/ May 22, 2017

Shimizu cruises to third term in Saitama mayoral race

Saitama Mayor Hayato Shimizu was re-elected to a third term over the weekend, decisively defeating his two rivals. Shimizu, 55, ran on his accomplishments in administrative and fiscal reform in Sunday’s election. Running as an independent, he was backed by Democratic Party members of ...

/ May 21, 2017

Kishida hints at further sanctions against North Korea

The government is considering the possibility of imposing further sanctions on North Korea, which has been repeatedly conducting acts of provocation, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida suggested Sunday. “We need to consider what is the most effective action against North Korea, while keeping a close ...

/ May 21, 2017

Abe congratulates Iranian President Rouhani on re-election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday sent a congratulatory message to re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Abe called on Rouhani to maintain his stance of cooperating with the international community, adding that Japan hopes the Iranian president will continue to play a constructive role ...

Abe looks to hold first meeting with Moon in July or earlier

/ May 20, 2017

Abe looks to hold first meeting with Moon in July or earlier

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eyeing talks with new South Korean President Moon Jae-in in July or earlier to discuss the thorny “comfort women” agreement and three-way cooperation with the United States to address growing threats from North Korea, diplomatic sources said Saturday. While ...