National Topics

Apr 15, 2015

U.S. officer may be stationed at SDF central command

Japan and the United States are discussing the idea of having a high-ranking U.S. military officer permanently stationed at the Defense Ministry central command for the Self-Defense Forces, sources said Wednesday. The measure, to be included in revised bilateral defense cooperation guidelines due out ...

Government changing official pronunciation of Georgia

Apr 15, 2015

Government changing official pronunciation of Georgia

The Diet has enacted a bill to change the official Japanese name for the country of Georgia from “Gurujia,” which derives from the Russian term “Gruziya,” to “Jojia,” based on the English pronunciation of the former Soviet republic’s name. The bill to revise the ...

History tops agenda at Kono's meeting with Li

Apr 15, 2015

History tops agenda at Kono's meeting with Li

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on Tuesday and praised him for the “courage and sense of responsibility” he showed as a politician in addressing history when he was in the government in 1993. The praise was an ...