Suga calls for quicker elevator checks after earthquakes

Jun 1, 2015

Suga calls for quicker elevator checks after earthquakes

The infrastructure ministry has been asked to come up with ways to ensure elevators are restored faster following an earthquake after it emerged that tens of thousands of people were trapped in upper floors of skyscrapers and high-rise apartments on Saturday night. Chief Cabinet ...

Jan 10, 2015

War of words ahead for Abe anniversary speech?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might switch up Japan’s war anniversary statement and deviate from the landmark 1995 statement issued by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, which clearly apologized for Japan’s wartime aggression in Asia, the government’s top spokesman said. “If it were the same, there ...

Sep 17, 2014

Japan to donate over $10 million to Iraqi, Syrian refugees

Japan plans to donate more than $10 million through international organizations to Iraqi and Syrian refugees displaced by the Islamic State militant group, sources with knowledge of Japan-U.S. relations said on Tuesday. The Abe administration sees the humanitarian aid as its contribution to the ...

Aug 27, 2014

Kono statement won't be replaced, Suga says

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga rejected on Tuesday a request from a ruling party colleague to issue a new document next year to replace a 1993 apology over women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels, ruling bloc lawmakers said. Suga ...