Jun 22, 2016

Tokyo backed Futenma relocation to Nago on protest fears

Fearing anti-U.S. base campaigners would ramp up their movement throughout Japan in the 1990s, then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama saw no choice but to relocate the air base at Futenma to the less populated Okinawan city of Nago, according to a handwritten letter made ...

Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, speaks her own mind

Jun 18, 2016

Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, speaks her own mind


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has outlasted those that scoffed at his return to power as leader of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party in 2012. And yet while the prime minister appears to have established himself as an increasingly dominant force in domestic politics over ...

Jun 17, 2016

Kishida 'concerned' about China's moves around Japan waters

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday expressed concern about “escalating” moves by Chinese navy ships following repeated entries into or near Japanese territorial waters in the past week. On Thursday, the Defense Ministry said a Chinese navy ship sailed into an area near Kitadaito ...