Oct 24, 2016

Japan knocks Shanghai 'comfort women' memorial

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga expressed disappointment Monday at the unveiling of a memorial in Shanghai symbolizing women forced to work in wartime brothels for the Japanese military. “An action like this cannot be said to contribute to an improvement in Japan-China relations, and ...

Government to ask Tokyo to clarify 2020 Games cost-cutting plan

Oct 7, 2016

Government to ask Tokyo to clarify 2020 Games cost-cutting plan

The central government plans to ask the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to further explain a report it prepared suggesting bold changes to preparations for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday. A panel set up by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike ...

Sep 23, 2016

Fresh warning against excessive yen rises issued

Authorities are ready to act against excessive yen rises, the government’s top spokesman said Friday, issuing a fresh warning to markets against recent yen gains that could hurt the country’s export-reliant economy. The dollar fell to a nearly four-week low of ¥100.10 Thursday after ...

Decorated wrestler Icho to receive People's Honor Award

Sep 13, 2016

Decorated wrestler Icho to receive People's Honor Award

The government said Tuesday it will bestow the People’s Honor Award on Kaori Icho who became the first female wrestler to win four consecutive Olympic gold medals at last month’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. “Her accomplishments have moved many people deeply and ...