet OK to use cellphones during crises

Cabinet members may now use cellphones, smartphones and tablet computers to receive emergency notifications from their secretaries during Diet sessions, the Lower House decided Thursday. The use of high-tech gadgets was officially forbidden during Diet sessions, but Cabinet members can now use smartphones to ...