National Topics

Jun 30, 2014

Ishin-Komeito ties fray in Osaka

by Eric Johnston

Relations between Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and New Komeito continue to deteriorate, with party heads Toru Hashimoto and Ichiro Matsui preparing to challenge two Osaka-based New Komeito leaders in the next Lower House election. At an all-party meeting Saturday, Hashimoto and ...

Abe signs condolence book for former envoy Baker

Jun 30, 2014

Abe signs condolence book for former envoy Baker

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the U.S. Embassy on Monday to sign the condolence book for Howard Baker, the former ambassador who passed away Thursday. Abe bowed to a photograph of Baker, who during his career had also been the Senate majority leader, and ...

Jun 28, 2014

Nakaima might seek third term at helm of Okinawa

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Saturday he is considering running for a third term and will make a final decision soon. Nakaima, 74, told local chiefs and assembly members who support another run in the Nov. 16 election that he was pleased to have ...

Ota meets China vice premier in Beijing

Jun 27, 2014

Ota meets China vice premier in Beijing

Transport minister Akihiro Ota met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong in Beijing on Friday to discuss bilateral relations damaged by territorial disagreements and differing viewpoints on history. It is the first time a Japanese minister has visited the Chinese capital since Prime Minister ...

Jun 26, 2014

Broader foreign aid urged

by Mizuho Aoki

Japan should expand its use of overseas development assistance by targeting new regions and projects and consider funding noncombat operations led by foreign military forces, a panel said Thursday in a report to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. If the recommendations are accepted in the ...