National Topics

Jul 23, 2014

Tokyo governor hopes to help mend Japan-South Korea ties

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe told Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on Wednesday that he hopes to promote dialogue and cooperation with the South Korean capital to help improve their countries’ ties, soured over territorial and historical disputes. “We would like to build on today’s first ...

Jul 23, 2014

Ozawa sees risk of militarism with Abe

by Linda Sieg

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loosened the limits of the pacifist Constitution to drop a ban on the Self-Defense Forces fighting overseas, many experts said it was a step toward becoming a “normal country” able to do more in its own defense. But Ichiro ...

Jul 23, 2014

Powerful DPJ members call for new leadership vote

Democratic Party of Japan bigwigs, including former Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada, called Tuesday for an early election for the leadership of the opposition party. At a key party meeting, Okada and former Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said the current leadership team led by ...

Jul 23, 2014

Kishida congratulates new Indonesian leader

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has congratulated the winner of the presidential vote in Indonesia, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who was confirmed as the successful candidate in the race late Tuesday. “We welcome that the presidential election was smoothly conducted and congratulate the election of the ...

Diet members depart for overseas for research trips

Jul 23, 2014

Diet members depart for overseas for research trips

Many Upper House lawmakers will set out for official summer trips abroad, about one month earlier than last year as the regular Diet session wrapped up late last month without extension. Last year’s official summer trips overseas were concentrated in August partly because of ...