Sep 7, 2015

'Intensive' Futenma talks fail to break impasse

The central government and Okinawa failed to reach a compromise Monday over the planned relocation of the Futenma military base within the prefecture after their monthlong “intensive consultation” to defuse tensions over the issue fell apart. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga conveyed to Okinawa ...

Aug 3, 2015

Government calls U.S. spying allegations 'deeply regrettable'

The government on Monday described claims that Washington spied on Japanese politicians and major firms as “deeply regrettable,” in its first official response to revelations from whistle-blower group WikiLeaks. “I will withhold comment. But if this is true, as an ally, it’s deeply regrettable,” ...

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 ...